Books

Book Preview: ‘Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia’ by Christina Thompson

Coming March 12 (HarperCollins) If our Bostonian winter has you dreaming of faraway lands, you’re in luck: Local author Christina Thompson’s new book can whisk you away to the most remote islands of the Pacific Ocean. In a thorough and page-turning investigation, Harvard Review editor Thompson revisits the 18th century’s fascination and curiosity about Polynesia […]

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From Rent Control to Riot Squads: The Photographs of Olive Pierce

Cambridge Public Library archivist Alyssa Pacy knows that 1970s City Council meetings might not be particularly interesting to the average person. And they certainly don’t sound like the most engaging subject for a series of photographs, right? “But they were,” Pacy insists. “It was such an explosive time. There were hearings on rent control, on police brutality. […]



Car Talk’s Louie Cronin on Her Cambridge-Centric First Novel

Louie Cronin was born right here in Cambridge. Her parents grew up in the city; they met each other in third grade. Her dad owned a restaurant in Harvard Square. She spent her childhood playing in Cambridge’s streets, and while her family moved to the suburbs when she was 11, she would return in her thirties for almost […]