Julia M. Klein, The Boston Globe

Julia M. Klein

The Boston Globe

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Past articles by Julia:

Harvard historian Bernard Bailyn takes a long look back in ‘Illuminating History: A Retrospective of Seven Decades’

To Bailyn, Adams University Professor Emeritus at Harvard, history involves storytelling, and historians, like novelists, should aim to depict a coherent world. But the historian, of course, must obey constraints that the writer of fiction naturally ignores. → Read More

Review: ‘Broken Glass’ by Alex Beam chronicles the drama surrounding Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House

Alex Beam explores the contentious relationship between Mies van der Rohe and Edith Farnsworth that led to the creation of the famed Farnsworth House. → Read More

In ‘The Watergate Girl,’ a view of a national scandal through a feminine lens

Jill Wine-Banks, currently known for her appearances on MSNBC, has penned what may well be the last Watergate memoir. → Read More

Harvey Weinstein’s rape and sexual assault trial begins

Harvey Weinstein's criminal sex crimes trial began in New York City on January 6. → Read More

Adam Kay’s probing memoir on life in the trenches of medicine is so funny, it hurts

Julia M. Klein reviews « This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Medical Resident. » → Read More

Gladwell’s ‘Talking to Strangers’ a far-flung survey of the fairly obvious

Is New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell a master of the obvious or the king of the counterintuitive? It’s a toss-up in his latest book. → Read More

Bari Weiss Has Answers, But She’s Not Asking The Right Questions

The big question about Bari Weiss’s “How to Fight Anti-Semitism” is: Who is it for? → Read More

How They Brought Down Harvey Weinstein And Jump-Started #MeToo

She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement By Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey Penguin Press, $28, 310 pages In “She Said,” New York Times investigative reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey raise the thorny question of whether the #MeToo movement has gone too far — or not far enough. Then they drop it. “It was not clear how the country would ever agree on… → Read More

The Anthropologists Who Undid Sex, Race, and Gender

In Gods of the Upper Air, a biographer reveals how anthropologist Franz Boas and his students helped transform how human differences and similarities are perceived. → Read More

The great books are going to pile up like leaves

Globe critics offer promising picks from the fall shelves in fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and genre fiction. → Read More

George Gershwin’s Mercilessly Short Summertime

It’s hard to read the story of George Gershwin without feeling a sense of loss. → Read More

'When I Was White’: Sarah Valentine’s memoir considers the meaning of racial identity

Sarah Valentine’s intriguing memoir, "When I Was White," considers the meaning of racial identity. → Read More

In A Forged Van Gogh, A Real Story Of Lives Uprooted By Nazis

In the Full Light of the Sun By Clare Clark Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 424 pages, $27 “Fiction, unlike the truth, cannot defy belief,” Clare Clark writes in an author’s note appended to her latest novel. That hardly unassailable dictum defines her buffet approach to mining history. “In the Full Light of the Sun” is loosely based on a case of artistic forgery in Weimar Germany involving a group… → Read More

A new book goes inside Boko Haram’s abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls

CNN’s Isha Sesay offers a chilling, intimate account of captivity — and a warning → Read More

The Catherine Chung equation: math + identity = elegant novel

Can a mathematician also be an accomplished storyteller? The answer is an emphatic yes. “The Tenth Muse” by Catherine Chung is an elegant and absorbing fiction. → Read More

Like Philip Roth, But Feminist: Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s Debut Novel

Taffy Brodesser-Akner's "Fleishman Is in Trouble," the New York Times Magazine staff writer's debut novel, is like Philip Roth, but feminist. → Read More

How The War Against Sexual Harassment Was Won

Reckoning: The Epic Battle Against Sexual Abuse and Harassment By Linda Hirshman Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 316 pages, $27 It’s hard to write history while it’s happening. One pitfall is the problem of assessing just how powerful a movement or trend really is. To wit: Is the current #MeToo furor the harbinger of a social revolution? Or is it just a tenuous step on the route to ever-elusive… → Read More

Aleksandar Hemon returns with a memoir, divided

Aleksandar Hemon has published 'My Parents/This Does Not Belong to You,' a memoir making clear a penchant for narrative running in his immigrant family. → Read More

His Father, The Communist

Elliott Maraniss grew up in Coney Island, a descendant of Marrano Jews from Spain who had migrated to the Odessa region, then the United States. → Read More

‘Hadestown,’ ‘Tootsie’ and ‘The Ferryman’ Lead The 2019 Tony Awards Nominees

Anais Mitchell's "Hadestown," "The Ferryman," "Oklahoma" and "To Kill a Mockingbird" are among the nominees for the 2019 Tony Awards. → Read More