A Guide to Being Born

This preternatural collection of short stories touches on the stages of life in four parts: birth, gestation, conception and love. Ghosts of Civil War generals, phone sex-crazed families and “love-arms” (fall in love, grow an extra arm) populate these quirky, tender tales.  

July 28: Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin eloped on this day in 1814.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.