Ali Benjamin's first adult novel "The Smash-Up," will be released Tuesday, Feb. 23, by Random House. The novel is a contemporary remake of "Ethan Frome," with a similar structure and premise, but is "not a quiet book," like Wharton's original tale of a strained marriage in a small town. 

"This is a story of a marriage that is under strain during very volatile times," Benjamin said. "It's set during the week the Kavanaugh hearings unfold ... things were unbelievably contentious, a lot of people — women in particular — were intensely angry. And it is story about a marriage set in the Berkshires that has been a pretty solid marriage — or has it been, question mark?"

Hello! I’m Aimee, and I’ll be taking over this space once a month to talk about books. I’m a novelist, as well as the author of a few non-fiction books, and my favorite pastime/potentially-most-irritating-quality is constantly telling my friends what to read. The kind people at The Berkshire Eagle are now letting me pitch book recommendations to you, my fellow book nerds of Berkshire County.

In the vast and varied world of brownie recipes, there are the minimalist versions: pure expressions without nuts, chips or icing nigh. Then, there are the maximalist takes, stuffed to their fudgy edges with all manner of sugary excess.

It all began with Duncan Pollock's college-age sons asking him for recipes to supplement dull college cafeteria food and their forays into restaurants and fast-food joints.

Today, those recipes and tips make up his website chowguys.net — a place for "guys just starting out."

Seven local women have joined together to form Latinas 413, with plans to empower, support and inspire immigrant women such as themselves.

Many new immigrants “don’t speak English, and many don’t have proper housing and basic needs like food, rent, jobs,” Liliana Atanacio said. “Many don’t have documents. Many don’t have much schooling.

“We care,” she said. “We want to serve.”

The Boston Symphony Orchestra is bringing its first-ever all-online season to an end March 11-April 29 with four programs led by BSO music director Andris Nelsons.

NEW YORK — Ta-Nehisi Coates, the acclaimed essayist and novelist who expanded the world of Wakanda for Marvel comics, will write the script for a new “Superman” film from Warner Bros.

NEW YORK — As a musician, Nicky Jam has received accolades including a Latin Grammy and a Billboard Music Award, but nothing would make the reggaeton star happier than having a star with his name in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

If you're coming to “ Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry ” hoping for a primer on the music sensation, you’ve come to the wrong place. Filmmaker R.J. Cutler’s two hour and 20-minute documentary about the “Ocean Eyes” singer and songwriter is not biography or reportage. It’s a verite-…

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