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Boston reading list: Mayor suggests titles about urban living, development

Make Way for Ducklings on there, The Power Broker and Dennis Lehane, too

Mayor Marty Walsh on Wednesday released a suggested reading list of 12 books for adults and eight for children to help Bostonians better understand the city’s ongoing debate with itself and its future. Specifically, the titles are tied to Imagine 2030, Boston’s first effort at a master development plan in more than 50 years.

Which books made the cut? The adult suggestions include Robert Caro’s The Power Broker; Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Cities; Joseph Stiglitz’s The Price of Inequality; and, because this is Boston, Dennis Lehane’s The Given Day.

The kids’ pool is understandably a little less cerebral. It includes the Robert McCloskey classic Make Way for Ducklings about the married mallards who muscle in on the Public Garden.

All 20 titles are available at the Boston Public Library.

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