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boston globe magazine
January 17, 2010
(Dina Rudick/Globe Staff)

Best Boston Globe photos of 2009

There is beauty all around, as these memorable images by Boston Globe staff photographers can attest. Here, they share the stories behind their photos.

Issue highlights

coupling: stories about relationships

Divorcing our friends

Even though I split from my husband, couldn’t our social circle remain unbroken?
dinner with cupid

Singular sensations

When two only children meet for tapas, will they find it fun to share?
miss conduct's ettiquette column

Dissenters, unite!

Telling a co-worker you disagree, plus accommodating candle-sensitive guests.
pierced column

Keeping the peace

Sleep New Salem is a model for us all.
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Our readers' best shots

Our readers' best shots

These four images beat out 148 other entries in the reader photo contest we hosted last month with RAW,'s home for amateur photographers. Our theme was New England beginnings.


No matter what I shoot, I get a clearer picture of my own flaws.
Letting it all out
First Person

Letting it all out

Scituate native Nick Flynn, 49, reads from his new book, The Ticking Is the Bomb, a meditation on the Abu Ghraib scandal and personal demons, at Berklee’s Cafe 939 Wednesday.

More in this issue

More beef stew
In this third annual installment, more flavorful ways to fill up and stay warm.
Tales from the City
Route 1 rescue
Kindness after a gas station gaffe, and a child's knowledge of fruit.
On the block
Beachy keen
These homes -- all in Scituate -- offer a taste of seacoast living.
Fashion Snapshot
Knit and easy
Slim men’s sweaters telegraph a cool vibe.
Strategic splurges
A South End couple save big -- and spend, when necessary -- on a major restoration.
Parenting Traps
A second-born solution
The argument for tailored, unequal treatment.
Letters to the Magazine Editor
Readers sound off the Bostonian of the Year, and a recent Coupling column that hit home.

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Steve Carrell

Kickin' back with Steve Carell in Marshfield

This summer, the star returns to Massachusetts for some much-needed R & R.
James Reeb

Letter from Selma

Revisiting the 1965 murder of a white Boston minister that helped usher in the Voting Rights Act.
Home-birth battle

Home-birth battle

Massachusetts doesn't regulate midwives. Now one brave – and unlikely – advocate is fighting for change.
Your Home: Solutions for small spaces

Your Home: Solutions for small spaces

The professionals share space-saving tips for every room in your home.