November 4, 2021
Natalie Angier
Claw & Order
What do we owe nature, and how might we do a better job of coexisting with species that do not exist for our pleasure and sustenance?
Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law
by Mary Roach
Wild Souls: Freedom and Flourishing in the Non-Human World
by Emma Marris
Jed Perl
Colors in Conversation
Joan Mitchell was a Romantic whose paintings join nature and feelings with an operatic lyricism.
Joan Mitchell
an exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, September 4, 2021–January 17, 2022; the Baltimore Museum of Art, March 6–August 14, 2022; and the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, October 5, 2022–February 27, 2023
Susan Barba
For the Growers and the Grocers
a poem
David Cole
Let the Decision Stand
Every argument against Roe was squarely rejected in the Supreme Court’s 1992 Casey decision, and nothing has changed since then except the composition of the Court.
Jane Hu
Portrait of the Robot as a Young Woman
From his first novel to his latest, Kazuo Ishiguro has considered what it means to care for and attend to others.
Klara and the Sun
by Kazuo Ishiguro
Tim Flannery
Out of Savannastan
A new book provides convincing evidence that our earliest direct ancestors evolved in Europe, and that they were walking upright as early as six million years ago. But it is overly confident in its challenge to the idea that the genus Homo arose in Africa.
Ancient Bones: Unearthing the Astonishing New Story of How We Became Human
by Madelaine Böhme, Rüdiger Braun, and Florian Breier, translated from the German by Jane Billinghurst and with a foreword by David R. Begun
Clair Wills
The Wages of Virtue
Chastity seems like a simple concept, but a new history proposes that it has always been a shifting and malleable virtue.
The Chastity Plot
by Lisabeth During
Richie Hofmann
At the Rustic Hamlet Built in 1783 for Marie Antoinette, Last Queen of France
a poem
Ian Johnson
Chinese Medicine in the Covid Wards
One doctor’s mission to show that traditional healing arts could help in a national crisis.
Classical Chinese Medicine
by Liu Lihong, translated from the Chinese by Gabriel Weiss and Henry Buchtel with Sabine Wilms, and edited by Heiner Fruehauf
Pankaj Mishra
Writing the Other America
Class divisions inflict lifelong scars in Elizabeth Strout’s fiction, especially when the psychic damage is not acknowledged.
Oh William!
by Elizabeth Strout
Yasmine El Rashidi
Egypt: Lost Possibilities
What the revolution opened up in our lives—beyond activism—and then eventually took away.
Larry Wolff
A Halo of Nostalgia
The frivolous charms of Viennese operetta helped preserve a sense of Habsburg identity after the breakup of the empire.
The Operetta Empire: Music Theater in Early Twentieth-Century Vienna
by Micaela Baranello
Geoffrey O’Brien
‘Magic Sayings by the Thousands’
At the heart of the Kalevala is the shamanistic power of words to transform, lead astray, destroy, create, or bring back to life.
Kalevala: The Epic of the Finnish People
translated from the Finnish by Eino Friberg and with an introduction by Jukka Korpela
The Kalevala: An Epic Poem After Oral Tradition
by Elias Lönnrot, translated from the Finnish with an introduction and notes by Keith Bosley, and with a foreword by Albert B. Lord
The Kalevala, or Poems of the Kaleva District
compiled by Elias Lönnrot and translated from the Finnish with a foreword and appendices by Francis Peabody Magoun Jr.
Audrey Wollen
Not to Be
A Matter of Death and Life presents the closing scenes of a long marriage as both an informal diary and an instructive text.
A Matter of Death and Life
by Irvin D. Yalom and Marilyn Yalom
Bill McKibben
The Future Is Electric
Because electricity is so much more efficient than combustion, totally electrifying our country would cut primary energy use about in half.
Electrify: An Optimist’s Playbook for Our Clean Energy Future
by Saul Griffith
Declan Ryan
‘I Work and I Remember’
In Lawrence Joseph’s poetry there’s no escape from the memories of his formative, difficult years in Detroit.
A Certain Clarity: Selected Poems
by Lawrence Joseph
Assaf Sharon
‘This Obstinate Little Man’
Tom Segev’s biography of David Ben-Gurion depicts a man who intended to become a Zionist Lenin but ended up “an Israeli King Lear.”
A State at Any Cost: The Life of David Ben-Gurion
by Tom Segev, translated from the Hebrew by Haim Watzman
Frances Wilson
The Double Bookkeeper
A new biography of Patricia Highsmith and a new edition of her journals give us a personal history of twentieth-century sexual control, of lives lived not in the closet but in the cellar.
Patricia Highsmith: Her Diaries and Notebooks, 1941–1995
edited by Anna von Planta and with an afterword by Joan Schenkar
Devils, Lusts and Strange Desires: The Life of Patricia Highsmith
by Richard Bradford
Regina U. Gramer,
David A. Bell
Rousseau & Slavery
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