Thursday, May 29 2014
With quick wit and clean prose, Ellen Gilchrist reminds us of the human race's ability to face life's curveballs with persistence and grace.
Wednesday, May 28 2014
This novel has naysayers, but the literary world could use a few more brainy risk-takers like Joshua Ferris.
Tuesday, May 27 2014
The year's must-read economics tome, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, deftly argues that economic inequality is the norm. But is there a solution?
Thursday, May 22 2014
This book further cements Amanda Lotz’s place as a considerate yet comprehensive expert on media and gender studies.
This immaculately researched book about the role of pranks in shaping political and social discourse will make you seriously doubt all those history books you've read.
Wednesday, May 21 2014
Josephine Baker’s “interracial experiment” set a precedent that history has curiously neglected. Now we see her for the true visionary she was.
Tuesday, May 20 2014
Marketing the Moon, a beautiful new book, discusses how NASA sold a nation on space travel. So what's keeping us from going to Mars?
Monday, May 19 2014
If Bill Madden is saying that by 1954, black excellence in baseball was no longer shocking, that’s one thing to note – but his book doesn’t really note it.
Friday, May 16 2014
This is a strong collection, marked by intellectual restlessness, a knack for the arresting phrase, and an almost alarming honesty.
Thursday, May 15 2014
Sam Kean is a rare writer who approaches science writing as a child would a playground at recess: it’s a wide-open field, full of possibilities.
Is the smart city already here? Or is it an impossibility, given how messy humans are? What does the ideal smart city look like?
Wednesday, May 14 2014
This collection of interviews forces us to consider that Cohen's interactions with the press are products of his public image instead of honest words that represent his core belief system.
If one accepts the idea that the devil walks among us, it's true here in the personage of Herman Drenth.
Tuesday, May 13 2014
The Rural Gothic in American Popular Culture examines the persistent fear of rural places and their inhabitants in the American collective consciousness.
David Cantwell writes from the heart and the results are, like the subject, highly unconventional and completely memorable.
Monday, May 12 2014
Lady in the Dark is a meticulously researched, lovingly written book that suggests Iris Barry’s passions and accomplishments extend beyond the realm of cinema.
Don't look away.
Friday, May 9 2014
Snappy, moving, inquisitive, and ethical, this examination of how the Czech lands coped under fascism, communism and capitalism, confronts Czech complicity.
Thursday, May 8 2014
Once we set aside our own prejudices, pleasures are found in another's thoughts, as Unlearning with Hannah Arendt so elegantly shows.
Michael Tomasello offers many stimulating anthropological perspectives that he wrings out of current research to create a dense account of the current thinking on thinking.