Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon by Daniel C. Dennett
Averno by Louise Glück
You Must Set Forth at Dawn by Wole Soyinka
Afghanistan’s Uncertain Transition from Turmoil to Normalcy a report by Barnett R. Rubin
Kabul in Winter: Life without Peace in Afghanistan by Ann Jones
Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations…One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
Johnson on the English Language: The Yale Edition of the Works of Samuel Johnson, Volume XVIII edited by Gwin J. Kolb and Robert Demaria Jr.
Samuel Johnson’s Unpublished Revisions to the Dictionary of the English Language: A Facsimile Edition edited by Allen Reddick
Anniversary Essays on Johnson’s Dictionary edited by Jack Lynch and Anne McDermott
Samuel Johnson and the Art of Sinking, 1709–1791 by Freya Johnston
Loving Dr. Johnson by Helen Deutsch
Defining the World: The Extraordinary Story of Dr. Johnson’s Dictionary by Henry Hitchings
The Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson, edited by Roger Lonsdale
A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan by Michael Kazin
Anna of All the Russias: The Life of Anna Akhmatova by Elaine Feinstein
Atlantic History: Concept and Contours by Bernard Bailyn
The English Atlantic in an Age of Revolution, 1640–1661 by Carla Gardina Pestana
Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers by Kwame Anthony Appiah
Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny by Amartya Sen
Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership by Martha C. Nussbaum
The Conquest of Nature: Water, Landscape, and the Making of Modern Germany by David Blackbourn
The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967–1977 by Gershom Gorenberg
Still Looking: Essays on American Art by John Updike
Charles Simic is a poet, essayist, and translator. He has published some twenty collections of poetry, six books of essays, a memoir, and numerous translations. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Griffin Prize, and a MacArthur Fellowship. Simic’s recent works include Voice at 3 a.m., a selection of later and new poems; Master of Disguises, new poems; and Confessions of a Poet Laureate, a collection of short essays that was published by New York Review Books as an e-book original. In 2007 Simic was appointed the fifteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. His New and Selected Poems: 1962–2012 was published in March 2013.
Frank Kermode (1919–2010) was a British critic and literary theorist. Born on the Isle of Man, he taught at University College London, Cambridge, Columbia and Harvard. Adapted from a series of lectures given at Bryn Mawr College, Kermode’s Sense of An Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction remains one of the most influential works of twentieth-century literary criticism.
Ronald Steel is Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California, a recent fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, and the author of biographies of Walter Lippmann and Robert Kennedy.
Orlando Figes is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author, among other books, of The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia, A People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891–1924, and Natasha’s Dance: A Cultural History of Russia. His latest book is The Crimean War: A History. (January 2012)
William H. McNeill is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Chicago. His most recent books are The Pursuit of Truth: A Historian’s Memoir and Summers Long Ago: On Grandfather’s Farm and in Grandmother’s Kitchen, published by the Berkshire Publishing Group. His most recent publication, as editor, is the second edition of the Encyclopedia of World History.
Ahdaf Soueif is a novelist and a writer on political and cultural affairs. Her latest novel, The Map of Love, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1999. She was born in Egypt and lives in Cairo and London.
Freeman Dyson has spent most of his life as a professor of physics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, taking time off to advise the US government and write books for the general public. He was born in England and worked as a civilian scientist for the Royal Air Force during World War II. He came to Cornell University as a graduate student in 1947 and worked with Hans Bethe and Richard Feynman, producing a user-friendly way to calculate the behavior of atoms and radiation. He also worked on nuclear reactors, solid-state physics, ferromagnetism, astrophysics, and biology, looking for problems where elegant mathematics could be usefully applied.
Dyson’s books include Disturbing the Universe (1979), Weapons and Hope (1984), Infinite in All Directions (1988), Origins of Life (1986, second edition 1999), The Sun, the Genome and the Internet (1999), and A Many-Colored Glass: Reflections on the Place of Life in the Universe (2010). He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the Royal Society of London. In 2000 he was awarded the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion.
Neal Ascherson is the author of The Struggles for Poland, The Black Sea, and Stone Voices: The Search for Scotland. He is an Honorary Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.