Lincoln a film directed by Steven Spielberg
The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail—But Some Don’t by Nate Silver
The Physics of Wall Street: A Brief History of Predicting the Unpredictable by James Owen Weatherall
Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Late Raphael an exhibition at the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, June 12–September 16, 2012, and the Musée du Louvre, Paris, October 8, 2012–January 14, 2013
Dear Life by Alice Munro
From the Closet to the Altar: Courts, Backlash, and the Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage by Michael J. Klarman
Bird Sense: What It’s Like to Be a Bird by Tim Birkhead
The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds by Julie Zickefoose
The Feathery Tribe: Robert Ridgway and the Modern Study of Birds by Daniel Lewis
John James Audubon’s Journal of 1826: The Voyage to The Birds of America edited and with an introduction by Daniel Patterson
Selected Letters of William Styron edited by Rose Styron with R. Blakeslee Gilpin
Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, November 18, 2012–February 25, 2013
Art Theater Guild and Japanese Underground Cinema, 1962–1984 a film series at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, December 6, 2012–February 10, 2013
On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines—and Future by Karen Elliott House
Saudi Arabia on the Edge: The Uncertain Future of an American Ally by Thomas W. Lippman
Politics and Society in Saudi Arabia: The Crucial Years of Development, 1960–1982 by Sarah Yizraeli
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke, translated from the German and with an introduction by Mark Harman
Geronimo by Robert M. Utley
New Ways to Kill Your Mother: Writers and Their Families by Colm Tóibín
The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín
The Eagle Unbowed: Poland and the Poles in the Second World War by Halik Kochanski
Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944–1956 by Anne Applebaum
In Search of Lost Meaning: The New Eastern Europe by Adam Michnik, translated from the Polish by Roman S. Czarny
The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard edited by Ron Padgett, with an introduction by Paul Auster
China’s Search for Security by Andrew J. Nathan and Andrew Scobell
Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist by Christof Koch
Sometimes There Is a Void: Memoirs of an Outsider by Zakes Mda
Ingrid D. Rowland is a professor, based in Rome, at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. A frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, she is the author of The Culture of the High Renaissance: Ancients and Moderns in Sixteenth-Century Rome and The Scarith of Scornello: A Tale of Renaissance Forgery. She has also published a translation of Vitruvius’ Ten Books of Architecture and a history of Villa Taverna, the US ambassador’s residence in Rome. Her new book, From Pompeii: The Afterlife of a Roman Town, will be published in spring 2014.
Cathleen Schine is the author of several novels, including Rameau’s Niece, The Love Letter, She is Me, The New Yorkers, and The Three Weissmanns of Westport. Her latest novel, Fin & Lady, was published in July 2013. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books.
David Cole is Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. He is the award-winning author of several books, including The Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable (2009), Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror (with Jules Lobel, 2007) and Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism (2003) He has been awarded an Open Society Foundation Fellowship for 2012–2013 to write his next book, on the role of civil society in enforcing constitutional rights.
Robert O. Paxton, Mellon Professor of Social Sciences Emeritus at Columbia, is a lifelong birder. He is a former president of the Linnaean Society of New York and a regional editor of North American Birds magazine. He is the author of The Anatomy of Fascism, among other works.
Ian Buruma is the Paul W. Williams Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard. His books include Murderer in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance, Taming the Gods: Religion and Democracy on Three Continents, and the novel The China Lover. His latest book, Year Zero: A History of 1945 was published in September 2013.
John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland in 1945. He is the author of many novels, including The Book of Evidence, The Untouchable, Eclipse, The Sea (winner of the Man Booker Prize), and Ancient Light. As Benjamin Black he has written six crime novels, including Vengeance.
Larry McMurtry lives in Archer City, Texas. His novels include The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment, Lonesome Dove (winner of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction), Folly and Gloryand Rhino Ranch. His nonfiction works include a biography of Crazy Horse, Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen, Paradise, Sacagawea’s Nickname: Essays on the American West and, most recently, Custer.
Hermione Lee is President of Wolfson College, Oxford, and the author of biographies of Willa Cather, Virginia Woolf, and Edith Wharton. Her biography of Penelope Fitzgerald will be published later this year. (July 2013)
Avishai Margalit is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the winner of the 2012 Philosophical Book Award (Hannover) for his most recent book, On Compromise and Rotten Compromises.
Richard C. Lewontin is Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Professor of Biology at Harvard University. He is the author of The Genetic Basis of Evolutionary Change and Biology as Ideology, and the co-author of The Dialectical Biologist (with Richard Levins) and Not in Our Genes (with Steven Rose and Leon Kamin).
Mary Beard is Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge. A collection of her essays, Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures, and Innovations, was published in September. (December 2013)
A.C. Grayling is Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St. Anne’s College, Oxford. He is the author most recently of The Good Book: A Humanist Bible. (April 2011)