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
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.
David Bromwich is Sterling Professor of English at Yale. His two new books, The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke: From the Sublime and Beautiful to American Independence and Moral Imagination, a collection of his essays, were published earlier this year. (December 2014)
Ian Buruma is the author of many books, including The Wages of Guilt: Memories of War in Germany and Japan (1995), The Missionary and the Libertine: Love and War in East and West (1996), Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance (2006), and Year Zero: A History of 1945 (2013). He is the Paul W. Williams Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard and a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and The New York Times, among other publications. His new book is a collection of essays from these pages, Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the Shadows of War. His Year Zero: A History of 1945 is now out in paperback.
David Cole is the Honorable George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy at Georgetown University Law Center. He is the 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).
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).
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.
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 is From Pompeii: The Afterlife of a Roman Town.
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 is Fin & Lady. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books.