The Force of Habit

All Our Yesterdays by Natalia Ginzburg, translated by Angus Davidson

Family Sayings by Natalia Ginzburg, translated by D.M. Low

The Little Virtues by Natalia Ginzburg, translated by Dick Davis

Body Building

Carlo, Rembrandt, Ettore, Jean Bugatti by Philip Dejean, edited by Nadine Coleno and Uwe Hucke

The Amazing Bugattis by Malcolm Haslam and Philippe Garner and Mary Harvey and Hugh Conway

Balanchine Variations

Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky: Interviews with George Balanchine by Solomon Volkov, translated by Antonia W. Bouis

Balanchine: A Biography by Bernard Taper

“But First a School”: The First Fifty Years of the School of American Ballet by Jennifer Dunning

Portrait of Mr. B.: Photographs of George Balanchine with an essay by Lincoln Kirstein

Balanchine’s ‘Mozartiana’: The Making of a Masterpiece by Robert Maiorano and Valerie Brooks

Dancing for Balanchine by Merrill Ashley, with the assistance of Larry Kaplan, foreword by Clement Crisp

Looking for Poetry in America

Twentieth Century Pleasures: Prose on Poetry by Robert Hass

Local Assays: On Contemporary American Poetry by Dave Smith

American Poetry and Culture, 1945–1980 by Robert von Hallberg


Gabriele Annan is a book and film critic living in London. (March 2006)

Robert Craft is a conductor and writer. Craft’s close working friendship with Igor Stravinsky is the subject of his memoir, An Improbable Life. In 2002 he was awarded the International Prix du Disque at the Cannes Music Festival.

István Deák is Seth Low Professor Emeritus at Columbia. He is the author, with Jan Gross and Tony Judt, of The Politics of Retribution in Europe: World War II and Its Aftermath.

James Fenton is a British poet and literary critic. From 1994 until 1999, he was Oxford Professor of Poetry; in 2015 he was awarded the PEN Pinter Prize. He is the author of School of Genius: A History of the Royal Academy of Arts and, most recently, Yellow Tulips: Poems, 1968–2011. (May 2020)

Nadine Gordimer was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1991. Her latest novel, No Time Like the Present, was published in March.
 (May 2012)

Diane Johnson is a novelist and critic. She is the author of Lulu in Marrakech and Le Divorce, among other novels, and a memoir, Flyover Lives.
 (October 2017)

J.H. Plumb (1911–2001) was a British historian. He taught at Cambridge and Columbia. Plumb was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1968 and was knighted in 1982. His works include England in the Eighteenth Century, The Making of a Historian,and The American Experience.

James Schuyler (1923–1991) was a preeminent figure in the celebrated New York School of poets. He grew up in Washington, D.C., and near Buffalo, New York. After World War II, he made his way to Italy, where he served for a time as W.H. Auden’s secretary. His books include three novels, A Nest of Ninnies (written with John Ashbery), Alfred and Guinevere, and What’s For Dinner, as well as numerous volumes of poetry.

Helen Vendler is the Arthur Kingsley Porter University Professor Emerita in the Department of English at Harvard. Her latest book is The Ocean, the Bird, and the Scholar, a collection of essays. (December 2019)