Time Regained

Almost Nothing: The 20th-Century Art and Life of Józef Czapski by Eric Karpeles

Inhuman Land: Searching for the Truth in Soviet Russia, 1941–1942 by Józef Czapski, translated from the Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones and with an introduction by Timothy Snyder

Lost Time: Lectures on Proust in a Soviet Prison Camp by Józef Czapski, translated from the French and with an introduction by Eric Karpeles

Hive Mentalities

Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees by Thor Hanson

Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology by Lisa Margonelli

A World Winking with Messages

The Eerdmans Encyclopedia of Early Christian Art and Archaeology edited by Paul Corby Finney

Hagia Sophia and the Byzantine Aesthetic Experience by Nadine Schibille

‘It’s What We Do’

In Extremis: The Life and Death of the War Correspondent Marie Colvin by Lindsey Hilsum

A Private War: Marie Colvin and Other Tales of Heroes, Scoundrels, and Renegades by Marie Brenner

A Private War a film directed by Matthew Heineman

Under the Wire: Marie Colvin’s Final Assignment by Paul Conroy

Under the Wire a documentary film directed by Chris Martin

La Mort est ma servante: Lettre à un ami assassiné, Syrie 2005–2013 [Death Is My Servant: Letter to a Murdered Friend: Syria, 2005–2013] by Jean-Pierre Perrin

The Prophet of Envy

Evolution of Desire: A Life of René Girard by Cynthia L. Haven

Evolution and Conversion: Dialogues on the Origins of Culture by René Girard, with Pierpaolo Antonella and João Cesar de Castro Rocha

Deceit, Desire, and the Novel by René Girard, translated from the French by Yvonne Freccero

Violence and the Sacred by René Girard, translated from the French by Patrick Gregory

Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World by René Girard, translated from the French by Stephen Bonn and Michael Metteer

A Theater of Envy: William Shakespeare by René Girard

Battling to the End: Conversations with Benoît Chantre by René Girard, translated from the French by Mary Baker

Is It Like Japan Yet?

Van Gogh and Japan by Louis van Tilborgh, Nienke Bakker, Cornelia Homburg, Tsukasa Kōdera, and Chris Uhlenbeck, with a contribution by Claire Guitton

Japan’s Love for Impressionism: From Monet to Renoir edited by the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany

No Mistakes

Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film by Alan K. Rode

We’ll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie by Noah Isenberg


Christopher Benfey is Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke. He is the author of Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay: Reflections on Art, Family, and Survival.
 (December 2018)

T.H. Breen’s new book, Revolution: A History of American Independence, will be published next September.
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Peter Brown is the Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton. His books include Augustine of Hippo: A Biography and, most recently, Treasure in Heaven: The Holy Poor in Early Christianity.
 (December 2018)

Anne Carson is a poet who was born in Canada and teaches ancient Greek, sometimes at NYU. Her most recent collection of prose and poetry is Float.
 (December 2018)

Anne Diebel works as a private investigator in New York. She was formerly the Robert L. Belknap Faculty Fellow at Columbia. (December 2018)

Tim Flannery’s next book, Europe: A Natural History, will be published in February. 
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Michael Greenberg is the author of Hurry Down Sunshine and Beg, Borrow, and Steal: A Writer’s Life.
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Stephen Greenblatt is Cogan University Professor of the ­Humanities at Harvard. He is the author of The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve: The Story That Created Us and Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics, which was published this year.
 (December 2018)

Robert Pogue Harrison teaches literature at Stanford. His latest book is Juvenescence: A Cultural History of Our Age.
 (December 2018)

Michael Hofmann is a poet and translator from the German. His latest translation is of Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin, and his new book of poems is One Lark, One Horse. He teaches at the ­University of Florida.
 (December 2018)

Alan Hollinghurst’s latest novel is The Sparsholt Affair. (December 2018)

Mark Lilla is Professor of Humanities at Columbia. He is the author of The Shipwrecked Mind: On Political Reaction and, most recently, The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics.
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Peter Maguire is the author of Thai Stick: Surfers, Scammers, and the Untold Story of the Marijuana Trade and Facing Death in Cambodia.
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Anka Muhlstein was awarded the Prix Goncourt in 1996 for her biography of Astolphe de Custine and has twice received the History Prize of the French Academy. Her most recent book is The Pen and the Brush: How Passion for Art Shaped Nineteenth-Century French Novels.
 (December 2018)

Benjamin Paloff’s books include the poetry collections And His Orchestra and The Politics. He is Associate Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan.
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George B. Stauffer is Dean of the Mason Gross School of the Arts and Distinguished Professor of Music History at Rutgers. His publications include Bach: The Mass in B Minor—The Great Catholic Mass.
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Patricia Storace is the author of Heredity, a volume of poems, Dinner with Persephone, a travel memoir about Greece, and Sugar Cane, a children’s book. She is the author most recently of the novel A Book of Heaven.

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David Thomson has been a frequent contributor to Sight & Sound, Film Comment, The Guardian, and The Independent. His next book, Sleeping with Strangers: How the Movies Shaped Desire, will be published in February.
 (December 2018)

Michael Tomasky is a Special Correspondent for The Daily Beast, the Editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, and a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times.
 (December 2018)

Ed Vulliamy has been a reporter for The Guardian and The Observer for over thirty years. He is the author of The War Is Dead, Long Live the War: Bosnia: The Reckoning. His new book is When Words Fail: A Life with Music, War and Peace. (December 2018)

Geoffrey Wheatcroft’s books include The Controversy of 
Zion, The Strange Death of Tory England, and Yo, Blair! His new book, Churchill’s Bust, will be published next year.
 (December 2018)

Clair Wills is King Edward VII Professor of English Literature at Cambridge. Her latest book, Lovers and Strangers: An Immigrant History of Post-War Britain, was shortlisted for the 2018 Orwell Prize. (December 2018)