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Singing the Back Streets

‘Never a Lovely So Real: The Life and Work of Nelson Algren’ by Colin Asher

Never a Lovely So Real: The Life and Work of Nelson Algren

by Colin Asher


Al & Georgia & Beck & Paul

Two recent books examine the lives of Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe and their astonishingly productive marriage.

Foursome: Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe, Paul Strand, Rebecca Salsbury

by Carolyn Burke

Alfred Stieglitz: Taking Pictures, Making Painters

by Phyllis Rose


A Heritage of Evil

Three books dealing with memory and historical witness

Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil

by Susan Neiman

Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide

by Tony Horwitz

Remembering Emmett Till

by Dave Tell


Blood on the Ice

“As humans hunted and mined at an ever-accelerating pace, they did so with little understanding of the cyclical and finite aspects of life on earth, or of the ways their actions would disrupt the larger ecosystem.”

Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait

by Bathsheba Demuth


The First and Last of Her Kind

The legal academy has tended to be dismissive of Sandra Day O’Connor, arguing that she had no overarching theory of constitutional interpretation. But the Supreme Court is not a law school faculty workshop. She saw herself as a problem-solver.

First: Sandra Day O’Connor

by Evan Thomas


How Arabic Made It New

City of Beginnings: Poetic Modernism in Beirut

by Robyn Creswell


Exit Mugabe

Two Weeks in November: The Astonishing Untold Story of the Operation That Toppled Mugabe

by Douglas Rogers


Escape Artist

Henrik Ibsen: The Man and the Mask

by Ivo de Figueiredo, translated from the Norwegian by Robert Ferguson


The Invention of Time

Time and Its Adversaries in the Seleucid Empire

by Paul J. Kosmin


The Long Paralysis of the Israeli Left

Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel

by Dan Ephron

Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman

by Itamar Rabinovich


Positive Capability

Like the honest politician or the reality TV star, the prose poem is an oxymoron.

The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem: From Baudelaire to Anne Carson

edited and with an introduction by Jeremy Noel-Tod


Changing the ‘Changeless’ Church

When Bishops Meet: An Essay Comparing Trent, Vatican I, and Vatican II

by John W. O’Malley


A Woman’s Work

With Simone de Beauvoir’s ‘The Second Sex,’ the modern feminist polemic was born.

Becoming Beauvoir: A Life

by Kate Kirkpatrick

Diary of a Philosophy Student, Volume 2, 1928–29

by Simone de Beauvoir, edited by Barbara Klaw, Sylvie Le Bon de Beauvoir, Margaret A. Simons, and Marybeth Timmermann, and translated from the French by Barbara Klaw

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Crisis in the Amazon

We are deeply concerned about the grave threats to indigenous peoples’ territory, heritage, and well-being


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