Survival Situation

The debate over evolution and its discoverer

Origin Story: The Trials of Charles Darwin by Howard Markel

The Rescuer

In search of the Underground Railroad’s legendary conductor

Night Flyer: Harriet Tubman and the Faith Dreams of a Free People by Tiya Miles

Rhyme, Not Repetition

All that’s past isn’t necessarily present

When the Clock Broke: Con Men, Conspiracists, and How America Cracked Up in the Early 1990s by John Ganz

Facing the Facts

An antiquated take on antiquity

The Missing Thread: A Women’s History of the Ancient World by Daisy Dunn

We Are the Borg

Is the convergence of human and machine really upon us?

The Singularity Is Nearer: When We Merge with AI by Ray Kurzweil

Numbers Game

A novelist’s indictment of how we account for our history

Question 7 by Richard Flanagan

Born to Be Wild

One founding family’s centuries-long journey

American Bloods: The Untamed Dynasty That Shaped a Nation by John Kaag


Indigenous civilizations thrived long before Europeans showed up

Native Nations: A Millennium in North America by Kathleen DuVal

Acting Out

One tortuous journey from stage to screen

Cocktails with George and Martha: Movies, Marriage and the Making of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Philip Gefter

Hometown Heroes

What if the goal is not to make it out of the neighborhood?

There’s Always This Year: On Basketball and Ascension by Hanif Abdurraqib

Thought Experimenter

Will AI really make our world better?

The Heart and the Chip: Our Bright Future with Robotsby Daniela Rus and Gregory Mone

Invisible Ink

Giving center page to an era’s forgotten writers

Shakespeare’s Sisters: How Women Wrote the Renaissanceby Ramie Targoff

Chain Gang

The personalities behind one of Rome’s greatest treasures

Saving Michelangelo’s Dome: How Three Mathematicians and a Pope Sparked an Architectural Revolutionby Wayne Kalayjian

Our Pets, Our Plates

In defense of the furred and the hoofed

Our Kindred Creatures: How Americans Came to Feel the Way They Do About Animals by Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy

The Jazz Singer

A new biography of an American legend

Bitter Crop: The Heartache and Triumph of Billie Holiday’s Last Year by Paul Alexander

We’ve Gone Mainstream

Latinos are invisible no more

LatinoLand: A Portrait of America’s Largest and Least Understood Minorityby Marie Arana

Acting Out

One tortuous journey from stage to screen

Cocktails with George and Martha: Movies, Marriage and the Making of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?by Philip Gefter

The Choice Is Ours

Survival of the most meaningful

Purpose: What Evolution and Human Nature Imply About the Meaning of Our Existenceby Samuel T. Wilkinson

The Quest for Cather

When subjects play hard to get

Chasing Bright Medusas: A Life of Willa Cather by Benjamin Taylorby Benjamin Taylor

Thunder in Her Head

A new biography of a master choreographer

Errand into the Maze: The Life and Work of Martha Grahamby Deborah Jowitt


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