Shelf Life

Anesthesia

Charlotte Salley

An excerpt from Kate Cole-Adams’s exploration of the mystery of consciousness and oblivion

The Fate of Rome

Charlotte Salley

What really caused the fall of the Eternal City?

The Book of Resting Places

Charlotte Salley

An excerpt from Thomas Mira y Lopez’s ruminations on the ways we bury the dead

Bible Nation: The United States of Hobby Lobby

Charlotte Salley

An excerpt from Candida Moss and Joel Baden’s investigation of the expanding religious and political scope of the popular retail chain

Reading with Patrick

Charlotte Salley

An excerpt from Michelle Kuo’s memoir on the life-changing power of literature

The Chinese Typewriter: A History

Charlotte Salley

Read an excerpt from Thomas Mullaney’s exploration of quick changing key strokes in China

American Eclipse

Charlotte Salley

David Baron’s illuminating exploration of the nation’s race to catch a Wild West eclipse

Drunks: An American History

Charlotte Salley

Read an excerpt from Christopher Finan’s look at the booze-soaked history of America

Zapped: From Infrared to X-rays, the Curious History of Invisible Light

Charlotte Salley

Read an excerpt from Bob Berman’s new journey into the mysteries of waves we can't see

The Hidden Lives of Tudor Women

Charlotte Salley

Read an excerpt from Elizabeth Norton’s new give-it-to-me-straight history of 16th-century English gals

Red: The History of a Color

Stephanie Bastek

Read an excerpt from Michel Pastoureau’s new book about the color of love and rage

Scurvy: The Disease of Discovery

Stephanie Bastek

Read an excerpt from Jonathan Lamb’s new book about every sailor’s favorite ailment

Krazy

Stephanie Bastek

Read an excerpt from Michael Tisserand’s new biography of George Herriman

23/7

Stephanie Bastek

Read an excerpt from Keramet Reiter’s new book about the rise of solitary confinement

Ghostland

Stephanie Bastek

Read an excerpt from Colin Dickey’s history of America’s most haunted places

How to Travel Without Seeing

Stephanie Bastek

Read an excerpt from Andrés Neuman’s dispatches from Latin America

Weapons of Math Destruction

Stephanie Bastek

Read an excerpt from Cathy O’Neil’s book on how Big Data increases inequality and threatens democracy

The Story of Egypt

Stephanie Bastek

Read an excerpt from Joann Fletcher’s book about the civilization that shaped the world

A Road Unforeseen

Stephanie Bastek

Read an excerpt from Meredith Tax’s book about the women fighting the Islamic State—and winning

I Contain Multitudes

Stephanie Bastek

Read an excerpt from Ed Yong’s new book about the microbes within us

Catullus’ Bedspread

Stephanie Bastek

Read an excerpt from Daisy Dunn’s new biography of Rome’s most erotic poet

Engineering Eden

Stephanie Bastek

Read an excerpt from Jordan Fisher Smith’s new book about the trial that changed our national parks

“Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill People” and Other Myths

Stephanie Bastek

Read an excerpt from Dennis A. Henigan’s updated book about gun control

Neither Snow Nor Rain

Stephanie Bastek

Read an excerpt from Devin Leonard’s eclectic history of the U.S. Postal Service

The Sting of the Wild

Stephanie Bastek

Read an excerpt from Justin O. Schmidt’s new book about venomous bugs

Good Neighbors

Stephanie Bastek

An excerpt from Nancy L. Rosenblum’s new book about everyday American life

India’s War

Stephanie Bastek

An excerpt from Srinath Raghavan’s new book about India in WWII

America’s Snake

Stephanie Bastek

An excerpt from Ted Levin’s new book about the rise and fall of the rattlesnake

My Life with Wagner

Stephanie Bastek

An excerpt from Christian Thielemann’s book about a lifetime of conducting

The Edge of the Empire

Stephanie Bastek

Travel ancient Britannia in this excerpt from Bronwen Riley’s new book

The Jazz of Physics

Stephanie Bastek

Read an excerpt from Stephon Alexander’s book about the music of the universe

67 Shots

Stephanie Bastek

Read an excerpt from Howard Means’s new history of the Kent State shootings

Black Hole Blues

Stephanie Bastek

Read an excerpt from Janna Levin’s new book about the soundtrack of the universe

Nothing Ever Dies

Stephanie Bastek

Read an excerpt from Viet Thanh Nguyen’s new book about Vietnam and the memory of war

The Mechanical Horse

Stephanie Bastek

Read an excerpt from Margaret Guroff’s new history of the bicycle in America

The Rarest Bird in the World

Stephanie Bastek

Read an excerpt from Vernon R. L. Head’s new memoir about the search for the Nechisar Nightjar

Almost Home

Stephanie Bastek

Read an excerpt from Githa Hariharan’s new collection of travel essays

Graveyard Clay and The Dirty Dust

Stephanie Bastek

Compare two translations of “Cré na Cille,” Máirtín Ó Cadhain’s Irish masterpiece

The Profiteers

Stephanie Bastek

Read an excerpt from Sally Denton’s book about the world-building Bechtel Corporation

You Could Look It Up

Stephanie Bastek

Read an excerpt from Jack Lynch’s new ode to the encyclopedia

The Firebrand and the First Lady

Stephanie Bastek

Read an excerpt from Patricia Bell-Scott’s book about Eleanor Roosevelt and Pauli Murray

Five Dollars and a Pork Chop Sandwich

Stephanie Bastek

Read an excerpt from Mary Frances Berry’s new book about vote buying

The Society of Genes

Stephanie Bastek

Read an excerpt from Itai Yanai and Martin Lercher’s new book on evolutionary biology

Philip Sparrow Tells All

Stephanie Bastek

Read an excerpt from the lost essays of Samuel Steward

Unruly Equality

Stephanie Bastek

Read an excerpt from Andrew Cornell’s new history of anarchism

Masters of Empire

Stephanie Bastek

Read an excerpt from Michael A. McDonnell’s new book about Great Lakes Indians

One Child

Stephanie Bastek

Read an excerpt from Sarah Conley’s new book about the morality of having children in our imperiled world

Hamburgers in Paradise

Stephanie Bastek

Read an excerpt from Louise O. Fresco’s new book about the story of food

Database of Dreams

Stephanie Bastek

Read an excerpt from Rebecca Lemov’s new book about the prehistory of Big Data

The White Road

Stephanie Bastek

Read an excerpt from Edmund de Waal’s new book about porcelain

Getting Screwed

Stephanie Bastek

Read an excerpt from Alison Bass’s new book on sex workers and the law

Sinatra’s Century

David Lehman

A brief excerpt from David Lehman’s new book about Ol' Blue Eyes

The Mushroom at the End of the World

Stephanie Bastek

An excerpt from Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing’s new book about life in ecological crisis

A Field Philosopher’s Guide to Fracking

Stephanie Bastek

A brief excerpt from Adam Briggle’s new book about fighting Big Oil in Texas

Workshops of Empire

Stephanie Bastek

A brief excerpt from Eric Bennett’s new book about creative writing and the Cold War

Changing the Subject

Stephanie Bastek

An excerpt from Sven Birkerts’s latest book about art in the Internet age

Strangers Drowning

Stephanie Bastek

A brief excerpt from Larissa MacFarquhar’s new book about extreme virtue

The Invention of Nature

Stephanie Bastek

A brief excerpt from Andrea Wulf’s new book about Alexander von Humboldt

A Strange Business

Stephanie Bastek

A brief excerpt from James Hamilton’s new history of art dealership

South Toward Home

Stephanie Bastek

A brief excerpt from a new book by Margaret Eby

Latest Readings

Stephanie Bastek

A brief excerpt from Clive James’s new collection of essays

Pedigree

Stephanie Bastek

A brief excerpt from Nobel prizewinner Patrick Modiano’s memoir

Mindware

Stephanie Bastek

A brief excerpt from Richard E. Nisbett’s new book

The Meaning of the Library

Stephanie Bastek

A brief excerpt from a new collection of essays, edited by Alice Crawford