Holiday reads: 12 of the best new books for summer

Whether you are staycationing, travelling somewhere on the liable-to-change list of allowable destinations or even quarantining at home post-holiday, you'll need a summer read. Hannah Stephenson selects a dozen to take your mind of you-know-what EVEN if you’re not going away this summer, yo


The Semiclassical Way by Eric J. Heller

Physical systems have been traditionally described in terms of either classical or quantum mechanics. But in recent years, semiclassical methods have developed rapidly, providing deep physical insight and computational tools for quantum dynamics and spectroscopy. In this book, Eric Heller introduces


What We Are Reading Today: The Open Sea by J. G. Manning

In The Open Sea, J. G. Manning offers a major new history of economic life in the Mediterranean world during the Iron Age, from Phoenician trading down to the Hellenistic era and the beginning of Rome’s supremacy. Drawing on a wide range of ancient sources and the latest social theory, Manni


Review: Algerian author Kaouther Adimi’s ‘Our Riches’ is a masterful tale

There is a small place in Algiers, on Rue Hamani, with a sign in the window that says: “One who reads is worth two who don’t.” It is Les Vraies Richesses, where Kaouther Adimi’s brilliant English debut “Our Riches” takes place. It is where she weaves between past


1000 Women in Horror author says book could have been ten times longer

  The history of the horror genre is routinely told via the careers of male directors such as James Whale, Alfred Hitchcock, George Romero, John Carpenter, and Wes Craven. Author Alexandra Heller-Nicholas' just-published book 1000 Women in Horror: 1895-2018, takes a very different approach, sh


10 New Books We Recommend This Week

We dig deep into personalities in several of this week’s recommended books, and we start at the top, with the president. Mary Trump’s “Too Much and Never Enough,” about her uncle Donald and her extended family’s dysfunction, sits atop The New York Times’s best-s


The Indomitable Florence Finch

Author: Robert J. Mrazek The Indomitable Florence Finch is the story of the transcendent bravery of a woman who belongs in America’s pantheon of war heroes.Florence Finch, the unsung World War II hero, saved countless American lives in the Philippines.After the war, she moved to the US,


New Book Claims that Adolf Hitler’s True and Only Love Was His Niece

Little is known about Hitler’s personal life. The leader of the Nazi party devoted his entire life to politics and only shortly before Nazi Germany surrendered did he marry his long-time companion Eva Braun. Adolf Hitler’s niece, Angela Maria "Geli" Raubal, was the one and only w


Unhealthy Politics: The Battle over Evidence-Based Medicine

Edited by Eric M. Patashnik, Alan S. Gerber and Conor M. Dowling The US medical system is touted as the most advanced in the world, yet many common treatments are not based on sound science.  Unhealthy Politics sheds new light on why the government’s response to this troubling situ


False Alarm

Author: Bjorn Lomborg The thesis of Bjorn Lomborg’s False Alarm is simple and simplistic: Activists have been sounding a false alarm about the dangers of climate change.“If we listen to them, Lomborg says, we will waste trillions of dollars, achieve little and the poor will suffer the m


LITERARY FICTION

UTOPIA AVENUE by David Mitchell (Sceptre £20, 544 pp) When not producing genre-busting novels that push up against the borders of realism and linear time, David Mitchell has a fondness for good old-fashioned nostalgia. Utopia Avenue is soaked in the stuff: a paean to a vanished music cultur


Lisa Lucas to Head Pantheon and Schocken Books

Lisa Lucas, the executive director of the National Book Foundation, has been named senior v-p and publisher of Pantheon and Schocken Books. The news of her appointment was made by Reagan Arthur, executive v-p and publisher of Knopf, Pantheon, and Shocken, to whom she will report. Lucas, the first p


Simon & Schuster Moves Up Mary Trump Book to July 14

‘I Am the Only Trump Who Is Willing To Tell’As Publishing Perspectives readers know, the latest book to draw Trumpian attempts to block publication is Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man. by Donald Trump’s niece Mary.Today, the publ


Factory Girls by E. Patricia Tsurumi

Investigating the enormous contribution made by female textile workers to early industrialization in Meiji Japan, Patricia Tsurumi vividly documents not only their hardships but also their triumphs. While their skills and long hours created profits for factory owners that in turn benefited the state


Down from Olympus

Since the publication of Eliza May Butler’s Tyranny of Greece over Germany in 1935, the obsession of the German educated elite with the ancient Greeks has become an accepted, if severely underanalyzed, cliché. In Down from Olympus, Suzanne Marchand attempts to come to grips with German


The World: A Brief Introduction

Author: Richard Haass The ambition of Richard Haass’ new book is clear from its title: The World: A Brief Introduction.In just 400 pages, Haass, who has been the president of the nonpartisan Council on Foreign Relations since 2003, offers a primer on world affairs.“The whole lesson of t


First Things by Hadley Arkes

This book restores to us an understanding that was once settled in the “moral sciences:” That there are propositions, in morals and law, which are not only true but which cannot be otherwise.  It was understood in the past that, in morals or in mathematics, our knowledge begins wit


First Things by Hadley Arkes

This book restores to us an understanding that was once settled in the “moral sciences:” That there are propositions, in morals and law, which are not only true but which cannot be otherwise.  It was understood in the past that, in morals or in mathematics, our knowledge begins wit




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