Book cover of The Possibility of Life: Science, Imagination, and Our Quest for Kinship in the Cosmos by Jaime Green
Astronomy & Space Science

The Possibility of Life: Science, Imagination, and Our Quest for Kinship in the Cosmos

A spellbinding exploration of alien life and the cosmos, examining how the possibility of life on other planets shapes our understanding of humanity

One of the most powerful questions humans ask about the cosmos is: Are we alone? While the science behind this inquiry is fascinating, it doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It is a reflection of our values, our fears, and most importantly, our enduring sense of hope.   […Learn More]

Book cover of Portable Magic: A History of Books and Their Readers by Emma Smith
Fiction

Portable Magic: A History of Books and Their Readers 

A history of one of humankind’s most resilient and influential technologies over the past millennium—the book. Revelatory and entertaining in equal measure, Portable Magic will charm and challenge literature lovers of all kinds as it illuminates the transformative power and eternal appeal of the written word. […Learn More]

Book cover of Animal Joy: A Book of Laughter and Resuscitation by Nuar Alsadir
Biography & Autobiography

Animal Joy: A Book of Laughter and Resuscitation

Laughter shakes us out of our deadness. An outburst of spontaneous laughter is an eruption from the unconscious that, like political resistance, poetry, or self-revelation, expresses a provocative, impish drive to burst free from external constraints. Taking laughter’s revelatory capacity as a starting point, and rooted in Nuar Alsadir’s experience as a poet and psychoanalyst, Animal Joy seeks to recover the sensation of being present and embodied. […Learn More]

Book cover of These Precious Days: Essays by Ann Patchett
Biography & Autobiography

These Precious Days: Essays

At the center of These Precious Days is the title essay, a surprising and moving meditation on an unexpected friendship that explores “what it means to be seen, to find someone with whom you can be your best and most complete self.” When Patchett chose an early galley of actor and producer Tom Hanks’ short story collection to read one night before bed, she had no idea that this single choice would be life changing. It would introduce her to a remarkable woman—Tom’s brilliant assistant Sooki—with whom she would form a profound bond that held monumental consequences for them both.  […Learn More]

Book cover of Uncertain Ground: Citizenship in an Age of Endless, Invisible War by Phil Klay
Biography & Autobiography

Uncertain Ground: Citizenship in an Age of Endless, Invisible War

From the National Book Award-winning author of Redeployment and Missionaries, an astonishing fever graph of the effects of twenty years of war in a brutally divided America.

When Phil Klay left the Marines a decade ago after serving as an officer in Iraq, he found himself a part of the community of veterans who have no choice but to grapple with the meaning of their wartime experiences—for themselves and for the country. […Learn More]

Book cover of Just Us: An American Conversation by Claudia Rankine
Politics & Social Science

Just Us: An American Conversation

In Just Us, Claudia Rankine invites us into a necessary conversation about Whiteness in America. What would it take for us to breach the silence, guilt, and violence that arise from addressing Whiteness for what it is? What are the consequences if we keep avoiding this conversation? What might it look like if we step into it? “I learned early that being right pales next to staying in the room,” she writes. […Learn More]

Book cover of How to Make a Slave and Other Essays by Jerald Walker
Biography & Autobiography

How to Make a Slave and Other Essays 

For the black community, Jerald Walker asserts in How to Make a Slave, “anger is often a prelude to a joke, as there is broad understanding that the triumph over this destructive emotion lay in finding its punchline.” It is on the knife’s edge between fury and farce that the essays in this exquisite collection balance. Whether confronting the medical profession’s racial biases, considering the complicated legacy of Michael Jackson, paying homage to his writing mentor James Alan McPherson, or attempting to break free of personal and societal stereotypes, Walker elegantly blends personal revelation and cultural critique. […Learn More]