Book cover of The World: A Family History of Humanity by Simon Sebag Montefiore
Biography & Autobiography

The World: A Family History of Humanity

Around 950,000 years ago, a family of five walked along the beach and left behind the oldest family footprints ever discovered. For award-winning historian Simon Sebag Montefiore, these poignant, familiar fossils serve as an inspiration for a new kind of world history, one that is genuinely global, spans all eras and all continents, and focuses on the family ties that connect every one of us. […Learn More]

Book cover of Dinner with the President: Food, Politics, and a History of Breaking Bread at the White House by Alex Prud'homme
Biography & Autobiography

Dinner with the President: Food, Politics, and a History of Breaking Bread at the White House

A wonderfully entertaining, often surprising history of presidential taste, from the grim meals eaten by Washington and his starving troops at Valley Forge to Trump’s fast-food burgers and Biden’s ice cream—what they ate, why they ate it, and what it tells us about the state of the nation—from the coauthor of Julia Child’s best-selling memoir My Life in France […Learn More]

Book cover of Blood Memory: The Tragic Decline and Improbable Resurrection of the American Buffalo by Dayton Duncan & Ken Burns
Americas

Blood Memory: The Tragic Decline and Improbable Resurrection of the American Buffalo

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[su_expand height="0"]The epic story of the buffalo in America, from prehistoric times to today—a moving and beautifully illustrated work of natural history inspired by the PBS series “American Buffalo”

The American buffalo—our nation’s official mammal—is an improbable, shaggy beast that has found itself at the center of many of our most mythic and sometimes heartbreaking tales. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Land of Hope and Fear: Israel's Battle for Its Inner Soul by Isabel Kershner
History

The Land of Hope and Fear: Israel’s Battle for Its Inner Soul

An urgent, wide-ranging portrait of the divisions among Israelis today, and the external threats to their country, at a critical juncture in its history. • Through moving narratives and on-the-ground reporting, a veteran New York Times correspondent who has spent decades working in Israel reveals what holds the country together. […Learn More]

Book cover of Time's Echo: The Second World War, the Holocaust, and the Music of Remembrance by Jeremy Eichler
Biography & Autobiography

Time’s Echo: The Second World War, the Holocaust, and the Music of Remembrance 

In 1785, when the great German poet Friedrich Schiller penned his immortal “Ode to Joy,” he crystallized the deepest hopes and dreams of the European Enlightenment for a new era of peace and freedom, a time when millions would be embraced as equals. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony then gave wing to Schiller’s words, but barely a century later these same words were claimed by Nazi propagandists and twisted by a barbarism so complete that it ruptured, as one philosopher put it, “the deep layer of solidarity among all who wear a human face.” […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]