Books The Planets by Dava Sobel Hardcover, 270 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $24.95 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe PlanetsAuthorDava Sobel Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Book Summary Explores the creation and evolution of the solar system's planets through a lens of popular culture, drawing on sources from astrology, science fiction, the fine arts, and other genres to chronicle planetary history in an accessible format. Genres: Nonfiction Science & Health Also by Dava Sobel A More Perfect Heaven The Glass Universe Galileo's Daughter Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about The Planets A Time to Read: Alan Cheuse's Holiday List December 12, 2005 Time to read during the holidays, away from school and work, is a gift you give yourself, author and book critic Alan Cheuse says. His suggested list of 2005 holiday gifts includes tales of space, dinosaurs, music and a mystical poet. A Time to Read: Alan Cheuse's Holiday List Listen Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/5005659/5049374" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Excerpt: 'The Planets' December 12, 2005 "Dava Sobel's new collection of essays is delightful and idiosyncratic," says book critic Alan Cheuse in his annual holiday roundup for All Things Considered.