March 2, 2020 In this new novel, Hilary Mantel brings her award-winning trilogy on the life of Tudor politician Thomas Cromwell to an end. And even though readers know how this story will end, it's still gripping.
The Season: A Social History of the Debutante, by Kristen Richardson
W. W. Norton & Company
November 22, 2019 Kristen Richardson traces the history of the practice, with firsthand accounts from diaries and letters, finding political strife, social upheaval and machinations to keep out so-called undesirables.
A giant tortoise on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos Islands.
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November 1, 2019 Nominally an environmental and social history of the Galápagos Islands, it lays bare the entangled issues confronting us as we attempt conservation efforts while facing a sweeping ecological crisis.
The In-Betweens: The Spiritualists, Mediums, and Legends of Camp Etna, by Mira Ptacin
October 28, 2019 Mira Ptacin spends time at Camp Etna and finds herself believing, at least, in the ideals of Spiritualism — emphasizing kindness, the importance of intuition, and the power of the unseen.
The Less People Know About Us: A Mystery of Betrayal, Family Secrets, and Stolen Identity, Axton Betz-Hamilton
Grand Central Publishing
October 20, 2019 Axton Betz-Hamilton was 12 when her family's mail began disappearing. Her memoir details what follows and, when she discovers the culprit, the painful process of collecting the pieces of her past.
Show People: A History of the Film Star, by Michael Newton
October 18, 2019 Author Michael Newton waxes rhapsodic in his new book about a century of acting, with a special fondness for performances about performance; it's taken for granted how much we love movies.
Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait, by Bathsheba Demuth
August 21, 2019 The triumph of this book is how Bathsheba Demuth pulls seemingly disparate threads together into a net of actions and consequences from which the whales, the Yupik, and our children can't escape.
Reviving Ophelia has been updated by Mary Pipher and her daughter Sara 25 years after it was first published.
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June 19, 2019 The new edition is in some ways like the retelling of a familiar tale for a new generation; but parts of the discussion that the book first inspired have moved beyond what an update can encompass.
A file photo of The Plaza Hotel.
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June 6, 2019 Julie Satow's book reads like the biography of a distant relative as much as the history of a landmark building; the author argues that no other building so directly reflects the city itself.
Ungovernable: The Victorian Parent's Guide to Raising Flawless Children, by Therese Oneill
April 19, 2019 Therese Oneill's new book presents plenty of suitably eyebrow-raising excerpts, but amid the snark at parenthood past and present, there are some unavoidable issues that come at a fraught time.
A Woman Of No Importance, by Sonia Purnell
April 11, 2019 A very smooth read about a rocky life, Sonia Purnell's biography of the masterful WWII spy is a reminder of what can be done with a few brave people — and a little resistance.
March 21, 2019 Zen Cho's followup to her Regency fantasy of manners Sorceror to the Crown builds solidly on the world she's invented, mixing historical froth with real substance.
Horizon, by Barry Lopez
March 20, 2019 Barry Lopez's new book is a biography and a portrait of some of the world's most delicate places, but at heart it's a contemplation of the belief that the way forward is compassionately, and together.
February 26, 2019 Ann Leckie's new fantasy novel is packed with family intrigue, throne-room maneuvering and nods to Hamlet in its story of a son who comes home to find his father missing and his uncle in power.