I’ve been a big fan of Richard Powers’ work since I came upon Galatae 2.2 in graduate school. His books combine science and technology with keen observations on the human condition. His recent book, The Overstory, was his best yet. It changed how I viewed […]

I’m looking forward to reading Ronald C. White’s  latest book, Lincoln in Private. From the publisher: “From the New York Times bestselling author of A. Lincoln and American Ulysses, a revelatory glimpse into the intellectual journey of our sixteenth president through his private notes to himself, explored together here for the first […]

I’m reading a very interesting book that tells an inside story of one of the titans of Wall Street. It’s called Inside Money: Brown Brothers Harriman and the American Way of Life, written by Zachary Karabell. Here is the publisher’s description about Inside Money, “a sweeping […]

I am looking forward to reading Louis Menand’s latest book, The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War. I really enjoyed his previous Pulitzer Prize-winning The Metaphysical Club. Here is the publisher’s summary of his new work. “The Cold War was not just […]

I am looking forward to two recently relased books that currently reside on my nightstand: Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World by Simon Winchester, and Religion and the Rise of Capitalism by Benjamin M. Frieman. If they share any qualities, they […]

I’ve save the first of Robert Richardson’s trio of outstanding biographies for last: Henry Thoreau: A Life of the Mind. I would highly recommend William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism and Emerson: The Mind on Fire. The publisher’s description: “The two years Thoreau […]

I’m looking forward to reading Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson’s latest book, Caste: The Origins of our Discontents.  The New York Times has already called it an instant American classic. A description from the publisher: “In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful […]

It’s getting great reviews and I am excited to start reading (as soon as I finish a very good biography): The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy and the Life of John Meynard Keynes by Zachary D. Carter. Description from the publisher: “At the dawn of World […]

This is a documentary I can’t wait to see: The Booksellers. It opens March 6. From the producer’s description: “Antiquarian booksellers are part scholar, part detective and part businessperson, and their personalities and knowledge are as broad as the material they handle. They also play […]

It’s the holiday season, and it’s also the time of year when media outlets publish their lists for the best books of the year. Here are just a few: The Best of 2019 NPR’s favorite books of the year New York Times 10 Best Books […]