May 3, 2011
A Singular Woman The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother Janny Scott Riverhead: 376 pp., $26.95
March 18, 2011
When the Thrill Is Gone A Leonid McGill Mystery Walter Mosley Riverhead: 360 pp., $26.95
July 15, 2010
Work Song A Novel Ivan Doig Riverhead: 278 pp., $25.95
December 26, 2008 |
Although it centers on the life of Joseph Priestley, the 18th century English chemist and clergyman, Steven Johnson's "The Invention of Air: A Story of Science, Faith, Revolution, and the Birth of America" is far from a conventional biography. It is the story of Priestley's ideas -- who inspired them, whom they influenced and how they came to be.
November 16, 2008 |
You could no more write a comprehensive book about walking than about breathing or sleeping. But in "The Lost Art of Walking: The History, Science, Philosophy, and Literature of Pedestrianism," Geoff Nicholson -- author of more than a dozen novels as well as, most recently, "Sex Collectors: The Secret World of Consumers, Connoisseurs, Curators, Creators, Dealers, Bibliographers, and Accumulators of 'Erotica' " -- means to try.
July 20, 2008 |
REAL ESTATE means a lot in America -- ask the Indians. Or ask some of the first white Californians to be displaced by gentrification. They can't answer, being dead. In 1900, San Francisco outlawed burials within city boundaries. Too much money could be made buying and selling land to waste it on the departed. The dead would have to find somewhere else to forever lay their heads.