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 |
BY THE end of "Devil in the Details," Jennifer Traig's 2004 memoir of her obsessive-compulsive childhood, she was liberated from the need to lather her hands raw, scrub surfaces clean of invisible contaminants and pray several hours a day. Her latest book, "Well Enough Alone," picks up where she left off, her obsessive-compulsive disorder mostly under control. Then hypochondria kicks in.