• The cover of the book A History of the Bible

    A History of the Bible

    The Bible, no matter what you believe, is one of history’s most important texts, and John Barton’s A History of the Bible tells the story of this remarkable document with all its twists and turns, which, yes, is a long narrative, but such is the durability of this sacred book.

     
  • The cover of the book A Jury of Her Peers

    A Jury of Her Peers

    Elaine Showalter’s ambitious history of American women writers (following A Literature of Their Own, which chronicles English women writers) takes the reader from the period in which women were basically barred from publishing books to the numerous luminaries of contemporary literature.

     
  • The cover of the book Horizon

    Horizon

    One of the world’s best nonfiction writers (and a good fiction writer, too), Barry Lopez showcases his particular gift of describing, evoking, and promoting nature in Horizon. A vast panorama of the natural world, Horizon takes the reader on such an epic journey that afterward you feel as if you’ve traveled the globe, with the keenest guide there is.

     
  • The cover of the book Spying on the South

    Spying on the South

    The late Tony Horwitz was one of our great historians, and his final book, Spying on the South, exemplifies his range, skill, and intelligence. Starting with the story of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead’s undercover correspondence for the New York Times of the American South in the 19th century, Horwitz then follows Olmstead’s path and shows how he makes complex history read like a modern thriller.

     
  • The cover of the book The Dreamt Land

    The Dreamt Land

    There isn’t enough water in California, so in the 1940s the state created a water distribution system, which is the subject of Mark Arax’s The Dreamt Land. It’s the story of a human habitat that really shouldn’t exist but was willed into being by the incredible figures in this fascinating history.

     
  • The cover of the book Becoming Dr. Seuss

    Becoming Dr. Seuss

    From the author of George Lucas: A Life and Jim Henson: The Biography comes the tale of another majorly influential American artist: Dr. Seuss. Behind the whimsy of his children’s books, there is a complicated adult man who was unapologetically political, assiduously perfectionistic, and—in terms of the messages of his brightly colored, rhyming books—deadly serious.