JULY 1914 by Sean McMeekin
Released: April 9, 2013

"Tuchman remains irresistible, and David Fromkin's Europe's Last Summer (2004) is the best modern history, but McMeekin delivers a gripping, almost day-by-day chronicle of the increasingly frantic maneuvers of European civilian leaders who mostly didn't want war and military leaders who had less objection."
McMeekin (History/Koç Univ.; The Russian Origins of the First World War, 2011, etc.) treads familiar ground but delivers a thoroughly rewarding account that spares no nation regarding the causes of World War I, although Germany receives more than its share of blame. Read full book review >
MY MISTAKE by Daniel Menaker
Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"Menaker doesn't just recount experiences; he digs away at them with wit and astute reflection, looking for the pattern of a life that defies easy profit-and-loss lessons."
A well-known editor's funny and thoughtful memoir of wrong turns, both in and out of publishing. Read full book review >

SOUL FOOD by Adrian  Miller
Released: Aug. 15, 2013

"An engaging, tradition-rich look at an often overlooked American cuisine—certainly to be of interest to foodies from all walks of life."
Delving deep into the culinary (and social) history of one of America's oldest cuisines: soul food. Read full book review >
DALLAS 1963 by Bill Minutaglio
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Despite the calendar slog, the authors make a compelling, tacit parallel to today's running threats by extremist groups."
In a chronological, episodic narrative that grows somewhat tedious yet chilling, Minutaglio (City on Fire: The Explosion That Devastated a Texas Town and Ignited a Historic Legal Battle, 2004, etc.) and Davis (J. Frank Dobie, 2009, etc.) unearth the various fringe elements rampant in Dallas in the three years (from January 1960 to November 1963) preceding John F. Kennedy's assassination. Read full book review >
Released: May 14, 2013

"A top-notch biography of Oppenheimer to sit alongside Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin's American Prometheus (2006)."
A highly detailed examination of the life and times of Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967), the man who ushered in the Atomic Age and played a leading role in putting American science on the map. Read full book review >

Released: April 9, 2013

"A darkly enlightening tale—thoroughly researched, gracefully written—about Enlightenment thought, male arrogance and the magic of successful matrimony."
The award-winning author of The Knife Man (2005) returns with a true-life, truly bizarre tale set in Georgian England. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"Although human cognition remains uniquely profound, evolution guarantees that it has a long history, and Morell makes a fascinating, convincing case that even primitive animals give some thought to their actions."
Animals not only have minds, but personalities and emotions. They make plans, calculate, cheat and even teach, writes veteran science writer Morell (Ancestral Passions: The Leakey Family and the Quest for Humankind's Beginnings, 1997) in this delightful exploration of how animals think. Read full book review >
SALT SUGAR FAT by Michael Moss
Released: March 12, 2013

"A shocking, galvanizing manifesto against the corporations manipulating nutrition to fatten their bottom line—one of the most important books of the year."
A revelatory look at America's increasing consumption of unhealthy products and at how the biggest food manufacturers ignore health risks, and employ savvy advertising campaigns, to keep us hooked on the ingredients that ensure big profit. Read full book review >