Birth control pills and depression? How strong is the link? Read Tara Haelle, science journalist and co-author (with Emily Willingham) of The Informed Parent: A Science-Based Resource for the First Four Years, on what the science tells us and does not tell us.
A second round of congratulations to Andrés Reséndez, whose book, The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Slavery in America, has made the short list and is now a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction.
And congratulations to Joshua Roebke, for being awarded a Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant for his work in progress, The Invisible World: The Story of Physics in the 20th Century.
Read the powerful essay by Stephanie Coontz, author of The Way we Never Were, on “Taking the Nostalgia of Trump Supporters Seriously.”
Gretchen Bakke’s The Grid: The Fraying Wires between Americans and our Energy Future, has just been released. In a lead review, The Wall Street Journal called it “lucid and thought-provoking.” Science Magazine described this cultural history” as “full of rich details.”
Elizabeth Warren, co-author with her daughter, Amelia Tyagi, of The Two-IncomeTrap: Why Middle-Class Parents are Going Broke spoke on Monday night at the Democratic Presidential Convention.
Follow the latest on the 2016 political races (and everything else) on Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight.
Watch for Larry Sabato’s commentary on Clinton and Trump on MSNBC, Fox, and CNN. His Crystal Ball has a remarkable 98% accuracy rating.
Fun Home, the Tony Award-winning musical based on Alison Bechdel’s book, is about to start a major national tour.
Mario Livio’s Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein, Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists that Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe is on the nonfiction Washington Post paperback bestseller list. His earlier book, Is God a Mathematician? became the basis for the Nova show “The Great Math Mystery,” which is now up for an Emmy in Science Documentary. Dan Brown (The DaVinci Code) has tweeted of Mario that he is “one of my favorite authors.”
Martha Nussbaum, whose new book is Anger and Forgiveness, is profiled in The New Yorker. The Atlantic asked her to reveal her framework for understanding the rise of Donald Trump. She has also just been awarded Japan’s Kyoto Prize in Philosophy.
Pamela Haag’s The Gunning of America has been featured in The New York Times “Fresh Reads” newsletter. The New York Review of Books,The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post have all listed the book as recommended reading.
Andres Resendez’s The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Slavery in America has been cited by The LA Times as a work of history that “can change the course of an entire field and upset the received notions and received knowledge of the generations.”
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller’s The Only Rule Is It Has To Work: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team has been a top ten hardcover sports title since its publication and is a New York Times Sports and Fitness bestseller. Ben and Sam have written about their experience for the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.
Security “Guru” [The Economist] Bruce Schneier’s book David and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World was a New York Times bestseller. His blog, Schneier on Security, has over 250,000 readers.
Bill Moyers called Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson “the Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson of political science.” Read them on themes from their new book, American Amnesia, in The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, and The New York Times. The Times also named American Amnesia an Editors’ Choice book.
Kayla Williams, author of Love My Rifle More Than You and Plenty of Time When We Get Home, has been appointed the VA’s Director of the Center for Women Veterans.
Marya Hornbacher, author of Madness: A Bi-Polar Life and Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulemia, has won the Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction.
Read the Washington Post’s Chris Mooney, author of The Republican War on Science and Storm World, for the most up-to-date analysis of the impact of climate change.
Greg Grandin was awarded the 2015 Bancroft Prize for his book The Empire of Deception: Slavery, Freedom,
Pamela Katz’s new screenplay of The Odd Couple is in pre-production with Margarethe von Trotta set to direct.
According to Keith Olbermann, Jonah Keri, the author of Up, Up, and Away and The Extra 2%, is “one of the great thinkers of the game” - baseball, of course.
Sheril Kirshenbaum, the author of The Science of Kissing and the executive director of ScienceDebate, is leading the charge for the presidential candidates to debate science and technology policies.
Listen to Sarah Wildman on Paper Love on All Things Considered.
Linda Leavell’s Holding on Upside Down: The Life and Work of Marianne Moore won the PEN Aware for biography, the Plutarch Award, and the Modernist Studies Association Award.
Mary Roach calls Seth Kantner’s Ordinary Wolves “extraordinary.” It was named the number one book to read about Alaska in a poll conducted by Alaska Public Radio.
Amy Greenberg’s A Wicked War won the Myra Bernath Award of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the best book award from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, and the Robert Utley Award from the Western History Association.
Vali Nasr, author of The Dispensible Nation, writes about the crisis in Ukraine on the The New York Times op ed page.
Read a five-page review of Rana Mitter’s Forgotten Ally:China’s World War II: 1937-45 in The New Yorker. The book has also been reviewed in The Daily Beast, The Economist, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and theWashington Post, which says he “masterfully constructs these interlocking stories of battles, famines, massacres, diplomacy and intrigue.” The Financial Times just named it a Book of the Year.
Stephanie Coontz had the cover of the New York Times Sunday Review to talk about the state of American gender equality. She also recently spoke with Stephen Colbert about her book A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s on The Colbert Report.
Nicole Georges has won this year’s Lambda Best Graphic Novel Award for Calling Dr. Laura.
Read the interview with Joseph Blasi and Richard Freeman on their new book The Citizen’s Share: Putting Ownership Back into Democracy with PBS’s Paul Solman.and Deception in the New World.
Jake Wood’s Team Rubicon is busy with West Virginia floods clean-up. Read his piece about veterans in Time.
Inc Magazine has named their top 50 leadership and management experts, and both John Baldoni and Mike Myatt (the author of Hacking Leadership) made the list.
Read Brian Fagan’s excerpt, “The Impending Deluge,” from The Attacking Oceans: The Past, Present, and Future of Rising Sea Levels, on the op-ed page of The New York Times.
Keith Meldahl’s Hard Road West, a geological history of the westward journey, was described by The Atlantic’s literary and national editor Benjamin Schwartz as “one of the best books I’ve read in the past five years.”
Jonathan Rieder’s op-ed, excerpted from his book Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed a Nation, is featured in The New York Times.
Sharon McGrayne’s book on Bayes’ Rule, The Theory That Would Not Die, was lauded by Alan Krueger, the new chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, in an interview in the New York Times.
Ellen Forney has been nominated for an Eisner Award. Her memoir Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me is a New York Times bestseller, and named a best book of 2012 by The Washington Post, Time, and Entertainment Weekly. Her memoir has earned raves from NPR, Time, O, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times, among others. She is the 2012 “Genius Award” winner, in Literature, from The Stranger magazine, and was recently interviewed on NPR’s Morning Edition.
Lucy Knisley’s Relish: My Life in the Kitchen is a New York Times Bestseller, and has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall St. Journal, USA Today, The Village Voice, Wired, and NPR, among many others, and has earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly. It has been named one of the “10 Most Anticipated Graphic Novels & Comics of 2013″ by Paste Magazine and a “Book of the Week” by PW. Her national book tour kicks off in NYC this April.