Berggruen Prize winner and University of Chicago professor Martha Nussbaum’s Why Some Men are Above the Law: Courage, Law, and Social change, about the evolution since the 1970s in attitudes and the law on sexual violence and harassment, the individuals who have moved it forward and those who still don’t get it, and where we go from here. To Norton.
TV political commentator, University of Virginia political scientist, author of the bestselling The Kennedy Half-Century Larry Sabato’s A Conspiracy of Silence, an examination of the newly released documents on the Kennedy assassination that finally explains why the American people still feel their government is hiding something from them about that tragic event. To Basic Books.
Winner of the American Society of Magazine Editors’ General Excellence, Special Interest award, Kazoo Magazine‘s Erin Bried’s two-book Kazoo anthology series for young girls on the lives of amazing women, the first book featuring short comics biographies, the second comic mazes. To Knopf Children’s.
Astrophysicist-turned-science writer David Lindley’s The Dream Universe, the story of three towering figures of science, two diametrically opposed notions of how to unravel the secrets of the universe, and one stunning question about wither twenty-first century physics, by the author of the highly-praised Uncertainty. To Doubleday.
National Book Award finalist and Bancroft Award-winner for The Other Slavery Andres Resendez’s An Age of Discovery, an adventure story of a mixed-race pilot, recruited as expert navigator for a secret Spanish mission — to achieve Magellan’s failed goal, but only of traveling from Europe via the Americas to the Spice Islands, but of making the return voyage to the Americas — a daring accomplishment that made our world a truly globalized one for the first time in human history. To Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Bestselling author (Brilliant Blunders and The Golden Ratio) Mario Livio’s And Yet it Moves, a new biography of Galileo that relates his life and struggles to the problems we are facing today, including the current brutal attack on intellectualism; the science v. religion debate, and the divide between science and the humanities. To Simon and Schuster
Lucy Knisley’s Stepping Stones, the first in a middle-grade contemporary graphic novel trilogy based on Lucy’s own life, tackling the experience of new step-siblings; and Wocks, the first of two picture books, about going on the hunt for the perfect rock. To Random House Graphic and Knopf Children’s, in a five-book deal.
Journalist and former physics editor for American Scientist, George Musser’s Putting Ourselves in the Equation: Why a “Theory of Everything” May Have to Include the Conscious Mind, the story of the physicists who believe that by studying the human brain, and in particular the nature of consciousness, they may finally resolve some of the most important open questions in modern physics today. To Farrar Straus.
Syracuse University political scientist Elizabeth Cohen’s Illegal: How America’s Lawless Immigration Regime Threatens Us All, showing how the erosion of core rights and democratic principles by ICE and other agencies imperils not only the undocumented and American citizens related to them but everyone in the United States. To Basic Books.
Rainmaker Thinking founder and author of the bestselling It’s Okay to Be the Boss, Bruce Tulgan’s When to Say NO, How to Say YES, about how to master relationships and succeed in the new interdependent “matrixed” workplace. To Harvard Business School Press.
Columbia University historian Victoria de Grazia’s Mussolini’s New Man: Intimacy and Power in Fascist Italy, a new examination of how the personal and the political converged to reshape Italian society and culture under Il Duce. To Harvard University Press.
Bancroft Award-winner Anne Hyde’s Trapped: The Tragic Story of Indian-White Families and What Might Have Been in the Settlement of the American West, a groundbreaking history of the mixed race communities that were the heart of the fur trade – for a time America’s central economic engine – and whose prime role in settling the West held out the hope of a nation that would be truly blended, only to be destroyed by racism and religious intolerance, then lost to history. To Norton.
Harvard Law Professor Mark Tushnet’s Taking Back the Constitution, an examination of the Supreme Court today and the Supreme Court of tomorrow, and what needs to be done practically and politically to end the conservative takeover of the Court and the hijacking of the Constitution. To Yale.
First woman to head the National Science Foundation Rita Colwell’s untitled memoir, written with Sharon Bertsch McGrayne, a story of scientific discovery while exposing the sexism she’s seen in her seven decades as a science pioneer. To Simon and Schuster
Alison Bechdel’s next graphic memoir, The Secret to Superhuman Strength, about her love affair with exertion and exercise, in which her lifelong pursuit of fitness is set against the history of fitness culture in America and illuminated by texts ranging from Jane Fonda’s Workout Book to classic Buddhist works. To Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Associate Dean at UVA, and Leonardo scholar Francesca Fiorani’s The Shadow Drawing: How Science Shaped the Painting of Leonardo and How Leonardo Changed the Painting of the Renaissance, the story of the young Leonardo. To Farrar, Straus
Historian Pamela Haag’s You’re Not Just a Scholar, You’re Also a Writer, a guidebook to good writing for academics seeking book publication, from the university presses to the major commercial houses. To Yale.
Anthropology professor Brian Fagan’s and Archeology professor Nadia Durrani’s What We Did In Bed: A Horizontal History that treats the changing role of beds in our personal and professional lives. To Yale University Press
University of Chicago professor Martha Nussbaum’s Our Fellow Animals, a philosophical manifesto that gives us a new theory of animal rights by challenging our very idea of what is “animal” and redefining how we consider the role animals play in our world. To Simon & Schuster.
PEN and PLUTARCH award-winner in biography as well as finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography Linda Leavell’s The Spirit of 291, a nonfiction narrative of the artists drawn together by Alfred Stieglitz and the powerful artistic atmosphere he created at his famed exhibition space. To Farrar, Straus
Holder of the Daniel M. Lyons Chair of History at Brooklyn College and a scholar of the American Revolution Benjamin Carp’s The Night Broadway Burned, solving the mystery of who really set New York City ablaze in the Great Fire of 1776, one of the Revolution’s most controversial episodes and an event that might just be the first real instance of fake news in American history. To Yale.
PEN biography runner-up Wendy Moffat’s Wounded Minds, about the 1920s intellectual and emotional partnership of the first psychiatrist in any American army and The New Republic’s WWI correspondent that resulted in the recognition of the trauma we now call PTSD and the establishment of mental health treatment for war veterans. To Farrar Straus.
Marya Hornbacher’s We’ve Been Healing All Along: Real Lives, Real Strategies on the Road to Mental Health, using profiles of scientists, psychiatrists, and patients who are pushing the boundaries of our knowledge of mental illness to tell the story of how disorders previously viewed as impossible to cure may not be merely manageable but healed. To Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Legal and Policy Advocate Barbara Freese’s In Denial: Why Rationalizing Corporate Harm is So Easy–and So Dangerous, a collection of eight cases of corporate officials who for different reasons get locked into an extreme defensive response and can’t let go. To University of California Press
Jean Van’t Hul’s The Artful Year: Celebrating the Seasons & Holidays with Family Arts and Crafts, a project-filled book designed to inspire and guide parents and children to make celebratory crafts together, to Roost Books.
Pulitzer-Prize winner Debby Applegate’s That Infamous Woman Polly Adler: a story of gangsters, gamblers, and the NY literati, and how prostitution played a key role in the emergence of women in the work force, from seamstresses to starlets. To Knopf Doubleday.
Visiting Scholar at Berkeley’s History of Science department Joshua Roebke’s The Invisible World, a sweeping historical narrative of what physicists accomplished in the twentieth century in their quest to understand the fundamental laws and fabric of the universe–and a cultural history that illuminates what that tumultuous century, in all its beauty and terror, did, in turn to them. To Farrar, Straus.