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. relgion debate, and the divide between science and the humanities. To Simon and Schuster
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
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
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.
University of Chicago professor of philosophy Martha Nussbaum’s The Monarchy of Fear, an examination of the primal “political emotions” behind the 2016 election and the threat they pose to democracy here and abroad. To Simon and Schuster.
Creator and editor of Kazoo Magazine Erin Bried’s two-book 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
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.
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.
Atlantic correspondent, EFF Board member, and best-selling author Bruce Schneier’s The Feudal Internet, explaining that the digital revolution that empowered the masses will soon only empower governments and businesses, with everyday users having only the illusion of control. To Norton.
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
Anthropology professor Brian Fagan’s and Archeology professor Nadia Durrani’s What We Did In Bed: A Horizontal A Little that treats the changing role of beds in our personal and professional lives. To Yale University Press
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
Pulitzer finalist for nonfiction William Hitchcock’s The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s, a history of the Eisenhower years. 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
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.
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.
Helen Zia’s Exodus, Shanghai: Fleeing Mao, Changing the World, the first history of the Shanghai diaspora at the end of the Chinese civil war and how it changed the futures of Taiwan, Hong Kong, the US, and China, based on original research uncovered during her Fulbright in China. To Ballantine.
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.