The World According to Joan Didion by Evelyn McDonnell

Harper One Review by George Yatchisin You know you’re in great authorial hands when on page two of this book Evelyn McDonnell insists about her subject Joan Didion, “Narrative was…

California Against the Sea: Visions for Our Vanishing Coastline by Rosanna Xia

Heyday Review by David Starkey In California Against the Sea: Visions for Our Vanishing Coastline, Rosanna Xia, an environmental reporter for the Los Angeles Times, writes: “When talking about climate…

Who Owns This Sentence? A History of Copyrights and Wrongs by David Bellos and Alexandre Montagu

Norton Review by Walter Cummins You probably haven’t realized it, but at this very moment you’re reading intellectual property (IP). It’s a new concept to me too. I’ve been writing…

My Brother, My Land: A Story from Palestine by Sami Hermez with Sireen Sawalha

Redwood Press Review by Brian Tanguay When Great Britain was granted responsibility for Palestine under a League of Nations mandate in 1920, it limited Jewish immigration in order to maintain…

Living the California Dream: African American Leisure Sites during the Jim Crow Era by Alison Rose Jefferson

University of Nebraska Press Review by Brian Tanguay History is a curious thing, sometimes all around us and unavoidable and at other times hidden from view, obscured by time and…

The Lichen Museum by A. Laurie Palmer

Minnesota Review by David Starkey Readers thinking that lichen don’t sound like the most scintillating topic for a book have a valid concern. After all, these organisms created by the…

Our Ancient Faith: Lincoln, Democracy, and the American Experiment by Allen C. Guelzo

Knopf Review by Brian Tanguay Abraham Lincoln believed that democracy was the single greatest achievement in human history. How Lincoln came to this belief is less well known than other…

The Writer’s Garden: How Gardens Inspired the World’s Great Authors by Jackie Bennett, with photographs by Richard Hanson

Frances Lincoln Review by David Starkey Does a writer need a garden to write? Obviously not, but The Writer’s Garden: How Gardens Inspired the World’s Great Authors suggests that having…

Fascism in America: Past and Present, Edited by Gavriel D. Rosenfeld and Janet Ward

Cambridge University Press Review by Brian Tanguay One of the animating questions in the essays that comprise Fascism in America is whether or not our national political arrangement has reached…

The Three Ages of Water: Prehistoric, Past, Imperiled Present, and a Hope for the Future by Peter Gleick

Public Affairs Water Always Wins: Thriving in an Age of Drought and Deluge by Erica Gies Chicago Press Water for All: Global Solutions for a Changing Climate by David Sedlak…