Booklist Editors' Choice: Adult Books
The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Wedged between LBJ’s triumphant Senate career and his presidency, this riveting fourth volume in Caro’s acclaimed series addresses the 1960 presidential campaign, the three frustrating years as vice president, and the transition between the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. A fascinating character study. (Top of the List winner—Adult Nonfiction.)
Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937–1948
Accessing political history for a wide readership, Albright renders a powerfully somber accounting of the fates of her extended family during the Holocaust. No reader will close her memoir unmoved.
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis
Ace popular historian Egan tells the suspenseful and heroic story of master photographer Edward Curtis and the sacrifices he made to document North American Indian life in what stands as an essential body of work.
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of American Lion (2008) brings to bear his focused and sensitive scholarship, rich prose style, and acute sense of the need to ground his subject in time and place and observe him in his natural habitat.
A definitive biography of the distinguished American playwright and novelist, author of such works as Our Town and The Bridge of San Luis Ray.
Global Weirdness: Severe Storms, Deadly Heat Waves, Relentless Drought, Rising Seas, and the Weather of the Future
Climate Central, a nonpartisan collective of ecological experts, presents a succinct yet comprehensive overview of how human-generated CO2 pollution is contributing to the crises we’re experiencing as climate change accelerates.
The Social Conquest of Earth
In this passionate analysis of the human condition, renowned biologist Wilson guides us through the great maze of evolutionary adaptations that led to our ancestors’ “advanced social life,” the biological wellspring for tribalism, art, and morality.
New Collected Poems
Though Berry is best known for his fiction and essays, his poetry is the radiant heart of his prophetic art as he writes about life, death, and his Kentucky farming community, illuminating the virtue of living in harmony with the land and its creatures.
Olds, a poet of indomitable candor, continues to follow the arc of her life in her searing poetry, here chronicling the sudden end of her long marriage, moving from the personal to the cosmic in a hard-won artistic victory over anguish.
The Mansion of Happiness
In this witty, provocative, and deeply informed essay collection, Lepore considers how perceptions about life and death in all their weighty complexity have evolved over time in the realms of religion, law, and politics