In Norman Lock’s fourth American Novels series book, A Fugitive in Walden Woods, Henry David Thoreau’s principles are tested when a young man escapes from slavery into Walden Woods.
In A Loaded Gun, Jerome Charyn offers a passionate and deeply researched reassessment of Emily Dickinson’s life and singular legacy in American arts and letters.
Called “one of the best critiques of current mathematics education” by Keith Devlin, A Mathematician’s Lament by Paul Lockhart reveals math to be a creative art form on par with painting, poetry, and sculpture, and rejects the standard anxiety-producing teaching methods used in most schools today.
A Proper Knowledge, by Michelle Latiolais, tells the story of a gifted psychiatrist, who is seeking to penetrate the mysteries of childhood autism. Called “both clinical and poetic” by Alice Sebold, A Proper Knowledge is an insightful investigation into the misunderstood pathways of the brain—and the heart.
Meredith Tax’s A Road Unforeseen: Women Fight the Islamic State tells the story behind the secular feminist army courageously challenging ISIS/ISIL.
Melissa Pritchard’s A Solemn Pleasure, from The Art of the Essay series, offers reflections on a literary life pulled in two directions: from war zone journalism to the writing and teaching of fiction.
Magdaléna Platzová’s Aaron’s Leap is a multigenerational saga inspired by Bauhaus artists and the impact of the Holocaust’s lingering legacy on their children and protégés.
In Norman Lock’s novel American Meteor, a scrappy Brooklyn orphan turned vengeful assassin narrates a visionary tale of the American West.
Brian Booker’s debut collection of short fiction, Are You Here For What I’m Here For?, delivers seven palpably tense and exquisitely atmospheric stories of people confronting their innermost fears.
A journalist’s suicide reveals a country on the verge of implosion in Pascale Kramer’s Autopsy of a Father, an intimate portrait of family disintegration.
In Awkward: A Detour Mary Cappello mines her own personal and intellectual pursuits—from travels in Russia and Italy to childhood letters, the writings of Henry James, and the films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder—to decipher the powerful messages that awkwardness can transmit.
David C. Cassidy’s Beyond Uncertainty is the definitive biography of German physicist Werner Heisenberg, updated to include long-suppressed information on Heisenberg’s role in the Nazi atomic bomb project.
In Richard Wiley’s novel Bob Stevenson, a psychiatrist falls for a charismatic patient and must unravel the mystery of his identity.
Boltzmann’s Tomb is a travelogue through the history of science by the award-winning Bill Green. Using Ludwig Boltzmann’s theories of randomness and entropy in the microscopic world as a larger metaphor for life, Green shows us that science, like art, is a lived adventure.
Country of Ash is the gripping personal narrative of Edward Reicher, a Jewish doctor who miraculously survived the Holocaust, first inside the Lodz and Warsaw ghettoes, where he was forced to treat the Gestapo, then on the Aryan side of Warsaw, where he hid under numerous disguises until the end of World War II.
Mark Podwal, best known for his political drawings on the New York Times op-ed page, focuses on the human body as a medical specimen in Doctored Drawings, visually representing the essence of major public health issues through witty, entertaining illustrations.
Epigenetics in the Age of Twitter by Gerald Weissmann is a collection of humorous, erudite essays about how epigenetics, which attempts to explain how our genes respond to our environment, is just the latest twist in the historic nature vs. nurture debate.
Nicholas Fox Weber’s Freud’s Trip to Orvieto is an illuminating journey into a complex mind, a searing exploration of masculinity, and a richly illustrated celebration of art’s provocative power.
With Galileo’s Gout Gerald Weissmann transports us back across more than four hundred years of pivotal moments in science and medicine. He lingers with Galileo in 17th-century Florence, Diderot in Enlightenment Paris, William and Alice James in fin-de-siecle Boston, and Craig Venter decoding the genome at the dawn of the twenty-first century.
Ghost Moth, by Irish actress and debut novelist Michèle Forbes, is an exceptional tale about a family whose buried secrets come to light during a time known as “The Troubles,” when Catholic Republicans and Protestant Loyalists clashed in the streets of Belfast.
In Good People, Robert Lopez delivers twenty stories of lives lost and found at the crossroads of the ordinary, the bizarre, the tragic, and the comic.
I Thought I Could Fly combines personal narratives with Charlee Brodsky’s stark black-and-white photographs to touch upon schizophrenia, manic depression, bipolar disorder, and OCD, forming a poignant portrait of patients and families struggling with mental illness.
Jonathan D. Moreno’s Impromptu Man is the definitive biography of Jacob L. Moreno, the creative genius behind major 20th-century movements in therapy and theater.
Gregory Spatz’s Inukshuk explores a modern-day Canadian teenager’s relationship with his father and the boy’s growing obsession with the legendary Victorian adventurer John Franklin whose crew descended into despair, madness, and cannibalism on the Arctic tundra.
Invisible Beasts, Sharona Muir's first work of fiction, is an Aesop’s Fables for the age of extinction.
In Jerzy: A Novel, Jerome Charyn tells the startling story of a celebrated author whose life was warped by war, shrouded in mystery, and broken by scandal.
Mark A. Largent’s Keep Out of Reach of Children is a modern medical mystery about Reye’s syndrome , an illness that ravaged healthy children, changed policy, and vanished before a cause was found.
With Leonardo’s Foot, Carol Ann Rinzler has created a wonderfully diverse catalogue of details on our often hidden and overlooked feet, including the ideal human form in classical antiquity, an array of foot maladies that affected luminaries from Lord Byron to Benjamin Franklin, and the history of foot fetishism.
Norman Lock’s Love Among the Particles is a dark and marvelous journey from the Industrial Age, through Hollywood’s Golden Age, into the Digital Age and beyond. His characters may walk out of the pages of Robert Louis Stevenson, Mark Twain, Franz Kafka, or Gaston Leroux, but they are distinctly his own.
Jonathan Moreno’s Mind Wars covers the ethical dilemmas and bizarre history of cutting-edge technology and neuroscience developed for military applications. The author discusses the innovative Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the role of scientific research in preparing the military for the twenty-first century.
In Eduardo Halfon’s Monastery, the haunting and mysterious journey continues for the hero of the acclaimed The Polish Boxer.
Gerald Weissmann’s Mortal and Immortal DNA takes us on a scientifically informed exploration of the western canon, from Greek mythology to W.H. Auden, and offers amusing insights into popular culture, from Paris Hilton to the true life story of Kathryn Lee Bates, the lesbian poet who penned “America the Beautiful.”
Natural Selections, David Barash’s indispensable tour of evolutionary biology, takes on the hot-button questions of the moment: Intelligent Design, gender differences, and the decoding of the human genome.
Pale Faces explores how anemia affects our most essential bodily fluid: blood. Delving into this illness as metaphor, Charles L. Bardes’ innovative “pathography” ranges widely through history, mythology, literature, and clinical practice to examine how our notions of medical conditions are often rooted in language, symbolism, and culture.
Melissa Pritchard’s Palmerino is a richly atmospheric, supernaturally-shaded novel based on the true story of Violet Paget, aka Vernon Lee, the brilliant Victorian-era writer and intellectual.
In Places of the Heart, neuroscientist Colin Ellard illuminates how we make and are made by the world both real and virtual.
Comprised of writings from the forward thinking Center for American Progress, Science Next offers innovative approaches to the most important issues of our time, such as global warming and climate change, stem cell research, national security, and communication in the digital age.
Peter LaSalle’s Sleeping Mask: Fictions are mind-bending tales of passion, obsession, and brutality.
Alan Hirshfeld’s Starlight Detectives is a wondrous tale about cosmic exploration and the colorful characters who ushered astronomy into the modern age.
In Strange Bedfellows, the follow-up to The Myth of Monogamy, husband and wife team David Barash (an evolutionary
biologist) and Judith Eve Lipton (a psychiatrist) explore the ways biology promotes monogamy in some species and how these lessons apply to human beings.
John McWhorter’s Talking Back, Talking Black: Truths About America’s Lingua Franca is an authoritative, impassioned celebration of Black English, how it works, and why it matters.
A blend of history, science, culture, and author Bill Hayes’s own personal experiences, The Anatomist uncovers the extraordinary lives of Henry Gray and H.V. Carter, creators of the classic medical text known as Gray's Anatomy.
Magdaléna Platzová’s The Attempt is a novel of radical lives and loves that takes readers from an assassination attempt by early anarchists to Occupy Wall Street.
The Best of the Bellevue Literary Review is a collection of writing from the award-winning journal edited by Danielle Ofri, which is widely recognized as a rare forum for emerging and celebrated writers—among them Julia Alvarez, Raphael Campo, Rick Moody, and Abraham Verghese—on issues of health and healing.
In The Body Politic Jonathan Moreno provides an engaging history of science’s place in the American political arena, while examining the biopolitics emerging to address scientific and technological breakthroughs that challenge our collective value system in this “biological century.”
In Norman Lock’s novel The Boy in His Winter, Huck Finn’s mythic adventures—and childhood—abruptly end when he steps off his raft into Hurricane Katrina.
Michael Coffey’s The Business of Naming Things is a poignant debut collection of stories about disenchanted fathers, damaged sons, and orphans left feeling perpetually disconnected.
In The Cage, Gordon Weiss provides an incisive account of the formation, history, and bloody dissolution of the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka. This seminal book has been credited with prompting the United Nations war crimes investigation into human rights abuses during the end of the Sri Lankan civil war.
Pascale Kramer’s The Child is about a couple locked into mutual isolation by the ravages of illness and the growing violence and unrest in their low-income neighborhood—that is, until the arrival of a young boy brings hope and upsets their delicate danse macabre to devastating effect.
Varley O’Connor’s The Cure is a family saga about race, war, childhood Polio, and romantic desire set in post-Depression era New Jersey.
The Jump Artist, the Sami Rohr Prize-winning debut novel by Austin Ratner, is based on the true story of Philippe Halsman, whose role in the “Austrian Dreyfus Affair,” rocked Europe in the years leading up to World War II and who later became famous for his portraits of celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe and Salvador Dalí.
The Leper Compound is a searing evocation of late-twentieth-century African life by debut novelist Paula Nangle. Growing into womanhood in Rhodesia’s final conflict-ridden years, Colleen transgresses social, racial, and political boundaries in her search for connection.
The Lives They Left Behind, written by Darby Penney and Peter Stastny with photographs by Lisa Rinzler, is based on the contents of more than four hundred abandoned suitcases filled with patients’ belongings that were found when Willard State Psychiatric Hospital closed in 1995 after 126 years of operation.
In Liam Durcan’s novel The Measure of Darkness, a once-successful architect seeks the truth behind the accident that left him with a devastating brain injury.
In each of The Odditorium’s eight genre-bending tales, Melissa Pritchard overturns the conventions of mysteries, westerns, gothic horror, and historical fiction to capture surprising and often shocking episodes in the lives of characters such as Annie Oakley, Sitting Bull, Kaspar Hauser, and Robert Leroy Ripley.
Human behavior is changing the living world. We have come to a moment of environmental crisis that has profound implications for the future of our own species and for the planet. In this passionate conversation, former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass and acclaimed entomologist and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward O. Wilson discuss evolution, education, conservation, and the promise of consilience.
The Polish Boxer, by the award-winning Latin American writer Eduardo Halfon, follows a Guatemalan literature professor as he travels to a small Mayan village, a Mark Twain conference in North Carolina, a Gypsy neighborhood in Serbia, and through the memories of his Polish grandfather’s nightmare at Auschwitz, in search of his roots.
In Norman Lock’s novel The Port-Wine Stain, a young surgical assistant faces his doppelgänger in a chilling tale featuring Edgar Allan Poe and a “lost” Poe story.
The Sojourn, a National Book Award finalist and winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and Chautauqua Prize, is Andrew Krivak’s debut novel: a stirring tale of brotherhood, coming-of-age, and survival during World War I.
In Cormac James’ North American debut novel, The Surfacing, a ship’s lieutenant discovers a stowaway, pregnant with his child, while battling crushing Arctic ice on the hunt for Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition.
Rose-Lynn Fishers’ The Topography of Tears renders marvelous landscapes of human experience and emotion through the photographic magnification of our tears.
Lynne Jones’ Then They Started Shooting is an illuminating, decades-spanning analysis of children’s experience during wartime and its reverberation into their adulthood.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Paul Harding’s Tinkers is a novel about three generations of a New England family: an elegiac meditation on love, loss, the fierce beauty of nature, and the relationship between fathers and sons.
Full of speculative daring though firmly anchored in the tradition of realism, Tim Horvath’s Understories explores hypothetical cities, shadow puppeteers, and the imaginary travels of a library book—blending the everyday and wondrous to contend with age-old themes of loss, identity, and the search for human connection.
A classic of contemporary nature writing, Water, Ice & Stone is Bill Green’s John Burroughs Medal Award-winning account of Antarctica, which addresses the ecological importance of the continent within the context of the global warming/climate change crisis.
Like the memoirs of Joan Didion and Joyce Carol Oates, Michelle Latiolais’ Widow contains stories that bravely explore the physiology of grief through a masterful interweaving of tender insight and unflinching detail.
Written in Stone, by popular science writer Brian Switek, is the first accessible account of the remarkable discovery of the transitional fossils that make sense of Darwin’s theory of natural selection—from walking whales to feathered dinosaurs and hominids of all types.