A Field Guide to American Houses:
The fully expanded, updated and freshly designed second edition of the most comprehensive and widely acclaimed guide to domestic architecture—in print since 1984 and acknowledged as the unmatched, essential reference to American houses.
"[The Rise of Rome] takes readers on a remarkable journey into the creation of the great civilization's political institutions, cultural traditions, and social hierarchy. . . . [A] comprehensive, engaging work that will captivate and inform from beginning to end." —Booklist (starred review)
Musorgsky and His Circle:
Stephen Walsh's brilliant composite portrait of the group known in the West as the Five portrays one of the most remarkable and fascinating stories in all musical history—the emergence of Russian classical music in the nineteenth century.
In this special papaerback edition of Lumen Fidei, Pope Francis issues his first encyclical letter, reflecting on the nature of belief and the need for a renewal of faith for a bright future of charity and love for all.
"A world-devouring novel. . . . This unquiet bildungsroman is designed to detonate its mild, middling title. . . . Exhilaratingly ingenious . . . unexpected and dizzying." —The New York Times Book Review
Autobiography of a Corpse:
"In Krzhizhanovsky's tales, relics of a future past, he transports readers back to the present he renounced, to a life that's 'not-life, a gap in existence'—a place from which he sought refuge in fiction and dreams." —The New York Times Book Review
Nelson Mandela, one of the world's most revered statesman and South Africa's first black president, has died at the age of 95. In addition to his legacy as a political leader and anti-apartheid activist, Mandela was an orator, philanthropist, writer, and subject of many books, including Mandela's Way: Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage by Richard Stengel (Crown), for which Mandela wrote the preface; Mandela: The Authorized Biography by Anthony Sampson (Vintage); Madiba A to Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela by Danny Schechter (Seven Stories Press), Nelson Mandela: The Unconquerable Soul by Lewis Helfand (Campfire); and Reflections on Nelson Mandela by Antoinette Haselhorst (Titan Books).
Stengel, who collaborated with Mandela on his bestselling autobiography and became a cherished friend, has written a remembrance, which can be read here. For his full New York Times obituary, click here.
Join us in congratulating our authors who made The New York Times Book Review The 10 Best Books of 2013: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Tenth of December by George Saunders were listed for fiction; Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House by Peter Baker, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink, and Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala were listed for non-fiction.
Doris Lessing has passed away in London at the age of 94. The author of more than thirty books—novels, short story and poetry collections, reportage, and plays—Lessing's diverse body of work was recognized officially in 2007 when she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Her full New York Times obituary can be read here.
Lucy Hughes-Hallett's Gabriele d'Annunzio has won the 2013 Samuel Johnson Prize. One of the most highly regarded prizes for non-fiction books the Samuel Johnson Prize "aims to reward the best of non-fiction and is open to authors of all non-fiction books in the areas of current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts," and comes with £20,000 award. Click here to view a list of our previous winners and finalists.
On Thursday October 10th, Alice Munro was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature. Called a "master of the contemporary short story" by the Nobel committee, Munro is Canada's most well known and highly regarded writer of short fiction and the 13th woman to win the prize. The committee noted that Munro's "texts often feature depictions of everyday but decisive events, epiphanies of a kind, that illuminate the surrounding story and let existential questions appear in a flash of lightning." Please join us in congratulating Alice Munro on this momentous achievement.