Start your weekend right with multi-starred nonfiction from Farrar, Straus & Giroux!
THE GIVENNESS OF THINGS by Marilynne Robinson
“This probing, provocative collection by Pulitzer winner Robinson argues for the recovery of humanism as a response to the problems of our historical moment. Eloquent, persuasive, and rigorously clear, this collection reveals one of America’s finest minds working at peak form, capturing essential ideas with all ‘the authority beautiful language and beautiful thought can give them.’”
— Publishers Weekly, starred review (a PW Most Anticipated Book of Fall 2015)
“These bravely and brilliantly argued, gorgeously composed, slyly witty, profoundly caring essays lead us into the richest dimensions of consciousness and conscience, theology and mystery, responsibility and reverence.” — Booklist, starred review
THE WHITE ROAD by Edmund de Waal – THREE STARS!
An Entertainment Weekly Fall Books pick!
“Artist de Waal, a potter by trade, blends art history and personal travelogue in this immersive hands-on study of porcelain and its commercial and artistic appeal over the centuries. The book transforms an otherwise esoteric subject into a truly remarkable story.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A lyrical melding of art history, memoir, and philosophical meditation… In short passages of allusive, radiant prose, [de Waal] chronicles his journeys in search of both the materials and the history of porcelain, discovering along the way men as obsessed as he… De Waal’s poetically recounted journey is a revelation.”
— Kirkus Reviews, starred review
WITCHES OF AMERICA by Alex Mar
“Former Rolling Stone editor and filmmaker Mar deftly weaves in her own story of agnostic searching as she chronicles the various threads of American pagan belief systems, creating a narrative equal parts diary, history lesson, ethnographic study, myth buster, and pagan gossip. A top-notch read for pagans and open-minded seekers curious about the fascinating beginnings of American witchcraft and some of the various directions its form is taking.” — Library Journal, starred review
“Mar writes with clarity and candor, provides ample background information, and is neither preachy nor cheesy. Whatever one’s spiritual inclinations, Mar’s search for ‘something transcendent’ is bewitching.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
THE DEATH OF CANCER: After Fifty Years on the Front Lines of Medicine, a Pioneering Oncologist Reveals Why the War on Cancer Is Winnable–and How We Can Get There by Vincent T. DeVita, Jr., M.D., and Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn – THREE STARS!
“One of the world’s most renowned and forward-thinking oncologists recounts thirty-five years of cancer research and tells us why we should be optimistic about the future. One of the most absorbing and empowering science histories to hit the shelves in recent years.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“DeVita blends crisp writing and a gift for explaining complicated scientific concepts clearly with deep knowledge, passion, and wit. The book is by turns entertaining and maddening but always fascinating. Highly recommended for all readers interested in cancer or medical research.” — Library Journal, starred review
“This remarkable memoir doesn’t just urge the public to have hope: it showcases the exciting evidence that we may finally be winning the war on cancer.”
— Publishers Weekly, starred review