Paul, by N.T. Wright -
For centuries, Paul, the apostle who "saw the light on the Road to Damascus" and made
a miraculous conversion from zealous Pharisee prosecutor to devoted follower of Christ,
has been one of the church's most widely cited saints.
Paul is a compelling biography
that reveals the apostle's role in Christian history - as an inventor of new paradigms for
how we understand Jesus and what he accomplished - and celebrates his stature as one
of the most effective and influential intellectuals in human history.
Look Alive Out There, by Sloane Crosley -
Fans know Sloane Crosley's life as a series of relatable but madcap misadventures. In
Look Alive Out There, whether it's scaling active volcanoes, crashing shivas, playing
herself on Gossip Girl, befriending swingers, or squinting down the barrel of the fertility
gun, Crosley continues to rise to the occasion with unmatchable nerve and electric
one-liners. And as her subjects become more serious, her essays deliver not just laughs
but lasting emotional heft and insight.
The Man Who Caught the Storm, by Brantley Hargrove -
In the field of PhDs, Tim Samaras didn't attend a day of college in his life. He chased
storms with brilliant tools of his own invention and pushed closer to the tornado than
anyone ever dared. When he achieved what meteorologists had deemed impossible, it
was as if had snatched the fire of the gods. But Samaras kept on pushing. As his
ambitions grew, so did the risks. And when he finally met his match - in a face-off
against the largest tornado ever recorded - it upended everything he thought he knew.
Hells' Princess, by Harold Schechter -
In the pantheon of serial killers, Belle Gunness stands alone. She was the rarest of
female psychopaths, a woman who engaged in wholesale slaughter, partly out of greed
but mostly for the sheer joy of it. Between 1902 and 1908, she lured a succession of
unsuspecting victims to her Indiana "murder farm." Some were hired hands. Others
were well-to-do bachelors. All of them vanished without a trace. When their bodies were
dug up, they hadn't merely been poisoned, like victims of other female killers. They'd
been butchered.
The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her
by Barbara Lipska -
In January 1015, Barbara Lipska was
diagnosed with melanoma that had
spread to her brain. Within months, her
frontal lobe began shutting down. She
descended into madness, exhibiting
dementia and schizophrenia-like
symptoms. But miraculously, her
prescribed immunology began to work.
Just eight weeks after her nightmare
began, Lipska returned to normal. With
one difference: she remembered it all.
The Truth About Animals, by Lucy Cooke -
Humans have gone to the moon and discovered the Higgs boson, but when it comes to
understanding animals, we've still got a long way to go. Whether we're seeing a viral
video of a romping baby panda or a picture of penguins "holding hands,' it's hard for
us not to project our own values - innocence, fidelity, temperance, hard work - onto
animals. So you've probably never considered if moose get drunk, penguins cheat on
their mates, worker ants lay about. They do - and that's just for starters. Charming and
at times downright weird, this modern bestiary is perfect for anyone who has ever
suspected that virtue might be unnatural.