There are too many amazing books coming out right now! The eight on my monthly TBR lists are only a selection of what is on my full book wish list. As excited as I am about all these books, I know I can’t read fast enough to read them all.
This month I have a selection of current affairs, science, and history. Which are making it on to your TBR list? Let me know in the comments.
We Were Once a Family: A Story of Love, Death, and Child Removal in America
By Roxanna Asgarian
Published March 2023 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux
I loved Invisible Child and this book seems like it’s giving off similar vibes, which is why I added it to my TBR list. This book seems to take an investigative approach to a tragic story to shed light on the foster and adoption systems in the US.
On the Origin of Time: Stephen Hawking's Final Theory
By Thomas Hertog
Published April 2023 from Bantam
I love a good physics read and this one has such a cool background. Written by a collaborator of Hawking’s, the book is based on conversations with the famous physicists at the end of his life about major revisions to Hawking’s theory of time.
The Experience Machine: How Our Minds Predict and Shape Reality
By Andy Clark
Published May 2023 from Pantheon
If you read any books on human perception you know that we don’t fully see the world as it is, but rather our brains make predictive models to marry perception and reality in a seamless real-time experience. But I haven’t read much about the science behind this idea, and this book promises to be informative.
When Race Trumps Merit: How the Pursuit of Equity Sacrifices Excellence, Destroys Beauty, and Threatens Lives
By Heather Mac Donald
Published April 2023 from DW Books
This is a provocative culture wars book. I’ve read Mac Donald’s previous book on how Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion bureaucracies are destroying higher education and I’m curious to read her take in this latest books.
The Last Cold Place: A Field Season Studying Penguins in Antarctica
By Naira de Gracia
Published April 2023 from Scribner
I recently devoured Ice Rivers about a geologist’s experience studying glaciers across the world, and this book seems to have a similar feel. I love a good science adventure and any trip to Antarctica promises to be one!
Guardians of the Valley: John Muir and the Friendship that Saved Yosemite
By Dean King
Published March 2023 from Scribner
I love our National Parks – they’re our greatest idea after all! Hoping this one is a great and engaging history read about Yosemite.
Radical by Nature: The Revolutionary Life of Alfred Russel Wallace
By James T Costa
Published March 2023 from Princeton University Press
As a evolutionist, I’ve read tons about Darwin but only about Wallace in the context of Darwin. Hoping this book will round out my understanding of the history of evolutionary theory.
When Crack Was King: A People's History of a Misunderstood Era
By Donovan X Ramsey
Published July 2023 from One World
I was totally sold on this book by the Instagram animation of this book to be honest. But the crack era is a wildly fascinating, and devastating, part of our country’s modern history. I’m eager to learn more.
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Excellent list - added a few to my TBR!
This is on my list as of yesterday: "The Dean of Shandong: Confessions of a Minor Bureaucrat at a Chinese University" https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691247120/the-dean-of-shandong