2017 Winter Catalog - Page 7

Biography Tristimania Jay Griffiths Be Like the Fox Erica Benner Insomniac City Bill Hayes PB $22.99 A stark and lyrical account of the psyche in crisis, Tristimania tells the story of a devastating year-long episode of manic depression, culminating in a long solo pilgrimage across Spain. Recording the experience of mania, Jay Griffiths shows how the condition is at once terrifying and also profoundly creative, both tricking and treating the psyche. An intimate and raw journey, Tristimania illuminates something of the universal human spirit. HB $49.99 Niccolò Machiavelli lived in a fiercely competitive world, one where brute wealth, brazen liars and ruthless self- promoters seemed to carry off all the prizes. In times like these, many looked to a new breed of leaders— upstarts from outside the old ruling classes. In the republic of Florence, Machiavelli and his contemporaries faced a choice: should they capitulate to these new princes, or fight to save the city's democratic freedoms? HB $29.99 Grieving over the death of his partner, Bill Hayes came to New York City in 2009 only to unexpectedly fall in love with the writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks. What emerges is a portrait of Sacks at his most personal and endearing, from falling in love for the first time at age seventy-five to facing illness and death. Filled with Hayes's distinctive photos, the book is a love song to New York and to all who have felt the particular magic and solace it offers. Adult Fantasy Briohny Doyle Where the Line is Drawn Raja Shehadeh Martin Luther Catholic Dissident Peter Stanford PB $29.99 Briohny Doyle turned thirty without a clear idea of what her adult life should look like. Every day she read editorials about how her millennial cohort were reluctant to embrace the traditional markers of adulthood. Blending personal essay and cultural critique, she ventures into the big claims of philosophy and the neon buzz of pop culture to ask: in a rapidly changing world, do the so-called adult milestones distract us from other measures of maturity? HB $32.99 As a child, Raja Shehadeh was entranced by a forbidden Israeli postage stamp in his uncle's album. It was impossible then to imagine the occupation of his home in Palestine. Intelligent and controversial, Where the Line is Drawn explores the effect of Occupation on all aspects of life. Shehadeh traces the impact on the bonds of friendship across the Israel- Palestine border, and asks whether those considered enemies can come together to forge a future. HB $45.00 This year marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther issuing a challenge to his own Catholic Church to reform itself from within, which ultimately precipitated a huge religious and political upheaval right across Europe and divided mainstream Christianity ever after. This new biography from journalist Peter Stanford looks at Martin Luther's aims for Catholicism as well as his enduring legacy—and where he might fit within the ch urch today.