Book of the week

Person viewing dinosaur exhibit in museum

Book of the week: Randy Malamud on two scholars’ exploration of a temple of Christian fundamentalist belief

Children climbing on sculpture by-Anne and Patrick Poirier, Norwich, Norfolk

Book of the week: There’s a strong political current running through a bold study skewering myths, says Louise Whiteley

Womens Liberation Movement protesting against Sex Discrimination Act, House of Commons, London

Book of the week: Second-wave highs, Caitlin Moran and rape culture surface in a work of mixed genres, says Emma Rees

Man smoking cigarettes with ears and nostrils

Book of the week: In between what we know is good or bad for us is the rest of medical science, says Jennifer Rohn

A person working in a food bank

Book of the week: Why are those pushed into food poverty then stigmatised and shamed, asks Lisa Mckenzie

Man weighing basket of cotton balls, 1890s

Book of the week: Shahidha Bari on our attachment to consumption and whether we might ever somehow escape it

Benedict Anderson speaking at lectern

Book of the week: Joanna Lewis on nationalism’s truest friend and the books that made him a world authority

Painting of woman reading letter

Book of the week: Academics need to hit the brakes and work to change the system they’re in, says Emma Rees

Henry Bibb. Sojourner Truth and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

Book of the week: Blacks were key agents in the international battle against slavery, Olivette Otele writes

The Hoarders and Wasters illustration (1857), Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri

Book of the week: Reconstructing Dante’s life via the Divine Comedy is a complex but enlightening task, says Prue Shaw

Hope Jahren, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Book of the week: A spirited palaeobotanist’s memoir splices flora with friendship and family, says Cait MacPhee

Elaine and Willem de Kooning standing in front of painting

Book of the week: Tracey Warr on De Kooning’s iterative output and his fascination with the physicality of paint

Jonathan Mirsky speaking to Fang Lizhi

Book of the week: The Chinese government’s persecution of Fang Lizhi remains baffling, says Jonathan Mirsky

Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (Ligo), Livingston, Louisiana

Book of the week: Marcus Chown on a portrait of those who drove the Ligo project and helped to find gravitational waves

Burning surface of the sun

Book of the week: The Sun’s magnetic fields make it much more than a dull ball of hot gas, says Marcus Chown

Person jumping for joy on seafront promenade

Book of the week: Facts and figures can get you only so far when it comes to political change, says Gordon Marsden

Julia Ward Howe writing at desk, 1906

Book of the week: For the poet told to lay down her pen on becoming a wife, writing was freedom, finds Catherine Clinton

Man teaching creative art to general infantry (GI) soldiers

Book of the week: the former universities minister reviews James Axtell's account of the institutions that educate the US elite

Male conductor conducting orchestral concert

Book of the week: With people vulnerable to bias, lack of diversity might be better tackled at organisational level, Victoria Bateman says

Men marching behind flags with swastikas on them

Book of the week: A portrait of the failure who became Führer detects early signs of a Final Solution, says Robert Gellately

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