Book of the week

Young woman walking through archway, Venice, Italy

Book of the week: Deborah Longworth meanders with female writer-walkers getting their measure of the metropolis

Painting of dense forest

Book of the week: Fred Inglis delights in a grafting of art, lore and literature that logs our lives with natural wonders

Female students being photographed by their mothers and sister before senior prom

Book of the week: ‘Helicopters’ or ‘bystanders’? Your folks’ behaviour can govern more than grades, says Hazel Christie

Swedish people participating in National Day of Sweden celebrations, Norrköping, Sweden

Book of the week: Investing in individuals delivers personal and national prosperity, Richard Murphy finds

Nasa Jet Propulsion Laboratory team, Pasadena, California, 1953

Book of the week: Meet the human computers in heels who juggled science and family, says Margaret A. Weitekamp

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