CAN’T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT?   By Roz Chast

Cartoons, it turns out, are tailor-made for the absurdities of old age, illness and dementia. In Chast’s devastating and sublime graphic memoir…she describes helping her parents navigate their final years.

ON IMMUNITY: An Inoculation   By Eula Biss

In this spellbinding blend of memoir, science journalism and literary criticism, Biss unpacks what the fear of vaccines tells us about larger anxieties

PENELOPE FITZGERALD: A Life   By Hermione Lee

The life and times of that elusive, original miracle worker, the English novelist and biographer Penelope Fitzgerald, have been brilliantly captured by Lee.

THE SIXTH EXTINCTION: An Unnatural History   By Elizabeth Kolbert

Kolbert reports from the front lines of the violent collision between civilization and our planet’s ecosystem — from the Great Barrier Reef to her own backyard

THIRTEEN DAYS IN SEPTEMBER: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David  By Lawrence Wright

In 1978,… Sadat, Begin and Carter hammered out a peace agreement between Israel and Egypt that remains the most profound diplomatic achievement to emerge from the Mideast conflict.