The New Arabs, by Juan Cole

Juan Cole tells the backstory of the revolutions in North Africa, exploring events in the context of their cultural setting. His conclusions are optimistic yet grounded in realism.

Cloud of skeptics

Peter Watson sketches in the lives and thoughts of an array of scientists, artists, and philosophers who offer ways to cope with the death of God.

Marriage Markets, by June Carbone and Naomi Cahn

June Carbone and Naomi Cahn follow the life trajectories of two couples with much in common—but not marriage.

The Ecology of Spirituality, by Lucy Bregman

Many current meanings of spirituality have nothing to do with the spiritual or the spirit, but Lucy Bregman doesn't write them off. Instead, she wants to find out what "makes spirituality so appealing."