Humans of New York is the brainchild of Brandon Stanton, who set out to create a photographic census of New York City. Originally a photo blog, the project now boasts its first eponymous printed collection of street portraits. The idea is simple: Stanton approaches strangers on the street, takes their photo, and occasionally asks them a question, like, “What was the happiest moment in your life?” Yet Humans of New York (St. Martin’s, $29.99) is more than a simple collection of snapshots. Even without captions, each photograph tells a short story and gives the viewer a glimpse into the life of a stranger. Taken together, these four-hundred arresting and inspiring street portraits form a celebration of humanity in all its diversity and quirkiness.

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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 15th, 2013

Of Dice and Men does for Dungeons & Dragons what Stefan Fatsis’ Word Freak did for Scrabble; it’s a real-life Scroll of Identity for both experienced gamers and readers interested in D&D as a phenomenon. A delve into the creation, evolution, and future of the role-playing game, David Ewalt’s book also explores the game’s cultural history, controversies, and its continuing appeal to children and adults. Ewalt isn’t a bespectacled Satanist flourishing a foam sword in his mother’s basement; he’s a technology journalist and a senior editor at Forbes. The combination of Ewalt’s intelligent, dexterous writing and strong, charismatic love of D&D makes this book a hit. Of Dice and Men is well reported, fun to read, accessible to non-gamers, and relevant to the most wizened of DMs.

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Published: Scribner - August 20th, 2013

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Published: Scribner - September 9th, 2014

Why does the sinking of the Titanic continue to fascinate? What went wrong with acclaimed director Julie Taymor’s attempt to bring the comic book hero Spiderman to the Broadway stage? What can we learn from Anne Carson’s—and others’—translations of Sappho? Why do we love the television show Mad Men (hint: it’s not at all for the reasons you think). From Greek mythology to contemporary writers to pop culture, Mendelsohn’s insightful, delightful, and occasionally divisive essays ferret the low-brow and high-brow, revealing that the gulf between the two types is smaller than we often assume.

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Published: New York Review Books - October 16th, 2012

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Published: New York Review Books - March 4th, 2014

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