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April–May 2021

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Fossil Men: The Quest for the Oldest Skeleton and the Origins of Humankind
by Kermit Pattison ’90 (William Morrow)

In this vast and vivid debut, Pattison starts with the story of Ardi, the 4.4-million-year-old fossil remains of an Ardipithecus ramidus woman found in Ethiopia’s Middle Awash in 1994. Ardi was uncovered by a team led...

The Alignment Problem: Machine Learning and Human Values
by Brian Christian ’06 (Norton)

With the odds increasing daily that the first read of your mortgage application or even your medical tests is not being carried out by a human, the question is now how to make sure artificial intelligence understands what we want—with all the...

Launched: Start Your Career Right After College Even During A Pandemic
by Rob Feinstein ’81 

While the pandemic has short-circuited internships and upended countless job searches, Feinstein, a former executive at CareerPath and MonsterTRAK, the recent-grad division of, has put together a helpful and even optimistic guide to landing a first job. There is...

Check out the complete list of books from BAM's April–May 2021 issue.

January–March 2021

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They Didn’t See Us Coming: The Hidden History of Feminism in the Nineties
by Lisa Levenstein ’94 (Basic Books)

“Is Feminism Dead?” That was Time magazine’s late June cover story in 1998. But here Levenstein, a history professor at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, argues that feminism became deeply, if quietly, embedded in ’90s culture. She points...

The Cat I Never Named: A True Story of Love, War, and Survival
by Amra Sabic-El-Rayess ’00 with Laura Sullivan (Bloomsbury)

Sabic-El-Rayess was just 16 in 1992 when Serbian tanks clanked into her town of Bihać, near the Bosnian-Croatian border. That day upended her Muslim family’s life and signaled the start of a 1,100-day Serbian...

Veritas: A Harvard Professor, A Con Man, and the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife
by Ariel Sabar ’93 (Doubleday)

The possibility that Jesus might have married intrigued and confounded the religious world in 2012 after Karen King, a Harvard Divinity School professor, announced the discovery of a second-century papyrus fragment that hinted this was the case....

Check out the complete list of books from BAM's January–March 2021 issue.

November–December 2020

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Nobody Will Tell You This But Me
by Bess Kalb ’10 (Knopf)

Bobby Bell is gone but she’s still talking. That’s the premise of Kalb’s intriguing debut, a memoir told through a scrim of fiction. Barbara “Bobby” Bell, Kalb’s grandmother, lived to be 90—and Kalb, a writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live!, conjures her brassy, advice-laden...

by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum ’95 (FSG)

In the title story of this exquisite collection, a father tries to decode his taciturn 12-year-old daughter’s life by scrolling through her Instagram posts. It’s a quiet, moving drama as he worries the mystery, afraid his daughter’s silence might be his fault. For many of Bynum’s characters,...

Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy
by Larry Tye ’77 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Tye’s eighth book brings Joe McCarthy back in ways that make the self-aggrandizing senator seem both more sinister and surprisingly human. This illuminating look at McCarthy’s rise, beginning with growing up on a Wisconsin farm, and final...

Check out the complete list of books from BAM's November–December 2020 issue.

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People walking against backdrop of geometric linesDemocratic Theory Naturalized: The Foundations of Distilled Populism
by Walter Horn Ph.D. ’78

Democratic Theory Naturalized: The Foundations of Distilled Populism "A brave, serious, scholarly yet approachable treatise on populism, both in theory and in practice.... A timely book." --Jules Coleman, Professor Emeritus, NYU., Amazon.

Person walking beneath the sun...A Cause for Alarm: Mental Illness and Public Policy
by Joseph W. Vanable, Jr. ’58

A Cause for Alarm: Mental Illness and Public Policy Access to mental illness treatment is seriously inadequate. This book examines reasons for and costs of this problem, hopefully stimulating effective action to remediate it.; Amazon.

Etch A Sketch drawing of house falling over edge of cliffUnassisted
by Erin J. Stammer ’90  

Unassisted The Great Recession, a second marriage, merging families, menopause, and managing a chaotic assisted living facility tip the balance that Erin, sensitive from an early age, has struggled in her life to maintain. 

Title text on page against backdrop of street linesDon’t Stay in Your Lane: The Career Change Guide for Women of Color
by Cynthia Pong ’04

Don’t Stay in Your Lane: The Career Change Guide for Women of Color Part memoir, part workbook, this transformative book is a comprehensive, step-by-step instruction manual that walks you through your career change.; Amazon.

Students walking along a stone path.Mood Prep 101: A Parent's Guide to Preventing Depression and Anxiety in Teens
by Carol Landau ’70

Mood Prep 101: A Parent's Guide to Preventing Depression and Anxiety in Teens In this timely book, Professor Landau helps parents address vulnerabilities to psychological problems and gives practical advice on helping teens prepare for college—and life. Oxford; Amazon.

Illustration of campus scene at nightHarrison’s Word
by Peter Thompson PhD ’75

Harrison’s Word Boarding school drama. A racy and funny tale of infatuation and a young teacher’s struggles at a boarding school. Harrowing visions, biting style. Sequel to the acclaimed Winter Light.; Amazon.