This week’s hottest fiction and non-fiction titles
A magnificent book presents visualizations of the sky, and the universe beyond, created over 4,000 years
Larissa Liepins reviews The Greatest Shows on Earth: A History of the Circus
The stand-up comedian and experienced ‘eatie’ explains what’s a food fad and what’s here to stay
‘The greatest mystery of all is the human heart,’ bestselling author once said.
A.N. Wilson’s bio of Queen Victoria uncovers a personal life ignored by earlier historians
Sophia Loren is among the most respected film icons of the last century; as Roberto Benigni says, ‘She is Italy’
Three decades of a veterinarian’s adventures on the Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland make for a humorous memoir
Authors Guldi and Armitage have some advice for the Historians of the world: it’s time to go big.
Safran’s murder stories contain some grain of truth, however elusive it may be
Humankind can learn—in theory—from catastrophes like hurricane Sandy
What conjoined twins Chang and Eng reveal about race, slavery and 19th-century America
Wolves, salmon and bears can teach us about self-sacrifice and ecology
As tightly knit and powerfully evocative as anything human religious sensibility has created, writes reviewer Brian Bethune.
Plus a biography of the Bhagavad Gita, what the endangered Great Bear Rainforest has to teach us, investigating men, and the original Siamese twins
When the Toronto International Book Fair opens this week, it will take writers directly to readers