The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer - Siddhartha Mukherjee

For anyone whose life has been touched by cancer (probably all of us),THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES (Scribner, $30) is a fantastic introduction to the disease and to its history, cultural significance, and the legacy of our battles to overcome it.  An assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and a staff cancer physician at the CU/NYU Presbyterian Hospital, Siddhartha Mukherjee considers his subject from all angles, scientific as well as personal, telling this epic story with energy, eloquence, and a deep appreciation for the human stories behind the medicine.  

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ISBN: 9781439107959
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Published: Scribner - November 16th, 2010

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ISBN: 9781439170915
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Published: Scribner - August 9th, 2011

Caravaggio: (1571-1610) - Felix Witting, M. L. Patrizi

Drawn from the exhibition commemorating the quadricentennial of Caravaggio’s death in 1610, CARAVAGGIO (Skira, $70), edited by Rossella Vodret, of the Polo Museale in Rome and Francesco Buranelli, a member of the Pontifical Commision for Cultural Heritage, presents two dozen of the 50 paintings that have been attributed with certainty to this 17th-century master.  Each of the paintings is accompanied by an essay on its subject as well as on the details of the work itself.  While many of the paintings are icons, like the Bacchus from 1597 and The Supper at Emmaus from 1601, others, such as the Basket of Fruit and Sleeping Cupid, are less familiar. Caravaggio, who often found the models for his saints among street ruffians, has been called the master of light and dark for the striking chiaroscuro that typifies his work; this is a great occasion to revisit this Baroque master.

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Writers and Artists Who Made the National Lampoon Insanely Great - Rick Meyerowitz

Irreverent?  Definitely.  Offensive?  Eh, maybe.  The satirical pages of the National Lampoon captured the lunacy and hypocrisy in American culture and politics in the 1970s and ’80s. DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: The Writers and Artists who Made the National Lampoon Insanely Great (Abrams, $40) is a coffee-table-book-sized celebration of many of the best and most memorable stories, comics, photo-essays, fake ads, and other miscellany that left us howling and nodding our heads when they were first published.  It’s all still funny... really funny.  Artist and writer Rick Meyerowitz has organized the contents by the Lampoon’s most legendary editors and regular contributors.  Co-founders Doug Kenney and Henry Beard are remembered here, along with writers like P.J. O’Rourke, Michael O’Donoghue, and Jeff Greenfield.  Classic cartoonists like Charles Rodrigues, Gahan Wilson, and Sam Gross (among others) are represented in their subversive and hilarious glory.