The acclaimed writer's heartbreaking meditation on the death of her daughter at 39.
Travels in the New Third World
W.W. Norton, $25.95
Shrewd and lucid observations on countries where the financial tsunami has left the most damage.
A Life Sacred and Profane
W.W. Norton, $39.95
The British art historian vividly recounts the Italian master's tumultuous life and mysterious death.
A History of the Region and Its Peoples
Edited by Stephan Palmié and Francisco Scarano
University of Chicago Press, $35
An illuminating work tracing the region from its pre-Columbian state through European colonialism and the economic turbulence of the 21st century.
Catherine the Great