Book Reviews

The Enlightenment: The Pursuit of Happiness, 1680-1790

Ritchie Robertson. Harper, 2021. 984 pages. $45.00.

The Sirens of Mars: Searching for Life on Another World

Sarah Stewart Johnson. Crown, 2020. 267 pages. $28.99.

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My Autobiography of Carson McCullers

Jenn Shapland. Tin House, 2020. 288 pages. $22.95.

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Take Arms Against a Sea of Troubles: The Power of the Reader’s Mind over a Universe of Death

Harold Bloom. Yale University Press, 2020. 603 pages. $35.00.

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The Art Museum in Modern Times

Charles Saumarez-Smith. Thames & Hudson Ltd., London and New York, 2021. 271 pages. $39.95.

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Soutine/de Kooning: Conversations in Paint

Simonetta Fraquelli and Claire Bernardi, editors. The Barnes Foundation in association with the Musées d’Orsay et de l’Orangerie, Paris and Paul Holberton Publishing, London, 2021. 166 pages. $60.00.

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The Smallest Lights in the Universe: A Memoir

Sara Seager. Crown, 2019. 307 pages. $28.00.

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Horace: Epodes, Odes, and Carmen Saeculare

Edited and translated by Stephanie McCarter. University of Oklahoma Press, 2020. 594 pages. $34.95.

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Archaeology From Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past

Sarah Parcak. Henry Holt and Co., 2019. 288 pages. $30.00.

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Craft in the Real World: Rethinking Fiction Writing and Workshopping

Matthew Salesses. Catapult, 2021. 228 pages. $16.95.

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Why Writing Matters

Nicholas Delbanco. Yale University Press, 2020. 258 pages. $26.00.

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Universe: The Definitive Visual Guide

Martin Rees, General Editor. Third Edition. DK/Smithsonian, 2020. 528 pages. $50.00.