New Release Books by Andrew Solomon

Andrew Solomon is the author of The Double (2022), Clinical Cases (2021), A Time of Crisis (2020), Far from the Tree (2017), Far and Away (2017) and other 14 books.

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The Double

release date: May 24, 2022
The Double
A groundbreaking examination of the “double” in modern and contemporary art From ancient mythology to contemporary cinema, the motif of the double—which repeats, duplicates, mirrors, inverts, splits, and reenacts—has captured our imaginations, both attracting and repelling us. The Double examines this essential concept through the lens of art, from modernism to contemporary practice—from the paired paintings of Henri Matisse and Arshile Gorky, to the double line works of Piet Mondrian and Marlow Moss, to Eva Hesse’s One More Than One, Lorna Simpson’s Two Necklines, Roni Horn’s Pair Objects, and Rashid Johnson’s The New Negro Escapist Social and Athletic Club (Emmett). James Meyer’s survey text explores four modes of doubling: Seeing Double through repetition; Reversal, the inversion or mirroring of an image or form; Dilemma, the staging of an absurd or impossible choice; and the Divided and Doubled Self (split and shadowed selves, personae, fraternal doubles, and pairs). Thought-provoking essays by leading scholars Julia Bryan-Wilson, Tom Gunning, W.J.T. Mitchell, Hillel Schwartz, Shawn Michelle Smith, and Andrew Solomon discuss a host of topics, including the ontology and ethics of the double, the double and psychoanalysis, double consciousness, the doppelgänger in silent cinema, and the queer double. Richly illustrated throughout, The Double is a multifaceted exploration of an enduring theme in art, from painting and sculpture to photography, film, video, and performance. Published in association with the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC Exhibition Schedule National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC July 10–October 31, 2022

Clinical Cases

release date: Apr 11, 2021
Clinical Cases
It is vitally important for medical students and junior doctors to grasp an understanding of ‘real-life medicine’. This innovative book of cases shows how a particular presentation may progress, and the different complications that may arise and emerge over time, which may be missed by the ‘snapshot in time'' approach taken by many problem-based volumes. The content reflects the average length of stay for a patient in hospital, in which their situation can change in a multitude of ways, and the management of chronic conditions may also need to be adapted as complications arise. Demonstrates the real bedside experiences that medical students can expect, in whichever simple or complex way that they may present Cases selected from a range of sub-specialties for comprehensive coverage across the curriculum Illustrates the complicated, progressive problems that will be seen while practicing as a doctor with detailed diagrams and diagnostic imagery to aid understanding Shows, with timepoints, how differential diagnoses may change as more information becomes available and new symptoms arise Describes a typical initial hospital stay, and subsequent presentations to the general practitioner and hospital readmission The Authors Andrew Solomon, BM BCH MA(Hons) DM FRCP, is a Consultant Physician, East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, Stevenage, UK. Julia Anstey, BSc (Hons) MBBS, is a Foundation Doctor, Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, Taunton, UK. Liora Wittner, MBBS BSc, is a Resident in Internal Medicine, Shamir Medical Centre, Be''er Ya''akov, Israel. With contributions from Priti Dutta, MBBS BSc FRCR, Consultant Radiologist, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK.

A Time of Crisis

release date: Nov 01, 2020
A Time of Crisis
This special issue of the Bulletin reflects on some of the crises gripping our world in the present moment, including the catastrophic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the continuing tragedy of racial injustice. Voices from The Metropolitan Museum of Art present their personal perspectives on issues and challenges facing us all while connecting these difficult times to art, artists, and the Museum’s history. Conceived and written during the Museum’s unprecedented closure, this compelling publication reflects on art’s power to inspire, comfort, and heal.

Far from the Tree

release date: Jul 25, 2017
Far from the Tree
From New York Times bestselling author Andrew Solomon comes a stunning, poignant, and affecting young adult edition of his award-winning masterpiece, Far From the Tree, which explores the impact of extreme differences between parents and children. The old adage says that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, meaning that children usually resemble their parents. But what happens when the apples fall somewhere else—sometimes a couple of orchards away, sometimes on the other side of the world? In this young adult edition, Andrew Solomon profiles how families accommodate children who have a variety of differences: families of people who are deaf, who are dwarfs, who have Down syndrome, who have autism, who have schizophrenia, who have multiple severe disabilities, who are prodigies, who commit crimes, and more. Elegantly reported by a spectacularly original and compassionate thinker, Far From the Tree explores how people who love each other must struggle to accept each other—a theme in every family’s life. The New York Times calls the adult edition a “wise and beautiful” volume that “will shake up your preconceptions and leave you in a better place.”

Far and Away

release date: May 23, 2017
Far and Away
From the winner of the National Book Award and the National Books Critics’ Circle Award—and one of the most original thinkers of our time—“Andrew Solomon’s magisterial Far and Away collects a quarter-century of soul-shaking essays” (Vanity Fair). Far and Away chronicles Andrew Solomon’s writings about places undergoing seismic shifts—political, cultural, and spiritual. From his stint on the barricades in Moscow in 1991, when he joined artists in resisting the coup whose failure ended the Soviet Union, his 2002 account of the rebirth of culture in Afghanistan following the fall of the Taliban, his insightful appraisal of a Myanmar seeped in contradictions as it slowly, fitfully pushes toward freedom, and many other stories of profound upheaval, this book provides a unique window onto the very idea of social change. With his signature brilliance and compassion, Solomon demonstrates both how history is altered by individuals, and how personal identities are altered when governments alter. A journalist and essayist of remarkable perception and prescience, Solomon captures the essence of these cultures. Ranging across seven continents and twenty-five years, these “meaty dispatches…are brilliant geopolitical travelogues that also comprise a very personal and reflective resume of the National Book Award winner’s globe-trotting adventures” (Elle). Far and Away takes a magnificent journey into the heart of extraordinarily diverse experiences: “You will not only know the world better after having seen it through Solomon’s eyes, you will also care about it more” (Elizabeth Gilbert).

The Noonday Demon

release date: Sep 16, 2014
The Noonday Demon
The author offers a look at depression, drawing on his own battle with the illness and interviews with fellow sufferers, researchers, and doctors to assess the disease''s complexities, causes, symptoms, and available therapies.

The Reckoning

release date: May 26, 2014
The Reckoning
First published in The New Yorker, “Solomon tells the story of Peter Lanza, the father of Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook Elementary shooter. Read it—it’s moving, brave and just profoundly human and sad....There aren’t any answers. And that’s what makes this all so impossible, and Solomon’s journalism so essential” (Salon.com). “Both parents loved Adam. Neither parent imagined or wanted their child’s horrific end. This is why what Peter Lanza did by sharing his story with Andrew Solomon is so important. Lanza’s story fills important gaps in our understanding of how a beloved child became a killer—and reminds us as a society that we have an obligation to help families and children before they find themselves on irreversible paths of violence” (Time).

A Stone Boat

release date: Jun 04, 2013
A Stone Boat
The debut novel, first published nearly twenty years ago, from the National Book Award-winning author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression and Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity—a luminous and moving evocation of the love between a son and his mother. A finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction prize, A Stone Boat is an achingly beautiful, deeply perceptive story of family, sexuality, and the startling changes wrought by grief, loss, and self-discovery. Harry, an internationally celebrated young concert pianist, travels to Paris to confront his glamorous and formidable mother about her dismay at his homosexuality. Before he can give voice to his hurt and anger, he discovers that she is terminally ill. In an attempt to escape his feelings of guilt and despair over the prospect of her death, he embarks on several intense affairs—one with a longtime female friend—that force him to question his capacity for love, and finally to rediscover it. Part eulogy, part confession, and part soliloquy on forgiveness, A Stone Boat is a luminous evocation of the destructive and regenerative, all-encompassing love between a son and his mother, by America’s foremost chronicler of personal and familial resilience.

World Monuments

release date: Jan 01, 2015
World Monuments
"In celebration of the 50th anniversary of World Monuments Fund."

The Applications of Eleocharis Obtusa and Eleocharis Engelmannii in Wetland Restoration Projects

release date: Jan 01, 1994

Getting the Best From Your Doctor

release date: Aug 20, 1998
Getting the Best From Your Doctor
Offers suggestions for selecting the right physician, taking advantage of the benefits and avoiding the pitfalls of the health-care system, getting the right insurance, and preserving patient rights.

William Blakes's Great Task

release date: Jan 01, 2000
William Blakes's Great Task
Jerusalem, the last and most fully developed version of Blake''s personal myth, is recognised as an important part of our cultural heritage, apparently full of deep meaning. But exactly what that meaning is has been little understood. At first sight Blake''s poem lacks narrative continuity, presents no clear argument and shows little structural cohesion, while his illustrations, beautiful though they are, are often difficult to relate to the text. Yet underlying its baffling surface there is a coherent and relatively simple pattern, and this reveals in a unique way the psychological and spiritual processes that shape our lives and give them direction. Blake wrote of Man''s "Fall into Division and his Resurrection to Unity". The pattern symbolised by the Fall occurs inevitably in every human life and it accounts for all that is evil and destructive in human behaviour and all the inner conflicts by which we are torn. While we cannot avoid it, it is open to us as individuals eventually to rise above it, to become free of those conflicts and of the compulsive behaviour associated with them. This is not just another academic interpretation. Blake''s myth is considered here in a way that explains our conflicts and their origins in the delusions that we cling to. It leads to the point of letting go of the central delusion, that concerning one''s own identity, or ''ego'', which is a supremely challenging act of self-liberation -- Blake calls it the ''annihilation of the selfhood'' -- leading to the ''Resurrection to Unity''. Blake''s art and poetry help to evoke disruptive forces active within us which we prefer to keep hidden, but which we need to face intelligently if we are to become free of them. Not surprisingly, many people find this disturbing; but it can be immeasurably rewarding. Nowadays there is considerable interest in Eastern teachings which have a similar purpose; but our typical Western starting point, conditioned by centuries of Judaeo-Christian teaching of an external law-giving God, is different from that of, say, Buddhists or Hindus, for whom the supreme authority is to be found within. Blake''s myth reflects Western conditioning and the particular patterns that result from it, which we may be able to recognise in ourselves; but its end-point, freedom from all conditioning, is universal. Illustrations include a complete reproduction of one of Blake''s black and white copies of Jerusalem.

New Russian Art

release date: Jan 01, 1994
New Russian Art
Showscases the work of 33 painters who have chosen to remain in post-communist Russia

Blake's Job

release date: Jan 01, 1993
Blake's Job
Blake''s interpretation in words and pictures of the story of Job contains his most mature, concise and direct statement of the theme which is central to all his work, the spiritual and psychological development of a human life. He wrote of man''s ''Fall into Division and his Resurrection to Unity''; and all his works have the purpose of illuminating the path which can lead from the state of ''Error'' and inner conflict, into which all unavoidably fall, towards one of true vision, wholeness and inward peace. His perception of the nature of ''Error'', or delusion, and of what must be faced if it is to be overcome, is conveyed, not only in rational terms, but also through images which touch the less rational levels of the mind, objectifying the conflicting forces which are at work. This makes it possible to think constructively about them and to uncover the delusions instead of simply being possessed by them. The emphasis is on his spiritual and psychological message and its direct relevance to the individual life rather than on ''Blake scholarship''; and that message points the way to a very positive philosophy of life, based on knowing and understanding, not on belief; it also gives a remarkably clear and unified view of the psychological patterns of life, arguably adding a new dimension to our understanding.

Instead of God

release date: Jan 01, 1993
Instead of God
Many people have become disillusioned with traditional religious beliefs; but there is a different way of making sense of life which is founded neither on blind belief nor on arbitrary assumptions, but on what we know directly in ourselves, on meaningfulness. The enormous success of science in its proper field has led most of us to ignore the true nature and limits of rational thinking and to assume that there is no kind of truth which it cannot grasp. Yet the most important truths of all, concerning the meaning of life, are quite outside its reach. But that does not mean that they are beyond our reach.

The Irony Tower

release date: Jan 01, 1991
The Irony Tower
Describes how glasnost has improved the fortunes of formerly obscure, Soviet avant-garde artists, and changed Russian life in general

Who Rocks the Cradle

release date: May 04, 2023

Creole Son

release date: Jan 01, 2020
Creole Son
"E. Kay Trimberger integrates memoir, science, and social science to create a compelling story and cautionary tale, exploring through reflection and research her thirty-five-year journey in California as a white single mother of an adopted black/biracial son. When her son was twenty-six, Trimberger helped him reunite with his Louisiana birth families. The families'' embrace, and their openness about their lives, lit the spark that led to this book. Trimberger learned that many of her son''s cognitive and psychological strengths, and his difficulties with addiction, mirrored those of his birth parents, with whom he had had no previous contact. As a result of this reunion, she began to investigate the role of genetic heritage in adoptees. While most adoption memoirs and social science analysis focus on the loss experienced by adoptees, Creole Son looks at the continuities between birth families and adoptees even when they have never met, and the challenge adoptive parents face in raising a child with traits unlike those of their own birth family. Using her academic training as a sociologist, Trimberger discovered the field of behavioral genetics, where much of the research is done on adoptive families, comparing over time the psychological and cognitive traits of adoptees with those of their birth parents, adoptive parents, and birth and adopted siblings. Findings stress the importance of both biological heritage and environment-and their interaction-in shaping adult outcomes. Adoption researchers have made little use of these research findings. In contrast, Trimberger integrates her story and that of her son with the findings of specific behavioral genetics studies, giving equal weight to the impact of the environment in Berkeley in the 1980s and 1990s-easy access to drugs, a culture condoning their use, a mother ignorant about substance abuse, and a failed experiment in communal living. In an afterword, Trimberger''s son, Marc, now in his late thirties, discusses how her narrative and research have helped him better understand his personal journey. ''Creole Son'' includes a strong Louisiana presence in Marc and Trimberger''s cultural explorations and their interaction with his biological extended families, Creole and Cajun. These experiences lead Trimberger to postulate a new type of extended family, one that integrates adoptive and biological kin-a model that goes beyond current notions of open adoption. While based on only one family''s experience, Creole Son addresses issues of contemporary relevance: the possibility, but difficulty, in crossing race and class boundaries; the increasing diversity of family forms; the impact of drugs and violence in the environment; and curiosity about how nature and nurture interact to make us who we are as individuals. It analyzes the implications for all parents, adoptive and natural"--
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