In this eloquent memoir, New Yorker writer Kathryn Schulz examines what it’s like to lose a loved one and to fall in love, reflecting on the profound transformations set in motion by both universal occurrences. The chapter on loss centers on the death of Schulz’s father. The chapter on finding focuses on her romance with the woman she ended up marrying—a romance that coincided with the passing of Schulz’s father. And a third chapter addresses what it means to connect and continue—the “&” in Lost & Found. But more than a record of overlapping personal grief and love, the book is a sublime philosophical reckoning of these seemingly opposite experiences, filled with penetrating observations and insightful forays into literature, poetry, and art
Walter Isaacson is known for his bestselling biographies of such brilliant, innovative figures as Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, and Steve Jobs. And now to this list he’s added Jennifer Doudna. She may not yet have the the same name recognition as the others, but as Isaacson makes clear, her Nobel Prize-winning work on gene editing ranks among the most significant biological inventions. By developing the gene-editing technology known as CRISPR, Doudna dramatically expanded the role science can play in reshaping the nature of life itself. Isaacson, as usual, tells this story vividly, comprehensively, and insightfully, recounting not just the path-breaking science involved but also examining the moral quandaries raised by the revolutionary ability to revise our genetic structure.
Michael Heller teaches property law at Columbia University. Jim Salzman is a leading environmental theorist and teaches environmental law at UCLA. Together, they’ve tackled the concept of ownership, which is not as straightforward as it might seem. Who, for instance, has rights to the space around someone’s seat on an airplane? Who owns the password to an online account? Why does a chair in the street that’s been put there to hold a parking space work in, say, Chicago, but in New York, both the space and the chair would be gone? Why can people sell their blood plasma but not their kidneys? These are just a few of the many situations and puzzles addressed in this intriguing, informative book.