New York Times Notable Books 2012


Six Norton and Liveright books appear in The New York Times Book Review's much-anticipated "100 Notable Books" of 2012. The list, compiled annually by the editors of the review, is considered one of the most powerful shapers of holiday gift choices. This year's titles include Florence Williams's Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History, described by the review's editors as "an environmental call to arms"; Dale Carpenter's Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas, which "stirringly describes the 2003 Supreme Court decision that overturned the Texas sodomy law"; Susan Gubar's Memoir of a Debulked Woman: Enduring Ovarian Cancer, which is "part memoir and part criticism, [a] friendly book"; Edward O. Wilson's The Social Conquest of Earth, exploring "the strange kinship between humans and some insects"; David Quammen's Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, which "chronicles his globe-trotting scientific adventures and warns against animal microbes spilling over into people"; and Jim Holt's Why Does the World Exist: An Existential Detective Story, "an elegant and witty writer conversing with philosophers and cosmologists."