Off the Shelf

Off the Shelf is a Columbia News series in which professors discuss their recently published books, as well as what they have read recently and recommend, and who they would invite to the perfect dinner party.

“Media Capture,” the new book edited by Anya Schiffrin, provides some answers.

Read her book to find out what to do if your mother is accused of being a sorceress.

Kate Zambreno’s new book, To Write As If Already Dead, examines the age of AIDS and its aftermath.

Historian and journalist Gershom Gorenberg uncovers how secret intelligence helped win the war for the Allies in the Middle East.

In a new book, “The Way Out,” Professor Peter T. Coleman explores how conflict resolution and complexity science can provide guidance.

In her new book, “World as Family,” Vishakha Desai will show you how.

In his new book, Weak Strongman, Timothy Frye argues that contrary to popular belief, Vladimir Putin is not omnipotent.

Professor Camille Robcis takes on politics, philosophy, and radical psychiatry in postwar France in “Disalienation.”

Morgan Jerkins, known for her powerful nonfiction writing, turns to fiction with “Caul Baby.”

Professor, musician, and composer David Sulzer demystifies the science that underlies music.

In her new graphic memoir, “The Inheritance,” Professor Elizabeth Povinelli traces her life lines against a larger context.

Clemence Boulouque’s Another Modernity profiles a 19th-century rabbi who believed Judaism was a solution to world problems.