New and Noteworthy

Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis
by Kim Todd (Harcourt, $27)
In the late seventeenth century, women didn’t study insects, and they certainly didn’t sail alone from Europe to the New World to do it. But German publishing heiress Maria Sibylla Merian did both—and her findings changed the future of biology.

The Last Forest: The Amazon in the Age of Globalization
by Mark London and Brian Kelly (Houghton Mifflin, $35)
The Amazon is one of the world’s largest forests—and it’s also one of the most endangered. Authors London and Kelly explore whether sustainable farming and ranching could help save this natural treasure from destruction.

From the Farm to the Table: What All Americans Need to Know About Agriculture
by Gary Holthaus (The University Press of Kentucky, $50.00)
Corporate contracts, overseas competition, and concerns about genetic modification have made farming in America more complicated today than ever before. Holthaus takes a close look at modern agriculture, and real farmers discuss how their work has changed with the times. 

The Foundation: A Great American Secret
By Joel L. Fleishman (Public Affairs, $27.95)
Each year, private foundations supply America’s nonprofit sector with billions of dollars in grants, but the public knows surprisingly little about these philanthropic organizations. Public policy expert Joel L. Fleishman explains the history behind this American tradition of giving—and offers a rare glimpse inside foundations past and present.

Issue 25

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