The Weight of Ink (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), by Rachel Kadish ’91, is the story of two women separated by almost four centuries: In 17th-century London, Ester Velasquez is a scribe for a blind rabbi; Helen Watt is a modern-day historian with a love of Jewish history. After Helen sees a mysterious set of writings, she sets out to discover their author. 

Free as Gods: How the Jazz Age Reinvented Modernism (The University Press of New England) examines the works of the expatriate artist community in Paris during the Jazz Age, when figures like Picasso, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald converged upon the city and produced works that pushed boundaries and defined the era. Charles A. Riley II ’79 describes how these artists influenced one another and brings new insight to their works.

Fitter Faster: The Smart Way to Get in Shape in Just Minutes a Day (Amacom), by health journalist Robert J. Davis ’86, examines the challenges to establishing an exercise routine. To counter one of the most common problems — a lack of time — co-author and personal trainer Brad Kolowich Jr. includes a 15-minute daily workout plan.