We’re excited to announce that “Heart” by Sandeep Jauhar is the January pick for the PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club, “Now Read This.”
“Heart: A History” is an exploration of our most vital organ and favored metaphor. Jauhar, a cardiologist, surveys the heart from all angles — the public and personal history, as inspiration for poets and scientists, what it means for doctor and patient alike.
In The New York Times Book Review, author Randi Hutter Epstein calls the book “strange and captivating… a physician excited about his specialty… his journey to understand this organ that has mystified and frightened him ever since he was a child.”
In the coming days, we’ll post discussion questions for “Heart,” an annotated excerpt and writing advice from Jauhar. And at the end of the month, he will answer your questions on the PBS NewsHour.
Just joining? Become a member of the book club by joining our Facebook group, or by signing up for our newsletter. You can find all of our book club content here, or look back at our conversations about previous selections for the book club below:
- Casey Gerald’s political memoir “There Will Be No Miracles Here“
- Katie Kitamura’s psychological thriller, “A Separation“
- Nate Blakeslee’s tale of wolves and the West, “American Wolf“
- Robert Kaplan’s mix of road trip and political analysis “Earning the Rockies“
- Lesley Nneka Arimah’s short story collection “What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky“
- Min Jin Lee’s historical family saga “Pachinko“
- Andrew Sean Greer’s comic novel “Less“
- Tara Westover’s memoir “Educated‘
- Dan Egan’s environmental portrait “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes“
- Mohsin Hamid’s magical novel “Exit West”
- David Grann’s true crime tale “Killers of the Flower Moon”
- Jesmyn Ward’s lyrical “Sing, Unburied, Sing”
Thanks for reading along!