Here’s a look at some of the most interesting books coming out in the next few months. From goat exoskeletons, to dissected wax women, we have some interesting titles coming into the library soon. Be sure to check them out! All descriptions are from the publishers.

The Geography of Madness: Penis Thieves, Voodoo Death, and the Search for the Meaning of the World’s Strangest Syndromes by Frank Bures is an investigation of “culture-bound” syndromes. Why is it, for example, that some men believe vandals stole their penises, even though they’re in good physical shape? Acclaimed magazine writer Frank Bures travels around the world to trace culture-bound syndromes to their sources – and in the process, tells a remarkable story about the strange things all of us believe.

Atlas of Lost Cities: A Travel Guide to Abandoned and Forsaken Destinations by Aude de Tocqueville. Ms. de Tocqueville tells the compelling narrative of the rise and fall of such notable places as Pompeii, Teotihuacán, and Angkor. She also details the less well known, including Centralia, an abandoned Pennsylvania town consumed by unquenchable underground fire; Nova Citas de Kilamba in Angola, where housing, schools, and stores were built for 500,000 people who never came; and Epecuen, a tourist town in Argentina now swallowed up by water.

The Anatomical Venus: Wax, God, Death & the Ecstatic by Joanna Ebenstein. Of all the artifacts from the history of medicine, the Anatomical Venus, with its heady mixture of beauty, eroticism and death, is the most seductive. These life-sized dissectible wax women reclining on moth-eaten velvet cushions, with glass eyes, strings of pearls, and golden tiaras crowning their real human hair, were created in 18th-century Florence as the centerpiece of the first truly public science museum. Conceived as a means to teach human anatomy, the Venus also tacitly communicated the relationship between the human body and a divinely created cosmos; between art and science, nature and mankind.

Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned from Eighties Movies (And Why We Don’t Learn Them From Movies Anymore) by Hadley Freeman. From Vogue contributor and Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman, this is a personalized guide to 1980s movies that describes why they changed movie-making forever. Ms. Freeman looks back on a cinematic world in which bankers are invariably evil, children are always wiser than adults, science is embraced with an intense enthusiasm, and the future is viewed with giddy excitement.

GoatMan: How I Took a Holiday from Being Human by Thomas Thwaites. Mr. Thwaites interviews neuroscientists, animal behaviorists, prosthetists, goat sanctuary workers, and goatherds. From this, he builds a goat exoskeleton – artificial legs, helmet, chest protector, raincoat from his mum, and a prosthetic goat stomach to digest grass (with help from a pressure cooker and campfire) –before setting off across the Alps on four legs with a herd of his fellow creatures.

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Betsy Bird

Betsy Bird is the Collection Development Manager of Evanston Public Library. She has been writing for the Evanston RoundTable since 2016.