Houghton Mifflin Harcourt published Jane Brox’s newest book SILENCE: A Social History of One of the Least Understood Elements of Our Lives yesterday, and a riveting excerpt was also posted on Longreads to match. Recently heralded by LitHub as one of “13 Books You Should Read this January,” SILENCE explores the use of silence as both a threat and a tool over time, and our often-fraught relationship with communication and solitude as it has evolved in our digital lives.

Learn more about Jane’s exquisite book here, and visit her site to see whether she’ll be reading soon near you.