Brox, Jane


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With precision and grace, award-winning author Jane Brox traces the evolution of silence in society. Through the specific histories of the Senanque monastery in France and the first silent prison, Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, SILENCE (Houghton Mifflin, 2019) explores the harrowing power of silence and our often fraught relationship with communication and solitude.


Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light

In BRILLIANT: THE EVOLUTION OF ARTIFICIAL LIGHT, award-winning author Jane Brox offers a sweeping history of our transformative relationship with light—from the stone lamps of the Pleistocene to LEDs embedded in fabrics of the future—and reveals that the surprising, complex story of our illumination is also the story of our modern selves.

Here and Nowhere Else: Late Seasons of a Farm and Its Family

Winner of the 1996 L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award After years of living away […]

Clearing Land: Legacies of the American Farm

A Best Book of the Year: The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution […]

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National Book Critics Circle Award Nonfiction Finalist, 1999 Amid the turmoil after her father’s death […]