These are the books that make readers want to escape. Their covers beckon with tranquil beach and lakeside scenes -- endless layers of blue sky and water divided by a strip of sand, dotted with brightly colored flip-flops and umbrellas.
A few months ago, Kelly Gissendaner wrote a letter to a pen pal across the Atlantic. She told him the state of Georgia was about to fix a date for her execution. One evening soon, she would be strapped to a gurney, needles would be inserted into her arm, and poison would course through her veins until she was dead.
Photographer Ronan Yver spent several years with farm animals, getting to know their personalities through his wide-angle lens. Seeing the humanity in their eyes, he began to create a catalog of common feelings and moods and character traits, labeling the photos with captions such as "pride" or "elegance" or "innocence."