A collection of essays with a new piece on Provincetown, follows the author as she contemplates the pleasure of artistic labor; her boundless curiosity for the flora and fauna that surround her; and the responsibility she has inherited from the great thinkers and writers of the past, to live thoughtfully, intelligently and to observe with passion
What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children
A leading developmental psychologist and philosopher uses natural history and the latest scientific research to demonstrate how the modern style of parenting, one of obsessively controlling offspring with goal-oriented labor is bad for both the child and the parents.
The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
An account of the previously unheralded but pivotal contributions of NASA's African-American women mathematicians to America's space program describes how they were segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws in spite of their groundbreaking successes.
Draws on up-to-date research and engaging forester stories to reveal how trees nurture each other and communicate, outlining the life cycles of "tree families" that support mutual growth, share nutrients and contribute to a resilient ecosystem.
Revealing the untold story of the father of Asperger's syndrome, a landmark book reveals the secret history of autism, finds surprising answers to the crucial question of why the number of diagnoses has soared, and provides long-sought solutions to the autism puzzle.
Taking readers on a rollicking ride through history, a master storyteller and reporter, whose legend began in journalism, presents a paradigm-shifting argument that speech — not evolution — is responsible for humanity's complex societies and achievements.
A revelatory examination of America's national power grid traces how it developed while exposing its current vulnerabilities, making strategic recommendations for how it can be improved to meet the challenges of instability, security and sustainability.
Shares unique perspectives into the role of the microbiome in human health, identity, and ability, explaining in comprehensive, lighthearted detail how microbes shape and protect life on Earth in unexpected ways.
Offers entertaining and science-based observations on the wind, from the world's first forecasts, to Chaos Theory, wind-riding spiders, wind-sculpted landscapes and wind-generated power. By the best-selling author of Cold and Heat. 30,000 first printing.
Explores the scientific, ethical, and human dimensions of the 1953 brain operation by William Beecher Scoville on an epileptic patient that transformed understandings of memory science and triggered profound legal and medical debates.
A memoir by an award-winning paleobiologist traces her childhood in her father's laboratory, her longtime relationship with a brilliant but wounded colleague and the remarkable discoveries they have made both in the lab and during extensive field research assignments.
The popular Guardian blogger presents an upbeat tour of the human psyche and how it is related to the mysterious workings of the brain, exploring subjects ranging from egocentricity and superstition to insomnia and blackouts while exposing the many mistakes that have been made in humanity's effort to better understand the mind.
A portrait of the lesser-known German naturalist reveals his ongoing influence on humanity's relationship with the natural world today, discussing such topics as his views on climate change, conservation and nature as a resource for all life.
In addition to relating his travels to learn more about these mysterious mammals, the author explores the troubled history of man and whale; traces the whale's cultural history; and seeks to discover why these strange and beautiful animals continue to exert such a powerful grip on our imagination. 35,000 first printing.
The author of Thy Neighbor's Wife presents an exposé 35 years in the making, in which a man from Colorado reveals a secret so shocking that the author traveled across the country to verify it himself— and now, the man has finally decided to go public.
A U.S. release of an award-winning nature memoir from Stockholm chronicles the author's meditative, obsessive pursuit of hoverflies on a remote island in Sweden and how his findings have reflected the history of entomology.