A discussion of America's ongoing pursuit of thin body types analyzes the negative consequences of critical messages targeting plus-sized young people, collecting autobiographical narratives by individuals whose lives have been compromised by unhealthy recommendations and discrimination.
Using interviews with family and friends and journal pages, the author recreates the life of his charismatic stepbrother, Josh Mann, who died of a heroin overdose and examines the role and limitations of memory in trying to recall the past.
An accessible report on humanity's imminent potential for living in space includes coverage of topics ranging from China's 2020 space station and the colonization of Mars to space-elevator innovations and the mapping of Earth-like exo-planets.
A correspondent for Yahoo News and an Oklahoma City native returns home to provide an insider's account of Oklahoma's deadliest tornado, which struck May 20, 2013 and destroyed two schools while children cowered inside while teachers put their lives at risk to save their students.
Examining the history behind the infamous War of the Worlds radio drama, the author draws upon the hundreds of letters sent directly to Orson Welles after the broadcast, revealing its true aftermath.
The co-founder of the Stationery Club and the Boring Conference presents an entertaining history of the office supplies that everyone takes for granted, shining a light on the invention of pencils, highlighters and paperclips and the fascinating people behind the objects.
The author of Born to Run describes his investigation into ancestral training techniques that have enabled Mediterranean athletes to achieve extraordinary levels of strength and fitness.
A biological and cultural history of the bed bug explores ongoing scientific discoveries, the advent of DDT, the flourishing emergence of current infestations, the economics of bed bug problems and the ways that bed bugs have inspired art.
Explores the war on human nature and its flaws by examining the world of modern-day public shaming as a form of social control, describing cases of those whose careers and lives have been ruined by one mistake.
An investigative reporter examines the relationship between intense meditation and mental instability through the case of Ian Thorson, a man who died of dehydration and dysentery on a remote Arizona mountain while practicing a bizarre version of Tibetan Buddhism.
A firsthand account of the lives of captive killer whales by one of SeaWorld's most experienced orca trainers and the star of Blackfish. He argues that their needs are not met in captivity and traces advocacy efforts comparing the lives of free and captive orcas.
Combining sage advice from Ovid and Mary Oliver with practical descriptions of tools and varieties of wood, the author, who quit her desk job to become a carpenter, shares the joys and frustrations of learning to make things by hand in an occupation that is 99 percent male.
Jeffrey A. Lieberman traces the rise, fall and redemption of psychiatry, illuminating the contributions of such figures as Sigmund Freud and Eric Kandel while calling for an end to cultural stigmas that prevent effective mental treatments.