Examines the connection between creativity and alcohol by traveling to locales well-loved by six of America's greatest writers, who were also alcoholics, including John Cheever's New York, Tennessee Williams' New Orleans and Ernest Hemingway's Key West.
Col. Chris Hadfield has logged nearly 4000 hours in space. Now, he returns to earth to offer stories of his time in space and in training, an education in a classroom unlike any other in (or out of) this world.
A close-up portrait of a year in the life of a herd of rare desert bighorn sheep follows these enigmatic animals and their behavior, life cycles, and habitat, and offers an evocative celebration of the desolate splendor of their rugged high desert environment. Reprint.
The monumental statues of Easter Island, gazing out in their imposing rows over the island's barren landscape, have been a great mystery ever since the island was first discovered by Europeans. How could the ancient people who inhabited this tiny speck of land, the most remote in the vast expanse of the Pacific, have built such monumental works, and moved them from the quarry where they were carved to the coast? And if the island once boasted a culture sophisticated enough to have produced such marvelousedifices, what happened to that culture? The prevailing accounts of the island's history tell a story of self-inflicted devastation: a glaring case of eco-suicide. But when Terry Hunt and Carl Lipo began carrying out archaeological studies on the island in 2001, they uncovered a very different truth: they show that the Easter Islanders were remarkably inventive environmental stewards, rich with lessons for confronting the daunting environmental challenges of our own time.—From publisher description.
Explains that humanity is currently dealing with an ecological disaster thousands of years in the making and argues that the people of today need to commit to restoring the natural world.
Drawing on 40 years of research, a primatologist attempts to solve the mystery of the origins of our reproductive lives, showing that once we understand our evolutionary past, we can consider what worked, what didn't and what it all means for the future of our species.
Using dramatic real-life stories, the chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia presents a scathing critique of the alternative medicine industry and argues against the celebrities who promote it.
Traces the public librarian author's inspiring story as a Mormon youth with Tourette's Syndrome who after a sequence of radical and ineffective treatments overcame nightmarish tics through education, military service and strength training.
A journey into the mind of a remarkable 13-year-old Japanese boy with severe autism shares firsthand insights into a variety of experiences associated with the disorder, from behavioral traits and misconceptions to perceptions about the world and social awareness. Translated by David Mitchell and KA Yoshida.
Mark Fainaru-Wada and his brother Steve Fainaru take an exhaustive look at how the NFL has dealt with allegations that playing football can lead to brain damage.
Anthrozoologist John Bradshaw, and the author of Dog Sense, draws on the latest scientific and behavioral research to explain the origins, evolution and modern-day needs of domestic cats, revealing how an understanding of a cat's ancient instincts is an essential part of a healthy cat-human relationship.
From Beethoven to Woody Allen, from Leo Tolstoy to Charles Dickens and John Updike, here are artists on how they create (and avoid creating) their works. Writers, composers, painters, choreographers, playwrights, philosophers, caricaturists, comedians, poets, sculptors and scientists consider how they work in letters, diaries and interviews compiled and edited by Mason Currey.
A small town home to a notorious cluster of childhood cancers scientifically linked to local air and water pollution became the unlikely setting for a decades-long drama that culminated in 2001 with one of the largest legal settlements in the annals of toxic dumping.
Biologist and writer Bill Streever is fascinated by extremes. In Cold, he visited some of the chilliest places on Earth; in Heat, he takes a look at the opposite end of the thermometer. Streever treks through Death Valley, investigates fire-based weaponry and walks on coals as he explores what it means to be hot ... really hot.
During the 1980s, singer-songwriter Elton John watched friends and loved ones suffer and die from HIV and AIDS. Struggling with a drug addiction, he says, he did nothing to help people with the disease. That changed after he met Ryan White, a teenage hemophiliac who was shunned by his community after contracting HIV. As the musician's memoir explains, White's struggle and death prompted John to enter rehab, kick his addictions and become a vocal advocate for AIDS research, prevention and treatment.
A New Yorker staff writer presents a narrative assessment of the American food world's extremes that considers how new animals, animal parts and trend ingredients are reshaping what we eat. Anything That Moves shares behind-the-scenes revelations about an intricate network of scavengers, dealers and pitchmen who are introducing exotic elements into the culinary marketplace.
Journalist Adam Minter traces the export of America's trash, revealing the huge profits that China and other rising nations make from it and how those profits are aiding the decline of our economy and the ascent of the developing world.
Journalist Simon Garfield takes us from the earliest maps — scratchings on rocks dating back over 10,000 years — through medieval European maps — with Jerusalem always in the middle — right up to the maps that guide us with voices from our smartphones and GPS trackers. All the while, he examines the pivotal relationship between mapping and civilization, demonstrating the unique ways that maps relate and realign history.