The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Monkey Girl describes the steps being taken by the current generation of philanthropists and conservationist who have dedicated themselves to the environment, from Doug and Kristine Tompkins's preservation of the South American rain forest to Roxanne Quimby's work with the Burt's Bees company.
The host of NPR's "Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me" presents a tongue-in-cheek evaluation of the culture of vice and excessive misbehavior, offering insight into the appeal and rewards of taboo hobbies and furnishing advice on how to indulge in covert activities while retaining one's dignity if discovered. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.
The author describes how she moved across the country in an attempt to build a new life for her four daughters, only to have her two teenage daughters run away, her frantic struggle to find the missing girls, and her efforts to rebuild their relationship.
Traces the true experiences of three women medical school students whose first internship year was assigned by the controversial Match Day computer algorithm that pairs students with prospective hospital residencies, in an account that follows their challenging efforts in the face of medical mistakes, strained personal lives, and patient deaths.
Skyrocketing infertility rates and the accompanying explosion in reproductive technology are revolutionizing the American family and changing the way we think about parenthood, childbirth, and life itself. In this work of investigative reporting, journalist Mundy captures the human narratives, as well as the science, behind what is today a controversial, multibillion-dollar industry, and examines how the huge social experiment that is assisted reproduction is transforming our most basic relationships andeven our destiny as a species.—From publisher description.
A Tale of Two Continents, Three Religions, Five Infertility Doctors, an Oscar, an Atomic Bomb, a Rom
An intimate memoir of one woman's quest for motherhood details her six-year odyssey, from her decision at age thirty-five that she wants a baby, through her desperate pursuit of everything humanly possible to achieve her goal, to the repercussions of the ordeal for her marriage. By the author of Schoolgirls. Reprint.
Traces the history of Pluto and the recent debate over its planethood, citing its entrenchment in America's cultural and patriotic view of the cosmos to explain its considerable popularity and the reasons behind why so many people campaigned for the preservation of its status. By the author of Death by Black Hole. 50,000 first printing.
Recounts how Texas oil transformed wealth and power in America through the stories of the state's four most influential oil families, tracing how they rose from modest backgrounds, shaped the government, and bankrolled the rise of modern conservatism.