The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling numerous medical and scientific discoveries.
An award-winning psychology researcher challenges popular misconceptions to reveal how the adaptive strategies developed in early years by middle children can translate into healthier relationships and more successful careers, offering counsel on how to maximize the potential and avoid the pitfalls of middle-child dynamics.
An investigation into the theorized correlation between mental illness and successful leadership reveals the disorders of such notable leaders as Lincoln, Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., explaining how their struggles with psychological symptoms enabled them to empathize, recognize threats and respond appropriately during times of crisis.
The author chronicles the dark secret life he led when, despite building for himself a respectable career as a literary agent, he embraced crack cocaine; went on a two-month binge; and lost his job, his home, and all his money.
A historical assessment of cancer addresses both the courageous battles against the complex disease and the misperceptions and hubris that have compromised modern understandings, providing coverage of such topics as ancient-world surgeries and the developments of present-day treatments.
The author of Riddled with Life explores how the insect world accomplishes monumental tasks with human-like precision in spite of very different mental processes, covering such topics as insect personality, communication and adaptability. 20,000 first printing.
The Pushcart Prize-nominated daughter of piano prodigy Norma Herr describes how her sister and she were forced by their mother's violent schizophrenic episodes to discontinue contact with her until the author's debilitating injury changed her sense of the world and enabled a healing access to family artifacts.
How the Digital Magicians of the MIT Media Lab Are Creating the Innovative Technologies That Will Transform Our Lives
The MIT Media Lab has produced many innovations over the years. In The Sorcerers and their Apprentices, Frank Moss profiles some of the creative solutions that have been developed in the lab — and explains how other companies can also foster creativity.