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.
Offers a broad examination of the subject of longevity, looking at the current scientific understanding of aging, as well as simple things people can do to promote longevity and common myths, misconceptions and scams.
Johns Hopkins neuroscientist David J. Linden examines how our sense of touch and emotional responses affect our social interactions as well as our general health and development. In Touch, he explains how sensory and emotional context work together to distinguish between perceptions of what feels good and what feels bad.
This narrative history of humanity's creation and evolution explores how biology and history have defined understandings of what it means to be human, detailing the role of modern cognition in shaping the ecosystem, civilizations and more.
Demystifies the teen brain by presenting new findings, dispelling widespread myths and providing practical advice for negotiating this difficult and dynamic life stage for both adults and teens.