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.
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.
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.
Drawing on the latest research on the brain as well as historical accounts of patients and their treatments, an accomplished science writer shares his 20-year battle with obsessive-compulsive disorder and his unflinchingly honest attempt to understand the condition and his experiences.
John McQuaid investigates the mysteries of flavor, drawing on reportage from kitchens, markets, farms, labs and other sources to trace historical experiences while making predictions about how the sense of taste will evolve in coming decades.
In this memoir of geopolitical intrigue, the author tries to thwart a plan to make tigers into farm animals. Her efforts take her across Asia and Europe, from elephant back to presidential motorcade, and into the company of man-eaters, movie stars and world leaders.
Describes the author's time working as a basecamp doctor at Antarctica's Halley research station and his fascination with the emperor penguin community that shared the icy continent with him.