NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of December 29, 2011Earth (The Book), Jon Stewart's visitor's guide to the human race, is No. 15 on the list this week. It's a hilarious summation of humanity, that applies The Daily Show's trademark wit, irreverence and intelligence to every facet of human existence.
A collection of stories about animals that have forged unlikely, abiding bonds with other animals of different species, from Koko the gorilla and All Ball the kitten to Owen the hippo and the tortoise Mzee.
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.
The author of A Short History of Nearly Everything explores the ways in which homes reflect history, from a bathroom's revelations about medicine and hygiene to a kitchen's exposure of the stories of trade and nutrition.
Recounts the author's experiences with the reclusive Tarahumara Indians, whose techniques allow them to run long distances with ease, and describes his training for a 50-mile race with the tribe and a number of ultramarathoners.
Awkward Family Pet Photos celebrates the moving and disturbing bond between families and their pets through entries that show animal companions as wedding attendants, named after superheroes and dressed in a variety of outrageous outfits.
Presents a reference with comprehensive facts and statistics on current events, people and the countries of the world, along with a preview of the 2012 presidential election and original articles on recent issues and topics.
Describes the actions of both whites and Comanches during a 40-year war over territory, in a story that begins with the kidnapping of a white girl who grew up to marry a Comanche chief and have a son, Quanah, who became a great warrior.
The author of Blink identifies the qualities of successful people, posing theories about the cultural, family and idiosyncratic factors that shape high achievers, in a resource that covers such topics as the secrets of software billionaires, why certain cultures are associated with better academic performance and why The Beatles earned their fame.
Artist and musician Patti Smith recounts her romance, lifetime friendship and shared love of art with Robert Mapplethorpe in an illustrated memoir, with a colorful cast of characters including Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol and William Burroughs.
The authors present a hilarious summation of humanity, in a book with color photos, graphs and charts that applies The Daily Show's trademark wit, irreverence and intelligence to every facet of human existence. Some nudity. By the authors of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Presents America (The Book).
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