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 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.
The best-selling author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay and a Pulitzer Prize winner questions what it means to be a man today in a series of interlinked autobiographical reflections, regrets and reexaminations, each sparked by an encounter, in the present, that holds some legacy of the past. Reprint. A best-selling book. 200,000 first printing.
Examines how traditional religions are observed in present-day India through the experiences of such individuals as a Tantric practicing middle-class woman from Calcutta, a prison warder from Kerala who is worshipped as an incarnate deity, and a Jain nunwho watched a friend ritually starve.
Lay The Favorite documents the author's high-stakes adventures in the world of sports betting, tracing how she arrived in Vegas hoping to become a cocktail waitress only to be seduced by the adrenaline-fueled gambler's lifestyle and its surfeit of illusory glamour and nefarious characters.
A portrait of the mid-20th-century singer traces the challenges she faced acquiring her education, her 1959 debut at New York City's Town Hall and her relationships with such contemporaries as Lorraine Hansberry and James Baldwin.
In this engaging memoir, Blodgett recounts how she lost her sense of smell and ultimately learned the most transformative lesson of all: the olfactory nerve, in ways unlike any other in the human body, has the extraordinary power to heal.
The author of "Kitchen Confidential" explores how his life and the cooking world have changed since his last book, offering up candid assessments of such figures as David Chang, Alice Waters, and the "Top Chef" winners and losers.
An account of the author's experiences as a person with Alzheimer's discusses his frustrations with his deteriorating mental faculties, his visits to places from his past, and his memories about his journalism career.
At once an autobiography, a medical history, and a testament to the beauty of memory, a writer diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease a few months after his 57th birthday depicts the joys of life and how one can take them for granted.