Shares the stories of entrepreneurs who are realizing marketing opportunities associated with global warming, from Israeli artificial snow-makers and private firefighters in California to fund managers backing Sudanese warlords and the Dutch architects of floating cities.
This humorous and informative examination of the billion-dollar-a-year self-help industry describes the author's experiences trying to cure herself of phobias, dating men by following "The Rules" and literally walking over hot coals.
A New Yorker staff writer presents a narrative assessment of the American food world's extremes that considers how new animals, animal parts and trend ingredients are reshaping what we eat. Anything That Moves shares behind-the-scenes revelations about an intricate network of scavengers, dealers and pitchmen who are introducing exotic elements into the culinary marketplace.
Capturing the essence of the origin and evolution of the so-called "degeneracy debates," over whether the flora and fauna of America (including Native Americans) were naturally weaker and feebler than species elsewhere in the world, this book chronicles Thomas Jefferson's efforts to counter French conceptions of American degeneracy, culminating in his sending of a stuffed moose to Buffon.
A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America
Tracks the dynamic relevance of America's animals throughout history to illuminate current extinction threats, tracing the author's tour of environmental regions with his young daughter to examine the conservation efforts for such species as the polar bear and the whooping crane.
Presents an exploration into the world of neutrinos, incredibly small bits of matter that hold the secrets of the universe, and the lives of the scientists who chase them in hopes of offering new insights into physics and cosmology.
Examines the connection between creativity and alcohol by traveling to locales well-loved by six of America's greatest writers, who were also alcoholics, including John Cheever's New York, Tennessee Williams' New Orleans and Ernest Hemingway's Key West.
New York Times business writer Charles Duhigg explores the science behind why we do what we do, and how companies use our habit-forming tendencies to sell and market products to us.
Sonali Deraniyagala lost her husband, parents and two young sons in the terrifying Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004. They had been vacationing on the southern coast of her home country, Sri Lanka, when the wave struck. Wave is her brutal but lyrically written account of the awful moment and the grief-crazed months after, as she learned to live with her almost unbearable losses — and allow herself to remember details of her previous life.
On March 16, 1968, between 347 and 504 unarmed Vietnamese civilians were gunned down by members of the U.S. Army in what became known as the My Lai Massacre. The U.S. government has maintained that atrocities like this were isolated incidents, but Nick Turse argues that the intentional killing of civilians during the Vietnam War was quite common.
Col. Chris Hadfield has logged nearly 4000 hours in space. Now, he returns to earth to offer stories of his time in space and in training, an education in a classroom unlike any other in (or out of) this world.