An irreverent tour of the science of everyday life by a veteran NPR correspondent draws on his conversations with such authorities as E. O. Wilson and Carl Sagan to investigate such fields as stem-cell research, genetic engineering, and alternative energies. 30,000 first printing.
The best-selling author of The Omnivore's Dilemma cites the reasons why people have become so confused about their dietary choices, counseling readers on the importance of enjoyable moderate eating of mostly traditional plant foods. 200,000 first printing.
Specifically geared for the special needs of black women, an informative and candid guide to maintaining a healthy pregnancy addresses a variety of issues confronting stressed-out modern professional black women dealing with demanding jobs, special health issues, and a high incidence of low-birth rates. Original. 35,000 first printing.
A compilation of paintings, drawings, and essays based on the artist's and naturalist's daily walks around her southern Ohio home offers an illuminating study of the wildlife of the region and of the interactions among people and animals, including coyotes, wild turkeys, box turtles, and a bird-eating bullfrog.
A collection of do-it-yourself projects features an array of unusual or edible gadgets, from glowing lollipops and cryogenic martinis to a portable iPod boom-box made from a Tupperware container. Original. 20,000 first printing.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of Ants present a lavishly detailed account of the extraordinary lives of social insects that draws on more than two decades of research and offers insight into how bees, termites, and other insect societies thrive in systems of altruistic cooperation, complex communication, and labor division.
Draws on the author's extensive travels, interviews with hundreds of woodworkers, and experiences as a carpenter to present a comprehensive history of wood and its global impact, in an account that addresses a wide range of topics, from Derek Jeter's bat and the invention of toothpicks to the construction of Levittown and the famed Stradivarius violin. 30,000 first printing.
Describes the author's experiences as a doctor for Doctors Without Borders in countries such as Somalia, Afghanistan, and Rwanda; the conditions he witnessed; and the political roadblocks that prevented aid from reaching patients.
Analyzes the complex social, physical, psychological, and technical factors that dictate how traffic works, why we drive the way we do, and what our driving reveals about us, discussing the unintended consequences of attempts to engineer safety.
Presents a plan for alleviating environmental degradation and boosting the economy by moving away from the use of fossil fuels and toward a path of invention and investment intended to provide cheap, clean energy and generate new jobs.