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4.2 out of 5 stars with 243 reviews
A tour through the groundbreaking science behind the enigmatic but crucial brain developments of adolescence and how those translate into teenage behavior
The brain creates every feeling, emotion, and desire we experience and stores every one of o...
How Language Began: The Story of Humanity's Greatest Invention
4.2 out of 5 stars with 13 reviews
Mankind has a distinct advantage over other terrestrial species: we talk to one another. But how did we acquire the most advanced form of communication on Earth? Daniel L. Everett, a "bombshell" linguist and "instant folk hero" (Tom Wolfe, Harper's),...
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
4.1 out of 5 stars with 159 reviews
The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the 19th century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the 20th. In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with 20 crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the sh...
Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious
4.5 out of 5 stars with 7 reviews
Gerd Gigerenzer is one of the researchers of behavioral intuition responsible for the science behind Malcolm Gladwell's bestseller
Blink. Gladwell showed us how snap decisions often yield better results than careful analysis. Now, Gigerenzer explain...
Body of Work: Meditations on Mortality from the Human Anatomy Lab
4.8 out of 5 stars with 299 reviews
This is a hauntingly moving memoir of the relationship between a cadaver named Eve and the first-year medical student who cuts her open. Christine Montross brings an uncommon perspective to the emotional difficulty of the first year of medical school...
Flavor: The Science of Our Most Neglected Sense
4.2 out of 5 stars with 38 reviews
Can you describe how the flavor of halibut differs from red snapper? How Brie differs from cheddar? For most of us, unfortunately, the answer is: badly. Flavor remains a vague, undeveloped concept we don't know enough about to describe - or to apprec...
Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge
4.4 out of 5 stars with 116 reviews
One of our greatest living scientists - and the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes for On Human Nature and The Ants - gives us a work of visionary importance that may be the crowning achievement of his career. In Consilience (a word that originally meant...
4.4 out of 5 stars with 149 reviews
Honeybees make decisions collectively-and democratically. Every year, faced with the life-or-death problem of choosing and traveling to a new home, honeybees stake everything on a process that includes collective fact-finding, vigorous debate, and co...
First Bite: How We Learn to Eat
By Blackstone Audio, Inc.
4.2 out of 5 stars with 102 reviews
We do not come into the world with an innate sense of taste and nutrition; as omnivores, we have to learn how and what to eat, how sweet is too sweet, and what food will give us the most energy for the coming day. But how does this education happen? ...
Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them
4.1 out of 5 stars with 48 reviews
Our brains were designed for tribal life, for getting along with a select group of others (Us) and for fighting off everyone else (Them). But modern times have forced the world's tribes into a shared space, resulting in epic clashes of values along w...
Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up
4.3 out of 5 stars with 223 reviews
Is there a connection between microbes in the soil and in our bodies?
Why does a dirty farm offer protection from allergies while a dirty urban apartment does not?
What can pastured hens teach us about "good" stress and "bad" stress?
How can a ...
Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
4.9 out of 5 stars with 69 reviews
Why do we do the things we do?
More than a decade in the making, this game-changing book is Robert Sapolsky's genre-shattering attempt to answer that question as fully as perhaps only he could, looking at it from every angle. Sapolsky's storytellin...
The Secret Life of Cows
4.1 out of 5 stars with 141 reviews
"Within a day of receiving this book, I had consumed it.... Absorbing, moving, and compulsively readable." (Lydia Davis)
In this affectionate, heart-warming chronicle, Rosamund Young distills a lifetime of organic farming wisdom, describing the surp...
Lab 257: The Disturbing Story of the Government's Secret Germ Laboratory
4.1 out of 5 stars with 145 reviews
Strictly off limits to the public, Plum Island is home to virginal beaches, cliffs, forests, ponds - and the deadliest germs that have ever roamed the planet.
Lab 257 blows the lid off the stunning true nature and checkered history of Plum Island. ...
Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon
4.4 out of 5 stars with 188 reviews
When Bronwen Dickey brought her new dog home, she saw no traces of the infamous viciousness in her affectionate, timid pit bull. Which made her wonder: How had the breed - beloved by Teddy Roosevelt, Helen Keller, and TV's Little Rascals - come to be...
Drink Beer, Think Beer: Getting to the Bottom of Every Pint
4.9 out of 5 stars with 11 reviews
From an award-winning journalist and beer expert, a thoughtful and witty guide to understanding and enjoying beer
Right here, right now is the best time in the history of mankind to be a beer drinker. America now has more breweries than at any time s...
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