During the 1980s, singer-songwriter Elton John watched friends and loved ones suffer and die from HIV and AIDS. Struggling with a drug addiction, he says, he did nothing to help people with the disease. That changed after he met Ryan White, a teenage hemophiliac who was shunned by his community after contracting HIV. As the musician's memoir explains, White's struggle and death prompted John to enter rehab, kick his addictions and become a vocal advocate for AIDS research, prevention and treatment.
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.
Journalist Adam Minter traces the export of America's trash, revealing the huge profits that China and other rising nations make from it and how those profits are aiding the decline of our economy and the ascent of the developing world.
Journalist Simon Garfield takes us from the earliest maps — scratchings on rocks dating back over 10,000 years — through medieval European maps — with Jerusalem always in the middle — right up to the maps that guide us with voices from our smartphones and GPS trackers. All the while, he examines the pivotal relationship between mapping and civilization, demonstrating the unique ways that maps relate and realign history.
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.
Based on interviews with the writers of The Simpsons and accompanied by images from the show, facsimiles of scripts, paintings and drawings and other imagery, this fascinating book reveals the meaningful mathematical concepts behind the most successful show in TV history.
An intimate history of Earth and the quest for life beyond the solar system traces the discoveries of thousands of "exoplanets" throughout the past two years, including some with Earth-like characteristics that could possibly support life.
Mark Fainaru-Wada and his brother Steve Fainaru take an exhaustive look at how the NFL has dealt with allegations that playing football can lead to brain damage.
A Harvard evolutionary biologist presents an engaging discussion of how the human body has evolved over millions of years, examining how an increasing disparity between the needs of Stone Age bodies and the realities of the modern world are fueling a paradox of greater longevity and chronic disease.