"The best-selling author of An Unquiet Mind now gives us a groundbreaking life of one of the major American poets of the twentieth century that is at the same time a fascinating study of the relationship between manic-depressive (bipolar) illness, creative genius, and character. In his Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry, Robert Lowell (1917-1977) put his manic-depressive illness into the public domain. Now Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison brings her expertise to bear on his story, illuminating the relationship between bipolar illness and creativity, and examining how Lowell's illness and the treatment he received came to bear on his work. His New England roots, early breakdowns, marriages to three eminent writers, friendships with other poets, vivid presence as a teacher and writer refusing to give up in the face of mental illness—Jamison gives us Lowell's life through a lens that focuses our understanding of the poet's intense discipline, courage, and commitment to his art. Jamison had unprecedented access to Lowell's medical records, as well as to previously unpublished drafts and fragments of poems, and was the first biographer to speak to his daughter. With this new material and a psychologist's deep insight, Jamison delivers a bold, sympathetic account of a poet who was—both despite and because of mental illness—a passionate, original observer of the human condition"—
An immersive portrait of the transhumanism movement explores how today's visionaries, billionaires, professors and programmers are using groundbreaking technology to enhance human intellectual and physical capabilities, transforming perspectives on the definitions of being human.
"Yiyun Li's searing personal story of hospitalizations for depression and thoughts of suicide is interlaced with reflections on the solace and affirmations of life and personhood that Li found in reading the journals, diaries, and fiction of other writers: William Trevor, Katherine Mansfield, and more"—
For centuries the Alps have seen the march of armies, the flow of pilgrims and Crusaders, the feats of mountaineers and the dreams of engineers — and some 14 million people live among their peaks today. In The Alps, Stephen O'Shea takes readers up and down these majestic mountains, journeying through their 500-mile arc across France, Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, Austria, and Slovenia.
Cites the health-compromising qualities of cheese and its immoderate consumption, outlining a radical program for losing weight, improving overall health and managing cheese cravings.
A vertebrate zoologist presents a tour of cannibalism in the human and animal worlds, and explores its evolutionary roles and how it has manifested culturally as a survival mechanism, burial ritual and warfare tactic.
Documents the lesser-known story of the creator of the psychological test developed to reveal key aspects of human personality, sharing insights into how his inkblots were carefully designed and rose to prominence after his early death.
Drawing on a wealth of sources, an advertising and digital studies expert presents an eye-opening book that shows how a new hyper-competitive generation of merchants is already using data mining, in-store tracking and predictive analytics to change the way we buy, undermine our privacy and define our reputations.
Draws on the author's work in exercise physiology and high-intensity interval training to reveal the scientific plausibility of short burst workouts that can promote fitness in spite of busy schedules, outlining a range of basic interval workouts and microworkouts that can be customized for individual needs.
A former New Yorker staff writer draws on her journalistic essays on depression to trace her lifelong battle with the disease, marked by her wealthy but inconsistent family and her numerous pursuits in therapy and hospitalization.
The theoretical physicist author of the best-selling Seven Brief Lessons on Physics traces how the human image of the world has changed throughout history, demonstrating the evolution of the idea of reality while touching on subjects ranging from the Higgs boson to quantum gravity.
Shares the lesser-known story of the scientific contributions of a group of women working at the Harvard College Observatory from the late 1800s through the mid-20th century, tracing their collection of star observations captured nightly on glass photographic plates that enabled extraordinary discoveries.
The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
An account of the previously unheralded but pivotal contributions of NASA's African-American women mathematicians to America's space program describes how they were segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws in spite of their groundbreaking successes.