The story of one teenager's descent into methamphetamine addiction is told from his father's point of view. David Sheff describes how a varsity athlete and honor student became addicted to the dangerous drug, its impact on his family, the attempts at rehab and the journey past addiction.
The author of Eve's Apple and an avid bird-watcher looks at America's fascination with birding and the diverse roles of birds—historical, literary, scientific, and spiritual—in a culture caught in the middle of its desire to both conquer and conserve, as he studies the meaning of a hobby born out of a simultaneous industrialization and longing for the natural world.
An upbeat cultural evaluation of the sources of illogical decisions explores the reasons why irrational thought often overcomes level-headed practices, offering insight into the structural patterns that cause people to make the same mistakes repeatedly. 150,000 first printing.
Examines what orbital imagery tells us about the atmosphere, land, ocean, and polar ice caps of our planet and the ways that it changes naturally, and in response to human activity.
Looks at the American quest for happiness and rejection of melancholy and argues that melancholia is actually essential to a thriving culture, the underlying impetus for creative thinking, and the muse of great art and innovation.
Describes the frightening, absurd, and ineffective remedies the author has tried to relieve the headache she has had for more than a decade, in a story of perseverance, acceptance, and patience in the face of terrifying pain. 40,000 first printing..
Neil Shubin, a leading paleontologist and professor of anatomy who discovered Tiktaalik—the "missing link" that made headlines around the world in April 2006—tells the story of evolution by tracing the organs of the human body back millions of years, long before the first creatures walked the earth. By examining fossils and DNA, Shubin shows us that our hands actually resemble fish fins, our head is organized like that of a long-extinct jawless fish, and major parts of our genome look and function like those of worms and bacteria.—From publisher description.
Examines the current American obsession with homes and home ownership, discussing such topics as leverage buying, renovation and expansion, Internet websites, investment for rental income, and house flipping.
The author of Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word addresses the meaning and issue of "selling out," as he analyzes the ways in which the term is used by both blacks and whites, as well its influence on both individuals and society as a whole. 75,000 first printing.
A successful woman entrepreneur addresses the taboo of depression that pervades African-American culture, drawing on her own experiences of suffering and recovery while offering advice on how to overcome cycles of denial and psychological pain.
A personal account of life with bipolar disorder documents the author's experience with the condition's extreme highs and lows, which had her paralyzed with depression one day and recklessly skirting death the next, in an intimate memoir that also traces her therapies and the disease's impact on her relationships. 20,000 first printing.