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.
A veterinary surgeon offers his perspective on a typical day in his life, presenting anecdotes about pets and their owners and the unique blend of cutting-edge technology, old-fashioned instinct, and caring that comprise veterinary medicine today.
The host of NPR's "Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me" presents a tongue-in-cheek evaluation of the culture of vice and excessive misbehavior, offering insight into the appeal and rewards of taboo hobbies and furnishing advice on how to indulge in covert activities while retaining one's dignity if discovered. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.
An indictment of modern American culture examines the current disdain for logic and evidence fostered by the mass media, religious fundamentalism, poor public education, a lack of fair-minded intellectuals, and a lazy, credulous public.
The riveting history of NASA's shuttle program, its missions, and its impending demise are examined in a behind-the-scenes view of what was once the cornerstone of the U.S. space program.
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.
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..