The author of Where the Wild Things Were chronicles the highly controversial practice of rescuing endangered island species by killing their predators, explaining how rats and other animals introduced to the Bering Sea midway by shipwrecks have decimated native bird populations. 35,000 first printing.
How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel So Good
The award-winning author of The Accidental Mind shares insights into how the experience of pleasure is chemically processed by the human brain, combining entertaining anecdotes with cutting-edge scientific findings to explain how pleasurable activities can become compulsive behaviors. 25,000 first printing.
A poet whose work is included in Best American Poetry 2010 presents a full-length memoir based on her autobiographical Ploughshares essay that recounts her struggles with alcoholism and search for answers after her son's death from leukemia.
Recounts the Harvard Medical School lecturer and political activist traces his explorations into the psychological sources and consequences of some of the past half-century's most disturbing events as experienced by its victims and perpetrators.
Taking readers on a disturbing tour through a macabre global underworld where organs, bones and real live people are bought and sold on the "red market," an investigative journalist documents the rise, fall and resurgence of this multibillion-dollar trade throughout history. 35,000 first printing.
Shares strategies for meeting the near-future world's energy needs, citing the prevalence of lithium in everyday technologies while explaining the metal's potential role in reducing oil dependency, shifting geopolitical power, and enabling sustainability.
Draws on an extensive Internet experiment in human behavior to offer revisionist perspectives on human sexuality, covering such topics as sexual cues and preferences, the changing nature of women's sexual interests, and the creative potential of the sexual brain.
A forefront neuroscientist investigates the bias toward optimism that exists in the human brain to determine the role of hope in survival, drawing on extensive research and findings in cognitive science to cover such topics as what happens when hope fails and the brain differences between optimists and pessimists. 75,000 first printing.
Traces how the author's investigation into an alleged hoax unexpectedly drew him into the mental-health industry, explaining how an influential psychologist revealed the psychopathic profiles of top CEOs and politicians while imparting strategies for recognizing psychopathic behavior. By the author of The Men Who Stare at Goats.
From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies--How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them As Truths
Draws on three decades of research to outline a provocative theory about how humans form beliefs about the world, tracing the ways in which the brain finds patterns in sensory data that are then reinforced with meaning.
A seafood journalist who has written for National Geographic traces the history of bass, cod, salmon and tuna fishing while assessing the critical state of today's commercial fishing industry, citing the roles of over-fishing and fish farming while recommending specific protections. Reprint.