For 2,000 years, cadavers—some willingly, some unwittingly—have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. In this fascinating, ennobling account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries and, in so doing, tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.
Using a mix of experiential reportage, personal storytelling, and fresh scientific discovery, Steven Johnson describes how the brain works — its chemicals, structures, and subroutines — and how these systems connect to the day-to-day realities of individual lives. For a hundred years, he says, many of us have assumed that the most powerful route to self-knowledge took the form of lying on a couch, talking about our childhoods. The possibility entertained in this book is that you can follow another path, in which learning about the brain's mechanics can widen one's self-awareness as powerfully as any therapy or meditation or drug.
On the Front Lines with the Disease Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service
Maryn McKenna Ellen Archer
IN THE WAR AGAINST DISEASES, THEY ARE THE SPECIAL FORCES.
They always keep a bag packed. They seldom have more than twenty-four hours' notice before they are dispatched. The phone calls that tell them to head to the airport, sometimes in the middle of the night, may give them no more information than the country they are traveling to and the epidemic they will tackle when they get there.
Stop Trying to Be Perfect and Start Being Remarkable
Seth Godin, The Group of 33 Seth Godin
How do you create a big moo-an insight so astounding that people can't help but remark on it, like digital TV recording (TiVo) or overnight shipping (FedEx), or the world's best vacuum cleaner (Dyson)? Seth Godin worked with thirty-two of the world's smartest thinkers to answer this critical question. And the team-with the likes of Tom Peters, Malcolm Gladwell, Guy Kawasaki, Mark Cuban, Robyn Waters, Dave Balter, Red Maxwell, and Randall Rothenberg on board- created an incredibly useful book that's fun to read and perfect for groups to share, discuss, and apply. The Big Moo is a simple book in the tradition of Fish and Don't Sweat the Small Stuff. Instead of lecturing you, it tells stories that stick to your ribs and light your fire. It will help you to create a culture that consistently delivers remarkable innovations.
The no-holds-barred memoir from the beloved music superstar. Wynonna shares what she has learned about losing weight, spending money and mending family feuds.
Coming Home to Myself is the result of that emotional journey-a song of personal discovery that taught Wynonna Judd to love not just what she does, but who she is. From a truly exceptional woman comes an unexpected memoir of survival, strength, hope, and forgiveness, filled with an exultant and empowering message certain to resonate with those who have dreamed of finding themselves, and who only needed the courage and inspiration to begin their own journey.
From Tyranny to Freedom My Escape from the Inner Circle of Saddam
Zainab Salbi, Laurie Becklund Josephine Bailey
Zainab Salbi was eleven years old when her father was chosen to serve as Saddam Hussein's personal pilot, her family often forced to spend weekends with Saddam where he watched their every move. As a palace insider, Zainab offers a singular glimpse of what it is like to come of age under a dictator and provides an intimate portrait of the man she was taught to call "uncle."
A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are
Frans de Waal Alan Sklar
Frans de Waal explains why we are who we are through vivid, entertaining stories of politics, sex, violence and kindness. This is an audacious book, an engrossing discourse that proposes thought-provoking and sometimes shocking connections among chimps, bonobos, and those most paradoxical of apes, human beings.
Extraordinary People on the Heroes Who Inspire Them
The My Hero Project Alan Sklar, Ellen Archer
In My Hero, some of the most prominent heroes and leaders of our time will share—in their own words—their thoughts and stories about the people who have been the greatest source of strength and inspiration to them.
Tripping the Prom Queen is an investigation of the dark secret of female friendships-the deep vein of female rivalry. Based on interviews with women across the social spectrum, Susan Shapiro Barash has exploded the myth that women are generally supportive of one another. In fact, the competition between women is more vicious precisely because it is covert.
Find Your Authentic Self After a Lifetime of Being All Things to All People
Joan Anderson Renée Raudman
New York Times bestselling author Joan Anderson gives women practical advice and inspiration for building creative, independent, and fulfilling lives through discovering who they truly are and who they can be.
Drawing on her own life and on the experiences of the women she meets at her workshops, Anderson shows women how to move beyond the roles they play in relationship to others and reclaim their individuality.
Men's Health(r) editor-in-chief David Zinczenko, the New York Times best-selling author of The Abs Diet, has applied his highly popular voice and insightful research methods to solving one of the great challenges of the day-helping women understand men. From the first moment they meet, through every stage of courtship to the inevitable conclusion-success or breakup-Zinczenko outlines with vivid, compassionate, and irreverent detail exactly what goes on in the minds of men and how women can use that knowledge to their advantage.
Turning Everyday Struggles Into Everyday Greatness
Paul G. Stoltz, Ph.D., Erik Weihenmayer Lloyd James
A Wall Street Journal bestselling leadership consultant teams up with an acclaimed international speaker and mountain climber to deliver a landmark program for transforming adversity into a powerful advantage.
Based on Dr. Daniel Amen's latest research in practical neuroscience, Sex on the Brain shares twelve lessons that help you enhance your love and sex lives through understanding and improving brain function.
For Every Guy Who Wants to Be One/For Every Girl Who Wants to Build One!
Felicity Huffman, Patricia Wolff Shelly Frasier
Directed at men (though of course it's women who'll buy it, then leave it at their boyfriend's place-accidentally on purpose), A Practical Handbook for the Boyfriend lays out the manly steps involved in becoming a good boyfriend, while still maintaining guy-dignity.
Filled with humor, ribaldry, common sense, and assorted outdoor skills, A Practical Handbook for the Boyfriend is the next dating guide to dominate the bestseller lists.
Thirty years ago, Sara Davidson wrote the phenomenal bestseller Loose Change, the definitive book about the boomer generation's coming-of-age. Now this witty social observer has again turned her discerning eye to her contemporaries, with Leap! a no-holds-barred, illuminating, and hopeful look at the choices and challenges we face and the roads open to us.
The New Science of Weight Loss---And the Myths and Realities of Dieting
Gina Kolata Ellen Archer
In this eye-opening book, New York Times science writer Gina Kolata shows that our society's obsession with dieting and weight loss is less about keeping trim and staying healthy than about money, power, trends, and impossible ideals.
But Don't Want to Eat Chocolate, Pay a Shrink, or Drink a Bottle of Gin
Joy Behar Renée Raudman, David Drummond
Comedian Joy Behar presents this compilation of advice on how to cope with the blues written by 100 of her celebrity friends, associates, and role models, including Barbara Bush, Donald Trump, and James Earl Jones.
Dr. Nicholas Perricone, one of the most famous dermatologists in the world, examines the cardinal processes of aging and discusses the causes of wrinkles, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, and more. He reveals that through diet, supplements, and cutting-edge therapies based on the latest groundbreaking information, we can rebuild our bodies and rejuvenate our minds.
What the Dead Can Teach Us About Living a Better Life
Allison DuBois Renée Raudman
If you want to understand life, you must understand death. In Secrets of the Monarch, Allison DuBois shows how communicating with the dead has taught her important lessons about life and how listeners can apply those principles to their own lives.