Tesson’s engaging book, winner of the Prix Médicis for nonfiction and skillfully translated by Linda Coverdale, is “the journal of a hermit’s life,” one in which Tesson candidly records his rich experiences and reveals his equally illuminating self-discoveries.
"The Sports Gene" is bound to put the cat among the pigeons in the blank-slate crowd who think that we can all be equal as long as we equalize environmental inputs such as practice. But the science says that it just ain't so. Not even 10,000 hours of wishful thinking will change nature.
In a honeyed dialect, the omnipresent narrator directly engages readers, ricocheting between the hilarious human and critter dramas to a riotous finale.
Even if his predictions prove to be off, Rutherford delivers a timely and important dispatch from the field tilled by James Watson and Francis Crick...
Mr Tercek is at the forefront of a new, businesslike sort of environmentalism, which is changing the way companies and governments view nature.
“Beautiful Boy” was a page turner, a dark fable that spoke to worried parents everywhere. “Clean” is a reference work and a manifesto, an annotated map of the same frightening territory where dragons still lurk at the edges.
At its best, Cahalan’s prose carries a sharp, unsparing, tabloid punch in the tradition of Pete Hamill and Jimmy
Anyone concerned about the potential social, political, and philosophical problems raised by artificial intelligence will feel less than reassured by this book.
Klassen combines spare text and art to deliver no small measure of laughs in another darkly comic haberdashery whodunit.
Mr. Quammen is clearly obsessed, but his book might have been better if he had told more of the story through a smaller number of compelling scientist-characters.
The author is justly celebrated as an adventurous, audacious and influential journalist, but his historical grasp is shallow and naïve.
....it's difficult to go along with Wolf's central contention, which is that women can only harness their creativity when in a fulfilled sexual relationship...
In an impressive narrative, the author renders esoteric DNA concepts accessible to lay readers.
...by the pleasures provided by this pacy, readable and entertaining manifesto for a zoobiquitous approach to health and wellbeing, to be welcomed by vets and other human animals.
Page after page of prose describes the Chinese party-state as operating from the purest of economic motives, exculpates China from charges of neocolonialism and pooh-poohs the possibility that China might be tempted to military action in defense of its interests.
A superb examination of the never-ending effort to enhance life, as well as the commensurate refusal to ever let it go.
In the hands of a less entertaining writer, this could have been a tedious tract
Backed by new research on plant biology, this is an intriguing look at a plant's consciousness.
Humor and dry wit lighten a travelogue of the most polluted and ravaged places in the world.
Appelt lets Keeper rest in this in-between world that makes you wonder if maybe there isn't a little magic surrounding us all.