cover title author avg rating rating my rating review Down_arrow date read date added
The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind
Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist with a love of science fiction and of explaining science to non-scientists as well as of physics, once again take...more
Dec 2013
Nov 13, 2013
Chaos: Making a New Science
This book, over two decades old now, is one of the great classics of science popularization. It was a blockbuster bestseller at the time, and it's sti...more
Sep 13, 2011
Sep 05, 2011
Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism: The Belief System That Enables Us to Eat Some Animals and Not Others
Melanie Joy is the leading researcher in the field of carnism, a field she invented. If that sounds a tad catty, sorry, but I'm laboring under the bur...more
Apr 30, 2012
Sep 15, 2011
Survival of the Nicest: How Altruism Made Us Human and Why It Pays to Get Along
The Experiment, ISBN 9781615190904, January 2014

"If you want to be egoist, at least be a smart egoist, and share."

So says science journalist Stefan Kl...more
Dec 17, 2013
Dec 07, 2013
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
In 1951, Henrietta Lacks, a poor, black tobacco farmer and mother of five, sought treatment for cervical cancer at Johns Hopkins. In the course of her...more
Jun 27, 2014
Jun 21, 2014
Class War?: What Americans Really Think about Economic Inequality
Page and Jacobs argue that there is, in fact, no "class war" brewing in America--that in fact a philosophically conservative American public, in a nat...more
Jun 05, 2012
May 31, 2012
A Dog Named Slugger
Leigh Brill was born with cerebral palsy, and until she was in her twenties, she struggled every day to hide her handicaps as much as possible, to pro...more
Nov 25, 2010
Jan 20, 2011
Death by Petticoat: American History Myths Debunked
This little book covers a collection of popular, oft-repeated myths of American history, both the completely fabricated and those with a grain of trut...more
Jan 15, 2012
Jan 15, 2012
Tails from the Bark Side: True Stories from the Family Dog Files
This is a short collection of cute stories about dogs that Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson have worked with over the years. For those hoping for ins...more
Oct 15, 2011
Oct 15, 2011
Cracking the New Job Market: The 7 Rules for Getting Hired in Any Economy
This is a very hands-on approach to writing a better resume, making the right kind of networking connections, tapping into the splintered job market,...more
Nov 03, 2011
Nov 02, 2011
Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors
Nicholas Wade discusses how the growing science of genetics expands and deepens our understanding of human evolution, our relationship to our closest...more
Oct 11, 2011
Oct 10, 2011
Comic Book Encyclopedia: The Ultimate Guide to Characters, Graphic Novels, Writers, and Artists in the Comic Book Universe
This is a big, beautiful, richly illustrated book that covers a lot of territory—the history and development of comic books and graphic novels. It att...more
not set
Feb 20, 2011
Get Back to Work Faster: The Ultimate Job Seeker's Guide
Jill Konrath wants to share the secret of finding well-paid work as quickly as possible even in a terrible economy. She's happy to share that secret f...more
Dec 06, 2011
Dec 04, 2011
No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller
In December 2008, Bernie Madoff, one of the most respected figures on Wall Street, co-founder and former president of NASDAQ, confessed to running the...more
Oct 09, 2011
Oct 07, 2011
Jar Jar Binks Must Die... and Other Observations about Science Fiction Movies
First off, in the interest of full disclosure, I need to tell you that Dan and I have been friends for years, and I received a free copy of this book...more
Aug 30, 2011
Aug 28, 2011
The 11 Laws of Likability: Relationship Networking . . . Because People Do Business with People They Like
How can you network more effectively? Be more likable.

And while that may seem a bit flip, it really is the key. As Lederman says, "People do business...more
Jul 17, 2011
Jul 15, 2011
Chasing Science at Sea: Racing Hurricanes, Stalking Sharks, and Living Undersea with Ocean Experts
Prager has a noble purpose in this book: to convey the excitement and adventure of doing science, and specifically of doing ocean science fieldwork, t...more
May 15, 2011
May 12, 2011
Fate of Mountain Glaciers in the Anthropocene
This is a short report, just seventeen pages, from a body whose existence many did not suspect: the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. The Working Group...more
Nov 20, 2011
Nov 20, 2011
Chosen by a Horse: How a Broken Horse Fixed a Broken Heart
Susan Richards has survived an abusive childhood and a bad marriage, and now, in her forties, is living on a small farm with her three horses, working...more
Sep 11, 2011
Sep 09, 2011
Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II
James Howard "Billy" Williams, twenty-three years old and recently released from military service after World War I, traveled from England to Burma to...more
Aug 10, 2014
Aug 06, 2014
The Dogs Who Found Me: What I've Learned from Pets Who Were Left Behind
Ken Foster is a somewhat disaster-prone writer and academic who didn't set out to do dog rescue. After he adopted his own dog, Brando, though, it was...more
Sep 09, 2011
Sep 05, 2011
The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, The Horse That Inspired a Nation
Harry de Leyer was a young Dutch immigrant to the US who came over just after World War II, escaping the devastation of the Netherlands. Before the wa...more
Oct 07, 2011
Oct 03, 2011
The Sun's Heartbeat: And Other Stories from the Life of the Star That Powers Our Planet
This is a highly readable account of the science of our nearest and most important star, and the stories behind how we have learned all that we know a...more
Jul 22, 2011
Jul 17, 2011
Alex, The West Nile Horse
Alex, an American Saddlebred horse with an impeccable pedigree, contracts the most damaging form of West Nile virus, and suffers brain damage. He's at...more
Oct 04, 2013
Sep 30, 2013
The Truth about Girls and Boys: Challenging Toxic Stereotypes about Our Children
Are girls and boys really that different? Are their brains wired differently in important ways, leading to very different abilities and needs? Rivers...more
Aug 14, 2011
Aug 11, 2011
Thousands of Broadways: Dreams and Nightmares of the American Small Town
This is a collection of lectures Robert Pinsky delivered at Rice University in 2009, discussing the ways in which American small towns, symbolized by...more
Dec 04, 2011
Dec 02, 2011
Love Is the Best Medicine: What Two Dogs Taught One Veterinarian about Hope, Humility, and Everyday Miracles
Dr. Nick Trout, a veterinary surgeon practicing at Boston's Angell Animal Medical Center, gives us the stories of two dogs and their loving owners, wh...more
Jun 08, 2011
Jun 03, 2011
Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change
Wilson gives us a highly readable account of what we do and don't know about psychological and social psychological interventions--what works, what do...more
Aug 19, 2011
Aug 14, 2011
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
This is an abridged edition, which I normally avoid, but it's still a substantial and fascinating history of the pre-Columbus cultures of the Americas...more
Oct 20, 2011
Oct 15, 2011
The Great A&p and the Struggle for Small Business in America
When I was a child growing up in Everett, MA, there was, on Broadway, a little supermarket called A&P. It was bigger and had more selection than t...more
Jan 05, 2012
Dec 31, 2011
Rss More books shelved as 'non-fiction' »
« previous 1 3 4