Describes a dark moment in American history, when the Supreme Court agreed, in 1927, to support eugenic sterilization for “undesirables,” including epileptics and the “feebleminded,” resulting in the sterilization of 70,000 Americans.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author of Backlash
presents an astonishing confrontation with the enigma of her father and the larger riddle of identity consuming our age.
Traces how the author acted on a tip from a family member and embarked on a cultural journey in search of the man behind the legend of James Brown, discovering his rich musical legacy and the ongoing disputes surrounding his will as well as the complicated race, music and cultural factors that shaped his story.
A debut memoir by an award-winning paleobiologist traces her childhood in her father's laboratory, her longtime relationship with a brilliant but wounded colleague and the remarkable discoveries they have made both in the lab and during extensive field research assignments.
A debut collection of poems draws from personal traumas to offer observations on such themes as violence, poverty, depression, and queer sexuality.
A first book by a National Magazine Award-winning investigative journalist explores the scientific, ethical and human dimensions of the 1953 brain operation by William Beecher Scoville that transformed understandings of memory science and triggered profound legal and medical debates.
From the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature comes an oral history of Russia—from the collapse of the Soviet Union to the rise of Putin—in an English translation for the first time.
An introduction to modern physics by a founder of the loop quantum gravity theory shares seven succinct lessons on topics ranging from general relativity and quantum mechanics to elementary particles and black holes.
Published to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, a thought-provoking, emotional and hilarious memoir follows the author as she charts her life--and her romances--through the plays of Shakespeare as she wanders the world in search of herself.
Reveals the tumultuous life and inner darkness of the American author, demonstrating how her unique contribution to the Gothic genre came from a focus on domestic horror drawn from an era hostile to women.
In an effort to understand why low income conservatives seem to hate the idea of liberal government intervention, a sociologist embarks on a journey to Louisiana bayou country, a stronghold of the conservative right.
A tour of the surprising world of the endangered Asian arowana, otherwise known as the "dragon fish," describes the violence, expense, cultural beliefs and sophisticated smuggling operations surrounding its illegal possession, tracing the author's years-long quest in search of surviving populations.
Describes the unlikely friendship between First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Pauli Murray, a granddaughter of a mixed race slave and a lesbian, who became a lawyer and civil rights pioneer, and the important work they each did, taking stands for justice and freedom.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies
presents a history of gene science that examines current debates about gene resequencing, tracing the author's family experiences with mental illness and the contributions of key scientists and philosophers.
A work of reportage, memoir, and biography on the subject of loneliness is told through the lives of iconic artists including Andy Warhol, David Wojnarowicz, Edward Hopper, Henry Darger, and Klaus Nomi.
An anthology of Jewish literary classics explores a rich literary tradition spanning biblical through modern times and includes the books of Deuteronomy and Esther, the philosophy of Maimonides, the autobiography of Gluckel of Hameln, and the Zionist manifestos of Theodor Herzl.
Tells the true story of George and Willie Muse, two albino African-American brothers who were kidnapped and displayed as circus freaks, and whose mother endured a twenty-eight-year struggle to get them back.
A former Wall Street quantitative analyst sounds an alarm on mathematical modeling, a pervasive new force in society that threatens to undermine democracy and widen inequality.
A Ivy League-trained, award-winning young neurosurgeon describes his how after receiving a terminal diagnosis with lung cancer he explored the dynamics of his roles as a patient and care provider, the philosophical conundrums about a meaningful life and how he wanted to spend his final days.
A history of the class system in America from the colonial era to the present illuminates the crucial legacy of the underprivileged white demographic, citing the pivotal contributions of lower-class white workers in wartime, social policy, and the rise of the Republican Party.
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Humorous and poignant stories from the "Inside Amy Schumer" head writer's awkward youth include entries on her tomboy pursuits of femininity, her emulation of Oprah, and the dangers of wedding websites.