Called “one of the best critiques of current mathematics education” by Keith Devlin, A Mathematician’s Lament by Paul Lockhart reveals math to be a creative art form on par with painting, poetry, and sculpture, and rejects the standard anxiety-producing teaching methods used in most schools today.
A Proper Knowledge, by Michelle Latiolais, tells the story of a gifted psychiatrist, who is seeking to penetrate the mysteries of childhood autism. Called “both clinical and poetic” by Alice Sebold, A Proper Knowledge is an insightful investigation into the misunderstood pathways of the brain—and the heart.
Melissa Pritchard’s A Solemn Pleasure, from The Art of the Essay series, offers reflections on a literary life pulled in two directions: from war zone journalism to the writing and teaching of fiction.
In William E. Glassley’s’s A Wilder Time: Notes from a Geologist at the Edge of the Greenland Ice, a scientist experiences primordial wonders and the wisdom of solitude in one of Earth’s wildest and most endangered places.
In Awkward: A Detour Mary Cappello mines her own personal and intellectual pursuits—from travels in Russia and Italy to childhood letters, the writings of Henry James, and the films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder—to decipher the powerful messages that awkwardness can transmit.
David C. Cassidy’s Beyond Uncertainty is the definitive biography of German physicist Werner Heisenberg, updated to include long-suppressed information on Heisenberg’s role in the Nazi atomic bomb project.
Boltzmann’s Tomb is a travelogue through the history of science by the award-winning Bill Green. Using Ludwig Boltzmann’s theories of randomness and entropy in the microscopic world as a larger metaphor for life, Green shows us that science, like art, is a lived adventure.
Country of Ash is the gripping personal narrative of Edward Reicher, a Jewish doctor who miraculously survived the Holocaust, first inside the Lodz and Warsaw ghettoes, where he was forced to treat the Gestapo, then on the Aryan side of Warsaw, where he hid under numerous disguises until the end of World War II.
Mark Podwal, best known for his political drawings on the New York Times op-ed page, focuses on the human body as a medical specimen in Doctored Drawings, visually representing the essence of major public health issues through witty, entertaining illustrations.
Epigenetics in the Age of Twitter by Gerald Weissmann is a collection of humorous, erudite essays about how epigenetics, which attempts to explain how our genes respond to our environment, is just the latest twist in the historic nature vs. nurture debate.
In Norman Lock’s sixth American Novels series book, Feast Day of the Cannibals, a bankrupt merchant encounters Herman Melville and is pursued through the depths of Gilded Age Manhattan by a brutal antagonist.
With Galileo’s Gout Gerald Weissmann transports us back across more than four hundred years of pivotal moments in science and medicine. He lingers with Galileo in 17th-century Florence, Diderot in Enlightenment Paris, William and Alice James in fin-de-siecle Boston, and Craig Venter decoding the genome at the dawn of the twenty-first century.
Ghost Moth, by Irish actress and debut novelist Michèle Forbes, is an exceptional tale about a family whose buried secrets come to light during a time known as “The Troubles,” when Catholic Republicans and Protestant Loyalists clashed in the streets of Belfast.
I Thought I Could Fly combines personal narratives with Charlee Brodsky’s stark black-and-white photographs to touch upon schizophrenia, manic depression, bipolar disorder, and OCD, forming a poignant portrait of patients and families struggling with mental illness.
Jerome Charyn’s In the Shadow of King Saul: Essays on Silence and Song, from The Art of the Essay series, is a lyrical autobiography in essays from a celebrated author, honoring outlier artists and other heroes and villains who inspired him.
Gregory Spatz’s Inukshuk explores a modern-day Canadian teenager’s relationship with his father and the boy’s growing obsession with the legendary Victorian adventurer John Franklin whose crew descended into despair, madness, and cannibalism on the Arctic tundra.
With Leonardo’s Foot, Carol Ann Rinzler has created a wonderfully diverse catalogue of details on our often hidden and overlooked feet, including the ideal human form in classical antiquity, an array of foot maladies that affected luminaries from Lord Byron to Benjamin Franklin, and the history of foot fetishism.
Norman Lock’s Love Among the Particles is a dark and marvelous journey from the Industrial Age, through Hollywood’s Golden Age, into the Digital Age and beyond. His characters may walk out of the pages of Robert Louis Stevenson, Mark Twain, Franz Kafka, or Gaston Leroux, but they are distinctly his own.
Jonathan Moreno’s Mind Wars covers the ethical dilemmas and bizarre history of cutting-edge technology and neuroscience developed for military applications. The author discusses the innovative Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the role of scientific research in preparing the military for the twenty-first century.
Gerald Weissmann’s Mortal and Immortal DNA takes us on a scientifically informed exploration of the western canon, from Greek mythology to W.H. Auden, and offers amusing insights into popular culture, from Paris Hilton to the true life story of Kathryn Lee Bates, the lesbian poet who penned “America the Beautiful.”
Natural Selections, David Barash’s indispensable tour of evolutionary biology, takes on the hot-button questions of the moment: Intelligent Design, gender differences, and the decoding of the human genome.
Pale Faces explores how anemia affects our most essential bodily fluid: blood. Delving into this illness as metaphor, Charles L. Bardes’ innovative “pathography” ranges widely through history, mythology, literature, and clinical practice to examine how our notions of medical conditions are often rooted in language, symbolism, and culture.
Comprised of writings from the forward thinking Center for American Progress, Science Next offers innovative approaches to the most important issues of our time, such as global warming and climate change, stem cell research, national security, and communication in the digital age.
In Strange Bedfellows, the follow-up to The Myth of Monogamy, husband and wife team David Barash (an evolutionary biologist) and Judith Eve Lipton (a psychiatrist) explore the ways biology promotes monogamy in some species and how these lessons apply to human beings.
A blend of history, science, culture, and author Bill Hayes’s own personal experiences, The Anatomist uncovers the extraordinary lives of Henry Gray and H.V. Carter, creators of the classic medical text known as Gray's Anatomy.
The Best of the Bellevue Literary Review is a collection of writing from the award-winning journal edited by Danielle Ofri, which is widely recognized as a rare forum for emerging and celebrated writers—among them Julia Alvarez, Raphael Campo, Rick Moody, and Abraham Verghese—on issues of health and healing.
In The Body Politic Jonathan Moreno provides an engaging history of science’s place in the American political arena, while examining the biopolitics emerging to address scientific and technological breakthroughs that challenge our collective value system in this “biological century.”
In The Cage, Gordon Weiss provides an incisive account of the formation, history, and bloody dissolution of the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka. This seminal book has been credited with prompting the United Nations war crimes investigation into human rights abuses during the end of the Sri Lankan civil war.
Pascale Kramer’s The Child is about a couple locked into mutual isolation by the ravages of illness and the growing violence and unrest in their low-income neighborhood—that is, until the arrival of a young boy brings hope and upsets their delicate danse macabre to devastating effect.
The Fevers of Reason: New and Selected Essays is an essential collection by Gerald Weissmann, the writer and physician Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel calls “America’s most interesting and important essayist.”
The Jump Artist, the Sami Rohr Prize-winning debut novel by Austin Ratner, is based on the true story of Philippe Halsman, whose role in the “Austrian Dreyfus Affair,” rocked Europe in the years leading up to World War II and who later became famous for his portraits of celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe and Salvador Dalí.
The Leper Compound is a searing evocation of late-twentieth-century African life by debut novelist Paula Nangle. Growing into womanhood in Rhodesia’s final conflict-ridden years, Colleen transgresses social, racial, and political boundaries in her search for connection.
The Lives They Left Behind, written by Darby Penney and Peter Stastny with photographs by Lisa Rinzler, is based on the contents of more than four hundred abandoned suitcases filled with patients’ belongings that were found when Willard State Psychiatric Hospital closed in 1995 after 126 years of operation.
In each of The Odditorium’s eight genre-bending tales, Melissa Pritchard overturns the conventions of mysteries, westerns, gothic horror, and historical fiction to capture surprising and often shocking episodes in the lives of characters such as Annie Oakley, Sitting Bull, Kaspar Hauser, and Robert Leroy Ripley.
Human behavior is changing the living world. We have come to a moment of environmental crisis that has profound implications for the future of our own species and for the planet. In this passionate conversation, former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass and acclaimed entomologist and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward O. Wilson discuss evolution, education, conservation, and the promise of consilience.
The Polish Boxer, by the award-winning Latin American writer Eduardo Halfon, follows a Guatemalan literature professor as he travels to a small Mayan village, a Mark Twain conference in North Carolina, a Gypsy neighborhood in Serbia, and through the memories of his Polish grandfather’s nightmare at Auschwitz, in search of his roots.
The Sojourn, a National Book Award finalist and winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and Chautauqua Prize, is Andrew Krivak’s debut novel: a stirring tale of brotherhood, coming-of-age, and survival during World War I.
In Cormac James’ North American debut novel, The Surfacing, a ship’s lieutenant discovers a stowaway, pregnant with his child, while battling crushing Arctic ice on the hunt for Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition.
Full of speculative daring though firmly anchored in the tradition of realism, Tim Horvath’s Understories explores hypothetical cities, shadow puppeteers, and the imaginary travels of a library book—blending the everyday and wondrous to contend with age-old themes of loss, identity, and the search for human connection.
A classic of contemporary nature writing, Water, Ice & Stone is Bill Green’s John Burroughs Medal Award-winning account of Antarctica, which addresses the ecological importance of the continent within the context of the global warming/climate change crisis.
Like the memoirs of Joan Didion and Joyce Carol Oates, Michelle Latiolais’ Widow contains stories that bravely explore the physiology of grief through a masterful interweaving of tender insight and unflinching detail.
Written in Stone, by popular science writer Brian Switek, is the first accessible account of the remarkable discovery of the transitional fossils that make sense of Darwin’s theory of natural selection—from walking whales to feathered dinosaurs and hominids of all types.