Book cover of Blight: Fungi and the Coming Pandemic by Emily Monosson
Biological Sciences

Blight: Fungi and the Coming Pandemic

A prescient warning about the mysterious and deadly world of fungi—and how to avert further loss across species, including our own.

Fungi are everywhere. Most are harmless; some are helpful. A few are killers. Collectively, infectious fungi are the most devastating agents of disease on earth, and a fungus that can persist in the environment without its host is here to stay. […Learn More]

Book cover of Crossings: How Road Ecology Is Shaping the Future of Our Planet by Ben Goldfarb
Biological Sciences

Crossings: How Road Ecology Is Shaping the Future of Our Planet

Some 40 million miles of roadways encircle the earth, yet we tend to regard them only as infrastructure for human convenience. While roads are so ubiquitous they’re practically invisible to us, wild animals experience them as entirely alien forces of death and disruption. In Crossings, environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb travels throughout the United States and around the world to investigate how roads have transformed our planet. […Learn More]

Book cover of Nuts and Bolts: Seven Small Inventions That Changed the World in a Big Way by Roma Agrawal
Engineering & Transportation

Nuts and Bolts: Seven Small Inventions That Changed the World in a Big Way

Some of humanity’s mightiest engineering achievements are small in scale—and, without them, the complex machinery on which our modern world runs would not exist. In Nuts and Bolts, structural engineer Roma Agrawal examines seven of these extraordinary elements: the nail, the wheel, the spring, the magnet, the lens, the string, and the pump. […Learn More]

Book cover of Between Us: How Cultures Create Emotions by Batja Mesquita
Health and Psychology

Between Us: How Cultures Create Emotions

A pioneer of cultural psychology argues that emotions are not innate, but made as we live our lives together.

“How are you feeling today?” We may think of emotions as universal responses, felt inside, but in Between Us, acclaimed psychologist Batja Mesquita asks us to reconsider them through the lens of what they do in our relationships, both one-on-one and within larger social networks. […Learn More]

Book cover of Koala: The Extraordinary Life of an Enigmatic Animal by Danielle Clode
Biological Sciences

Koala: The Extraordinary Life of an Enigmatic Animal

An Australian biologist delves into the extraordinary world of koalas, from their ancient ancestors to the current threats to their survival.

Koalas regularly appeared in Australian biologist Danielle Clode’s backyard, but it was only when a bushfire threatened that she truly paid them attention. She soon realized how much she had to learn about these complex and mysterious animals. […Learn More]

Book cover of Egg: A Dozen Ovatures by Lizzie Stark
Biological Sciences

Egg: A Dozen Ovatures

An unconventional history of the world’s largest cellular workhorse, from chickens to penguins, from art to crime, and more.

The egg is a paradox—both alive and not alive—and a symbol as old as culture itself. In this wide-ranging and delightful journey through its natural and cultural history, Lizzie Stark explores the egg’s deep meanings, innumerable uses, and metabolic importance through a dozen dazzling specimens. […Learn More]

Book cover of A Continent Erupts: Decolonization, Civil War, and Massacre in Postwar Asia, 1945-1955 by Ronald Spector
Asia

A Continent Erupts: Decolonization, Civil War, and Massacre in Postwar Asia, 1945-1955

The end of World War II led to the United States’ emergence as a global superpower. For war-ravaged Western Europe it marked the beginning of decades of unprecedented cooperation and prosperity that one historian has labeled “the long peace.” Yet half a world away, in China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Korea, and Malaya—the fighting never really stopped, as these regions sought to completely sever the yoke of imperialism and colonialism with all-too-violent consequences. […Learn More]