bereavement and a unique look at an
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari (Feb. 10, hardcover, $29.99, ISBN 978-0-06-231609-7).
From a renowned historian comes a
groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s
creation and evolution that explores the
ways in which biology and history have
defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.”
To Explain the World: The Discovery
of Modern Science by Steven Weinberg
(Feb. 10, hardcover, $28.99, ISBN 978-0-
06-234665-0). Nobel Prize–winning
physicist Weinberg examines historic
clashes and collaborations between science
and the competing spheres of religion,
technology, poetry, mathematics, and philosophy in this illuminating exploration of
the way we consider and analyze the world
The Invaders: How Humans and
Their Dogs Drove Neanderthals to
Extinction by Pat Shipman (Mar. 10,
hardcover, $29.95, ISBN 978-0-674-
73676-4). This alliance between two predator species, Shipman hypothesizes, made
possible unprecedented success in hunting
large Ice Age mammals—a distinct and
decisive advantage for human invaders at a
time when climate change made both
humans and Neanderthals vulnerable.
The Boy Who Played with Fusion:
Extreme Science, Extreme
Parenting, and How to
Make a Star by Tom Clynes
(June 9, hardcover, $27,
ISBN 978-0-544-08511-4) is
an account of the successful
quest of Taylor Wilson, a
child genius, to build his own
nuclear reactor at the age of
14, and an exploration of how
gifted children can be nurtured to do extraordinary
Beyond Words: What Animals Think
and Feel by Carl Safina (July 14, hardcover, $30, ISBN 978-0-8050-9888-4).
Conservationist Safina delves deeply into
the lives of animals, witnessing their
profound capacity for perception, thought,
and emotion. Weaving observation with
new understanding of brain functioning,
his narrative erases many previously held
distinctions between humans and other
Head Case: My Brain and Other Wonders by Cole Cohen (May 19, hardcover,
$25, ISBN 978-1-62779-189-2). This
spirited, wry, and utterly original memoir
traces one woman’s struggle to make her
way and set up a life after doctors discover
a hole the size of a lemon in her brain.
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The Rise of Birds: 225 Million Years
of Evolution by Sankar Chatterjee (Mar.
19, hardcover, $59.95, ISBN 978-1-4214-
1590-1). Since the first edition of The Rise
of Birds in 1997, Chatterjee and his
colleagues have searched the world for
more transitional bird fossils. This second
edition showcases a trove of new fossils that
tell us more about avian evolution.
The Last Unicorn: A Search for One
of Earth’s Rarest Creatures by William
deBuys (Mar. 10, hardcover, $27, ISBN
978-0-316-23286-9). DeBuys journeys
into one of the world’s most remote places
on a stirring quest to find and understand
an elusive and exceptionally rare species in
the heart of Southeast Asia’s jungles.
The Man Who Touched
His Own Heart: True Tales
of Science, Surgery, and
Mystery by Rob Dunn (Feb.
3, hardcover, $27, ISBN 978-
0-316-22579-3) tells the
raucous, gory, mesmerizing
story of the heart, from the
first “explorers” who dug up
cadavers and plumbed their
hearts’ chambers through the
first heart surgeries to the latest medical marvels.
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