Nerdy Nonfiction

    • The American Wolf
      Nate Blakeslee

      An intimate account of the rise and rein of O-Six, the fabled Yellowstone wolf, describing how after being hunted to near extinction, conservationists managed to restore the species. Set against a backdrop of debates specifically affecting America's western regions.

    • Before You Know It
      John Bargh

      A leading expert on the unconscious human mind draws on 20 years of research to present a tour of the influences that shape everyday behavior and the role of science in everything from relationships and parenting to consumer behavior and business.

    • The Feather Thief
      Kirk Johnson

      Documents the astonishing 2009 theft of an invaluable collection of ornithological displays from the British Museum of Natural History by a talented American musician, tracing the author's years-long investigation to track down the culprit and understand his motives.

    • The Food Explorer
      Daniel Stone

      Documents the adventures of a 19th-century botanist and food explorer to reveal the stories of how diverse crops ranging from avocadoes to pomegranates were introduced to America from faraway cultures.

    • How to Invent Everything
      Ryan North

      A best-selling author and time-travel enthusiast details the science, engineering, mathematics, art, music, philosophy, facts and figures required for even the most clueless time traveler to build a civilization from the ground up.

    • How to Love the Universe
      Stefan Klein

      In the vein of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, a fascinating, eye-opening reconsideration of the marvels of space, time, physics, and more.

    • How to Speak Science
      Bruce Benamram

      A scientist and popular YouTube personality, reminding us that we've lost touch with many of the most basic science concepts that launched our information age, presents simple, math-free explanations and to-the-point historical recaps of landmark science and history's greatest scientists.

    • Lands of Lost Borders
      Kate Harris

      An Oxford-trained scientist and award-winning writer presents an evocative travelogue and memoir of her journey by bicycle along the Silk Road and how it became synonymous with humanity's exploration of boundaries.

    • Magic is Dead
      Ian Frisch

      Follows one man's colorful, mysterious and personal journey into the world of magic, and his unlikely invitation into a secret underground society of revolutionary illusionists from around the world.

    • Math With Bad Drawings
      Ben Orlin

      The creator of the blog of the same name explains how math works in everyday life and how it can be better understood, using lighthearted cartoon illustrations, jokes and anecdotes that demystify essential concepts.

    • Natural Causes
      Barbara Ehrenreich

      Cautionary insights into today's healthcare practices to identify the cellular sources of aging and illness while revealing how most treatments are aggressive and offer only the illusion of control and better survivability at the cost of life quality.

    • The Nature Fix
      Florence Williams

      An investigation into the restorative benefits of nature draws on cutting-edge research and international nature therapy programs to examine the relationship between nature and human cognition, mood and creativity.

    • Reader, Come Home
      Maryanne Wolf

      The book comprises a series of letters Wolf writes to us, based on her extensive research, to describe her concerns and her hopes about what is happening to the reading brain as it unavoidably changes to adapt to digital mediums.

    • Unthinkable
      Helen Thomson

      An award-winning science writer draws on years investigating some of the world's rarest brain disorders and the cases of nine extraordinary people to share insights into how the brain shapes life in unexpected, alarming and vibrant ways.