Mar 7, 2014 — In The Future of the Mind, Michio Kaku surveys current science of the human mind. It debuts at No. 3.
Mar 7, 2014 — A new book by Scott Weems on humor and human nature raises fascinating questions about why we laugh. Commentator Alva NoŽ cracks up easily and asks for help collecting some more jokes.
Mar 2, 2014 — For the middle phase of life, a new canon is often required, one that is equal parts funny, insightful and comforting. Actress and author Annabelle Gurwitch recommends three books up to the task.
Feb 28, 2014 — At No. 6, The Power of Habit, explores the science behind habit-forming behavior.
Feb 25, 2014 — In 2010, just minutes after sitting in on an interview with President Obama, NPR's Madhulika Sikka got a life-changing phone call: She had breast cancer. Her new book is a guide to what happens next.
Feb 23, 2014 — Leah Vincent grew up an ultra-Orthodox Jew. Her family cut her off when she was 16, after she was caught sending letters to a boy. Vincent shares her journey outside the faith in her memoir.
Feb 22, 2014 — Physicist Michio Kaku studies what were once only philosophical questions about the human mind. He delves into the brain and our understanding of its functions in his new book, The Future of the Mind.
Feb 21, 2014 — In The Sixth Extinction, debuting at No. 1, Elizabeth Kolbert describes how human activity is driving species loss.
Feb 21, 2014 — Experts share their fears in What Should We Be Worried About?, edited by John Brockman. It appears at No. 14.
Feb 20, 2014 — Anxiety seems uniquely human, doesn't it? It's that ability to imagine the worst, the danger lurking in every uncertain outcome. Commentator Barbara King says we are not alone in these feelings.