Apr 12, 2013 — In Gulp, which debuts at No. 2, Mary Roach takes readers on a tour through the digestive system.
Nov 30, 2012 — You can go to almost any cubic foot of ocean, stream, coral, backyard, ice shelves even, and if you look, you'll find scores of little animals and plants busy making a living. But here's a place — a beautiful, bountiful place — that when you look close — is a desert.
Oct 30, 2012 — In the long run, geoengineering — tinkering with air, oceans, the skies — will help us survive on a changing planet. More and more eminent scientists agree that if the human race survives, the engineers will get smarter, the tools will get better, and one day we will control the climate. But should we?
Sep 27, 2012 — Frances Ashcroft's new book details how electricity in the body fuels everything we think, feel or do. She tells Fresh Air about discovering a new protein, how scientists are like novelists and how she wanted to be a farmer's wife.
Sep 25, 2012 — The traditional mother-daughter dynamic turned on its head for New York Times columnist Alex Witchel in the wake of her mother's struggle with dementia. But Witchel's memoir, despite its raw honesty, fails to provide the depth needed to make it a standout in a trendy genre.
Jul 24, 2012 — Elton John spent the 1980s watching loved ones die from HIV and AIDS. Then he met Ryan White, a young hemophiliac shunned after he contracted HIV. White's struggle and death marked a turning point for John, who has since grown into a vocal advocate for AIDS research, prevention and treatment.
Jul 17, 2012 — The musician describes his life in the '80s as a "drug-fueled haze," but he says he turned it all around after meeting Ryan White, a teenager who contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion. In Love Is the Cure, John recounts his journey from substance abuse to AIDS advocacy.
Jun 24, 2012 — Pediatrician Harvey Karp has treated thousands of kids over the course of his 30-year-career, and his popular series of parenting books are international best sellers. His latest is the Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep. And if you're a parent, you know he's really talking about your sleep.
May 31, 2012 — Daily Show writer Kevin Bleyer's comic rewrite tracks the flaws in America's founding documents, from the 17 "alcohol, voting and slavery" amendments to one president's belief that the Constitution should expire every 19 years.
Apr 29, 2012 — Some of the most popular culinary creations — Granny Smith apples, Caesar salad and nachos — are products of fortuitous discoveries. Josh Chetwynd's new book, How the Hot Dog Found Its Bun, chronicles the quirky history of kitchen favorites.