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Into the Hidden Valley

Into the Hidden Valley

By Stuart Blackburn

Click here to buy Into the Hidden Valley. One day in early March, the boys in Gyati’s group were sent to collect wood. They left at sunrise and walked to the northern end of the valley, where they began to climb. After an hour, they broke through the mist shrouding the valley and kept climbing, past rhododendron bushes and wild [...]

The Hindus: An Alternative History

The Hindus: An Alternative History

By Wendy Doniger

Click here to buy The Hindus: An Alternative History BHAKTI IN SOUTH INDIA I don’t call to him as my mother. I don’t call to him as my father. I thought it would be enough to call him my lord— but he pretends I don’t exist, doesn’t show an ounce of mercy. If that lord who dwells [...]

The Naked Surgeon: The Power and Peril of Transparency in Medicine

The Naked Surgeon: The Power and Peril of Transparency in Medicine

By Samer Nashef

Click here to buy The Naked Surgeon In British medical schools in the ’70s, students were attached to ‘firms’ for varying periods, usually of a few weeks. Firms were hospital sub-units made of a pair or a trio of senior doctors, or ‘consultants’, working in one specialty. We were each [...]

The End of Plenty: The Race to Feed a Crowded World

The End of Plenty: The Race to Feed a Crowded World

By Joel K. Bourne Jr

Click here to buy The End of Plenty The quest to feed a growing population is as fundamental to the human condition as breathing or walking upright. After the first farmers domesticated plants in Mesopotamia, humans as a species took off. Population growth and agricultural production have been locked [...]

Animal Madness

Animal Madness

By Laurel Braitman

Click here to buy Animal Madness There isn’t a branch of veterinary science, psychology, ethology (the science of animal behavior), neuroscience, or wildlife ecology dedicated to investigating whether animals can be mentally ill. What I have done in this book is draw together evidence from the veterinary sciences and pharmaceutical [...]

Asian Absences: Searching for Shangri-La

Asian Absences: Searching for Shangri-La

By Wolfgang Büscher

Click here to buy Asian Absences I was sitting on the floor. Above my head, Indra beat the Calling Mantra and the only thing I could feel was a slowly, slowly widening distance to the noise around me. It broke over me, stronger now: it wants to carry me off the path, push me off the horse—let them clap, [...]

The Valley of Flowers: An Adventure in the Upper Himalaya

The Valley of Flowers: An Adventure in the Upper Himalaya

By Frank S. Smythe

It was almost completely dark when Wangdi poked his head in at the door of my tent and with a wicked grin announced himself as ready for the murder of the innocents. Together with Nurbu and Pasang, who were armed with blankets, we descended the boulder- clad hillside. A few yards from the cave Wangdi whispered to me to wait, then he and the other two conspirators crept forward as softly as cats. The next moment there was a concerted rush and [...]

The Adivasis Will Not Dance: Stories

The Adivasis Will Not Dance: Stories

By Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar

It’s the coal and the stone, sir; they are making us lazy. The Koyla Road runs through our village. When the monstrous Hyvas ferry coal on the Koyla Road, there is no space for any other vehicle. They are so rough, these truck-drivers, they can run down any vehicle that comes in their way. They can’t help it, it’s their job. The more rounds they make, the more money they earn. And what if they kill? The coal company can’t afford to have [...]

Breakthrough: How a Teen Innovator is Changing the World

Breakthrough: How a Teen Innovator is Changing the World

By Jack Andraka

One day shortly after the midway point of my freshman year, I snuck an article on these things called single-walled carbon nanotubes into my biology class. Those are long, thin pipes of carbon that are each an atom thick and one-fifty-thousandth the diameter of your hair. Despite their extremely small size, carbon nanotubes have these amazing properties. They’re kind of like the superheroes of material science. To sneakily read this article [...]

Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life

Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life

By Emily Nagoski

Many women find it empowering to try on the identity of “woman who loves sex.” It feels like finding the perfect wedding dress or house— it might need some alterations before it’s exactly right for your life, but you can feel the connection there. If that’s what it’s like for you, let the identity guide you as you think through your plan and your anticipated barriers. “If I were a woman who loved sex, how would I deal with feeling [...]

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