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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 [...]

The Devil is a Black Dog: Stories of War and Revolution from the Middle East and Beyond

The Devil is a Black Dog: Stories of War and Revolution from the Middle East and Beyond

By Sándor Jászberényi

We emerged from Mohamed Mahmoud Street, our faces burning from tear gas and our shoes making a wet, smacking sound against the pavement from the mixture of oil and mud. My leather jacket was speckled with buckshot holes, and Sanders’s old Soviet coat hadn’t fared much better. I took my gas mask from my face, sat on a bench, and lit a cigarette. Sanders—who was tall, black-haired, and Jewish—sat next to me, dropping his 5D in his lap. [...]

Nine: Poems

Nine: Poems

By Anupama Raju

Click here to buy Nine: Poems The Memory Maker When she died her body grew into walls. Walls into feet. Feet into rooms. Rooms into eyes. Eyes into roof. Roof into hands. Hands into pillars. Pillars into head. Head into cobwebs. Cobwebs into hair. Hair into air. Air into dust. And he turns dust into [...]

Rungli-Rungliot {Thus Far and No Further}

Rungli-Rungliot {Thus Far and No Further}

By Rumer Godden

Click here to buy Rungli-Rungliot {Thus Far and No Further} Rungli-Rungliot. All that I have left of it are these pages of notes and some lemon leaves that I put between them; the leaves are brittle now and will soon dry into dust but they still have a scent. It is not long since I picked them, but days and [...]

Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Under-Rated Organ

Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Under-Rated Organ

By Giulia Enders

Click here to buy Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ Vomiting If you took a hundred people on the verge of vomiting, you would have a very mixed group. Person number 14 is on a rollercoaster, hands high in the air; person 32 is cursing the egg salad she ate; [...]

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