Ragan O'Malley

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Nerve: Adventures in the Science of Fear

Combining anecdotes that document her personal vulnerabilities with tales of outdoor adventure and just enough scientific research, Holland crafts an engaging and unique memoir. Fans of the self-help genre and popular science in the style of Mary Roach will enjoy this debut title.
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Ingredients: The Strange Chemistry of What We Put in Us and on Us

An entertaining romp through the world of scientific studies focusing on topics that will concern most readers. Recommended for all curious about the everyday products they consume or use.
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We Know It When We See It: What the Neurobiology of Vision Tells Us About How We Think

Recommended only for those with a strong science background or the patience to unpack the richly detailed scientific explanations. For those readers, Masland provides a well-researched exploration of a fascinating question.
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Physical Intelligence: The Science of How the Body and the Mind Guide Each Other Through Life

Grafton's compelling exploration of the relationship between the body and the mind is recommended for anyone interested in the workings of the brain.

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Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life’s Fundamental Bond

After reading Denworth’s treatise on friendship, you may want to immediately call your best friend, or make a new one. Recommended for fans of human biology and nonfiction browsers.
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Who Says You’re Dead? Medical & Ethical Dilemmas for the Curious & Concerned

An engaging, thought-provoking, and accessible exploration of the many knotty issues that have appeared in newspaper headlines or challenged medical professionals behind closed doors.
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And How Are You, Dr. Sacks? A Biographical Memoir of Oliver Sacks

This biographical memoir offers a window into the world Sacks inhabited: a world full of brilliance, insecurity, and a robust enthusiasm for life. Recommended for readers who wish they had had the privilege of knowing Sacks while he was alive.

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Opium: How an Ancient Flower Shaped and Poisoned Our World

Part history text and part cultural commentary, this is essentially a biography of opium. The story, however, is far from over; there is much work to be done in addressing the opioid crisis. In this informative, insightful, and ultimately hopeful work, the authors offer concrete solutions to an epic problem.

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Let Me Not Be Mad: My Story of Unraveling Minds

This unique memoir will likely appeal to fans of personal medical writing and narratives.

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