From Consciousness & Cyberwar to Dogs, Antelopes & Octopuses: STEM Previews, Oct. 2021, Pt. 5 | Prepub Alert

Damasio, Antonio. Feeling & Knowing: Making Minds Conscious. Pantheon. Oct. 2021. 256p. ISBN 9781524747558. $25. COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE

cover of Foster and Frylinck's Underwater WildFoster, Craig & Ross Frylinck. Underwater Wild: My Octopus Teacher’s Extraordinary World. Houghton Harcourt. Oct. 2021. 336p. ISBN 9780358664758. $50. MARINE LIFE

Habib, Rodney & Karen Shaw Becker. The Forever Dog: Surprising New Science to Help Your Canine Companion Live Younger, Healthier, and Longer. Harper Wave. Oct. 2021. 400p. ISBN 9780063002609. $27.99. PETS

Helberg, Jacob. The Wires of War: Technology and the Global Struggle for Power and Order. Avid: S. & S. Oct. 2021. 304p. ISBN 9781982144432. $28. COMPUTERS

Hossain , Anushay. All in Your Head: How Sexism in Healthcare Kills Women. Tiller: S. & S. Oct. 2021. 288p. ISBN 9781982177775. $26.99. WOMEN’S STUDIES

Offerman, Nick. Where the Deer and the Antelope Play: The Pastoral Observations of One Ignorant American in Search of the Real Dirt. Dutton. Oct. 2021. 320p. ISBN 9781101984697. $28. CD/downloadable. HUMOR

Orlean, Susan. On Animals. Avid: S. & S. Oct. 2021. 288p. ISBN 9781982181536. $27. NATURE

Paul, Pamela. 100 Things We’ve Lost to the Internet. Crown. Oct. 2021. 288p. ISBN 9780593136775. $27. SOCIAL SCIENCE

Quave, Cassandra Leah. The Plant Hunter: A Scientist’s Quest for Nature’s Next Medicines. Viking. Oct. 2021. 304p. ISBN 9781984879110. $26. BOTANY

Reisman, Jonathan. The Unseen Body: A Doctor’s Journey Through the Hidden Wonders of Human Anatomy. Flatiron: Macmillan. Oct. 2021. 224p. ISBN 9781250246622. $27.99.

Rhodes, Richard. Scientist: E. O. Wilson: A Life in Nature. Doubleday. Oct. 2021. 320p. ISBN 9780385545556. $30. BIOGRAPHY

Seth, Anil. Being You: A New Science of Consciousness. Dutton. Oct. 2021. 352p. ISBN 9781524742874. $28. COGNITIVE SCIENCE

From world-famous neuroscientist Damasio (it all started with Descartes’ Error), Feeling and Knowing relies on recent discoveries in neurobiology, psychology, and AI to explain what consciousness really is (originally scheduled for March 2021). Foster and Frylinck, creators of the documentary phenom My Octopus Teacher—one of Netflix’s top 10 films of 2020—swam through South Africa’s jaw-droppingly beautiful kelp forests without benefit of wetsuits or oxygen masks (but aided by their favorite octopus) to bring us Underwater Wild, illustrated with over 200 full-color photographs (100,000-copy first printing). A multi-award-winning blogger and founder of Planet Paws, Facebook’s most popular pet health page, Habib joins forces with world-renowned veterinarian Becker to explain that dogs suffer from the same chronic illnesses as humans, then introduces a wealth of science-based information ensuring that The Forever Dog in your household will stay alive and well for a long time (150,000-copy first printing). In The Wires of War, Helberg, the former news policy lead at Google, limns the growing cyber conflict piting the West  against primarily Russia and China over both software (e.g., news information and social media platforms) and hardware (e.g., cell phones and satellites (100,000-copy first printing). Having grown up in Bangladesh, which she describes as having minimal women's health care, Hossain expected expert maternal care in wealthy America—and nearly died in childbirth; All in Your Head is her impassioned critique of sexism in U.S. health care. Offerman humorously explores the great outdoors as he takes us where The Deer and the Antelope Play. New Yorker staffer Orlean, perhaps best known for The Orchid Thief, here writes On Animals, which explores the animal-human relationship in stories she has written throughout her career. Editor of the New York Times Book Review, Paul offers 100 never-before-published essays (with witty illustrations by Nishant Choksi) to explore 100 Things We’ve Lost to the Internet, from punctuation and good manners to the ability to entertain ourselves. In The Plant Hunter, enthnobotanist Quave relates her search for plants that can improve or save our lives. Having practiced medicine worldwide, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, Reisman takes us inside The Unseen Body to describe its functions by relating them to the world—the Arctic taught him the value of fat, for instance, while the Himalayas revealed the border between brain and mind (75,000-copy first printing).  A prolific author of science titles, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Rhodes profiles Harvard biologist and naturalist O. Wilson—noteworthy for promoting sociobiology and biodiversity—in Scientist. In Being You, the codirector of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science at the Universitiy of Sussex, explains that we do not view the world objectively but through a series of constant predictions that are rooted in biological mechanisms we can now measure. 

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Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Book Review; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president of the National Book Critics Circle, to which she has just been reelected.

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