STEM Titles, Jan. 2023, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

From Koala to The Parrot and the Igloo to How Medicine Works

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Clode, Danielle. Koala: A Natural History and an Uncertain Future. Norton. Jan. 2023. 336p. ISBN 9781324036838. $27.95. BIOLOGY

Award-winning Australian biologist Clode frequently spotted koalas in her backyard but began studying them in earnest when they were threatened by wildfire. Here she charts the evolutionary biology and ecology of the beloved but endangered koala, the only survivor of a once-diverse family of uniquely Australian marsupials.

Levitt, Dan. What's Gotten Into You: The Story of Your Body's Atoms, from the Big Bang Through Last Night's Dinner . Harper. Jan.2023. 368p. ISBN 9780063251182. $28.99. EARTH SCIENCES

For the last two decades, Levitt has been writing and producing award-winning science and history documentaries for the National Geographic, Discover, Science, and History channels, but this documentary effort is truly ambitious. He investigates the various chemical elements that make up the human body, then tracks them all the way back to the big bang. With a 50,000-copy first printing.

Lipsky, David. The Parrot and the Igloo: Climate and the Science of Denial . Norton. Jan. 2023. 448p. ISBN 9780393866704. $32.50. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

A National Magazine Award–winning, New York Times best-selling author, Lipsky explains how antiscience sentiment became so strong in the United States by focusing on climate change denial. He lays bare the science of climate change, understood decades ago, then shows how fake news about products like aspirin created the tools for denier ideas to take hold.

Marsh, Henry. And Finally: The Matter of Living and Dying. St. Martin’s. Jan. 2023. 240p. ISBN 9781250286086. $27.99. MEMOIR/MEDICAL

Author of the New York Times best-selling Do No Harm, which won the PEN Ackerley Prize and was short-listed for many other honors, retired neurosurgeon Marsh got a different take on the medical world when he was diagnosed with advanced cancer. Here he meditates on the move from doctor to patient, the challenges of illness and aging, and the beauties of family and science. With a 30,000-copy first printing.

Wilson, F. Perry. How Medicine Works and When it Doesn't: Learning Who To Trust To Get and Stay Healthy. Grand Central. Jan. 2023. 288p. ISBN 9781538723609. $29. Downloadable. MEDICAL

Drawing on historical case studies and stories from his own practice, Yale physician/researcher Wilson explains why the doctor-patient relationship is now strained—owing mostly to healthcare corporations and Big Pharma—and how it can be rebuilt. In the meantime, he lets readers know how they can make the best possible decisions regarding healthcare. With a 40,000-copy first printing.

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