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The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2013 (The Best American Series ®) Paperback – October 8, 2013
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First, Best, and Best-Selling
The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the countrys finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volumes series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respectedand most popularof its kind.
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2011 includes Atul Gawande, Jonathan Franzen, Deborah Blum, Malcolm Gladwell, Oliver Sacks, Jon Mooallem, Jon Cohen, Luke Dittrich, and others
[insert author photo] Mary Roach, editor, is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void; Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers; and Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. She has written for National Geographic, Wired, New Scientist, the New York Times Book Review, the Journal of Clinical Anatomy, and Outside, among others. She is a member of the Mars Institute's advisory board and a winner of the American Engineering Societies' Engineering Journalism Award, in a category for which, let's be honest, she was the sole entrant. More at www.maryroach.net.
Look for the other best-selling titles in the Best American series:
The Best American Comics
The Best American Essays
The Best American Mystery Stories
The Best American Nonrequired Reading
The Best American Short Stories
The Best American Sports Writing
The Best American Travel Writing
About the Author
SIDDHARTHA MUKHERJEE, cancer physician and researcher, is the author of The Emperor of Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, the 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner for general nonfiction.
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Especially notable are Rick Bass's 'The Larch' (a lyrical exposition on a tree); Alan Lightman's 'Our Place in the Universe'; and three incisive articles on viruses and the medical professionals who do battle: Jerome Groopman's 'The T-cell Army'; Michael Specter's 'The Deadliest Virus'; and David Quammen's 'Out of the Wild.' Stephen Marche's 'Is Facebook Making Us Lonely' is also excellent, but it's a bit incongruous in this collection, because it is more sociological than 'scientific.'
The Kindle format means they will always be nearby. But for goodness sake, the author's names need to be next to the titles in the Table of Contents!