The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2011

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011 - Literary Collections - 361 pages
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The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume's 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 respected--and most popular--of 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
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
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Review: The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2015 (Best American Science and Nature Writing #2015)

User Review  - Goodreads

As always, a good selection. My personal favorites were the opposing articles on nighttime light, the always-enjoyable Sam Kean, Linux for Lettuce, The Big Kill, One of a Kind, Blood in the Sand, and Chasing Bayla. Read full review

Review: The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2010 (Best American Science and Nature Writing #2010)

User Review  - René Van Hezewijk - Goodreads

Interesting, but what was said about psychology and Tversky and Kahneman's contribution to psychology made me doubt the trustworthiness of the other contributions. Read full review

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Mary Roach was born and raised in Etna, New Hampshire. She has a BA degree in psychology from Wesleyan University. She spent a few years as a free-lance copy editor before she landed a job at the San Francisco Zoological Society turning out press releases. She then moved on to write humor pieces for such periodicals as The New York Times Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle and Sports Illustrated. Her article "How to Win at Germ Warfare" was a National Magazine Award Finalist, in 1995. In 1996, her article on earthquake-proof bamboo houses took the Engineering Journalism Award. She published several books such as Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (2003) and Packing for Mars (2010).

TIM FOLGER is a contributing editor at Discover and writes about science for several magazines.

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