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
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



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User Review  - readaholic12 - LibraryThing

A collection of mostly well written essays on every nerdy topic imaginable. Great for reading in snippets, and excellent for sparking curiosity about things like ligers, zonkeys, Mayan writing, the universe and much more. Read full review

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User Review  - Stbalbach - LibraryThing

Well once again I get to review a BASNW many years after publication. A number of the pieces went on to become books including 'Is Google Making Us Stupid?' which was one of the first to take up the ... Read full review

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Mary Roach is the best-selling author of Stiff, Spook, Bonk, and most recently, Packing for Mars. Her writing has appeared in Salon, Wired, Outside, GQ, Discover, Vogue, and the New York Times Magazine. TIM FOLGER is a contributing editor at Discover and writes about science for several magazines.

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