Book: Human Errors



My second book will be published on May 1st (2018) by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and has so far been optioned in China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, the UK and Australia, France/Quebec, Poland, and Norway.

Publisher’s Weekly listed it as a “Big Title” for 2018, and Publishers Marketplace named it as a “Buzz Book” for spring/summer 2018. You can  pre-order the book now on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Indiebound.

Scheduled Talks and Signings:

  • Book Culture (NYC), May 3rd
  • New York Public Library (main building, 42nd St.), May 16th
  • Boston Public Library, June 21st (with Lisa Feldman Barrett and Deborah Blum)
  • San Francisco Public Library, August 7th
  • Oakland Public Library, August 8th


  • Kirkus ReviewsThe author’s offbeat view of human evolution makes for lively reading and invites readers to think deeply. Full Review.
  • MediumHuman Errors is a page-turner of a biology book.  Full Review
  • Purple Owl Reviewsan excellent blend of information, theory and humor. Full Review.
  • Bless Their Hearts Moms:  I can guarantee, you will NOT be able to put it down, and you just might find yourself  telling random facts from it!  Full Review.
  • Good Reads: 4.4/5. Examples: “I tore through this fun and fascinating look at human flaws.”… “The research is thorough and the writing is entertaining.” … “I loved the book and recommend it to anyone interested in biology.” … “the biology book I wish I had head in school.”    Full page.


  • Featured on Innovation Hub (NPR)
  • Article in Wall Street Journal
  • Live Interview on Press Play (NPR), May 1st
  • Excerpted in Lit Hub, May 3rd
  • Stay tuned for articles in the Observer (UK, April 22), Undark Magazine (May), VICE (April ~22), Skeptic Magazine, and hopefully many more!

Endorsements from Book Jacket:

“Anyone who has aged without perfect grace can attest to the laundry list of imperfections so thoroughly and engagingly considered by Nathan Lents in Human Errors. This is the best book I’ve read on how poorly designed our bodies are. I learned something new on every page.”
Michael Shermer, Founder and President of the Skeptic Society, publisher of Skeptic magazine and author of several New York Times best-sellers

“In Human Errors, Nathan Lents explores our biological imperfections with style, wit, and life-affirming insight. You’ll finish it with new appreciation for those human failings that, in so many surprising ways, helped shape our remarkable species.”
—Deborah Blum, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author of The Poisoner’s Handbook

“Anybody with a slipped disk knows humans are not very intelligently designed, but most of us are unaware of the extent of our imperfections. Nathan Lents fills in the gaps in Human Errors, an insightful and entertaining romp through the myriad ways in which the human body falls short of an engineering ideal—and the often surprising reasons why.”
—Ian Tattersall, Curator Emeritus of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History and author of over 20 books including Masters of the Planet and The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack: and Other Cautionary Tales from Human Evolution



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