Book: Human Errors

I am very happy to announce that my second book is all finished up and will be out in May 2018, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The book has already been optioned in seven foreign markets around the world (China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, the UK, France/Quebec, Poland, and Norway).

Publisher’s Weekly just included the book as a “Big Title” for 2018 in the science category, and Publishers Marketplace listed it as a “Buzz Book” for spring/summer 2018.

You can pre-order the book now!

The title of the book is: Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes. And here is the cover art:

HumanErrors-jacket

Here are the endorsements from the 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



Reviews:

“Human Errors is a page-turner of a biology book.” -David Wineberg, Full Review on Medium.com


 

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