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The NASW bookstore sells books, music, video, software, and other merchandise via Amazon.com. Every purchase you make on Amazon can support NASW programs and services: Just go to https://www.nasw.org/amazon when you start your shopping. Books featured below were written by NASW members or reviewed in ScienceWriters magazine. Appearance here does not indicate endorsement.

Deborah Blum, Mary Knudson, Robin Marantz Henig

The best guide for teaching and learning effective science writing, this second edition of A Field Guide for Science Writers improves on the classic first edition with a wider range of topics, a new slate of writers, and an up-to-date exploration of the most stimulating and challenging issues in science.

Writers of SciLance

Not sure how to start your career as a science writer, or how to take your existing career to the next level? The Science Writers’ Handbook is here to help. In this essential guide, 35 leading science writers share their hard-won wisdom and illuminating stories, going beyond the basics to cover everything else you need to survive and thrive as a science writer.

Neptune—From Grand Discovery to a World Revealed

William Sheehan, Trudy Bell (NASW member), Carolyn Kennett, Robert Smith, Eds.

Neptune’s 1846 discovery is among the most celebrated in astronomy. Neptune was not seen first through a telescope. It was located using Isaac Newton’s theory of universal gravitation. In Neptune: From Grand Discovery to a World Revealed, NASW member Trudy Bell and colleagues provide perspective on both astronomy’s past and recent research suggesting a possible “Planet Nine” still further away.

The Memory Thief and the Secrets Behind How We Remember—A Medical Mystery

Lauren Aguirre

“Why am I here?” The hospitalized man asked again. After overdosing on an illicit drug, possibly fentanyl, he couldn’t retain memories. Nor could some other opioid users. The area of their brains critical to memory formation and storage, the hippocampus, had been damaged. In The Memory Thief & the Secrets Behind How We Remember, Lauren Aguirre explores causes and potential help for memory loss.

Ravenous: Otto Warburg, the Nazis, and the Search for the Cancer-Diet Connection

Sam Apple:

In 1940s Germany, Nobel laureate Otto Warburg found cancer cells consume 10 times as much glucose as healthy cells. “Like shipwrecked sailors, they were ravenous,” Sam Apple notes. Warburg’s metabolic studies excite new interest today, as does the story of his survival as a Jew protected by Hitler, Apple reports in Ravenous: Otto Warburg, the Nazis, and the Search for the Cancer-Diet Connection.

Full Spectrum: How the Science of Color Made Us Modern

Adam Rogers

Millions of people saw a dress in a 2015 internet photo as blue, millions more as white. “The way people see color, with their eyes and with their mind, was the biggest news story of the day,” Adam Rogers says. We all process the physics of light and chemistry of pigments differently to create billions of individual palettes, he reports in Full Spectrum: How the Science of Color Made Us Modern.

The Kitchen Pantry Scientist—Biology for Kids

Liz Heinecke

Kids can gain insight into neurons & neural networks by making pipe cleaner models. They can swab doorknobs & grow bacteria and fungi on agar plates. In The Kitchen Pantry Scientist: Biology for Kids, Liz Heinecke introduces young readers to 25 biologists & provides step-by-step photo-illustrated guides to home experiments based on each biologist’s work plus facts on the biology behind the fun.

More Than Meets the Eye—Exploring Nature and Loss on the Coast of Maine

Margie Patlak

“When you are growing a family and a career at the same time, you live moment to moment, life fast-forwarding with no-stop action,” Margie Patlak asserts. Illness or death of someone close may upend plans. Immersion in the sights, sounds, and smells of the natural world as seasons change can be restorative, Patlak writes in More Than Meets the Eye: Exploring Nature and Loss on the Coast of Maine.

How Genius Ignites, from Child Prodigies to Late Bloomers

Claudia Kalb Spark

Picasso’s fractured faces defined the cubist movement. His mismatched eyes, elevated ears, and sideways lips force us to see ourselves and our world anew, Claudia Kalb says. In Spark: How Genius Ignites, from Child Prodigies to Late Bloomers, Kalb profiles 13 high achievers, exploring the nature/nurture debate and role of intelligence, creativity, perseverance, and, yes, luck in their success.