Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies?
The Surprising Science of Pregnancy

A bright book of brain candy about the surprising science behind pregnancy.

Science writer Jena Pincott spent her pregnancy and postpartum months asking the questions that doctors don’t answer, and finding answers that expectant mothers will not expect. In this curiosity-led exploration into the “hidden side” of pregnancy, learn how amniotic fluid carries flavors and genes can play favorites, semen can be a fetus’s friend or foe, the brain shrinks then grows, and what mind-control chemicals are doing in breast milk, sweat, and tears.

Drawing on studies in evolutionary psychology, biology, social science, neuroscience, reproductive genetics, endocrinology, and epigenetics, the influence of environment on the behavior of genes, Pincott explores questions such as:

  • Why are your dreams more vivid?
  • Why do skinny chicks have more daughters?
  • Is the fetus tinkering with your brain?
  • What does the baby’s birth season predict about her personality?
  • What do fetuses learn when they eavesdrop?
  • Do boys really give you basketball bumps?
  • Do fidgety fetuses become feisty babies?
  • Where does maternal instinct come from?
  • Does your stress sharpen your baby’s mind — or dull it?
  • Can men breastfeed?
  • Do mommies have better brains?
  • How could Grandma’s diet affect your child?
  • Could eating chocolate during pregnancy actually improve your baby’s temperament?

A lively, accessible romp through the science of pregnancy...with wit, personal anecdotes and playful humor.


(starred review)

Utterly fascinating...a great read.

Christiane Northrup, M.D., ob/gyn physician and author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

Delightful! This book is destined to become every women's -- and man's -- secret guide to pregnancy. A must read.

Louann Brizendine, M.D., neuropsychiatrist and author of The New York Times bestsellers: The Female Brain and The Male Brain

Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes?
Bodies, Brains and Behavior -- The Science Behind Sex, Love, and Attraction

Glamour meets Scientific American in this sexy, science-inspired book that answers questions about what's really going on when we fall in love...or lust.

If you’ve ever wondered how scientists measure love—or whether men really prefer blondes over brunettes—this smart, sexy book provides real answers to these and many other questions about our most baffling dating and mating behaviors. Based on the latest research in biology, evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, and cognitive science, Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes? dares to explain the science behind sex—and opens a fascinating window on the intriguing phenomenon of love and attraction.

Covering the areas of bodies, brains, and behavior, this eye-opening guide reveals the genetic, hormonal, and psychological secrets behind what makes us tick sexually. For example, do you know why a man’s body chemistry and behavior change when he’s in a committed relationship? And why, when he becomes a daddy, his testosterone level plummets? And did you know…

  • When a couple first fall in love, their brains are indistinguishable from those of the clinically insane
  • You can tell a lot about a person’s sexual chemistry just by looking at his or her hands
  • Your genes influence whose body odors you prefer
  • Being around breast-feeding women may increase a woman's sex drive 

Viewed through the lens of science and instinct, your love life might be seen in a completely different way. Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes? provides both an in-depth exploration into our sexual psyches—and fresh advice for men and women who want to discover the secrets of successful relationships.


The Washington Post

Playfully written scientific anecdotes

Publisher's Weekly
(starred review)

...A compact and witty compendium of all the latest science...




This book is likely to prompt conversations with friends that start with, 'Hey, have you ever wondered why people...?'...A cross between Cosmopolitan and Scientific insightful and amusing read.

Associated Press

Advice for Achieving Your Goals from Remarkably Accomplished People

How did J.K. Rowling, Michael Bloomberg, Jeffrey Bezos, and David Sedaris get where they are today - and how can you get the same edge? Success is a collection of insights from more than 400 remarkably successful people in all fields - including business, politics, entertainment, and the arts. Here are quotes and passages from J.K. Rowling and Federico Fellini on getting started, and Steve Jobs and Tiger Woods on passion; George Lucas and Bill Clinton on goals, Katie Couric and George Foreman on competition, and Edmund Hillary and Carly Fiorina on leadership. They share one crucial belief: Success is possible as long as there's passion.

Advice for Recovering Your Strength and Spirit from the World's Most Famous Survivors

Healing offers sound and sometimes surprising advice from more than 300 celebrities, leaders, Nobel prize winners, and entrepreneurs -- including Robert DeNiro, Rudy Giuliani, Liz Taylor, and Winston Churchill -- who have encountered, and ultimately overcome, all manner of losses and disappointments.

Of families, Leo Tolstoy famously observed "happy ones are all alike, unhappy ones are unhappy in their own ways."

Visions of the Information Revolutionaries

[coauthored under pen name Adam Brate]

The Information Revolution is changing our world -- but is it a change for the better? Will advances in computer technology strengthen democratic values or destroy them? Enhance personal freedom or enslave us? Solve the world's problems or create new ones?

Technomanifestos sets out to answer these questions by investigating the primary sources—the seminal but seldom-read texts that form the philosophical foundation of the Digital Age. From artificial intelligence to nanotechnology, cybernetics to the World Wide Web, they chart a fascinating course through the history of ideas.

The book explores the triumphs and tragedies of such visionaries as Norbert Wiener, Doug Engelbart, Ted Nelson, Richard Stallman, and K. Eric Drexler. They emerge as a lively group of radical thinkers, deeply committed to civil liberties, personal empowerment, and participatory democracy.

Making the Cisco Connection
The Story Behind the Real Internet Superpower

[coauthored under pen name Adam Brate]

Technomanifestos is the story of computer scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and other visionaries who raised profound questions of how technology relates to human beings, redefining who and what we are and where we are going. It presents a broad history of computer technology in the last fifty years through profiles of the revolutionaries and highlights of their writings. It is not a collection of essays, but a coherent history drawn from the ideas of seminal works.

The visionaries featured in this book are certainly not the only information revolutionaries, but they are the best propagators of ideas central to the Information Revolution. They recognize the power of technologies to communicate ideas and have effectively amplified their own visions throughout the system. Through their writings and mastery of information technologies, they assume a position on the front lines. Many other people, from anthropologists to educators to biologists to linguists to psychologists, are an integral part of the web, and are mentioned in context.

This book reveals where the Information Revolution has come from and where it may go, serving as a starting point for investigation in how information technology affects society. The ethical, political, and economic decisions that thinking people must now face are some of the most difficult. The future depends upon regulatory feedback, the basis of cybernetics. Feedback enables all systems—individual, political, mechanical, economic, social—to adapt with changes in the environment and learn from them. These technomanifestos are part of that process.