The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival - John Vaillant

John Vaillant’s portrait of a savage but noble beast, THE TIGER (Knopf, $26.95), which I started casually browsing, turned out to be one of my favorites of the year.  Part of this tale of Amur tigers, of the hunter and the hunted, is a fascinating evocation of a remote eastern region of  Russia, Primorye, and its post-perestroika efforts to survive a collapsed economy. Underpinning the worlds of both man and beast are the necessities for survival, including a near-desperate search for food.  When a poacher is savagely killed by a tiger, wildlife wardens hypothesize that the tiger took calculated vengeance against the hunter for the theft of his, the tiger’s, fresh kill.  Although the wardens often ignored poachers as hard-pressed scavengers, a 500-pound tiger could not forgive such a violation of jungle law.  In short, the offended tiger stalked and attacked the poacher; as an added insult, he ate him.  This is a gripping story that is hard to put down.

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ISBN: 9780307389046
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Published: Vintage - May 3rd, 2011

The Complete Human Body: The Definitive Visual Guide [With DVD ROM] - Alice Roberts

The perfect book for teenagers and plenty of adults, too, THE COMPLETE HUMAN BODY (Dorling-Kindersley, $50) explains everything you wanted to know about your body but were afraid to ask.  With almost 500 pages of color plates depicting the detailed anatomical parts and how they work together to function as digestive, neurological, reproductive, and many other systems, Alice Roberts, a medical doctor and anatomist, presents the human body as a complex machine with many intricately developed moving parts.  The last section of this ambitiously conceived volume covers a large number of medical conditions that develop when this human machine malfunctions, and the book also features an interactive DVD.

The Mind's Eye - Oliver W. Sacks

A new book by the prominent neurologist Oliver Sacks is always cause for excitement, and THE MIND’S EYE (Knopf, $26.95), his new collection of six stories about patients with neurologically-based vision problems, has two added pleasures: an update on the continuing visual impairments suffered by the eponymous patient of The Man Who Mistook His  Wife For A Hat, and the inclusion of two deeply personal essays about Dr. Sacks’s own case.  In “Face-Blind,” Sacks recounts his lifelong inability to recognize or recollect faces and places and his coping mechanisms for adapting to and compensating for this visual deficit.  In another piece he writes about feeling like a terrified child when a melanoma is diagnosed in his eye. 

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ISBN: 9780307473028
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Published: Vintage - October 4th, 2011