Finally, a book club for #Peculiars! Join host Brandy Schillace for book club dates with your favorite authors of strange history, medical marvels, and weird science. In true book-club style, YOU will meet the author and participate in the discussion–so come with questions! Quiz the author with co-host Davey Berris, get recipes for book-themed cocktails, and win swag and prizes! Signed books available, too, from indy bookshops!
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Murder, Fraud, Sabotage, Piracy, and Other Dastardly Deeds Perpetrated in the Name of Science! Do you know what a leucotome is? It looks a *lot* like an ice pick, and was used for…well. Scrambling a bit of brain, to be frank. Science is a force for good in the world—at
“A gruesome but weirdly compelling trip” New York Daily News A puzzling series of dental explosions beginning in the nineteenth century is just one of many strange tales that have long lain undiscovered in the pages of old medical journals. Award-winning medical historian Thomas Morris delivers one of the most
Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. …With her husband T.J. and their toddler Daniel holding down the home front, Judy threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigation—performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, counseling
This is How you Make a Monster! A thrilling and gruesome look at the science that influenced Mary Shelley’s classic Gothic novel, Frankenstein It is unlikely that Frankenstein would have been successful in his attempts to create life back in 1818… And YET… advances in medical science mean we have
Halloween, X-Files, and the True History of Head Transplant! It’s a #peculiar dream come true, right? It’s time for Brandy’s book–the real adventures of a surgeon who got brains to live beyond their bodies, and ultimately practiced a successful head transplant (on monkeys). It’s a madcap tale of ethics, animal
Pandemics, Plagues, and Patient ZERO It can be scary times what with COVID and other crises. So how about a fresh look at how we’ve handled it all before? From the masters of storytelling-meets-science and co-authors of Quackery, Patient Zero tells the long and fascinating history of disease outbreaks—how they start, how
Are you ready to meet the ANIMAL CRIMINALS? Join “America’s funniest science writer” (Peter Carlson, Washington Post), Mary Roach, on an irresistible investigation into the unpredictable world where wildlife and humans meet! Ok, Peculiars… What’s to be done about a jaywalking moose? A bear caught breaking and entering? A murderous
QUACKERY: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE WORST WAYS TO CURE EVERYTHING! It’s almost the Holidays, when I like to settle by the fire with a good book about–well, you know. Quack science! Imagine a time when doctors prescribed morphine for crying infants. When liquefied gold was touted as immortality in