Jennifer Wright’s latest book covers history’s female serial killers and other murderers, from Lizzie Borden to Leonarda Cianciulli.
There are few diversions more delightful than the footnotes in author Mary Roach’s books—and the footnotes in her latest, 'Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law,' are no exception.
Author Emily Anthes explores the thriving communities of bacteria and fungi with which we share our abodes—and what they reveal about us.
In the late 1970s, ski resort owner Gene Mulvihill transformed a mountain in rural New Jersey into a one-of-a-kind amusement destination that left guests in charge of their own fun. Get the inside story on 'Class Action Park' from Mulvihill's son Andy and
In "Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs," Caitlin Doughty explains why human bones usually don't make a very good snack.
A few years ago, NYPL librarians found a small gray box containing a host of unusual questions patrons asked between 1940 and 1980. 'Peculiar Questions and Practical Answers,' excerpted here, rounds up some favorites.
Dickens believed humans could spontaneously combust—and he had Cornelia di Bandi's death as proof.