Start: 6:00 pm
“America’s funniest science writer” (Washington Post) takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal that Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal ($26.95) explores is classic Mary Roach terrain: the questions inspired by our insides are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in our 2013 One Book One Marin selection Packing for Mars.
Start: 7:00 pm
Why have we failed in our efforts to combat America’s drug problem, our nation’s single greatest problem which impacts almost every other issue you can name? Why are we so inept at preventing drug use and early use from progressing to addiction? Why can’t we treat most of those who become addicted? Why has the War on Drugs worsened the problem it was meant to solve? In Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy ($25.00), David Sheff, the best-selling author of Beautiful Boy, addresses the crisis of these questions and offers a myth-shattering look at drug abuse and treatment, based on the latest scientific evidence and his own hard-won expertise as an investigative journalist who worked for over a decade to save his own son from addiction. David Sheff is the author of the #1 New York Times best-selling memoir Beautiful Boy. Sheff's ongoing research and reporting on the science of addiction earned him a place on Time's list of the world’s most influential people.