A vivid social history that brings to light the "girl stunt reporters" of the Gilded Age who went undercover to expose corruption and abuse in America, and redefined what it meant to be a woman and a journalist-pioneers whose influence continues to be felt today. In the waning years of the nineteenth century, women across the United States went undercover, risking reputation and often their own safety-working in sewing factories to monitor conditions,...
Before Darwin, before Audubon, there was Maria Sibylla Merian. An artist turned naturalist, Merian was born just 16 years after Galileo proclaimed that the Earth orbited the sun. But at the age of 50, she sailed from Europe to South America on a solo scientific expedition to study insect metamorphosis-an unheard-of journey for any naturalist at that time, much less a woman. When she returned, she produced a book that secured her reputation, only to...
The bizarre adventures of eccentric 'holistic' detective Dirk Gently and his reluctant assistant Todd.