Day 11: Explaining Humans

If you are looking for something to read over the festive season why not try Science Book Prize winner Explaining Humans: What Science Can Teach Us about Life, Love and Relationships by Camilla Pang.
Available on BorrowBox here.

A little about the book… 

Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of eight, Camilla Pang struggled to understand the world around her and the way people worked. Desperate for a solution, Camilla asked her mother if there was an instruction manual for humans that she could consult. But, without the blueprint to life she was hoping for, Camilla began to create her own. Now armed with a PhD in biochemistry, Camilla dismantles our obscure social customs and identifies what it really means to be human using her unique expertise and a language she knows best: science.
Through a set of scientific principles, this book examines life’s everyday interactions including:

– Decisions and the route we take to make them;
– Conflict and how we can avoid it;
– Relationships and how we establish them;
– Etiquette and how we conform to it.

Explaining Humans is an original and incisive exploration of human nature and the strangeness of social norms, written from the outside looking in. Camilla’s unique perspective of the world, in turn, tells us so much about ourselves – about who we are and why we do it – and is a fascinating guide on how to lead a more connected, happier life.

We also have the rest of the shortlist, which includes: 

The Double X Economy: The Epic Potential of Empowering Women by Linda Scott 

The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness by Susannah Cahalan 

Transcendence: How Humans Evolved Through Fire, Language, Beauty and Time by Gaia Vince 

The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson 

The World According to Physics by Jim Al-Khalili 



You can further explore what award nominated titles we have by browsing our Award winning and nominated books booklist.  This includes books nominated for the Wellcome Book Prize, Wainwright Prize and Booker Prize. So for what ever book you are after, if it is fiction such as Girl, Woman, Other or you would like to learn about the development of the rubella vaccine in the The Vaccine Race: How Scientists Used Human Cells to Combat Killer Viruses, explore our list to find the right book for you. 


For more resources to support your wellbeing, try another of the 12 Days of Christmas. 

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