In 2002, during my final semester of university, I went to the Caribbean on spring break. Settling into my seat on the airplane, the girl next to me introduced herself. Her name was Nalah, she proudly proclaimed, and she was Palestinian. "What's your background, David?"There it was. The question.
While painting one of his famous portraits, Gilbert Stuart discovered that George Washington was a different man from the cool, calm and composed figure of his public persona. Based on Washington's facial features alone -- his deep-set eyes and the broad upper nose -- Stuart believed that W
Author Bill Bryson is known for exploring far-flung places: His previous books cover the Australian outback and the Appalachian Trail -- and even the history of the universe.But the author of A Short History of Nearly Everything found inspiration for his most recent book after a h
Patti LuPone is perhaps best known for her roles in the Broadway hits Evita, Les Miserables and Gypsy.But the Tony award-winner has also experienced some slightly less-glamorous roles -- not to mention a few flops -- during her long theater career.In her book, Patti
A mission to land humans on Mars would take a minimum of two years from lift off to homecoming, but the most difficult engineering problem isn't how we get there; it's what we do once we're on our way.In her book Packing For Mars, Mary Roach writes about the challenges of sending t
If you're really desperate to escape the heat that's blanketing North America, you might consider visiting Gusev Crater on Mars. It's winter there, no problem with heat at all. If you go, you'll find a robot from Earth already there.