From Here To There
The Book Of Chocolate
Abracadabra: The Story Of Magic Through The Ages
The Human Body: Invention & Impact
The Book Of Blood
Here There Be Monsters
This Will Kill You: A Guide to the Ways in Which We Go
The Great Brain Book
The Way They Play Series (including Blues Masters, Hard Rock Masters, Metal Masters, Acoustic Masters)
The Brain Makers
Virtual Reality
Legends Of Rock Guitar
Music & Technology
For Boys Only
Yahoo! The Ultimate Desk Reference



The Amazing Story Of The World's Favorite Candy

From Here To There Transportation


The Story Of How We Transport Ourselves and Everything Else


Human Body Cover Smithsonian Hi Res


The Story Of How We Protect, Repair, and Make Ourselves Stronger



Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Hundreds of years ago, there were many unexplored regions of the world. These areas were left blank by mapmakers . . . but something sinister was out there. Sailors claimed that these faraway places were inhabited by mysterious beasts and sea serpents. To warn of the dangers lurking on land and under the sea, mapmakers wrote words that would chill the hearts of even the bravest explorers: Here There Be Monsters.

One of those monsters caused fear in sailors all over the world. It had huge eyes, an enormous head, and a razor-sharp beak. Most terrifying of all were its tentacles and slithering arms, each lined with hundreds of suckers. The creature was strong enough to grab an entire ship and drag it down—along with all the men on it—to the dark depths of the ocean. This monster was the legendary kraken.

Weaving scientific discovery with historical accounts—along with the giant squid’s appearance in film and literature--
Here There Be Monsters explores the mystery of this creature in fascinating detail. Readers will find that the monster remains hidden no longer, because scientists have finally seen the kraken with their own eyes . . . alive and rising up out of the sea.

KIRKUS REVIEWS writes: In an engaging, fast-paced text, Newquist chronicles how centuries-old myths about a sea monster known as the kraken transformed into the modern study of Architeuthis dux, the giant squid. Until the 1870s, when dozens of giant squid were sighted and more mysteriously washed up dead on coasts around the world, scientific knowledge of the creature was fragmentary, and speculations about it were based more on fiction than facts. Even now, despite enormous advances in underwater exploration technology, the creature remains shrouded in mystery. A live squid was not observed until 2004, by Japanese scientists. The author does a commendable job of packing a great deal of information into a compact narrative. He seamlessly moves among exploration of history, mythology, film, literature and scientific discovery; the discussions of how everyone from Alfred, Lord Tennyson to Jules Verne to Walt Disney kept the myth of the ferocious kraken alive in people's imaginations are especially interesting. The book is abundantly illustrated with charts, maps and photographs.

According to Newquist "One of the things that I write about in "Monsters" is that humans have been to the moon six times and retrieved more than two thousand rocks. The moon is 250,000 miles away from earth. Yet scientists have collected only about two dozen specimens of the colossal squid, a creature that lives less than one mile under the ocean. It's very weird that we have more specimens from a place that is a quarter of a million miles away than we do of one of the biggest creatures on the earth, even though it lives right here in our oceans."


From Legends & Leeches to Vampires & Veins

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Written in the same vein as Newquist's award-winning The Great Brain Book, this look at blood explores the myths, the legends, and the very real science that have always surrounded the gallon of red, sticky liquid that courses through your body every minute of the day.

Readers will meet the doctors and scientists who have tried to unravel the secrets of blood for centuries, beasts who need to drink blood to live, the amazing things that blood does as it pulses alongs thousands of miles of vessels, and a few mythological creatures that might not be so mythical after all.

Out now with some great reviews:

KIRKUS REVIEWS writes: “Newquist expands considerably on the premise that “There is more to blood than that it’s red and kind of gross” without neglecting to keep the “kind of gross” parts in view. Along with a suitably gore-spattered parade of Aztec and other bloodthirsty gods and blood rituals throughout history, the author takes quick looks at various kinds of blood in the animal kingdom and at vampires in modern pop culture. He also recaps the development of our understanding of blood and the circulatory system from ancient times through the scientific revolution, and thence on to modern uses for blood in medicine and research. In considerably more detail, though, he tallies blood’s individual components and the specific functions of each in keeping our bodies alive and healthy. This transfusion of information offers a rewarding experience to readers whether they’re after the specific differences between blood types and other biological data or just gore’s icky lore. It's nicely enhanced by a generous array of photographs, microphotographs and artists’ renderings.”


A Guide To The Ways In Which We Go

St. Martin's Press

Have you been attacked by an alligator? Been burned at the stake? Inhaled sarin gas? Been exposed to anthrax? No, you haven't, or you'd be dead.

This Will Kill You reveals the intriguing facts behind the many ways humans bite the dust in encounters with deadly bugs, hungry predators, natural disasters, and freak occurrences. Thoroughly researched and illustrated, not to mention thoroughly hilarious, this book describes in deathly detail what happens to the body when it’s struck by lightning, slimed by a dart frog, or flung from a mountaintop.

Written by HP Newquist and Rich Maloof, no other book has ever peeked under the Grim Reaper's robe in such a straightforward and irreverent way. With a foreword by Peter M. Fitzpatrick M.D. of the Mayo Clinic , an afterword by funeral director Bill McGuinness, lists of history’s most notable deaths, and a unique death rating system, everything you need to know about the ways in which we go are included in these pages.


For Boys Only: The Biggest Baddest Book Ever

Macmillan (with Marc Aaronson)

"A great writer named Alan Bennett once said that the fun of writing is finding out things you didn't know you knew. FOR BOYS ONLY is about another kind of fun: Finding out things. Because if there is one thing that boys like more than having stuff, it is finding out about stuff. Trust me, I've got three boys of my own, and that's something I know."
— Mike Lupica, author of
Travel Team, Heat, Summer Ball, and the new Comeback Kids series

“How could you not love a book with monsters, treasures, disasters, tricks, weapons, and Lamborghinis—a must have book for every boy adventurer.”
— Jon Scieszka, author and
Guys Read program founder

For Boys Only: The Biggest Baddest Book Ever

Chinese translation.

Brain Newquist

A lot of people all over the world have been saying nice things about it. For instance:

The American Library Association Nomination: "Best Books For Young Adults" for 2006.

The National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council: Outstanding Science Book.

The Childrens Book-of-the-Month Club: Main Selection.

The Midwest Book Review: "An excellent owner's manual."

The School Library Journal: "An excellent resource" and "a handsome addition" to any library.

Booklist: With an appealing, colorful design and a flashy cover, this in-depth introduction to the human brain and its remarkable powers will attract browsers, but strong readers are its best audience. The clever, kid-friendly anecdotes amid the anatomy lessons also enhance accessibility.

Not only that, but it's already been translated into Korean and Arabic.

"The Way They Play" was created by HP Newquist and Rich Maloof to teach aspiring musicians about the history, techniques, and playing styles of their favorite artists. The series has become popular around the world.

The Brain Makers is the definitive history of artificial intelligence. The book explores the turbulent world of AI and the attempts of governments, corporations, and research labs to create the ultimate thinking machine. Not only does The Brain Makers provide an inside look at the origins, intrigue, and politics of the companies in the industry, but it gives a graphic account of the egos that drove the technology to where it is today.Far from simply telling the story of the people and companies that created artificial intelligence, The Brain Makers also looks at the historical pursuit of AI, starting in ancient times with the creation of mechanical men on to Alan Turing's groundbreaking work after World War II on to the role of AI in popular fiction and film. It gives a behind the scenes look at government programs like Japan's Fifth Generation Project and the formation of the US advanced technology consortium known as the MCC. All along, HP Newquist, the leading writer in the AI industry for more than a decade, gives an insider's perspective to the proceedings, providing detailed accounts of the genius, ego, and greed that have helped to make artificial intelligence one of the most important and most controversial technologies in the history of the world

The best guitar book. Ever.
Pete Prown & HP Newquist

HP Newquist is the founder of
The National GUITAR Museum. Pete Prown is one of its founding curators. This is the best book you'll ever find on the origins of rock guitar -- and the people who made it famous.

Introduction: Blues and Country Masters - PreHistoric, PreElectric
The Fifties - Rock 'n' Roll Begins
Rockabilly - The Second Civil War
Instrumental and Surf Rock - The Age of Innocence
The British Invasion - Mop Tops, Matching Suits, and Fuzztones
The U.K. Blues Revival - Chicago by Way of London
The U.S. Blues Revival - Electric Melting Pot
Folk Rock - Electric Meets Acoustic
Psychedelia - Rockin' the Aquarian Age
Hard Rock and Heavy Metal - Birth of a Behemoth
British Invasion II - The Second Wave
Art Rock - Progressive Pomp
Roots Rock - In Search of Soul
Glam Rock - Dresses and Distortion
Hard Rock and Heavy Metal II - Into the Arena
Singer-Songwriters - Unplugged
Jazz-Rock Fusion - The Virtuoso Arrives
Southern Rock - A Rebel Yell
Eclectic Electrics - Strange Brew
Punk and New Wave - Apocalypse '77
Session Players - The Quiet Monsters
Hard Rock and Heavy Metal III - New Heroes for a New Age
Pop Experimenters - Beyond Top 40
Euro-Metal - A Distant Roar
Instrumental Rock II - Pushing the Limits
Shred - Built for Speed
Hard Rock and Heavy Metal IV - The MTV Years
Arena Rock - The Sound of Big Bucks
Roots Rock II - Modern Soul Stirrers
Thrash - The Dark Side of the Force
Alternative - Guitar on the Edge
Euro-Pop, Euro-Goth, Euro-Rock - Lord Byron Meets the Stratocaster
Grunge - Death of the Guitar Hero
Industrial and Grindcore - Noise as Art
Hard Rock and Heavy Metal V - Rage 'n' Roll at the End of the Century
The Future of Rock Guitar? - Riding the Cycle
Color Section: Landmark Rock Guitar Albums through the Years

For kids of all ages . . .

Your reality is about to be challenged. Are you ready to go?

Featuring fabulous, full-color 3-D art and 3-D glasses, this book introduces readers to the magic, importance, and potential of virtual reality. Now readers can discover the facts about this fascinating computer technology, used by scientists to explore the human body, by architects to walk through building plans, by pilots to practice flying techniques, and more.

Blues Rock Masters
"The Way They Play" Volume 1
The first book in the "The Way They Play" series, Blues Rock Masters covers the careers of the best blues-rock guitarists of the 20th Century:
Roy Buchanan, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmy Page, Albert Collins and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. With historical data, discographies, setups, music examples, and a CD containing more than three dozen riffs, this book is an essential look at one of music's most important genres. This book explores the secrets of nine players who have shaped the legacy of blues-rock guitar and offers biographical portraits highlighting each guitarist's position and influence in blues-rock history; details on gear including setup and tone; descriptive analysis of playing techniques; and several annotated music examples. Helping readers emulate the stylings of the masters, the accompanying CD contains examples from the book, played with each artist's preferred equipment. Click here to order!

Acoustic Rock Masters
"The Way They Play" Volume 2
TWTP 2: Acoustic Rock takes an in-depth musical look at ten artists who have shaped the world of acoustic rock guitar: Neil Young, The Eagles, Dave Matthews, Paul Simon, Peter Buck of REM, George Harrison, Pete Townshend, Keith Richards, Tom Petty, and James Taylor. The chapters explain each guitarist's role in acoustic rock history, reveal their gear setup, analyze their techniques, and provides annotated music examples and CD examples that help guitars learn precisely "the way they play." This great book/CD pack lets you explore the work of ten guitar heroes who span the entire acoustic-rock spectrum and you'll discover the secrets of their picking and fingering styles, learn how they played their most famous lines, find out how they forged their unique styles, and get tips on miking and recording. The accompanying CD walks you note by note through licks that characterize the signature sounds of these world-class musicians. Just as these guitar greats have inspired one another, this book will inspire you. Click here to order!

New Metal Masters
"The Way They Play" Volume 3
TWTP 3: New Metal Masters takes an in-depth musical look at fifteen artists who have reshaped the world of metal guitar playing, including Tool, Rage Against the Machine, A Perfect Circle, Linkin Park, Helmet, Nine Inch Nails, Korn, Godflesh, and Audioslave. The chapters explain each guitarist's role in new metal, reveal their gear setup, analyze their techniques, and provide annotated music examples and CD examples that help guitars learn precisely "the way they play." Click here to order!

Hard Rock Masters
"The Way They Play" Volume 4
TWTP 4: Hard Rock Masters explores the works of 8 guitar czars: Ace Frehley (Kiss), Angus Young (AC/DC), Eddie Van Halen, Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Dave Navarro, and Dean Deleo (Stone Temple Pilots). You'll discover their stylistic secrets, learn how they played their most famous riffs, and find out how each created his unique sound. The accompanying CD walks you note-by-note through licks that characterize their styles, played with their signature tones. Just as these guitar greats have inspired one another, The Hard Rock Masters will inspire your own playing and deepen your knowledge of the music and its history. Click here to order!

And for other languages, click on the following translations in Indonesian and Mandarin.

HP Newquist

Illustration by Jim Shinnick

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