Earth rises over the lunar horizon, in these photos taken from inside Apollo 8’s CM. This historic mission closely matched an idea first described by French author Jules Verne in his 1865 novel, “From the Earth to the Moon.”
Space
Space

From Earth to the Moon

NASA space exploration in the late 1960s was a defining chapter of United States history, and Piers Bizony’s photographic chronicle, Moonshots, uncovers those years with stunning photos of space and Earth from NASA’s archives, taken by Read More

A young Bowie in London, 1966
Biographies
Biographies

8 Bowie Photos To Celebrate His Birthday

The legendary David Bowie would have been 71 years old today. We're celebrating by sharing some of our favorite photos from Pat Gilbert's book, Bowie: The Illustrated History.   Buy from an Online Read More

Pinnacles Desert
Travel + Adventure
Travel + Adventure

Golden Vistas: Travel the World in 1001 Amazing Places

The Earth is a complex, fascinating place. From its vast oceans to its towering mountains, arid deserts, and lush forests, the beauty and wonder of our planet is truly staggering. 1001 Amazing Places You Must See Before You Die by Richard Read More

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Music History, Criticism, and Instruction
Music History, Criticism, and Instruction

Gift Guide: Best Books for Pop Culture Fanatics

In need of a great gift for the pop culture fan on your list? From Beyoncé to Bowie, this list of beautifully illustrated books will help you choose the perfect gift this holiday season. BEYONCÉGRAPHICA In this innovative graphic Read More

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The Natural World
The Natural World

Gift Guide: Best Books for Curious Minds

Shopping for someone who has a thirst for knowledge? From stardust to spirits, we've complied the ultimate list of books for curious minds. RUM CURIOUS  In Rum Curious, author Fred Minnick first takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of Read More

bob marley and the wailers
Music History, Criticism, and Instruction
Music History, Criticism, and Instruction

The Beginning of Bob Marley and the Wailers

When Bob Marley was born, no one would have predicted that a boy of his background could become a musical revolutionary. His race, nationality, and modest family assets all seemed to work against the likelihood of his even rising out of Read More

Jimi Hendrix circa 1967. Photo: Pictorial Press Ltd./Alamy Stock Photo
Music History, Criticism, and Instruction
Music History, Criticism, and Instruction

Jimi Hendrix: Are You Experienced

From a young age, Jimi Hendrix had a fascination with music and sound—and a strong determination to master the secrets of both. From the moment he got his first guitar (which initially only had one string), he set about figuring out just Read More

sherlock holmes puzzle activity
History
History

3 Sherlock Holmes Puzzles

As the introduction to Solving Sherlock Holmes commands: do not read this book; play it! Throughout its pages are puzzles that Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must solve. The puzzles react to famous characters, surroundings, and unusual Read More

Nirvana plays live at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, promoting Bleach. Ed Sirrs/Camera Press.
Biographies
Biographies

A Wild, Too-Brief Ride: Kurt Cobain and Nirvana

Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, and Krist Novoselic comprised Nirvana, the band that unintentionally tore the music world asunder with the 1991 album Nevermind. The record that includes hits such as "Smells like Teen Spirit," "Come as You Are," Read More

WWII Bismarck battleship Royal Navy
History
History

Where is the Bismarck?

During World War II, the German Navy was a powerful force, defeating British naval defense throughout western Europe. Among the German fleet was its fiercest ship, a juggernaut named Bismarck. In May 1941, after attacking and sinking the Read More

micrometeorite in search of stardust jon larsen
Space
Space

What are Micrometeorites?

Every day approximately 100 metric tons of cosmic dust collides with Earth, mainly in the form of micrometeorites. Most of these mineral particles (iron, nickel, etc.) are smaller than grains of sand, and they are falling down on us all the Read More