Book: Human Errors

My second book will be published on May 1st (2018) by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and has been optioned in eight foreign markets so far (China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, the UK and Australia, France/Quebec, Poland, and Norway).

Publisher’s Weekly just included the book as a “Big Title” for 2018 in the science category, and Publishers Marketplace listed it as a “Buzz Book” for spring/summer 2018.

You can  pre-order the book now on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Indiebound. Here it is:


Scheduled Talks and Signings:

  • Book Culture (NYC), May 3rd
  • New York Public Library (main building, 42nd St.), May 16th
  • Boston Public Library, June 2018 (date TBD)
  • San Francisco Public Library, August 7th
  • Oakland Public Library, August 8th

Editorial Reviews:

  • Kirkus Reviews: The author’s offbeat view of human evolution makes for lively reading and invites readers to think deeply. Full Review.
  • Medium: Human Errors is a page-turner of a biology book.  Full Review
  • Purple Owl Reviews: an excellent blend of information, theory and humor. Full Review.
  • Good Reads: 4.4/5. Examples: “I tore through this fun and fascinating look at human flaws.”… “The research is thorough and the writing is entertaining.” … “I loved the book and recommend it to anyone interested in biology.” … “the biology book I wish I had head in school.”    Full page.


“Anyone who has aged without perfect grace can attest to the laundry list of imperfections so thoroughly and engagingly considered by Nathan Lents in Human Errors. This is the best book I’ve read on how poorly designed our bodies are. I learned something new on every page.”
Michael Shermer, Founder and President of the Skeptic Society, publisher of Skeptic magazine and author of several New York Times best-sellers

“In Human Errors, Nathan Lents explores our biological imperfections with style, wit, and life-affirming insight. You’ll finish it with new appreciation for those human failings that, in so many surprising ways, helped shape our remarkable species.”
—Deborah Blum, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author of The Poisoner’s Handbook

“Anybody with a slipped disk knows humans are not very intelligently designed, but most of us are unaware of the extent of our imperfections. Nathan Lents fills in the gaps in Human Errors, an insightful and entertaining romp through the myriad ways in which the human body falls short of an engineering ideal—and the often surprising reasons why.”
—Ian Tattersall, Curator Emeritus of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History and author of over 20 books including Masters of the Planet and The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack: and Other Cautionary Tales from Human Evolution