Jena Pincott
“Witty, captivating, scientifically sound and great fun. Every curious man and woman will love this book.”
— Louann Brizendine, M.D., New York Times bestselling author of The Female Brain
Utterly fascinating...a great read.
— Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes?: The Science of Love, Sex & Attraction

“Playfully written scientific anecdotes.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

Does the Pill change change your taste in men?

Why do you turn your head to the right when you kiss?

How does your brain grow when you’re in love?
If you’ve ever wondered how scientists measure love—or whether men really prefer blondes over brunettes—this smart, sexy book provides real answers to these and many other questions about our most baffling dating and mating behaviors. Based on the latest research in biology, evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, and cognitive science, Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes? dares to explain the science behind sex—and opens a fascinating window on the intriguing phenomenon of love and attraction.

Covering the areas of bodies, brains, and behavior, this eye-opening guide reveals the genetic, hormonal, and psychological secrets behind what makes us tick sexually. For example, do you know why a man’s body chemistry and behavior change when he’s in a committed relationship? And why, when he becomes a daddy, his testosterone level seems to plummet? And did you know…

• When a couple first fall in love, their brains are indistinguishable from those of the clinically insane
• You can tell a lot about a person’s sexual chemistry just by looking at his or her hands
• Your genes influence whose body odors you prefer
• Being around breast-feeding women may increase a woman's sex drive

Viewed through the lens of science and instinct, your love life might be seen in a completely different way. Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes? provides both an in-depth exploration into our sexual psyches—and fresh advice for men and women who want to discover the secrets of successful relationships.


Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies?: The Surprising Science of Pregnancy

A lively, accessible romp through the science of pregnancy...with wit, personal anecdotes and playful humor. -- Kirkus (starred review)

Science writer Jena Pincott spent her pregnancy and postpartum months asking the questions that doctors don’t answer, and finding answers that expectant mothers will not expect. In this curiosity-led exploration into the “hidden side” of pregnancy, learn how amniotic fluid carries flavors and genes can play favorites, semen can be a fetus’s friend or foe, the brain shrinks then grows, and what mind-control chemicals are doing in breast milk, sweat, and tears.

Drawing on studies in evolutionary psychology, biology, social science, neuroscience, reproductive genetics, endocrinology, and epigenetics, the influence of environment on the behavior of genes, Pincott explores questions such as:

Why are your dreams more vivid?

Why do skinny chicks have more daughters?

Is the fetus tinkering with your brain?

What does the baby’s birth season predict about her personality?

What do fetuses learn when they eavesdrop?

Do boys really give you basketball bumps?

Do fidgety fetuses become feisty babies?

Where does maternal instinct come from?

Does your stress sharpen your baby’s mind — or dull it?

Can men breastfeed?

Do mommies have better brains?

How could Grandma’s diet affect your child?

Could eating chocolate during pregnancy actually improve your baby’s temperament?


Wits, Guts, Grit: All-Natural Biohacks for Raising Smart, Resilient Kids

"...[A] fascinating glimpse into how the natural world can bolster children's growth." -- Library Journal

Wits Guts Grit is inspired by the many questions acclaimed science writer and mother Jena Pincott explored about the natural forces that shape children's minds and health. What if we identify the microbes that support stress resilience and find ways to expose our kids to them? What if we reintroduce the mineral magnesium, deficient in almost every child's diet? Would it reduce anxiety and increase bounce back, as the science now suggests? What if memory and learning could improve measurably after eating certain foods--such as blueberries--high in plant chemicals called flavonoids, or after certain forms of exercise? These and many more questions led Pincott to simple, all-natural "biohacks"--experiments inspired by current research and theory--complete with instructions on how to undertake them to help your own children strengthen their wits, guts, and grit. Explaining the science and her own experimentation with her two gung-ho daughters in a lively, accessible way, Pincott shows parents how the underlying ingredients of the traits we all want for our kids--resilience, focus, perseverance, working memory, and more--may be all around us in the natural world, ready to be harnessed.


Technomanifestos: Visions of the Informational Revolutionaries

(coauthored as Adam Brate; cover design by Shepard Fairey)

The Information Revolution is changing our world -- but is it a change for the better? Will advances in computer technology strengthen democratic values or destroy them? Enhance personal freedom or enslave us? Solve the world's problems or create new ones?

Technomanifestos sets out to answer these questions by investigating the primary sources—the seminal but seldom-read texts that form the philosophical foundation of the Digital Age. From artificial intelligence to nanotechnology, cybernetics to the World Wide Web, they chart a fascinating course through the history of ideas.

The book explores the triumphs and tragedies of such visionaries as Norbert Wiener, Doug Engelbart, Ted Nelson, Richard Stallman, and K. Eric Drexler. They emerge as a lively group of radical thinkers, deeply committed to civil liberties, personal empowerment, and participatory democracy.


Mom Candy: 1,000 Quotes of Inspiration for Mothers

"Witty and wise quotations about motherhood....This cute, colorful volume has everything a mother needs, including plenty of sweetness...and a little snark." -- Real Simple

Sweet and many are the musings about motherhood. Mom Candy is a selection of the choicest. One thousand assorted nuggets of parenting insight and inspiration are featured in this book, drawn from interviews, memoirs, literature, and verse.

The quotes and passages within channel our thoughts to the best things about being a mother: playfulness and purpose, connection and contentment, laughter and love. They speak to motherhood's ephemeral and eternal joys; of strength, sacrifice, and courage; of limits and life balance; and a mother's infinite value and legacy.

Dig into Mom Candy when seeking validation or inspiration. Indulge in a quick fix. Graze. Nibble. Binge. Or lift the cover, close your eyes, and just pick one.Motherhood is all about surprise. You never know what you're gonna get. -- From the introduction


Success: Advice for Achieving Your Goals

How did J.K. Rowling, Michael Bloomberg, Jeffrey Bezos, and David Sedaris get where they are today - and how can you get the same edge? Success is a collection of insights from more than 400 remarkably successful people in all fields - including business, politics, entertainment, and the arts. Here are quotes and passages from J.K. Rowling and Federico Fellini on getting started, and Steve Jobs and Tiger Woods on passion; George Lucas and Bill Clinton on goals, Katie Couric and George Foreman on competition, and Edmund Hillary and Carly Fiorina on leadership. They share one crucial belief: Success is possible as long as there's passion.


Healing: Quotes for Recovering Your Strength and Spirit

This beautiful book offers advice and personal experiences from more than 300 celebrities, leaders, Nobel prize winners, and entrepreneurs, including Robert DeNiro, Rudy Giuliani, Liz Taylor, and Winston Churchill.


The Cisco Connection: The Stpry Behind the Real Internet Superpower (coauthored as Adam Brate)

Featuring the perspective of top Cisco executives and competitors, this book reveals how Cisco's technology, employees, and even its competition have blended to make Cisco possibly the most important company shaping the future of communications. Next to ruthless competitors Microsoft and Intel, Cisco shines with a kinder, gentler image, emphasizing happy customers and employees. You'll see how Cisco built its impressive culture by cultivating community, boosting morale, whittling down bureaucracy, and saving money to boot. This book also explains how Cisco is positioning itself to enter a new competitive playing field, moving beyond Internet routers in an attempt to build a single, giant, global communications system--based on the Internet--that would make the current telephone system obsolete. Cisco wants to be the company that delivers the infrastructure of this new network, which will combine computer networks with telephones, television, radio, and satellite communications. To do that, it is now challenging global giants such as Lucent Technologies and Fujitsu. Cisco plans to become the backbone of the entire communications industry, making it a corporation of incredible power as the Internet Age blossoms in the new millennium.

Provocative and instructive, Making the Cisco Connection traces the unique history of one of the most profitable and enduring technology companies in business today.