Memoirs of an Addicted Brain

Combining the sordid allure of a memoir of drug addiction with a popular-science sense of wonder at the miraculous workings of the human brain, Marc Lewis uses himself as a representative research specimen. After many years spent using, Lewis got clean and became a developmental neuroscientist with a natural affinity for investigating the pathways of addiction. His book casts light on the areas of research that hold the best chance of explaining humanity's immemorial desire to get high.

July 27: The American novelist and critic Elizabeth Hardwick was born on this day in 1916.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.