May 2017 Non-fiction Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Spare Parts: In Praise of Your Appendix and Other Unappreciated Organs Carol Ann Rinzler

Hardback | May 2017 | Skyhorse Publishing | 9781510712508 | 288pp | 210x140mm | GEN | AUD$37.99, NZD$47.99

Charles Darwin considered them extraneous, but this witty book sheds modern scientific light on the Darwin Six -- appendix, tailbone, "third eyelid," wisdom teeth, external ear muscles, body hair -- once considered useless, now known to be both valuable and interesting, plus a chapter on the true "dispensables," parts with which we can indeed dispense. Along the way, best-selling author Rinzler weaves in Darwin's brilliant and ground-breaking theories of evolution and shares insights into what the human body may look like millennia from now.