Three new books take a look at how the best-laid plans can go awry.
Electrified Sheep (Thomas Dunne Books) by Alex Boese gathers the true stories of scientists who, in the pursuit of truth, ate glass and metal, invited black widow bites and gave mouth-to-beak resuscitation to electrocuted chickens.
It Seemed Like a Good Idea (Adams Media) by Meghan Rowland and Chris Turner-Neal takes a humorous look at how simple decisions can go wrong, like how buying a cute antique hutch can result in a hereditary haunting, or how quitting smoking might lead to a smash career as an angry comic — and early death.
Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion (Portfolio) by Elizabeth L. Cline is a serious analysis of the true cost of all those bargain fashions crammed in the backs of our closets, from environmental impact to the destruction of the U.S. garment industry.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor