What Can a Body Do? by Sara Hendren Wins Science in Society Journalism Award

The National Association of Science Writers has announced their 2021 Science in Society Journalism Award winners, including the book What Can a Body Do?: How We Meet the Built World by Sara Hendren. The award announcement says:

Yellow book cover with title: What Can a Body Do? How We Meet the Built World, Author: Sara Hendren

What Can a Body Do?: How We Meet the Built World published by Penguin Random House in August 2020 centers around Sara Hendren's "eye-opening thesis that disability is not a problem to be solved, but an opportunity to envision a built world that has finally shed the stifling constraints of homogenous designs for so-called "normal" bodies." The judges stated: "Few books are capable of making you see the world in a fundamentally new way and this is one of them." Theywere struck by Hendren's empathy, insight, and elegant prose, adding, "Hendren knows the relevant scientific literature inside and out, and she has chosen her examples (including from her own life) with the skill of a master curator."

The other finalists for the book award were  The Great Indoors: The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape Our Behavior, Health, and Happiness by Emily Anthes, and Love, Zac: Small-Town Football and the Life and Death of an American Boy, by Reid Forgrave.

For more on the award and to see past winners, check out the NASW website.