RaveThe Seattle Book ReviewHood has written more than a dozen bewitching essays that, with his wry wit and eagle-eyed observation skills, translate nature into compelling stories with subjects that will transfix the reader ... One stunning essay about John James Audubon and his painting genius took my breath away. This collection should become a classic. The lyrical writing will enchant the reader.
RaveSan Francisco Book ReviewTales of scientific criminal activities told by the outstanding science storyteller Sam Kean ... So much mischief and harm is so evocatively recorded and amply detailed with compassion and wit.
Lisa Feldman Barrett
RaveThe San Francisco Book ReviewRead through these thought-provoking images of the tuning and pruning by environmental influences on the myriad early neurons which ultimately sculpt the wiring within the brain. Differentiate between the process of allostasis and homeostasis and its role within the body. This short, concise, readable, thought-challenging view of the complex brain will pique the reader and puzzle the mind wondering what reality really is.
Ilan Stavans and Josh Lambert
RaveSeattle Book ReviewWithin this impressive anthology of Yiddish publications from the early 1900s to the present, the reader is exposed to an array of expressive styles ... Some of the reading is poignant ... much is heart warming in detailing the warmth of human relationships; some selections play on the ironic humor of life; but all the readings engage attention and focus on analysis of the tie between Yiddish and our culture ... One can start reading in any section of the volume and just roam through the pages to feel the essence and influence of Yiddish.
RaveSan Francisco Book Review\"Dane Huckelbridge presents an awesome recapitulation of the fearsome events surrounding this notorious [tiger] and the hunter who finally trails and shoots the dreaded animal. In detailing the exploits of this aberrant animal behavior, the author richly describes the milieu in which these cats survive, their habitat and the indigenous population’s regard for them ... The story is thrilling, bone-chilling, and hopefully, it will be transformed into a film for public awareness.\
MixedSan Francisco Book ReviewWhat better place for a mystery than in an iconic old hotel such as the Baltimore Belvedere, which has recently been converted into condominiums? In this true recapitulation of an incident in which a decaying body was found on an upper floor of the hotel in 2006 ... The sloppy police investigation is detailed, and the question arises whether this death might have been a homicide, a suicide, or even conceivably an inexplicable accident. A lengthy discourse follows on the mental thinking of self-killers along with the history of past suicides that occurred at the Belvedere over the years. The topic is enthralling; however, the writing is tediously repetitious.
Jane Sherron de Hart
RaveSeattle Book ReviewThis hefty book of more than seven hundred pages portrays the history of an outstanding legal expert known and applauded for her advancement of gender equality and civil rights. It is an American story that should be read as an example of what is possible when one has family support, internal grit, moral certainty, and scholarly expertise. Read about Ginsburg’s role in the ACLU, look into case histories, watch her as a college professor, look at the political wrangling, and examine her performance as a judge in the Appeals Courts and as a Supreme Court Justice. This is a wondrous tale, recorded well, that resounds as an American epic.