RaveBookPageWeaving together elements of history, geography, geology and science, Winchester paints a raw, in-depth picture of the land that encircles our glorious planet, which is in crisis due to the looming effects of human-induced climate change. He touches on a vast number of topics that have impacted the land since the dawn of civilization, dividing the book into sections that focus on borders, ownership, stewardship, war and restoration ... Ultimately Land is a truthful, revealing exposé, paying tribute to the territory we all share.
Lisa Feldman Barrett
PositiveBookPage... delightful ... Instead of including all the scientific specifics in the book itself (which, quite honestly, could get tedious if you’re reading for pleasure), Barrett handily moves the full explanations and references to her website, sevenandahalflessons.com, and merely includes an appendix with selected details at the back of the book ... Barrett poses some interesting questions ... She writes with precision and clarity ... Barrett uses comparisons to everyday things and practices to help readers understand the brain’s complexity ... interesting concepts such as tuning (strengthening the connections between neurons) and pruning (when less-used connections weaken and die off) are presented in approachable ways ... Some topics are less fun but still worthy of consideration ... sheds some light on our most powerful organ and its intriguing processes.
RaveBookPage... in his new book, The Man Who Ate Too Much: The Life of James Beard, John Birdsall ... gives foodies a fresh, intimate look at James Beard ... Food lovers will rejoice at this new portrait of one of America’s all-time culinary greats, cheering for Beard’s shining legacy and empathizing with his disappointments.
PositiveBookPage... what resonates throughout the text,is that art \'is one of the few things that connects us profoundly to one another and reveals our common humanity\' ... unspools like a juicy novel, detailing the backstories of several art history notables, their families, mentors, fellow artists, lovers and more ... Dasal writes with humor and honesty, offering truth mixed with speculation ... All this adds up to a fascinating, lively take on a topic that is too often reduced to dry facts. Art history buffs or anyone who likes a good thriller will find ArtCurious a welcome escape.
PositiveBookPageThese varying apocalyptic endings sound terrifying, but Mack tackles them with humor and authority. She uses scientific jargon that could be straight out of a science fiction movie, such as \'particle horizon,\' \'cosmic inflation\' and \'dark matter,\' and defines these phrases in layman’s terms for those of us who are more physics-challenged. She also makes complicated theories more accessible by comparing them to relatable scenarios ... Ultimately, Mack takes an otherworldly subject—the death of the universe—and brings it down to earth. She explains her fascination with the topic, which goes back to her childhood, and even references Star Trek episodes to imbue heavy topics and terminology with understanding and connectivity. As a result, The End of Everything will delight both casual science readers and those looking for more in-depth analysis of theoretical astrophysics.
PositiveBookPage... intriguing ... [Cassidy] gathers expert data to offer opinions from a variety of disciplines, including archaeology, anthropology and engineering, providing a well-rounded vision of each subject ... a fascinating dive into the history of us all.
PositiveBookPagePart travel monologue, part heartfelt, healing memoir, the uniquely structured debut book from CBS news correspondent Conor Knighton is essentially a love letter to America, and to himself ... Entertaining, informative and inspirational, Leave Only Footprints will appeal to anyone who wants to learn more about America’s “best idea” and how challenging yourself can help with spiritual, emotional and personal growth.
PositiveBookPageCleverly crafted through stories, examples, personal experiences, research studies, expert opinion and theories, The Hot Hand relies heavily on Cohen’s sports reporting expertise, with entertaining illustrations taken from both the basketball court and baseball diamond ... Along with real-life examples are pages of authoritative commentary about the psychological and evolutionary ramifications of hot streaks ... The Hot Hand is an interesting and thought-provoking book on a topic that isn’t often discussed but that impacts many different interests, activities and industries
PositiveBookPageMath isn’t a subject most people consider humorous or arbitrary. But Matt Parker manages to portray the science of mathematics as both of these things in his brilliant new book ... Parker uses a unique combination of witty prose and factual examples to guide the reader through a series of real-life events in which math didn’t work out exactly as expected ... an entertaining and essential read for both math whizzes and those who consider themselves mathematically challenged.
Daniel J. Levitin
PositiveBookPage... beyond the facts and statistics (although there are plenty of interesting ones), Levitin personalizes his writing, providing dozens of case studies and examples from his research, as well as his own experiences ... [Levitin] covers the most recent research on everything from psychedelic drugs to the length of telomeres (nucleotide sequences at each end of a chromosome), drilling down to what’s science fiction and what’s reality ... With more and more of the population living longer, Successful Aging is a timely and relevant guide that will appeal to all age groups, giving us the motivation to keep our minds active and engaged.
RaveBookPage... [an] enthralling memoir ... this year of close calls, extreme cold, loneliness and insomnia is interspersed with amazing sights and sounds, incredible splendor and rarely seen penguin behavior, such as a female emperor laying an egg, the long incubation period handled by the males and the egg hatching. A touching story of courage, survival and persistence, My Penguin Year is a must-read for nature lovers and those who enjoy a stirring memoir.
PositiveBookPageSchlossberg’s investigative reporting skills are a huge asset in explaining how we got to this point, why it matters and what we can do about it ... The detailed scientific evidence and statistics she uncovers are mind-boggling and very scary, particularly the complexity of the consumer impact on the environment and how swiftly it’s altering our world. But she does her best to lighten the mood by mixing these cold, hard facts with witty prose ... Inconspicuous Consumption is a call to action for our future success and survival.
PositiveBookPageIn this unique curio cabinet of a book, Posnett discusses seven little-known natural wonders ... Posnett’s fascination is evident as he unearths the backstories of these natural objects, comparing and contrasting their similarities and differences ... One theme that runs throughout this book is exploitation—the exploitation that takes place whether you’re making luxury items such as fluffy eiderdown quilts or jackets from fine sea silk or vicuña fiber, or you’re harvesting the nests of certain birds to satisfy the huge market for this delicacy ... This is the takeaway from Strange Harvests: How can we best use the natural resources we covet without exploiting them and damaging the earth?
PositiveBookPage... riveting ... Jacobs weaves the fascinating scientific and historical backstory of the elusive culinary delicacy known as truffles with the stealthy feel of a diamond heist or spy operation ... Jacobs’ years covering international crime as an investigative reporter translate perfectly, as he drills down into the inner workings of the truffle underground ... an eye--opening tale that brings to light the fact that food items can be just as valuable as any other goods, especially when harvests are uncertain.
RaveBookPage... Kassinger will change your mind, taking an obscure topic that might seem boring, perhaps even gross, and making it fascinating and relevant ... As Kassinger finds unique nuggets within algae’s backstory and possible future, she unravels amazing, microscopic details of this vital resource ... where it gets really interesting is her detailed explanation of the large role algae played in the complicated, multistep process of human evolution ... Kassinger has penned a wondrous story of this multifaceted, often misunderstood microorganism whose existence is vital to our own. Algae’s numerous uses, benefits and even its potential harm provide a wake-up call for humanity to find more ecological solutions to reverse climate change and help support our growing population.
RaveBookPage... a stunning debut ... In witty, open and revealing prose, Prior-Palmer details a slew of obstacles—from searing heat and pelting rain to food poisoning, uncooperative ponies and, most importantly, a lack of experience and preparation ... Her tale could be pulled from the pages of a Hollywood script, with its sweeping, scenic descriptions of the Mongolian steppe and the allies and fierce competitors who emerge among the unique cast of characters ... a true page-turner, told in gorgeous, descriptive prose that readers will tear through like the ponies racing across the plain.
PositiveBookPage\"Incorporating the latest genetic research with data gathered from other scientific fields including anthropology, molecular biology and ecology, Rutherford’s detailed book is fascinating and even enlightening, such as his revelation that a tidied-up Homo sapiens individual from 200,000 years ago would not look out of place today. Who knew? He discusses how culture has changed, not DNA, and writes about the different types of humanoids that were the basis for our current existence ... Rutherford writes with clarity, authority and humor. His research is thorough and so current that most readers will be wowed by all the new information he provides. It’s both humbling and reassuring to know that \'all life on Earth is related by common ancestry, and that includes us.\'\
RaveBookPageChristina Thompson weaves together history, science, folklore and the islands’ ancient oral traditions, archeology and genealogy, creating a mesmerizing, page-turning account of Polynesia. Thompson includes an intriguing cast of characters ... Thompson’s personal interest in the subject was piqued by her Maori husband and sons, who are direct descendants of Polynesians. This deep curiosity shines through in the meticulous background and details she provides ... Thompson’s book sheds light on a fascinating region. Sea People is a revelatory summation of this vast area steeped in culture and tradition.
PositiveBookPage\"... Roger McNamee... informatively outlines his concerns regarding Facebook privacy and information-sharing policies, and its contribution to political polarization ... Drawing on his years as a Silicon Valley insider, McNamee provides a fascinating background of the tech industry, explaining concepts such as Moore’s Law, metadata and cloud sharing services ... The result is a nonfiction book that reads like a thriller, particularly since the story is still unraveling in real time.\
PositiveBookPage\"Laufer focuses on a variety of these stories, making connections in a voice that is both engaging and scientific ... This colorful dialogue is interspersed with illustrative facts and statistics, while humorous stories involving Laufer’s own pet turtle, Fred, provide comic relief ... after reading the enlightening and well-researched Dreaming in Turtle, hopefully more people will be moved to sit up and take notice of the importance and allure of these fascinating creatures.\
RaveBookPage\"George tackles a squeamish subject in a manner that is eloquent and witty, making Nine Pints a factual, scientific book that reads like a novel with a colorful cast of characters ranging from medicinal leeches to groundbreaking scientists and innovative inventors. This fascinating book will appeal to anyone interested in learning more about blood and its role as a wondrous, renewable human resource.\
RaveBookPage\"Kaag cleverly connects Nietzsche’s musings with his own experiences both past and present, detailing how his understanding of Nietzsche has evolved and changed over the 17 years between his trips to Switzerland ... As Kaag notes, philosophers \'have always thought on their feet,\' citing examples of \'great wanderer-thinkers\' such as Jesus, Rousseau, Wordsworth, Emerson and Thoreau. With Hiking with Nietzsche, Kaag can now add his own name to the list of thoughtful wanderers.\
PositiveBookPageIn Pandemic 1918, historian Catharine Arnold provides a detailed and chilling look at the 1918 Spanish flu outbreak, explaining what has been learned in the 100 years since this deadly epidemic, which killed more than 50 million people ... Arnold gives firsthand accounts from those who witnessed and survived the Spanish flu’s deadly grip while examining its impact. By exploring family memories, journals and medical documents, she is able to focus on these personal stories that have been preserved and handed down over the years.
PositiveBookPageIn Chesapeake Requiem, journalist Earl Swift recounts his experiences living on Tangier for a year, tracing its history, getting a firsthand look at the environmental impact on the island and discovering what makes the islanders tick ... Swift details both the joys and difficulties of life on Tangier, coming to the realization that its sinking situation makes it \'an island both literal and metaphorical.\'
PositiveBookPageIn his intriguing debut...environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb details the multitude of ways beavers impact the landscape ... Through interviews with experts in the field, scientific studies, statistical analysis and his own experiences crisscrossing the U.S. and the U.K. to witness beavers up close and personal, Goldfarb explains how restoring these \'ecosystem engineers\' to their natural habitat can save tens of millions of dollars each year and help combat drought, climate change and other environmental issues ... As Goldfarb reinforces, beavers are \'nothing less than continent-scale forces of nature, in large part responsible for sculpting the land upon which we Americans built our towns and raised our food.\' It’s a wake-up call that needs to be answered.
PositiveBookPageAdam Frank cleverly links Earth’s current climate change with the possibilities of life on other planets ... What is revolutionary is Frank’s contention that other worlds have likely evolved enough to create intelligent civilizations, and the knowledge gleaned from studying other planets can be used to reach the necessary level of maturity to face our future ... Providing multiple levels of fascinating science, Light of the Stars proposes a novel theory of how astrobiology and the study of life on other planets can help us understand climate change and civilization on Earth.
PositiveBookPageAs Pollan describes, this altered state of consciousness can be spiritually enlightening, mind-opening and life-changing. It can also be terror-provoking. How to Change Your Mind chronicles the unusual power of these substances, instilling a better understanding of their capabilities in helping to discover, heal and change our minds. It’s a trip worth taking.
PositiveBookPage\"Throughout the book, Huang provides historical perspective by noting other global events of the time, such as a slave uprising in New Orleans the year the twins were born and the political upheaval in 1830s America when the twins were taking their show on the road. Many of the subjects are timely today, such as the racial injustices the twins faced as Asian immigrants, often doubly worse for them due to their conjoined state ... Inseparable is an engaging look at the lives of two singular people.\
RaveBook PageHoffman charts the engrossing backstory of both men, and through meticulous research, interviews and personal visits, he paints a vivid character portrait of the two adventurers while detailing the incredible splendor of the unique region.
Peter Wohlleben, Trans. by Jane Billinghurst
PositiveBookPageThe book is laid out as a series of short chapters, each focusing on a different emotional state and how it relates to animals ...lays out his opinions and reasoning of his belief that animals are similar to people in the way they interact with their surroundings. For animal lovers, his fascinating, enjoyable prose serves as affirmation that their furry friends are complex beings ...scientifically minded might be a little more skeptical, since it is commonly thought that animal behavior is instinctive ... Wohlleben raises other interesting connections, resulting in a narrative that is both entertaining and provocative ...insightful observations will hopefully help build a better understanding of animals and their emotional world.
PositiveBookPageA Nebraska native, Genoways tells the story with genuine honesty and historical awareness, explaining how the 'American farm underwent a period of unmatched innovation in the early twentieth century' with the introduction of gas-powered tractors and harvesting combines. But big corporations have now taken over, forcing cross-pollination 'to produce robust seed corn' and promoting pesticide-heavy crops, which are more resistant and have higher yields. Genoways delivers a close-up look at what farmers face today and their efforts to accomplish their goals.