PositiveBooklistArchaeologists are rewriting urban history. University of California anthropology professor Smith...enthusiastically recounts her work and the findings of colleagues. As they dig to bedrock, making surprising discoveries in each layer of debris, they are overturning past assumptions about the origins and development of cities ... Readers can sense Smith’s love of archaeology; her chapter on archaeological methods is especially engaging.
Michael J Behe
PositiveBooklistUnlike many intelligent design proponents, Behe does not insist that life’s controlling mind is a deity, though that is his personal belief. Most of the book focuses on disproving Darwinian processes. While Behe intends his book for general readers and offers nontechnical analogies, much of the rhetoric relies on detailed genetic, molecular, and biochemical explanations. Darwin Devolves is bound to be controversial.
PositiveBooklistShows that drug development generally benefits human health and longevity, but there are often side effects for patients and society. Especially troubling is the influence of profit-driven corporations and the inequality of health care. Written for general readers, Hager’s book is entertaining, insightful, and recommended for all public libraries.
Torill Kornfeldt, Trans. by Fiona Graham
PositiveBooklistEthical questions...loom over the work ... Free of most scientific jargon, Kornfeldt’s book is an eye-opening introduction to an important new field of study that’s well fit for public library audiences.
PositiveThe BooklistAncient people knew their bees and where to find them, for sweet honey to eat and wax to burn for smokeless light ... Today, many of us enjoy honey but few of us appreciate bees themselves and the role they play in the environment and the economy ... In Buzz, (Hanson) states his case while entertainingly recounting human-and-bee history and his own experiences with many bee species. Readers might just notice more bees buzzing around their outdoor lives after reading this encouraging book.
PositiveBooklistHorn draws on reports from the era’s clergy, undercover journalists, and government reformers to tell stories of unnecessary cruelty ... This is an essential—and heartbreaking—book for readers seeking to better understand contemporary public policy.