Thanks to this book, I will one day purchase a Bokashi Bucket. It's an indoor composting system and it is AWESOME. Google it, read about it, love it -...moreThanks to this book, I will one day purchase a Bokashi Bucket. It's an indoor composting system and it is AWESOME. Google it, read about it, love it - It will change your life.
Actually it probably won't, but it is very neat. I will also have a system to collect rainwater for my toilets, ingenious!
I picked up a few other good tips and the book was filled with some interesting information about what cities around the world are doing and have done to 'go green.'
I already do quite a bit to reduce my carbon footprint - I keep electronics off for the most part, turn off lights when I leave the room, recycle and compost. So a lot of the information I already knew. But I can definitely see this book as a good jumping off point for someone who has no idea where to start to reduce their carbon footprint.
The one major complaint I had about the book was the formatting. Most of the pages had two columns - the main text on the left, and side notes on the right. In some places both columns would wrap around to the next page making it cumbersome to read. There were also some darkly colored pages with black writing that were a little difficult to read.
All in all a good guide for someone wanting some quick tips on how to reduce their carbon footprint.(less)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was fantastic.
I was impressed by Skloot's ability to weave the story of the Lackses together with the story of H...moreThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was fantastic.
I was impressed by Skloot's ability to weave the story of the Lackses together with the story of HeLa. The book is extremely accessible for someone unfamiliar with the scientific terms, and read more like a novel than non-fiction.
I've seen many people confused by the inclusion of so much family history and stories, but I think it's important to the story. For me, the book added a sense of humanity back to the science. HeLa fights diseases everyday, but Hennrietta Lacks was a woman, a wife, a mother, a friend and her story is what makes the cells interesting. Without the humanity, there are just some cells - there's billions of cells from millions of people.
I also felt that Skloot remained fairly unbiased and presented us with an overall picture of both-sides of the ethics involved in tissue research. Most of the "legal-ese" and ethics debate is left for the Afterword, which is organized in a manner that reads more like a debate than an opinion piece. She shows that the ethics surrounding tissue use is much more complicated than it seems, and definitely leaves you thinking.
This book started off enjoyable enough, I thought Scott McCloud was a fun "narrator" for this story and I enjoyed the way his character (cart...more3.5 Stars
This book started off enjoyable enough, I thought Scott McCloud was a fun "narrator" for this story and I enjoyed the way his character (cartoon?) spoke to the audience. The back third of the book, however, gets a bit more "technical" and I found myself very easily distracted from what I was reading.
I've been a reader of Japanese Manga for a long time, so I was familiar with a lot of the points McCloud was making. I don't feel like I picked up a great deal of new information in reading this book, but I think I'll be more aware of certain techniques used by comics artists in the future. (less)
I did not finish this book. I picked it up as a Black History Month read in February. I'm sure the book has a good underlying moral message about the...moreI did not finish this book. I picked it up as a Black History Month read in February. I'm sure the book has a good underlying moral message about the effects of racism on people and communities. But his presentation really irked me.
Two chapters in and he created a dichotomy between the Black American and the White American and stereotyped the White American to be racist. It seemed like a very hypocritical approach to me, so I stopped reading it.(less)