Started reading this while waiting for the first issue of my own BSJ subscription. Nice mixture of Holmesian scholarship, humo(u)r, and a peek into th...moreStarted reading this while waiting for the first issue of my own BSJ subscription. Nice mixture of Holmesian scholarship, humo(u)r, and a peek into the early days of the BSI. (less)
Lots of fascinating information about both of the sisters and the (terribly familiar) battles they fought, but a bit repetitive and paced a bit too sl...moreLots of fascinating information about both of the sisters and the (terribly familiar) battles they fought, but a bit repetitive and paced a bit too slowly.(less)
But how was a theoretical physicist supposed to save the world?
Three stories weave together here, all of them fascinating in their own right: the sto...moreBut how was a theoretical physicist supposed to save the world?
Three stories weave together here, all of them fascinating in their own right: the story of the scientists at Los Alamos, including Robert Oppenheimer, the man who would become known as the father of the atomic bomb; the story of the Russian spies, including the unassuming Harry Gold, who were hard at work attempting to steal the secrets to building the atomic bomb, and the efforts of Allied forces, including Knut Haukelid and a few other dedicated Norwegian resistance fighters, to prevent the Germans from building an atomic bomb themselves. The names are important, because what Sheinkin does so splendidly is put human faces to the historic events. Literally, in fact, since each section of the book begins with a scrapbook-style double-page spread of photographs. This is an epic story, and Sheinkin lists a number of consulted sources in the back matter, but he picks out details sure to capture and hold interest all the way through.
This is a fascinating read, with appeal for older kids and teens as well as adults. It has great potential for classroom use, perhaps paired with Ellen Klages' The Green Glass Sea. MacMillan even has a Teacher's Guide (.pdf) already prepared with pointers to the Common Core State Standards. Also check out the post at Reading to the Core, which says of Bomb, "This is the kind of book you could build an entire curriculum around." Suggestions for how to begin to do so are included, of course. Don't limit this book to the classroom, though. After all, who could resist a true story of international spies and "the World's Most Dangerous Weapon"?
Recommend to: Older kids and teens (and adults) who would like a "true story" that reads like a spy thriller.
Fascinating account of the 1989 Ironman in Kona. Fitzgerald profiles Scott and Allen in depth, filling out the picture with the history of the race it...moreFascinating account of the 1989 Ironman in Kona. Fitzgerald profiles Scott and Allen in depth, filling out the picture with the history of the race itself and delving into sports psychology and physiology research that explains some of what was happening.(less)
The city's comedians have been out writing signs. One says: WHAT ARE YOU ALL RUNNING FROM? Another says: YOU'VE GOT GREAT STAMINA. CALL ME. 1-834-555-...moreThe city's comedians have been out writing signs. One says: WHAT ARE YOU ALL RUNNING FROM? Another says: YOU'VE GOT GREAT STAMINA. CALL ME. 1-834-555-8756. Yet another reads: IN OUR MINDS, YOU'RE ALL KENYANS.
In the world of distance running, athletes from a single country have been getting a lot of attention over the last several years. The East African nation of Kenya has produced some of the fastest runners on the planet. English journalist - and runner - Adharanand Finn wanted to find out what the Kenyan secret was, so he packed up himself, his wife, and their three young children and moved the family to a village in Kenya. There, he met runners. He interviewed them, he observed them, and he trained with them. Through it all, he puzzled over what element could be the key to the success of Kenyan runners (genetics? diet? culture?), and he wondered whether it was possible to improve his own distinctly non-Kenyan performance.
I am a big fan of the whole "quirky memoir" genre, in which the author tries out some experience and writes about it. Through Finn, I got to explore Kenya and take a peek inside the lives of runners whose names I see all over the running magazines. I enjoyed the easy, conversational tone of the first-person present-tense narration. Each chapter is headed with a small black-and-white photograph of people or events discussed in the book. This is not a book to help you improve your own running times, or even really one that thoroughly explores every facet of Kenyan running (a subject of academic research in its own right). It is an enjoyable tale of what one man's attempt to understand what it means to be a Kenyan runner.(less)
Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson tells his unique story in this memoir. Born in Ethiopia, he was just three...moreI have never seen a picture of my mother.
Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson tells his unique story in this memoir. Born in Ethiopia, he was just three years old when he was left with his older sister at the hospital where their mother died of tuberculosis. Adoption brought the two to Sweden, where they grew up with soccer, pop music, and traditional Swedish cooking. After realizing his future was not in athletics, Samuelsson followed his passion for food across Europe and across the Atlantic to New York, eventually becoming a familiar face on the Food Network. Celebrity and money allowed him to then reconnect with his roots in Ethiopia, and his joy and pride at being able to help his half-siblings shines through.
Despite some meandering and repetition, the story is engaging, providing a glimpse behind the scenes of some famous kitchens and a look at what aspiring chefs endure in addition to the author's particular challenges. I read the book as a netGalley edition, which did not include the lovely black-and-white photos that are included in the finished book. (less)