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The World Without Us
really liked it
Though the book is ostensibly about what the world will look like after humans have left it, what makes it interesting are all the little tidbits it c ...more
Jan 28, 2008
Oct 12, 2007
The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean
liked it
This was a fairly interesting book with the wrong title. The bits about waves are definitely worth reading, but don't pick this up if you want to know ...more
Oct 02, 2013
Oct 02, 2013
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
liked it
It was not as readable as, say, A Short History of Nearly Everything, but it was interesting enough, and the subject is timely. We are entering the si ...more
Aug 24, 2015
Aug 25, 2015
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
it was amazing
This book about the life of a woman whose "immortal" cells gave us many of the pharmaceuticals we use today provides a fascinating plethora of thought ...more
Feb 13, 2011
Feb 11, 2011
Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank
liked it
A fun and mildly entertaining look at childbirth throughout history. Epstein spends more time on childbirth traditions and superstitions during the tw ...more
Jul 26, 2011
Jul 22, 2011
Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves
really liked it
I found this book compulsively readable, which is why it gets four stars despite somewhat sloppy writing. Nestor skims a lot of ground pertaining to t ...more
Feb 02, 2015
Jun 21, 2014
Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of the World's Most Mysterious Continent
it was amazing
My reading of this book was sadly interrupted when I went on vacation and didn't want to lug a hardcover with me (the times we live in). It was utterl ...more
Apr 21, 2013
Dec 30, 2012
A Short History of Nearly Everything
really liked it
This book is an overview of the entire realm of science. Bill Bryson is incredibly readable, and I found this much more enjoyable than my college scie ...more
Nov 2007
Oct 19, 2007
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
it was ok
The first couple of chapters are fascinating, but Gladwell should really have ended the book there instead of bludgeoning his readers with the same po ...more
not set
Sep 13, 2007
The Science of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials
it was ok
not set
Sep 17, 2007
The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus
really liked it
not set
Sep 10, 2007
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