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The Pluto Files by Neil deGrasse Tyson
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Jun 28, 09

bookshelves: 2009-new-reads
Read in March, 2009, read count: 1

Cranky might be pleased to learn that this book includes a handwritten retraction of the poison pen letters Neil deGrasse Tyson had received from angry school children about the demotion of Pluto from planet status. Hoot. This book covers the basics of Pluto's discovery and its history in popular culture, pivoting around the mishegas resulting from the curatorial decision at the American Museum of Natural History's decision to represent the galaxy in such a way that Pluto was not included as a planet. I was a little confused about the format of this book -- it's a little like a Nova episode (naturally) in written form -- lots of pictures, graphics, pop culture images, and straightforward text broken up into very easy to digest snippets. It feels like a coffee table book, only in a handy small size.

Grade: B+
Recommended: I think this would be cute for kids who like astronomy, but it feels a little fluffy for an adult audience.
(2009/12)
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