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Fathoms: The World in the Whale by Rebecca Giggs - Book Review

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781982120696
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 28th, 2020

What an incredible book, and one that will haunt you forever. Beautifully written, interwoven with natural history, research, and philosophy on the lives of whales, but also, on so much more. Through learning about these tremendous creatures, we learn so much about ourselves too, and our relationship with, and place in, this world we inhabit. There is so much beauty in the life of a whale, and yet so much sadness from the polluted world we make them live in, but this is true for us too. This book will make you really think, and look through smarter eyes, an incredible work, and an important one. Highly Recommend. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781476733524
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Published: Scribner - May 2nd, 2017

From Mendel to Darwin to Watson, Crick, Franklin, and beyond, this book is an exuberant romp through the history of scientists’ attempts to discover that oh-so-elusive fundamental unit of life: the gene. A tender balance of heart and history help to elevate this book to a level beyond your standard science-writing fare, as Mukherjee expertly weaves scientific history in with the story of his own family’s struggle with inherited genetic illness. This book is so good that Mukherjee had me practically buzzing with excitement as I read about a random monk breeding hundreds of thousands of peas. That takes talent. Altogether, this is a perfect read for anyone interested in learning more about what makes them who they are. ~ Reviewed by Patrick Molluso


The Land of the White Horse: Visions of England by David Miles - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780500519936
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Published: Thames & Hudson - November 5th, 2019

This is the perfect book for armchair traveling. It is a treasure trove of knowledge. Miles, Director of the Oxford Archaeology unit, is also a great storyteller and naturalist. The White Horse is a 3000-year-old sculpture cut into a chalk turf hillside. The novel begins as a mystery set in the mystical English landscape of Wessex with mythic figures of dragons, Celts, Anglo-Saxons, and even Alfred the Great. Spanning centuries, the figure of the White Horse has maintained a hold on man's imagination, needing care and conservation. In this book, Miles tells the stories of how and why the Horse has persevered. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780385539302
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Published: Doubleday - October 15th, 2019

Erudite, encyclopedic, and entertaining romp through our hugely varied, energetic, mind-bogglingly numerous, infinitely helpful and often perplexing inner and outer parts. Whether he's describing the spleen, ligaments, insulin, hiccups, the aorta, bones, or that funny thing that dangles in the back of our mouth, Bryson's enthusiasm bursts through the skin. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


You Look Like a Thing and I Love You: How Artificial Intelligence Works and Why It's Making the World a Weirder Place by Janelle Shane - Book Review

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780316525244
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Published: Voracious - November 5th, 2019

If you've ever been into any kind of science comic (xkcd, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal) or tv show (Bill Nye the Science Guy who Saves the World), this is your book. Hilarious, ridiculous, and addictively enthusiastic. You'll know more about artificial intelligence and deep learning than you ever thought you could learn (and, coincidentally, assuage your fears about the robot revolution. It's really far away, guys. Really, -really- far away). ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress by Christopher Ryan - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781451659108
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - October 1st, 2019

Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress is an excellent exploration of what true quality of life really is. It dispels many myths about hunter/gatherer societies and the modern myth of perpetual progress. Is being overworked, stressed out, disconnected and anxious about the future better than having lots of free time and being intimately connected to community? It is time to question some assumptions about the society we have created, often on the back of false narratives of the past. Civilized to Death helps clarify the realities of the past and the stories we tell ourselves about the present in lively and readable ways, provoking new questions and potential answers. Highly recommended. ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow


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