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Our Biggest Experiment: An Epic History of the Climate Crisis by Alice Bell - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781640094338
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Published: Counterpoint - September 21st, 2021

Academic in its tone and intent, this book is a fascinating look at climate change and the logic and reason that got us here. Working at the intersection of history and science, this book is thorough, clear-eyed, and well written. ~ Reviewed by Arabella Peterson


A Cultural Biography of the Prostate by Ericka Johnson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780262543040
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Published: The MIT Press - September 7th, 2021

This stimulating study informed by the medical humanities penetrates the cultural and historical associations of the prostate. And it’s written with a real warmth, humor, intellectual sophistication and progressive intersectionality that I wish all medical practitioners could exhibit. Johnson explores the gendered contours of the prostate, what she terms “a gland that haunts,” in sexualities, masculinities, ageing, health, and death. She traces its "discovery" in 1536 through historical treatments (belladonna suppositories, electrical probes, castration, and what can only be described as urethral nightmares) to 18th century wax models to informational YouTube videos. She plunges into how a period’s preconceptions about sexuality and class distort its medical practices (just imagine what Victorian doctors fingered for the culprit of prostate problems). Like Slavoj Žižek throwing in the occasional joke, Johnson's exploration of the prostate's presence in our culture--a presence even greater when absent (think of Philip Roth's Zuckerman in American Pastoral)--reveals much about ideology, identity, and infrastructure. A truly fascinating read (with an inspired cover design!). ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures by Merlin Sheldrake - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525510321
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 13th, 2021

Sheldrake’s personal research and exposition of others in the mycelial field will forever change the way you think about the ecosystems of the world. The story of fungi evolves throughout the book as you learn more about its eon-spanning history as well as its future consuming out post-consumer waste. The answer to all of life's questions seem to be found in fungi - the largest kingdom of living organisms. Entangled Life will open your eyes to the stunning complexity of our world and make you question many preconceived notions of your place on Earth. ~ Reviewed by Connor Johnston


The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316051637
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 6th, 2011

An interesting and fun way to learn about the periodic table of elements, starting with how they were discovered, the trials and tribulations of getting approved, and how each element plays an integral role in multiple different fields of science and history. ~ Reviewed by Samantha Beitler


Why Fish Don't Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life by Lulu Miller - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501160349
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 6th, 2021

This book is a thing of genuine, ecstatic, eye-opening wonder. Radiolab co-host Lulu Miller’s bestselling story of her own life intertwined with that of 20th-century taxonomist David Starr Jordan is a memoir, a biography, a biology textbook, a history seminar, and an urgent plea for justice, all wrapped up in one. Why Fish Don’t Exist seems, at the outset, a book about the tragic futility and heroic hope of trying to tear some semblance of order from the chaos of life. As the pages turn, however, your every assumption is overthrown by illness and earthquakes and murder and eugenics and, yes, why fish don’t exist (and yes, they don’t!). Pick up this book. Have your view of the world turned upside down and torn asunder, and know it was long overdue. ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski


Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781571311801
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Published: Milkweed Editions - June 8th, 2021

Absolutely tremendous! A nature diary by a young man who writes so entirely from the heart, and reminds us of the joy to be found in the everyday awe that nature gifts us. I can't recommend this book enough! ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


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