What do we know about the Fox?
Fox is a creature that has lived along side us for as long as we can remember, not only in our backyards, but in our myths and stories. Both beloved and mistrusted, both cute woodland animal and evil trickster, our relationship, though long, has been complicated. In this wonderful book, ecologist Adele Brand brings us the truth about this beautiful mammal, dispelling many myths along the way. She paints us a full picture of this iconic edgeland dweller, its habits, relationships, and its ability to adapt successfully to our ever changing environment. I highly recommend this book to anyone with a curiosity for foxes, wildlife and nature. A wonderful addition to the genre. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty
Each chapter is dedicated to one of the different lovers of Mr Nishino, and we navigate through his life by way of their personalities, and how they change his, by way of their intimacies. A beautifully written novel, which is expertly translated by Allison Markin Powell, that explores the way our relationships are indicative of a particular moment in our life, and the way both parties are subtly changed by the experience. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty
A wonderful collection of stories, some more fantastical than others, of life behind the scenes of the Metropolitan Museum in NYC. We read about many of the works of art that are on display today, some of those in storage in the bowels of the museum, the people that work with them on a daily basis, and the people that visit them. If you’re a museum junkie, you’ll swoon over this collection of exquisitely written gems. Coulson took a sabbatical from working in the museum itself to write this book, and her intimate knowledge shines through, she has surely created a work of art worthy to be placed there itself. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty
I can’t praise this book enough, and it’s about so much more than it appears.
The research and details that are covered in this book are breathtaking. Rob Dunn is a biologist, as well as Professor of Biology at North Carolina University, and clearly, the things that live in our homes with us are a passion of his. Not only do we learn all about the things we can see; cockroaches, ants, mice, for example, but also the things we can’t see, namely the seemingly endless kinds of bacteria that live on us, as well as around us. We learn the history of our emotions to certain living things, the reasons why we prefer some over others, and the ways they can influence not only our health, but sometimes our personality.
I had so many jaw dropping moments while reading, and I could not wait to share these revelations to anyone who would listen. I can not recommend this highly enough. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty
I was completely entranced by Starnone’s beautifully written novel. It is a snapshot of a man at the latter end of his life, who, while spending a few days looking after his grandson, takes stock of his life so far. The interactions between the grandfather, and his grandson, are so spot on, to be exquisite, and the way Starnone investigates the theme of a man nearing the end of his life, and evaluating it, and the choices he’s made, in contrast with a boy at the beginning of his, are sublime. Highly recommend! ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty