Category Archives: Non-fiction

The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power by Deirdre Mask

Read January 2021 Recommended for nerds and those who love names  ★     ★     ★     ★   I love words and have noted plenty of irony in suburban addresses more than once (where are the oaks on Oak … Continue reading

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We Were Feminists Once by Andi Zeisler

Read December 2020 Recommended for fans of media analysis  ★     ★     ★ I’ve been curious about this book since the very first time I saw the title. Of course, it didn’t hurt that I was a longtime subscriber … Continue reading

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Reef Creature Identification by Paul Humann and Ned Deloach

Read April 2020 Recommended for fans of divers, snorklers  ★     ★    ★    ★ This is considered The Definitive Reference for creatures in the listed areas (there’s a similar set for Hawaii). I’m a biology nerd and snorkeling … Continue reading

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Ocean Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the World Under the Sea by Julia Rothman

Read January 2020 Recommended for people who like oceans  ★     ★     ★    ★    ★    Almost perfect* This is a solid overview of the ocean environment that should appeal to both visual and book learners. Done … Continue reading

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Bad Blood by John Carryou

Read July 2019 Recommended for fans of exposés ★   ★    ★    Lessons learned: Elizabeth Holmes speaks in an unusually deep voice. What matters is who you know. If you look good and have the right connections, you … Continue reading

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Venomous: How Earth’s Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry by Christie Wilcox

Read July 2019 Recommended for people who really like venoms ★   ★   1/2 First of all, let’s just knock it off with those subtitles, shall we? Because I am so tired of having to rewrite them in my head. … Continue reading

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Dopesick by Beth Macy

Read April 2019 Recommended for people who feel completely unfamiliar with oxycodone   ★    1/2 A problematic read for me. Yes, I know; awards and all that. But I honestly think the awards go to the fact that Macy … Continue reading

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How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America

Read March 2019 Recommended for health care providers, patients ★     ★    ★    ★   I don’t know that I’ve ever read anything that came so close to summing up my years in health care. That said, there’s one … Continue reading

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I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong

Read December 2018 Recommended for people who like biology ★     ★    ★    ★    ★    For my entire hospital career I have worked in oncology, where I have been part of teams taking care of people with … Continue reading

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Other Minds by Peter Godfrey-Smith

Read September 2018 Recommended for fans of philosophy of thought, octopi ★     ★   1/2 Octopi, or the floppy floppy spider of the sea,”(source: ZeFrank)  are pretty freaking amazing. Godfrey-Smith agrees, which is how this book came about. As he … Continue reading

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