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Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe. Or The Rage Confounder.

Read July  2016 Recommended for people who dislike language, writing and communication  ★    We all have one, that person we’d prefer to get along with, but every time they open their mouth, so much stupid erupts that low-level irritation … Continue reading

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The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum by Richard Fortey

Finished April 2015 Recommended for fans of museums, biology, collections  ★    ★    ★    ★    1/2   Fortey had me hooked with the idea of the behind-the-scenes maze at the British Museum. There’s something about that that appeals to … Continue reading

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What Einstein Told His Cook by Robert L. Wolke. Probably “get out.”

Finished April 2015 Recommended for fans of David Sedaris’ writing who don’t know much about cooking  ★    ★    1/2 Q: What book do you remember from your childhood as irritating? When I was somewhere around seven years old, I … Continue reading

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Spillover by David Quammen. Be very, very afraid. But impressed.

January 2015 Recommended for fans of diseases, outbreaks, animals, public health, travel  ★    ★    ★    ★    ★ David Quammen is prescient. He appears to have predicted the 2014 Ebola outbreak and country jumping years before it happened. Alright, … Continue reading

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Birdology by Sy Montgomery. Or, Sy and the Birds

November 2014 Recommended for people who want to learn more about birds  ★    ★    1/2 I’m a bird lover, so Birdology seemed an easy sell. The subtitle elaborates: “Adventures with a Pack of Hens, a Peck of Pigeons, Cantankerous … Continue reading

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Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach

Read from May 02 to 31, 2011 Recommended for: people interested in a light sciencey read ★★★   Roach is well known for her earlier books, Stiff (about human cadavers), Bonk (science and sex) and Spook (the afterlife). In Packing, … Continue reading

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Bird Brains by Candace Savage

Recommended for novice bird watchers, visual readers Read from October 29 to November 13, 2012 ★   ★   ★   1/2 Bird-brain is by no means an insult. When I happened upon the book Bird Brains by Candace Savage at the … Continue reading

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