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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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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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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

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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Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell by Alexandra Horowitz

Read October 2016 to February 2017 Recommended for dog lovers and scent enthusiasts  ★     ★    ★    1/2 Me, non-fiction and the Kindle–we’re a match made in heaven. For naps. So the fact that it took me so long to … Continue reading

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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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