The narrative follows Mr. Epstein’s search for the roots of elite sport performance as he encounters characters and stories so engrossing that readers may not realize they’re receiving an advanced course in genetics, physiology and sports medicine.
The book’s folksy narrative adds brightness and humor to the story as Appelt explores the swamp’s rich history, varied denizens...while there’s little doubt who will emerge victorious, finding out how events unfurl is well worth the read.
Even if his predictions prove to be off, Rutherford delivers a timely and important dispatch from the field tilled by James Watson and Francis Crick...
According to this savvy book, both environmentalists and business executives need to understand “how nature contributes to economic and ecological well-being.”
Intelligent and thought-provoking views into the complexities of addiction and recovery.
Preserving the look of the classic board book—even to the trim size and rounded corners—this makeover folds new into old in such inventive ways that it may take more than a few passes to discover all the interactive features.
A lack of understanding of the basics does not detract from the power and impact of the underlying story, which is thoroughly engrossing.
Replicat[ing] . . . our brains into the cloud . . . might be troubling to philosophers worried about identity and selfhood. But Mr. Kurzweil does not see a problem.
Tough times call for tough picture books.
Mr. Quammen is clearly obsessed, but his book might have been better if he had told more of the story through a smaller number of compelling scientist-characters.
....it's difficult to go along with Wolf's central contention, which is that women can only harness their creativity when in a fulfilled sexual relationship...
The Violinist's Thumb's most refreshing aspect is the light it sheds on the role women played in studying DNA and genetics.
...by the pleasures provided by this pacy, readable and entertaining manifesto for a zoobiquitous approach to health and wellbeing, to be welcomed by vets and other human animals.
Page after page of prose describes the Chinese party-state as operating from the purest of economic motives, exculpates China from charges of neocolonialism and pooh-poohs the possibility that China might be tempted to military action in defense of its interests.
A superb examination of the never-ending effort to enhance life, as well as the commensurate refusal to ever let it go.
Roberts maintains his optimism while looking at the problems that have been compounded by global warming, pollution, the destruction of marshlands, etc
...the book is unlikely to appeal to nonbotanists.
But for the most part, his humor is exactly as dry and wry as the subject demands.
There is magic aplenty in the story--just not where Keeper is expecting it.
Aside from too many lurid terrorist scenarios, this is an intelligent account of the mess we are making of the planet; the unsettling conclusion: that humans may survive because we are resilient, not because we can fix matters.