Tesson’s engaging book, winner of the Prix Médicis for nonfiction and skillfully translated by Linda Coverdale, is “the journal of a hermit’s life,” one in which Tesson candidly records his rich experiences and reveals his equally illuminating self-discoveries.
That is what makes “The Sports Gene” such a worthy read: While the book’s purpose is to push back against the widespread denial that genes matter, Mr. Epstein avoids taking too strident a stance in the opposite direction.
Librarians often say that every book is not for every child, but “The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp” is.
Most compellingly, he argues that increased biological research and experimentation might herald a shift that would rival the Industrial Revolution in terms of social change. There’s much to savor here—even in the footnotes.
According to this savvy book, both environmentalists and business executives need to understand “how nature contributes to economic and ecological well-being.”
“Beautiful Boy” was a page turner, a dark fable that spoke to worried parents everywhere. “Clean” is a reference work and a manifesto, an annotated map of the same frightening territory where dragons still lurk at the edges.
Even though it is clear from the outset she recovered, Brain on Fire reads like a frantic medical mystery, leaving the reader needing to know what happens next.
Wondering . . . if Kurzweil was going broke and this was a last ditch attempt to make some cash.
Klassen combines spare text and art to deliver no small measure of laughs in another darkly comic haberdashery whodunit.
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.
The result is an unconvincing reprise of an obsolete worldview.
...inevitably, sadly defanged from its real raging, sweet power. And with her graceless writing, Wolf opens herself to ridicule on virtually every page...
Though his subject is a serious one, Mr. Kean enlivens his narrative with an appealing sense of humor.
Engaging, useful account of the similarities between humans and other animals.
A study of China's impact on the world economy neglects the country's domestic failings.
A superb examination of the never-ending effort to enhance life, as well as the commensurate refusal to ever let it go.
In the hands of a less entertaining writer, this could have been a tedious tract
The reader will, however, find enough absorbing science to concede that plants continue to inspire and amaze us.
But for the most part, his humor is exactly as dry and wry as the subject demands.
While not a fairy tale exactly, there are some fairy tale type aspects to it, so I think readers who enjoy a bit of magic in their stories will enjoy Keeper.