"The Sports Gene" is bound to put the cat among the pigeons in the blank-slate crowd who think that we can all be equal as long as we equalize environmental inputs such as practice. But the science says that it just ain't so. Not even 10,000 hours of wishful thinking will change nature.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
...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.
...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.
"Ocean of Life" is an excellent and engrossing work. Mr. Roberts, a British professor of marine conservation, has corralled an astonishing collection of scientific discovery, and he conveys it with non-textbook readability.
...the book is unlikely to appeal to nonbotanists.
Humor and dry wit lighten a travelogue of the most polluted and ravaged places in the world.
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.
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.