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soundofheaven.info: The Best American Science and Nature Writing Deborah Blum, Tim Folger: Books. Editorial Reviews. Book Description. Mariner paperback, ; previous ISBN From the Back Cover. The Best American Series The next. The Best American Science and Nature Writing book. Read 82 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. “Undeniably exquisite The e.
Hayek, Friedrich A. What we need, then, is a science capable of investigating it, and real scientists, for a change, who can rise above herd behavior and try to figure out exactly what is going on with all of those 1. As I read through the collection, however, I found a common motif: Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.
I have been reading this anthology every year. This year's collection was excellent as always, but as a whole, these essays were quite bleak, almost apocalyptic. The topics covered include, for example: Not all the essays were full of foreboding, but most treated serious, even somber topics. There was not a lot of good news. When it was my turn to propose a selection, I had my Book Club read this year's anthology. I was a little concerned about my recommendation as these collective essays were such a "downer", but we had one of the liveliest discussions in months, and many of the attendees thanked me for recommending, and said that they would be reading these anthologies in the future.
This one had some very interesting articles the one about de-extincting species was excellent, so was the one about the formation of the solar system; the one about the over-use of antibiotics was terrifying , and I learned quite a bit the now extinct species of frog that gestated in the mother's stomach is fascinating. But too many of the articles were about global warming and climate change. I am not a global warming denier, and I believe it is an issue that we need to take seriously.
But more than half of the articles in this book dealt with that issue. I want a more diverse selection of articles in this kind of a book. Several articles in the book discussed the "anthropocene"; this book really only needed one such article. A really good collection of science and nature writing.
I found myself extremely interested and at times fascinated with many of the essays contained in this collection. Being an amateur naturalist, I was more drawn to the essays pertaining to nature and animals, of which there are several excellent ones, but also was quite takes with essays regarding humans and assisted euthanasia, the precarious position in space our home planet is in, how are brains crave paper pages and books over e-readers, and one very scary essay which considers our future in a post antibiotic world.
Overall a very enjoyable read which taught me a lot. I don't think one could ask for more than that from a collection of science writing. Variety is the hallmark of this fantastic collection of essays and articles.
There is certainly something that will appeal to every reader; however, those with a wide range of interests will get the most enjoyment from this book. Deborah Blum has compiled articles from an assortment of writers and publications. The topics range from Hansen's Disease AKA leprosy , the right to die, the resurrection of extinct species a'la Jurassic Park , and the inevitable end of the world. Because this is an anthology, the articles differ in scope, tone, and style. Consequently, you may find certain chapters less appealing.
For me, I struggled to comprehend the article about genetics, which seemed to have been written with a more technical audience in mind. While I personally loved the stream-of-consciousness essay on knitting by Barbara Kingsolver, others have found the abstract, dreamy style slow and dull. Overall, this is a great collection. I plan to keep an eye out for the edition.
I'm still reading this book. I usually pick a book like this to read at bedtime so I'll fall asleep easily. Instead, I find myself wide awake and ruminating over the subject matter. Kingsolver's "Where It Begins" is poetry thinly disguised as prose.
Joshua Lang's "Awakening" raised my neck hair. Henig's "A Life-or-Death Situation" added yet another twist to the screw of my ponderings on what to do when someone is so injured or ill that life-ending is a daily consideration. While this book is not to be rushed through, it is certainly not for bedtime if you plan on falling asleep while reading it.
See all 96 reviews. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Roy Scranton. If you want to force a particular order, use the character to divide the number and the descriptor. So, " 0 prequel " sorts by 0 under the label "prequel. Series was designed to cover groups of books generally understood as such see Wikipedia: Book series. Like many concepts in the book world, "series" is a somewhat fluid and contested notion.
A good rule of thumb is that series have a conventional name and are intentional creations , on the part of the author or publisher. For now, avoid forcing the issue with mere "lists" of works possessing an arbitrary shared characteristic, such as relating to a particular place.
Avoid series that cross authors, unless the authors were or became aware of the series identification eg. I know many people now that have discovered reading books on their smartphones, so these anthologies of shorter pieces are perfect for reading when you have an idle moment now and then.
Stories about science, nature and technology really are stories about humans adapting to their environment.
Humans are the primary cause of climate change — we the primary cause of most changes on the Earth right now.
We change everything we touch. Most of these stories are reports from the front, about various battles to conquer ourselves. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account.
You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Joe Pitkin's stories, queries, and quibbles regarding the human, the inhuman, the humanesque. For science and nature this year, we have: JWH Share this: Like this: Like Loading Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email required Address never made public.