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Book Review—Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

This true story is about a young man, Christopher McCandless, who leaves his middle-class home in Virginia to wander the country alone with no money, no plan, and no destination. Krakauer follows his journey through the American west, piecing together the details, and all the way to Alaska, where McCandless’s body was found in a rusted bus near the Stampede Trail. Continue reading

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Book Review—Toms River: a story of science and salvation by Dan Fagin

In the 1950s the Swiss dye manufacturing company Ciba-Geigy arrived in Toms River, a small town by the Jersey shore. Yet as the company brought jobs, and a boon to the local economy, it also dumped billions of tons of hazardous chemical waste into the river, unlined landfills, and eventually the ocean. Continue reading

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Book Review—The Fly Trap by Fredrik Sjöberg

An entomologist’s memoir about a life collecting hoverflies on the small island Runmarö near Stockholm, Sweden. The book is in part about collecting flies, but also chronicles the life of obscure naturalist René Malaise, and the author’s journey tracking Malaise’s life and history. Continue reading

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Book Review—Between You & Me by Mary Norris

I am of two opinions of this book. One, it was a perfect book for me to read at this point in my life, being in the throes of applying for copy editing jobs, and two, that it might be … Continue reading

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Book Review—The Edge of the Sky by Roberto Trotta

I have mixed feelings about “The Edge of the Sky” by Roberto Trotta. The book is about astrophysics: planets, galaxies, dark matter, relativity, the Big Bang, etc. But it’s not your typical science book; Trotta wrote it using only the 1,000 … Continue reading

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Book Review—Without You, There Is No Us by Suki Kim

North Korea is a dark spot on a nighttime map. It is Big Brother incarnate, the squatting enemy in its fortress, and by and large, a total mystery. The constant flow of news has become monotonous and unreliable. In truth, we … Continue reading

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Book Review—The Trip to Echo Spring by Olivia Laing

Although I enjoyed learning about the lives of some of America’s greatest authors and their relationship with drinking, I finished Olivia Laing’s “The Trip to Echo Spring” wishing that there had been a little more to it. It may have … Continue reading

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Book Review—Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty

When I asked the information desk at the bookstore where I could find this book, the lady behind the counter replied: “Oh, what a dismal title.” Indeed. If you are like most people, you fear death. You may not think … Continue reading

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Book Review—The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking

I recommend this book for a special class people I call “the wannabe layperson.”  Let me explain; there are tons of books about complicated subjects, like astrophysics, quantum physics, politics (PLEASE NOOOO!) that are written specifically to inform the general … Continue reading

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