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book review: silent snow

Silent Spring , Rachel Carson’s landmark book about the ecological devastation of chemicals and pesticides, alerted the public to the lurking dangers of the toxins around them. Nearly 45 years later, reporter Marla Cone’s Silent Snow renders a very similar…

review: bel canto

I have a friend who continually passes on books to me. She’s much more inclined to read novels and literature than I am, so she has been largely responsible for much of my higher-brow reading the last few years. If…

Handbook of the Birds of the World, a project of BirdLife International published by Lynx Edicions, is an ambitious, stunning, detailed series of books which, when complete sometime around 2011, will illustrate and gather all the essential information about every…

book review: 1491

I don’t know a hell of a lot about anthropology or pre-Columbian Latin American history. And like most everybody else, my knowledge of what North America was like prior to European contact consisted of the usual glowing descriptions of pristine…

book review: oaxaca journal

Oliver Sacks, a neurologist, has written some fantastic books. Most notable (my favorites) are his compelling accounts of people with unusual neurological disorders: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, The Island of the Colorblind, and Awakenings (made…

Time to catch you up on my reading. Topping the list is The Tapir’s Morning Bath by Elizabeth Royte. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and it also gave me some serious food for thought on the direction of my own…

book meme

Aydin at Snail™s Tails passed me my first meme – the book meme. I™ve seen this circulating among a lot of blogs I read, so I thought I might get tagged sooner or later. Total number of books I own/owned:…