Category Archives: Nonfiction – Anthropology

A Review of Michael Pollan’s Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

I’ve been holding off on this review because I wanted to be able to say that I had tried at least one of its recipes (be able to say it and not be lying, if that wasn’t obvious). Ha! For … Continue reading

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A Review of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Beautiful Struggle

Earlier this year I reviewed Ta-Nehisi Coates’ new and highly-praised memoir Between the World and Me, and you can read my review of that book here. The Beautiful Struggle, published in 2008, is just as good. I read it in … Continue reading

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A Review of Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

Can you imagine childhood without dinosaurs? I can’t. What did three year-olds do before there were books of dinosaurs to pour over? How did they learn to pronounce multisyllabic words in the absence of archaeopteryx, velociraptor, and tyrannosaurus? Were they … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me (by Bethany)

I read this book in spite of its popularity, not because of it. I read it in a day and can’t quite imagine doing otherwise – this isn’t the sort of volume from which one can be easily distracted. In … Continue reading

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A Review of Anne Fadiman’s The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures (by Bethany)

This book was everywhere for a while. I know that I resisted its pull for a long time before I bought a copy. I was intrigued, but this was maybe 10-12 years ago and I knew myself to be very … Continue reading

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