Category Archives: Nonfiction – Science

Thoughts on Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal (by Jill)

  I don’t even know how to begin talking about this book. Atul Gawande is a surgeon who has written several books before this one. Being Mortal is, essentially, about dying in a time in human history when more can … 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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A Review of John Durant’s The Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health (by Bethany)

I read this book not because I’m planning to go on the Paleo diet but because I thought (correctly) that it would affirm my general belief that the world has been screwy since the Industrial Revolution. (The world was screwy before … Continue reading

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A Review of Norman F. Cantor’s In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World it Made (by Bethany)

The interconnection of history and science is one of my favorite topics to read about. I took a memorable interdisciplinary course in college called ‘Plagues, Science, and the Humanistic Vision,” and I’ve also taken a fair number of literature classes … Continue reading

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A Review of Barbara Ehrenreich and Dierdre English’s Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women Healers (by Bethany)

Recently I was accused of planning a witch-themed English I syllabus. I had done nothing of the kind, of course, but once I thought about it for a minute or two I realized that it was a great idea. The … Continue reading

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A Review of Abraham Verghese’s The Tennis Partner

I was taught to distrust memoirs, to think of autobiography as a lesser art than fiction. I don’t remember a moment when I was taught this lesson explicitly; it is just an impression that I picked up along the way … Continue reading

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A Review of Steven Johnson’s The Ghost Map (by Bethany)

I still consider myself very much an amateur at reviewing works of nonfiction, even though I have been reading nonfiction relatively consistently for the last three years or so. But Steven Johnson’s chronicle of London’s 1854 cholera epidemic, titled The … Continue reading

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