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If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? by Alan Alda

I listened to Alan Alda’s interview on the ID10T podcast where he was promoting this book. It’s all about improving your communication, particularly focusing on scientists speaking to non-scientists. Considering that’s my teaching job, I thought it would be useful and interesting to read.

Subtitle: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating

Published: 2017

Genre: nonfiction science communication

Length: 197 pages of text, 213 pages with index

Font: Sabon

Summary: Short version: Read the subtitle Continue reading

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STET by Sarah Gailey

A nimble spray crab seen on San Salvador

This is my next review of a nominee for the 2019 Short Story Locus Award.

Published: October, 2018 in Fireside Magazine (you can read it for free at that link)

Genre: science fiction short story

Setting: near future

Summary: An abstract on autonomous vehicles reveals the death of the author’s child in the footnotes Continue reading

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The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair

I heard an interview with the author on the podcast 99% Invisible. I found the interview so fascinating, I had to go and get the book right away. Even Miss Adventure was interested.

Published: 2016

Genre: nonfiction art/history

Length: 281 pages of text, 320 pages total

Summary: Short version: The sources and uses of different colors and shades of colors Continue reading

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Drawdown edited by Paul Hawken

I’m still looking for a textbook for my Environmental Science or Environment and Society in a Changing World classes. I want something written for nonscientists that covers many of the current environmental issues with a focus on climate change. Bonus if it was written in the last few years, since the science on climate change is changing so rapidly. It’s a pretty specific set of characteristics that I want, which is why I don’t have anything I’m satisfied with yet. I picked up this book from a Wired article on empowering women to reduce climate change.

Subtitle: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming

Published: 2017

Genre: nonfiction climate science

Length: 256 pages

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In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan

This is the fourth book in the Memoir of Lady Trent series.

Published: 2016

Genre: historical fantasy

Length: 350 pages

Setting: Akhia, a Middle Eastern equivalent country, soon after the events of Voyage of the Basilisk

Summary: Short version: Off to the desert to study dragon rearing Continue reading

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Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin

I’m not sure how this came to my attention in the first place (it’s been on my TBR list too long). I read it now because it gives me a letter in my Reading the Alphabet Challenge.

Subtitle: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body

Published: 2008

Genre: nonfiction science

Length: 201 pages of text, 229 pages total

Font: Ehrhardt

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The Story of the Earth in 25 Rocks by Donald Prothero

I picked this up for the kids’ geology this year. After Mr. Curiosity read a chapter and shared all the fascinating tidbits he’d learned, I decided I needed to read it as well.

Subtitle: Tales of Important Geological Puzzles and the People Who Solved Them

Published: 2018

Genre: nonfiction science

Length: 337 pages of text, 354 pages total

Summary: Short version: That’s what subtitles are for
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