Recipe & Review: Teatime with The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter, Susan Wittig Albert

Review & Recipe: Teatime with The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series, Susan Wittig Albert          Book Series Review: The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter, Susan Wittig Albert The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter series by Susan Wittig Albert is filled with many delightful ingredients — cozy mystery, historical Lake District setting, fantasy elements. […]

Book Series Review: Binti, Nnedi Okorafor

Book Series Review: Binti; Binti: Home; Binti: The Night Masquerade, Nnedi Okorafor      Science Fiction Series: Binti; Binti: Home; Binti: The Night Masquerade, Nnedi Okorafor Binti is one of the most extraordinary students on earth, so special that she has been accepted to Oomza University, the best university in the galaxy. Adding to her uniqueness is her tribe, the Himba, […]

Book Review: The Fallen, David Baldacci

Book Review: The Fallen, David Baldacci   Fiction: The Fallen, David Baldacci   Amos Decker remembers everything. He cannot forget. After a traumatic brain injury on the football field, his mind changed and he developed a literally photographic memory. This is a terrific help when it comes to solving crimes for the FBI, but far from helpful when […]

Book Review: Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction, Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner

Book Review: Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction, Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner Nonfiction Social Science: Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction, Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner Several years ago I worked for a cellphone company. One day it was announced that we would be carrying a new product. It was larger than a […]

Book Review: Song of the Lion, Anne Hillerman

Book Review: Song of the Lion, Anne Hillerman Fiction Mystery: Song of the Lion, Anne Hillerman For decades, Tony Hillerman brought New Mexico to life through the pages of his marvelous books. Featuring Navajo detectives Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, Hillerman wrote mysteries that shared the beauty of the Navajo nation and its people. Often the landscape […]

Book List: Astronaut Books for Shared Reading with Children

Book List: Astronaut Books for Shared Reading with Children Growing-up to be an actual astronaut is a daunting and competitive career path considering how many astronauts there really are in the world.  So why is it that so many children have dreams of working or living in space? Perhaps it is the adventure that challenges […]

Book Review: Waypoint Kangaroo and Kangaroo Too, Curtis C. Chen

Book Series Review: Waypoint Kangaroo and Kangaroo Too, Curtis C. Chen      Science Fiction: Waypoint Kangaroo and Kangaroo Too, Curtis C. Chen May is Asian-American History month, so in honor of that we wanted to review one (or more) Asian-American authors on Scintilla. Curtis C. Chen has written two books in his “Kangaroo” series. Both are […]

Book Review: Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution, Jonathan B. Losos

Book Review: Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution, Jonathan B. Losos Nonfiction: Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution, Jonathan B. Losos   Improbable Destinies is a delightful book. It is hard science with a very personal and human touch. Jonathan Losos is an expert in the field: professor of biology, director […]