Book Review: The Ghost Map, Steven Johnson

Book Review: The Ghost Map, Steven Johnson   Nonfiction: The Ghost Map, Steven Johnson   During the summer of 1854 a cholera outbreak threatened to devastate London. In particular, London’s Soho neighborhood lost many of its residents. Entire households were found dead. Yet from the ashes of this destruction rose a phoenix of discovery that […]

Book Review: Scatter, Adapt, and Remember, Annalee Newitz

Book Review: Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction, Annalee Newitz   Nonfiction: Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction, Annalee Newitz   (This review honors the stated preference of the author to use “they/them” pronouns. The book was published prior to that request, so readers may notice a […]

Book Review: Semicolon, Cecelia Watson

Book Review: Semicolon, Cecelia Watson Nonfiction: Semicolon, Cecelia Watson   At Scintilla we get book recommendations from a variety of sources: book blog tours often invite our participation; “best of” lists and award winners grab our attention; our local library, Schlow, makes some outstanding suggestions; friends and family point us toward books they’ve enjoyed.   […]

Book Review: Shakespeare’s Tremor and Orwell’s Cough, John J. Ross, M.D.

Book Review: Shakespeare’s Tremor and Orwell’s Cough, John J. Ross, M.D.   Nonfiction: Shakespeare’s Tremor and Orwell’s Cough, John J. Ross, M.D.   Certain writers’ works are, dare I say, infected with certain maladies. Shakespeare frequently refers obliquely to syphilis. James Joyce has multiple descriptive names for gonorrhea. Tuberculosis affects characters in Jane Eyre and […]

Book Review: 18 Tiny Deaths, Bruce Goldfarb

Book Review: 18 Tiny Deaths: The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics,, Bruce Goldfarb   Nonfiction: 18 Tiny Deaths: The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics,, Bruce Goldfarb   Although it would make a great title for a crime novel, 18 Tiny Deaths […]