Book Review: A Taste for Poison, Neil Bradbury

Book Review: A Taste for Poison: Eleven Deadly Molecules and the Killers Who Used Them,  Neil Bradbury   Nonfiction/Science: A Taste for Poison: Eleven Deadly Molecules and the Killers Who Used Them, Neil Bradbury   Readers and writers often joke about the dangerous Google search history of thriller writers. Explosives, armaments, far off places, creative […]

Book Review: A Clouded Leopard in the Middle of the Road, Darryl Jones

Book Review: A Clouded Leopard in the Middle of the Road, Darryl Jones   Nonfiction: A Clouded Leopard in the Middle of the Road, Darryl Jones   When our youngest son started driving on his own he experienced something all too familiar to residents of central Pennsylvania–indeed, residents throughout much of the US and other […]

Book Review: The Betrayal of Anne Frank, Rosemary Sullivan

Book Review: The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation, Rosemary Sullivan   Nonfiction/History: The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation, Rosemary Sullivan   The mystery of the Frank family’s betrayal has puzzled historians for decades. The story itself is quite well known. The Frank family, a Jewish family in Amsterdam during […]

Book Review: A Brief History of the Earth, Andrew H. Knoll

Book Review: A Brief History of the Earth: Four Billion Years in Eight Chapters, Andrew H. Knoll   Nonfiction: A Brief History of the Earth: Four Billion Years in Eight Chapters, Andrew H. Knoll   The subtitle of A Brief History of Earth is, I think, a wink and a chuckle at the hubris involved […]

Book Review: Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer

Book Review: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, Robin Wall Kimmerer   Nonfiction: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, Robin Wall Kimmerer: Centre County (PA) Reads book for 2022   I have seen many reviews of this book that talk about the Native American traditions author […]

Book Review: Katherine Johnson, My Remarkable Journey: A Memoir, Joylette Hylick, Katherine Johnson, and Katherine Moore

Book Review: Katherine Johnson, My Remarkable Journey: A Memoir, Joylette Hylick, Katherine Johnson, and Katherine Moore   Nonfiction/Biography: Katherine Johnson, My Remarkable Journey: A Memoir, Joylette Hylick, Katherine Johnson, and Katherine Moore   You can’t judge a book by its cover. I know that. But the cover of Katherine Johnson, My Remarkable Journey caught my […]

Book Review: The Deep, Claire Nouvian

Book Review: The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss, Claire Nouvian   Nonfiction/Science: The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss, Claire Nouvian   This is one of the most exquisitely beautiful books I have seen. It is also one of the strangest. The Deep is a coffee-table sized book filled with beautiful color pictures […]