Book Review: Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics are Remaking America, William H. Frey

Book Review: Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics are Remaking America, William H. Frey Nonfiction: Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics are Remaking America, William H. Frey Diversity Explosion was written in 2014, and in just four years it is fascinating to see both how prescient the book is and how premature some of its optimism appears. […]

Book Review: Evolving Ourselves: How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation are Changing Life on Earth,  Juan Enriquez and Steve Gullans

Book Review: Evolving Ourselves: How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation are Changing Life on Earth, Juan Enriquez and Steve Gullans Nonfiction Science: Evolving Ourselves: How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation are Changing Life on Earth, Juan Enriquez and Steve Gullans The premise of Evolving Ourselves is simple. Human evolution has not stopped. It has accelerated. We are […]

Book Review: The Prodigal Tongue, Lynne Murphy

Book Review: The Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between British and American English, Lynne Murphy Nonfiction: The Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between British and American English, Lynne Murphy The Prodigal Tongue is one of the funniest books I have read in a long, long time!  Lynne Murphy writes with her own (prodigal?) tongue planted firmly in […]

Book Review: Mutants: On Genetic Variety and the Human Body, Armand Marie Leroi

Book Review: Mutants: On Genetic Variety and the Human Body, Armand Marie Leroi Nonfiction Science: Mutants: On Genetic Variety and the Human Body, Armand Marie Leroi   Mutants is probably not your first choice for a beach read unless you are a geneticist or medical professional. It is a fascinating book. It is educational both for its […]

Book Review: Violent Outbursts, Thaddeus Rutkowski

Book Review: Violent Outbursts, Thaddeus Rutkowski Nonfiction Essay Collection: Violent Outbursts, Thaddeus Rutkowski   I love reading authors who live and write in the margins. Don’t get me wrong. I’m down for a Patterson or Baldacci or Grisham any day of the week. But the authors and books that excite me are those that open a new […]

Book Review: Border Crossings, Thaddeus Rutkowski

Book Review: Border Crossings, Thaddeus Rutkowski Poetry Collection: Border Crossings, Thaddeus Rutkowski   Border crossings are fraught with tension. Some, like India and Pakistan, or the Koreas, have standing armies. One stray move could start a war. Others are peaceful, but full of reminders that you are going from one country to another. Signs in multiple languages, […]

Book Review: Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved, Kate Bowler

Book Review: Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved, Kate Bowler Nonfiction: Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved, Kate Bowler   You’ve heard someone say this to you, usually in a dark and difficult time. “Everything happens for a reason.” You may have said it to people. As someone who […]

Book Review: The Future of Humanity, Michio Kaku

Book Review: The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth, Michio Kaku Nonfiction Science: The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth, Michio Kaku You cannot avoid physicist Michio Kaku if you watch science shows on TV. Nor would you want to. He has hosted or guest […]