LJ Nonfiction Reviews: November 1, 2015


From Baby Care Basics to Planet Middle School, Parenting Is Easy. Ancient Rome, two for Alzheimer’s caregivers, plus public library archives, a guide to online searching, books for Black History Month

A Quest for Sustainable Meat, History of Alzheimer’s, Race & Medicine, Cardio Reads | Science & Technology Reviews, July 2015

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Estabrook’s engaging investigation of how pigs are raised commercially for food; Ingram’s “biography” of Alzheimer’s disease; a must-read from Tweedy for anyone interested in improving medical care

Women Farmers, Wonders of Evolution, Mass Surveillance, Cancer Survival Strategies | Science & Technology Reviews, June 15, 2015


A comprehensive volume on farming for women, Schneier’s readable yet chilling book about the dangers of the ubiquitous mass surveillance, an inspiring compilation for anyone struggling with cancer, a heart-lifting self-help story

National Geographic’s Jackson on Glaciers, Evolutionary Biologist Lane on the Properties of Life, Modern Jewish Cooking | Science & Technology Reviews, June 1, 2015


Jackson offers parallel glimpses of optimism, both for herself and for the future of the planet; Lane outlines what he hopes are the “beginnings of a more predictive biology”; Koenig writes “for the next generation of Jewish cooks.”

Chef Cora’s Memoir, Remarkable Birds, John Paul Stapp Bio, Plus Breast Cancer Advice | Science and Technology Reviews, May 15, 2015


Cora candidly describes her struggles, achieving a balance Cooking as fast as I Can; Couzens’s lively text of predominantly dramatic species; a groundbreaking biography of one of aeromedical sciences’ more legendary figures

Taylor Wilson Bio, Medical Treatment Options, Privacy Policies, & More | Science & Technology Reviews, May 1, 2015


Wilson is regarded as an up-and-coming Steve Jobs or Bill Gates for the energy industry; Kaufman demonstrates the effects of Medicare policy on treatment benefits; experts wrestle with the changing concept of privacy

Environmentalist Goulson, a “No-Sweat” Weight Loss Guide, Food Allergies, Tech Giant Elon Musk, & More | Science & Technology Reviews, April 15, 2015


Goulson woos readers with a personable tale, Segar’s motivational manual to self-care and sustainable change, Vance chronicles Elon Musk’s huge impact on multiple companies, an excellent resource on the history of health research.

Atlas of Knowledge, All Things Nutrition, Dictionary of Dreams, Secrets of the Universe | Reference Reviews, April 1, 2015


An approachable and valuable resource for nutrition students, health care professionals, and laypeople; Roth addresses issues facing global citizens with wit and insight; beautifully depicted signs, symbols, and objects that make sense of our world.

Albert Einstein, Domestication, Detox, New York Culinary History & More | Science & Technology Reviews, April 1, 2015


Francis on the domestication of mammals; an outstanding example of the new wave of cleansing detox; a great melding of culinary history and dining guidance from a terrific writer; Borel tackles our fear of bed bugs with knowledge.

Martin’s Foodie Memoir, Nagoski on Women’s Health, Popular Science from Shapiro | Science & Technology Reviews, March 15, 2015


Blogger Martin delivers a welcome entry into the canon of foodie memoirs, Nagoski’s book will empower women to fully understand their sexual desire, Shapiro raises baffling and thought-provoking ethical issues.