Science & Technology Reviews | May 15, 2013

Library Journal Reviews starred review McKenzie, Shelly. Getting Physical: The Rise of Fitness Culture in America. Univ. Pr. of Kansas. (Culture America). Jun. 2013. 304p. photogs. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9780700619061. $34.95. HEALTH

This fascinating book covers the development of the philosophy and practice of physical fitness in the United States. Despite the influence of Theodore Roosevelt’s ebullient sportsmanship, McKenzie explains, the country as a whole did not begin to think in terms of exercise until after World War II. President Eisenhower’s President’s Council for Youth Fitness grew out of concern that draftees were being found unfit for military service. President Kennedy’s President’s Council on Physical Fitness continued this theme, which was also borne out of concern for businessmen dropping dead of heart attacks and pre–Feminine Mystique housewives consumed with staying slim. From this climate came the exercise classes of early pioneers such as Jack LaLanne, followed by the first few joggers, many of whom became runners. Soon enough, there were aerobics classes, marathons, cycling, Jane Fonda’s fitness exercises, and yoga. McKenzie shows that while doctors have figured out how people can stay (reasonably) healthy, some of the medical thinking from 50 years ago was mind-boggling. VERDICT This is a thoroughly researched book. Readers who try to exercise regularly will be interested and perhaps inspired. Recommended.—Susan B. Hagloch, formerly with Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, OH

Acitelli, Tom. The Audacity of Hops: The History of America’s Craft Beer Revolution. Chicago Review. May 2013. 416p. ISBN 9781613743881. pap. $19.95. BEVERAGES

The history of craft beer in America is one of successes and failures, of iconic brewers whose brands became household names, and of pioneers whose ventures never caught on. Acitelli’s first book is a comprehensive look at craft beer from the 1960s onward, from its birth out of the home brewing movement to ultimately revitalize an industry—and the drinking habits of millions. The author traces craft brewing’s passage from an unorthodox business decision to a potentially logical investment. His book provides the histories of dozens of breweries, from familiar names to more obscure, long-shuttered institutions, and takes in numerous industry-wide controversies. The Audacity of Hops will tell you all you need to know about the debate over contract brewing, for instance. And, like books as disparate as Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Michael Azzerad’s Our Band Could Be Your Life, this title also documents the point when an underground movement suddenly becomes part of the world it existed to defy. VERDICT This book is an informative, comprehensive look at the roots and evolution of something many beer drinkers take for granted. Tobias Carroll, Brooklyn

Library Journal Reviews starred review Barilla, James. My Backyard Jungle: The Adventures of an Urban Wildlife Lover Who Turned His Yard into Habitat and Learned To Live with It. Yale Univ. 2013. 384p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780300184013. $28.NAT HIST

Barilla (creative nonfiction & environmental writing, Univ. of South Carolina) takes readers on his personal journey to explore human and animal relationships in shared habitats around the world. To begin with, he had his own property in Columbia, SC, certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a wildlife habitat. In a short introduction, he discusses his motivation, referring to a few internal debates about the decision. He invites readers to contemplate a brief fact he includes at the start of each chapter before they embark on the upcoming pages. Going between his backyard and distant locations, his chapters cover topics from idealized children’s toys (“Where are the teeth on those teddy bears?”) to the illegal wildlife trade and include his experiences, ideas, education, and appreciation for the discoveries he makes during expeditions. Readers familiar with Bob Tarte’s Enslaved by Ducks or Gerald Durrell’s classic My Family and Other Animals will appreciate how Barilla also intertwines humor and a great deal of information to provide an enjoyable and enlightening narrative. Notes and a selected bibliography offer readers ample opportunities to learn more.VERDICT Well written and easily accessible to a wide variety of readers, this work is highly recommended for all with an interest in animals and nature.—Kyrille Goldbeck-DeBose, Virginia Polytechnic Inst. & State Univ. Lib., Blacksburg

The following titles are reviewed in the May 15 print issue. Visit Book Verdict for the full reviews.


Apps, Jerry. Limping Through Life: A Farm Boy’s Polio Memoir. Wisconsin Historical Soc. 2013. 248p. photogs.ISBN 9780870205804. $22.95. HEALTH

Bouton, Katherine. Shouting Won’t Help: Why I—and 50 Million Other Americans—Can’t Hear You. Sarah Crichton: Farrar. 2013. 272p. notes. index. ISBN 9780374263041. $26. HEALTH

Davis, Sampson & Lisa Frazier Page. Living and Dying in Brick City: An E.R. Doctor Returns Home. Spiegel & Grau. 2013. 240p. bibliog. ISBN 9781400069941. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780679605188. HEALTH

MacLeod, Mary J. Call the Nurse: True Stories of a Country Nurse on a Scottish Isle. Arcade: Skyhorse. 2013. 320p. ISBN 9781611458312. $24.95. HEALTH

Markowitz, Gerald & David Rosner. Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America’s Children.Univ. of California. 2013. 318p. notes. index. ISBN 9780520273252. $34.95. MED

Richards, Sarah Elizabeth. Motherhood, Rescheduled: The New Frontier of Egg Freezing and the Women Who Tried It. S. & S. May 2013. 304p. notes. ISBN 9781416567028. $25. MED

Wapner, Jessica. The Philadelphia Chromosome: A Mutant Gene and the Quest To Cure Cancer at the Genetic Level. The Experiment, dist. by Workman. May 2013. 320p. index. ISBN 9781615190676. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781615191659. MED


Darlington, Tenaya. Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese: A Guide to Wedges, Recipes, and Pairings. Running Pr.May 2013. 256p. ISBN 9780762446049. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780762448333. HOME ECON

Marchese, C. Marina & Kim Flottum. The Honey Connoisseur: Selecting, Tasting, and Pairing Honey, with a Guide to More Than 30 Varietals. Black Dog. Jun. 2013. 200p. ISBN 9781579129293. $26.95. HOME ECON

Reed, Berlin. The Ethical Butcher: How Thoughtful Eating Can Change Your World. Soft Skull. 2013. 434p.ISBN 9781593765057. $26. HOME ECON


Carlson, W. Bernard. Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age. Princeton Univ. Jun. 2013. 520p. illus. notes. index. ISBN 9780691057767. $29.95. SCI

Gallagher, Tim. Imperial Dreams: Tracking the Imperial Woodpecker Through the Wild Sierra Madre. Atria: S. & S. 2013. 259p. photogs. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781439191521. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781439191538. NAT HIST

Henderson, Caspar. The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st Century Bestiary. Univ. of Chicago. 2013. 448p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780226044705. $35. NAT HIST

Newitz, Annalee. Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction. Doubleday. May 2013. 320p. illus. notes. index. ISBN 9780385535915. $26.95. SCI

Library Journal Reviews starred review Stiteler, Sharon. 1001 Secrets Every Birder Should Know: Tips and Trivia for the Backyard and Beyond. Running Pr. 2013. 296p. photogs. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780762447343. pap. $20; ebk. ISBN 9780762448326. NAT HIST

Wills, Christopher. Green Equilibrium: The Vital Balance of Humans and Nature. Oxford Univ. May 2013. 320p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780199645701. $34.95. SCI


McCray, W. Patrick. The Visioneers: How a Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future. Princeton Univ. 2013. 352p. illus. notes. index. ISBN 9780691139838. $29.95. TECH