Science & Technology Reviews | June 1, 2013

Conrad, Ross. Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture. rev. & expanded ed. Chelsea Green. 2013. 304p. photogs. notes. index. ISBN 9781603583626. pap. $34.95. AGRI

Originally published in 2007 as colony collapse disorder was making headlines across the world, this updated edition by veteran beekeeper Conrad (former president, Vermont Beekeepers Assn.) is a holistic reference guide to organic apiculture. While newer parasites like varroa mites are making chemical treatments a normal part of hive ownership, many people are still looking for ways to manage their hives organically in order to reduce the amount of chemicals that affect bees, other pollinators, and the environment in general. This new edition adds information about urban beekeeping, top-bar hives, and marketing for those interested in selling honey and other products from their beehives. A comprehensive glossary and resource list will assist novice and experienced apiarists searching for equipment, mite-resistant bee suppliers, and pesticide testing and reporting agencies. VERDICT Conrad’s personal experiences and easy tone and the wealth of information make this title perfect for beekeepers looking for more natural hive management options. Highly recommended for purchase wherever urban farming is taking root.—Kristi Chadwick, Emily Williston Lib., Easthampton, MA

Library Journal Reviews starred review Rosenfelt, David. Dogtripping: 25 Rescues, 11 Volunteers, and 3 RVs on Our Canine Cross-Country Adventure. St. Martin’s. Jul. 2013. 288p. ISBN 9781250014696. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250014702. PETS

When Rosenfelt and his wife decided to pack up and move from California to Maine, they had a lot more to consider than whether to bring the old sofa. Relocating cross-country has its challenges, especially when 25 dogs are coming along for the ride. A dog rescuer and mystery writer (notably the “Andy Carpenter” series), Rosenfelt enlisted the help of friends and fans to get his furry and four-legged family into their new home. With the aid of three RVs, the dogs made it cross-country, and the journey, guided by stories of dogs that changed Rosenfelt’s life for the better, will remind readers that sometimes the most life-changing trip is the one that both goes down memory lane and to new, undiscovered places. VERDICT A treat for fans of horror writer Dean Koontz’s A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog, this book will inspire readers to look at their own dogs with a new appreciation—and to pay that love forward by helping a shelter dog in need. A story as poignant as it is hilarious.—Melissa Culbertson, Homewood, IL

Library Journal Reviews starred review Rothenberg, David. Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise. St. Martin’s. 2013. 320p. illus. notes. index. ISBN 9781250005212. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250018267. NAT HIST

Alone, with no one to appreciate their sounds and ponder their significance, insects serenaded our planet for millions of years before we, or even birds, appeared on the scene. Rothenberg (philosophy & music, New Jersey Inst. of Technology; Why Birds Sing) promotes the unorthodox view that humans obtained their musicality from the influence of insect calls, particularly cicadas, crickets, and katydids. He gives examples of composers whom he believes have been inspired by them, e.g., Béla Bartók with his “night music.” Rothenberg beckons us to explore sounds and understand to our core that life at every level, down to the subatomic, involves rhythm. His writing itself has a rhythm to it, a driving, often philosophical force that draws the reader in, always informative and entertaining, and chock full of fascinating stories, insights, and speculations. However, since as Rothenberg says, rhythm may well be the most basic and intrinsic part of all life, this reviewer is convinced that we would have music with or without insect calls. VERDICT This book is sure to please anyone with a natural history bent, an interest in musical structure, or a craving to explore something off the beaten path.—Annette Aiello, Smithsonian Tropical Research Inst., Balboa, Panama

The following titles are reviewed in the June 1 print issue. Visit Book Verdict for the full reviews.


Mickey, Thomas J. America’s Romance with the English Garden. Ohio Univ. Jun. 2013. 252p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780821420355. pap. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780821444528. GARDENING


Bing, Eric G. & Marc J. Epstein. Pharmacy on a Bicycle: Innovative Solutions to Global Health and Poverty.Berrett-Koehler. 2013. 256p. bibliog. index. notes. ISBN 9781609947897. pap. $29.95. HEALTH

Bittman, Mark. VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 To Lose Weight and Restore Your Health…for Good. Clarkson Potter: Crown Pub. Group. 2013. 288p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780385344746. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780385344753. HEALTH

Brazelton, T. Berry. Learning to Listen: A Life Caring for Children. Merloyd Lawrence: Da Capo. 2013. 256p. index. ISBN 9780738216676. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9780738216683. HEALTH

Fussell, James A. & Jeffrey P. Matovic. Ticked: A Medical Miracle, a Friendship, and the Weird World of Tourette Syndrome. Chicago Review. 2013. 272p. ISBN 9781613743805. $26.95. MED

Gallagher, Nora. The Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic. Knopf. 2013. 224p. ISBN 9780307592989. $24.HEALTH

Vitti, Alisa. Womancode: Perfect Your Cycle, Amplify Your Fertility, Supercharge Your Sex Drive, and Become a Power Source. HarperOne: HarperCollins. 2013. 320p. notes. index. ISBN 9780062130778. $25.99. HEALTH


Berghoff, Carlyn & others. Cooking for Your Gluten-Free Teen: Everyday Foods the Whole Family Will Love.Andrews McMeel. 2013. 192p. ISBN 9781449427603. pap. $19.99. HOME ECON

Duffy, Allison Carroll. Preserving with Pomona’s Pectin: The Revolutionary Low-Sugar, High-Flavor Method for Crafting and Canning Jams, Jellies, Conserves, and More. Fair Winds: Quayside. Jun. 2013. 176p. ISBN 9781592335596. pap. $21.99; ISBN 9781610587501. COOKING

Karlin, Mary. Mastering Fermentation: Recipes for Making and Cooking with Fermented Foods. Ten Speed.Aug. 2013. 256p. ISBN 9781607744382. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9781607744399. COOKING

Lison, Kathe. The Whole Fromage: Adventures in the Delectable World of French Cheese. Broadway. Jun. 2013. 304p. notes. ISBN 9780307452061. pap. $15. HOME ECON

Steen, Celine & Tamasin Noyes. Whole Grain Vegan Baking: More Than 100 Tasty Recipes for Plant-Based Treats Made Even Healthier—From Wholesome Cookies and Cupcakes to Breads. Fair Winds: Quayside.2013. 176p. ISBN 9781592335459. pap. $19.99. COOKING


Fairbairn, Daphne J. Odd Couples: Extraordinary Differences Between the Sexes in the Animal Kingdom.Princeton Univ. 2013. 312p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780691141961. $27.95. SCI

Morgan, George D. Rocket Girl: The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America’s First Female Rocket Scientist.Prometheus. Jul. 2013. 250p. notes. ISBN 9781616147396. pap. $18; ebk. ISBN 9781616147402. SCI

Swain, Frank. How To Make a Zombie: The Real Life (and Death) Science of Reanimation and Mind Control.Oneworld. Jul. 2013. 256p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781851689446. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781780740997. SCI

Waller, William H. The Milky Way: An Insider’s Guide. Princeton Univ. 2013. 296p. illus. notes. index. ISBN 9780691122243. $29.95. SCI