Book Genre: Science

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Judy Melinek
Becker
4

If you are fascinated with TV shows like Bones or books by Kathy Reichs or Patricia Cornwell, try out this memoir about the real-life day to day work of a big city medical examiner. Dr. Melinek had intended to become a surgeon, but found the intensity of the training (100+ hour workweeks were...

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Chris Hadfield
Becker
4

Part memoir, part self-help, part description of what life is really like as an astronaut, this book was fascinating. Hadfield dreamed of becoming an astronaut from the time he was nine years old. He knew that it was a long shot (at the time, Canada did not even have a space program), but he...

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Thomas Thwaites
Stefanie
5

Thomas Thwaite's endeavor to build a toaster really is heroic, just as the alternate title suggests. You'll be amazed by what he does and you'll also learn a lot and be charmed by his story. This little book has science, adventure, travel, humor, philosophy, interesting characters and more. I...

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David Agus
Michelle
3

Read by the author himself, a mistake, the content itself is good if you are interested in easy to understand tips for improving your daily and long-term health.

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Lauren Redniss
Em
5

Not five pages into this book, I was crazy hooked and kept needing to share interesting trivia with whoever happened to be around me. The book follows the lives of Marie and Pierre Curie and chronicles their scientific progress. It also moves forward in time, covering the historical...

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Mary Roach
Rebecca
4

“What happens after you die?” is probably one of the oldest questions humanity has ever asked itself (along with “What will I eat in two hours?"). For a long time, it occupied our attention strictly in a metaphysical sense, wondering about souls and the afterlife, because we knew what happened...

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Gary Small
Laurie.
3

The advert for this book could read, "This is your brain on technology." Whether you are a digital native or digital immigrant, technology can be friend and foe. As we become more connected, the authors recommend practicing the art of face-to-face communication, including exercising emotional...

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Ben Mezrich
Manon
4

Although this book was difficult for me to get into, it was certainly a unique, interesting story to read. It was written by Ben Mezrich, who also wrote The Accidental Billionaires, the book on which the film The Social Network is based.  Thad Roberts left behind a...

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Joseph Midthun
ShellyB
5

The Building Blocks of Science series of books are really fun and informative, using both text and illustrations with fun characters to teach basic body system, science, and math concepts.  My fifth grader loved them and asked for more, and his younger cousin visiting from Minnesota also...

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Mary Roach
seanamo
4

This is arguably Mary Roach's grossest work to date, but as always she asks and finds answers to the questions that we all would ask, if we hadn't been scolded that those kinds of questions aren't polite. In Gulp, Roach takes us on a journey through our alimentary canal - from taste, to...

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Marc J Seifer
seanamo
3

I am as fascinated by Tesla's genius as I am by his diminished (but thankfully changing) role in history. And while Seifer does provide some insightful research into Telsa's innovations in electricity, radio and even sustainability, I found myself annoyed by his dichotomous writing style. In one...

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Tom Rath
Bobby
3

In this book, Rath recognizes the unhealthy state  of our country and attempts to suggest simple, yet impactful steps toward greater health and happiness.  As the title suggests, everything revolves around eating right, moving more, and sleeping better.  Rath does an...

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Jim Ottaviani
Adelina
4

This book is read for Young Adults. It is a good basic accessible introduction to three of the greatest primatologists of the 20th century: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey & Birute Galdikas. It looks at each woman's life and contributions to their field. The different personalities and passions of...

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Steve Winter
Stefanie
5

This book, like others that deal with environmental destruction and conservation efforts, takes the reader through emotional ups-and-downs, from deep sadness at the loss of tigers to joy at learning about the dedication and progress being made trying to save them. While it's tempting to just...

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Susan Casey
Zac
4

As far as nature goes, it's safe to say that the ocean acts as a kind of ambassador to the unknown, and Susan Casey’s The Wave, unfettered, dives right in.

Water, as it is in nature, has an undeniably humbling way of reminding us that we’re not in control. The more we try to...

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Norman Doidge
ShellyB
5

Fascinating!!!!!  Written by a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, this is an intriguing, engrossing look at the history of the discovery (make that discoveries) of the amazing plasticity of the human brain, including several case studies highlighting the brain's flexibility.  The case of...

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Annie Dillard
Jennifer D
5

Nature eats itself alive, explodes into dazzling landscapes, and Annie Dillard watches with a ferocious curiosity and reports back in beautiful prose. Can you tell I loved this book? A Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is an observation, a meditation, and an exhilarating celebration about Dillard’s time...

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Edward O Wilson
Robin
3

Do you have a young, budding scientist in your life? E.O. Wilson, the "Father of Sociobiology" and the creator of the online Encyclopedia of Life reflects back on his childhood, education, and career to...

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Max Brooks
Bobby
4

Instead of relying on in-you-face surprises or gore, World War Z explores the larger geopolitical picture and the sophisticated complexities of fighting undead hoards.  The movie adaptation (and adaptation is a generous term) focuses on putting your adrenal glands into...

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Deborah Heiligman
Laurie.
3

This book was a first for me. A picture book about a mathematician? Yes! Paul Erdös was a mathematical prodigy born in Hungry and spent his life playing with math. The author's use of rebus, numbers and images to represent words, and interesting mathematical illustrations is delightfully...

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Stephen Hawking
Laurie.
3

I don't know much about cosmology or black holes, and what I do know, I learned from Hawking's books. He has the ability to make complex ideas more accessible to the non-scientist. In 127 pages, he summarizes his life with just-the-facts narrative; a beginning and a middle with an eye toward the...

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Nina Burleigh
Laurie.
4

Napoleon Bonaparte's loss was the world's gain when a group of trained scientists followed him into Egypt. Through the scientists efforts, and sometimes life-ending dedication, they began cataloging the contributions of a little understood culture resulting in a 26 volume encyclopedia. Great...

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R. Mike Mullane
ShellyB
4

This is a very funny and really interesting look at what it was like to be a NASA space shuttle astronaut.  Told by a man who admittedly suffers from "arrested development" and who happens to be in the first group to include females (Sally Ride was in this group), Mike Mullane recounts his...

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Susan Martineau
Mary P
4

This is a great book for kids who are learning about how to keep their bodies healthy.  It focuses on the drinks we can have and what each one can do for our bodies.  Not only does it discuss the health benefits of each, but it goes into some simple detail about where the beverage...

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Giles Andreae
Mary P
4

This is a longer rhyming book full of information about dinosaurs--the many different types and what makes them unique.

The colors and images are beautiful with many shapes to discuss.