Spineless is a fascinating memoir about a woman obsessed with jellyfish. Berwald became enamored with the marine life after taking a course in Israel. Once she explored the Red Sea coral, Berwald was hooked. After having children, though, Berwald felt sidelined by her options.
Though she faced many obstacles, Berwald’s slippery subject takes her to Italy, Japan, and Israel. In a journey that mirrors the life cycle of the jellyfish, Berwald’s becomes enthralled with the jellyfish’s story–their anatomy, their ability to reproduce in increasingly acidic waters and what that portends about the ocean’s future.