Book Review: The Hot Zone by Richard Preston

When Robert Preston's Hot Zone was published in 1994, it was an immediate best-seller. Written in the style of a thriller, Preston describes what happens when an unknown virus breaks out at a monkey house in Reston, Virginia. While it reads like fiction, the events actually happened. Nearly five hundred monkeys at a Reston research … Continue reading Book Review: The Hot Zone by Richard Preston

Book Review: Sabotage by Neal Bascomb.

In a book that reads like a thriller, Neal Bascomb explains how Norwegian commandos effectively prevented Nazi Germany from getting their hands on an atomic bomb. A small group of Norwegians, trained in Britian, returned to their homeland to sabotage Vemork, the plant that was supplying Germany with heavy water. Germans needed heavy water, or Deuterium, … Continue reading Book Review: Sabotage by Neal Bascomb.

Book Review: Thank you For Your Service by David Finkel

David Finkel takes a dark topic, soldiers returning from duty with PSTD and other injuries, and turns it into something starkly beautiful. The book is filled with haunting stories. For instance, James Doster makes a fateful decision. Doster gives Adam Schumann his chance to Skype his family because he feels Schumann needs the time more … Continue reading Book Review: Thank you For Your Service by David Finkel

Book Review: The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery.

Sy Montgomery a naturalist who writes for children and adults alike explores the minds of invertebrates in The Soul of an Octopus.  Montgomery writes that Octopuses are highly intelligent and curious creatures, even if their minds are wired differently. Montgomery discovers that octopuses, like dogs and other mammals, often have the desire to play. Octopus display emotion … Continue reading Book Review: The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery.

Courage and Defiance by Deborah Hopkinson

On April 9, 1940, the Nazis invaded Denmark. Unlike surrounding occupied countries, Denmark rescued ninety percent of its Jewish population. In October 1943, fishermen ferried seven thousands Danish Jews to safety in Sweden. Deborah Hopkinson tells this story and many others in this thrilling work of non-fiction. Most of the people that figure prominently in … Continue reading Courage and Defiance by Deborah Hopkinson

How I Built This by Guy Raz

Business podcaster and journalist, Guy Raz, offers insights on how many innovative companies got started in How I Built This. Raz summarizes key takeaways from his podcast where he interviews founders. Even though no two stories are alike, there are some similarities. In his estimation, entrepreneurs are open to the call. Some businesses were a … Continue reading How I Built This by Guy Raz

Spineless: the Science of Jellyfish by Juli Berwald

Spineless by Juli Berwald 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 … Continue reading Spineless: the Science of Jellyfish by Juli Berwald