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Star "Star" Reviewer: Judy King

       
Judy King     My fascination with the natural world goes way back to my early childhood when I always had to visit the flamingos and the zebras whenever my family went to the zoo. Why were flamingos pink? I wondered. Why did zebras have stripes? Why not the other way around?

Without being aware of it, I grew into a science nerd. Writers I admired included Rachel Carson and Carl Sagan, and I got away from reading fiction more and more. These days there are so many excellent writers producing books about scientific topics and the history of science that it's hard to know where to start. I tend to look first for a woman's name as the author, and go from there. I still doubt that I'll ever run out of reading material.

When I'm not reading, I'm generally riding herd on my silly dogs. I also make things without always following directions or patterns. Sometimes they turn out the way I imagined. Other times they turn out awesome.

  1. Alexander, Jessica. Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid

  2. Blum, Deborah. The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

  3. Costa, Temra. Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat

  4. Dean, Lou. On My Ass: Riding the Midlife Crisis Trail

  5. Felt, Hali. Soundings: The Story of the Remarkable Woman Who Mapped the Ocean Floor

  6. Gross, Anne K. The Polio Journals: Lessons from My Mother

  7. Kirshenbaum, Sheril. The Science of Kissing: What Our Lips Are Telling Us

  8. Mandell, Gail Porter. Angel Creek: Where the River Meets the Sea

  9. Roach, Mary. Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

  10. Seethaler, Sherry. Lies, Damned Lies, and Science

  11. Shanor, Karen, Ph.D., and Jagmeet Kanwal, Ph.D. Bats Sing, Mice Giggle: The Surprising Science of Animals' Inner Lives

  12. Skloot, Rebecca. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

  13. Snyder, Laura J. The Philosophical Breakfast Club: Four Remarkable Friends Who Transformed Science and Changed the World

  14. Stark, Lizzie. Pandora's DNA: Tracing The Breast Cancer Genes Through History, Science, and One Family Tree

  15. Tucker, Holly. Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution

  16. Welsh, Louise. Naming the Bones

  17. White, Judith K. The Seventh Etching

       

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