Whiplash by Jōichi Itō

Whiplash by Jōichi Itō

Ito and coauthor Jeff Howe use stories of recent scientific and technological developments to demonstrate nine principles that they see driving innovation now and into the future — principles like “emergent systems” dominating over those with authoritarian rule-making, and “compasses” being better guides than maps. The principles are clear and well-illustrated, drawn largely from examples they’ve encountered […]


Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini

Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini

Funny, witty and at times shocking, TROUBLEMAKER: SURVIVING HOLLYWOOD AND SCIENTOLOGY is part life story, part stunning expose on the inner workings of Scientology. Remini tells of her childhood in Brooklyn, her parent’s divorce, and her transition from Roman Catholicism to Scientology at the age of nine. When she was thirteen, she and her family […]


The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

You already know much of what Kolbert presents here. Life is both tenacious and tenuous. At least five times in the last half-billion years much of Earth’s life has been wiped out by a change in global conditions, the most recent probably caused by an asteroid impact during the Late Cretaceous epoch. Die-offs cascade as […]


Morbid Curiosities by Paul Gambino

Morbid Curiosities by Paul Gambino

I knew I was not the only one who loves serial killers…and this book proves it.  Detailing the collections of 17 individuals, this book gives you a peek into the macabre.  From shrunken heads and mummified hands to John Wayne Gacy Clown paintings and a hangman’s noose, these collectors don’t shy away from what makes […]


Masters of the Games and Wind Sprints by Joseph Epstein

Masters of the Games and Wind Sprints by Joseph Epstein

Here at the EPL Reader’s Services desk, a good day might include cheerful exchanges with patrons buoyed by a Cubs victory. A very good day requires only a visit from Joe Epstein. When Mr. Epstein approaches the desk, you’re in for an amusing story or three. The humor is wry, the manner puckish, the delivery […]


The Next Pandemic by Ali S. Khan

The Next Pandemic by Ali S. Khan

I do so enjoy these books about dire and gruesome diseases even though along with the thrill comes an accompanying dread as to what lies ahead for our society should any of these maladies become more than something ones reads about in a book. For many that has already happened–ebola, zika, dengue fever, cholera, to […]


Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Wow! Jahren manages to make soil sexy so imagine what she can do with trees! You’ll never look at a tree again without seeing the biological miracle it is. Full of humor and insights into the excitement scientists feel about their chosen fields and the challenges facing women (still) in research. At one point she […]


Breakthrough by Jack Andraka

Breakthrough by Jack Andraka

After seeing it on the shelf in the Loft and on display at nearly every bookstore I went into, I finally broke down and read this book. Boy, I’m glad I did! Breakthrough is really two stories. One is the story of how Jack, a science whiz and probable genius, develops a cheap and effective […]


Pandemic by Sonia Shah

Pandemic by Sonia Shah

What is going to kill us next? That horrifying but intriguing question is what science journalist Sonia Shah asks here in her lucid exploration of how vulnerable our world is to some nasty pathogen lurking somewhere–in a busy city hospital, in a third world village near a remote forest, on a poultry farm in rural […]


Dinner with Edward by Isabel Vincent

Dinner with Edward by Isabel Vincent

Charming, touching, short memoir of two lost individuals who connect. Edward, in his 90’s, has recently lost his most beloved wife. Isabel is in a falling-apart marriage. As a favor to her friend, Edward’s daughter, Isabel agrees to go to dinner at Edward’s to try to reignite his will to live. In the course of […]