The Folded Clock : a diary by Heidi Julavits

The Folded Clock : a diary by Heidi Julavits

The Folded Clock is a diary of sorts, but not one that follows standard chronology. It jumps around in time much as memory does but with so much wit and insight that it makes no difference. It’s more like peering into the mind of a funny, insightful, honest friend who shares her thoughts about life, […]


A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout

A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout

This gripping memoir tells the tale of a young Canadian woman, a budding journalist, who was kidnapped and held for ransom by Muslim insurgents in Somalia in 2008. It’s a harrowing story of survival that had me biting my fingernails as she and her photographer friend escaped but were recaptured; as they strove to survive […]


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 […]