Why We Sleep by Matthew P. Walker

Why We Sleep by Matthew P. Walker

Much of the stuff I thought I knew about sleep has had a major and often surprising up-date within the last decade or so due to the ever-increasing sophistication of brain imaging techniques (MRIs and the like). In his very readable book, Walker, a neuroscientist, reveals how some of the huge questions we have had […]



The Perfectionists by Simon Winchester

The Perfectionists by Simon Winchester

Simon Winchester is a master at both explaining things and telling us gripping stories. In his latest book he takes us on a journey of the history of precision. As a concept, the drive to greater and greater precision in order to create tools (machines) that perform extremely well started in 18th century England. In […]


The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan

Environmental journalist Egan presents the fascinating story of our planet’s largest inland bodies of water. Make that body of water–singular–because in hydrological terms the five great lakes are really all one connected body of water. It’s a very threatened body, too. From the first group of settlers of this vast continent to the current (and […]



Pale Rider by Laura Spinney

Pale Rider by Laura Spinney

Admittedly, I am fond of nonfiction books dealing with some fairly gruesome topics. The flu pandemic of 1918, commonly referred to then and still today as the Spanish flu*, is indeed gruesome. It is also a fascinating historical event and author Spinney explores it comprehensively. Her writing is clear, the events presented in gripping detail, […]


Forest Bathing by Dr. Qing Li

Forest Bathing by Dr. Qing Li

This beautifully illustrated and simple to read book is an introduction to the pleasures and science behind forest bathing. The book is subtitled How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness. Forest bathing is not taking a bath in the forest; it is immersing yourself using all your senses in the forest. Clinical research […]


Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

Education is something many of us take for granted, and something we assume is denied only to those too poor or too disadvantaged to acquire. It’s easy to believe that never happens in the United States but Westover’s moving memoir proves that assumption wrong. Westover grew up in rural Idaho the daughter of survivalist Mormon […]


Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

This book was fascinating on many levels: as a biography, as a description of one woman’s burgeoning intellectual journey, and as impassioned insight into how many women are treated under Islam. Ali describes her journey from her birth in Somalia to her subsequent homes in Saudia Arabia, Ethiopia and Kenya. After an arranged marriage she […]


Advanced Style: Older and Wiser by Ari Seth Cohen

Advanced Style: Older and Wiser by Ari Seth Cohen

This is a welcome sequel to Cohen’s first book Advanced Style  [2014]. If you love people watching and appreciate fantastic looking, interesting women (and a few men) of a certain age, this book is a pleasure to page through. If you are a woman of a certain age, it’s a testament to the idea that […]