Book Reviews


“Gulp”, by Mary Roach Book Reviews

“Gulp:Adventures on the Alimentary Canal” is book about food and the body – why we like food or don’t, what it does to us, how it’s sold to us and everything in between. Having been moderately obsessed with my ongoing gut health since suffering from several tropical intestinal diseases a few years back, I found this book totally fascinating. Not only does it touch on...

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“How we got to now”, By Steven Johnson Book Reviews

In a slightly Bill Bryson-esque style, the author of “How we got to now: Six innovations that made the modern world”  chronicles the rise of six different advances/discoveries made over the last few centuries and how they were essential building blocks to our world today. I was amazed on the far reaching consequences of the ability to transport ice in large quantities. Equally interesting was...

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“Tender at the Bone”, by Ruth Reichl Book Reviews

“Tender at the Bone” is a memoir with the binding theme being food. When I started reading this book I had not heard of the author but she is the former editor of Gourmet and a celebrity chef. The stories are often laugh out loud funny although also touch on more serious topics around family and relationships. Regardless of the description of the memory the...

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“The Nest”, by Cynthia d’Aprix Sweeney Book Reviews

“The Nest” tells the tale of a family who suffer the consequences of that one asshole family member- you know the one, completely self absorbed, refuses to take responsibility, is the subject of much discussion when absent but somehow manages to show up every now and again and charm the pants off everyone and make them forget their grudges. “The nest” refers to an inheritance...

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“The Time in Between”, by Maria Dumas Book Reviews

This book is set during the Spanish Civil war and chronicles one woman’s (a seamstress) induction into espionage. Her work takes her throughout Spain and into North Africa as her various missions and projects get increasingly complicated and dangerous (but also glamorous). Lots of good twists and turns in a set and setting that I knew very little about to make it extra interesting. Would...

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“The Willpower Instinct”, by Kelly McGonigal Book Reviews

Not only did I read this book twice but I goaded several of my friends into reading it as well with my usual overly enthusiastic high pressure sales tactics. Even if you feel like you have enough willpower and are already a totally perfect person  who needs no help dealing with the challenges of everyday life you can get something out of this book. For...

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“Rebel Queen”, by Michelle Moran Book Reviews

“Rebel Queen” by Michelle Moran is based on the life of queen (Rani)  Lakshmi of Jahnsi in central India and is told from the perspective of one of her female guards. The setting is the 1850’s when the British East India Company is attempting to annex the kingdoms in what we know as India in order to control the spice/silk trades. The history around Rani...

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“Homegoing”, by Yaa Gyasi Book Reviews

Homegoing (fiction) by Ya Gyasi, follows two branches of a family who were separated by the Gold Coast slave trade. Each chapter touches the life of a member of the next generation of the family. At first I found the jumps between generations and across family lines a bit choppy and hard to follow but it became more fluid as the reader comes to expect...

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“Chasing the Scream”, by Johann Hari Book Reviews

This book asks some fundamental questions about the war or drugs – its origins, proponents, initiators, benefactors and victims. It is rigorously researched drawing from academic publications and personal interviews with politicians, care providers, police, addicts and a multitude of others in several different countries impacted by this century long war. The author discusses the origins of drug prohibition in North America and Europe and...

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“At Home” by Bill Bryson Book Reviews

In the meticulously searched yet witty way we have come to expect from Bill Bryson he dissects all things to do with the home. I was both thoroughly entertained and totally schooled by this book. At the time I started this book I was in the market for something light or humorous  as I had just come out of about 4 books in a row...

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