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The Doom of the Ocean: Jellyfish

Posted 9/7/2013 in Book Reviews

Stung!: On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean (University of Chicago Press) by marine biologist Lisa-ann Gershwin tells of an unexpected threat to our oceans.

A Lively Tour of Orgy Land

Posted 9/4/2013 in Book Reviews

Plays Well in Groups: A Journey through the World of Group Sex (Rowman & Littlefield) by Katherine Frank is a wide-ranging look at a surprisingly widespread topic.

Testifying Against Censorship of the Strip Clubs

Posted 8/30/2013 in Book Reviews

Judith Lynne Hanna in Naked Truth: Strip Clubs, Democracy, and a Christian Right (University of Texas Press) tells us why stripdancing needs protection as expression.

America's First Great Photographer

Posted 8/28/2013 in Book Reviews

Mathew Brady: Portraits of a Nation (Bloomsbury) by Robert Wilson is the Civil War photographer's first biography.

Jesse's Quest

Posted 8/26/2013 in Book Reviews

Shot All to Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West's Greatest Escape (William Morrow) by Mark Lee Gardner examines the legends.

Size Matters

Posted 8/21/2013 in Book Reviews

John Tyler Bonner's Randomness in Evolution (Princeton University Press) tells how differences animals' sizes make other surprising differences.

The Messy Conquest of Polio

Posted 8/14/2013 in Book Reviews

Paralysed with Fear: The Story of Polio (Palgrave MacMillan) tells of a magnificent but flawed scientific endeavor.

A Handsome Compendium of Trademarks

Posted 8/6/2013 in Book Reviews

Per Mollerup's Marks of Excellence: The History and Taxonomy of Trademarks (Phaidon) appreciates the power in small images.

CSI a Hundred Years Ago

Posted 7/31/2013 in Book Reviews

The Magnificent Spilsbury and the Case of the Brides in the Bath (John Murray) by Jane Robins reconstructs a series of gruesome murders of brides.

Orson in Winter

Posted 7/29/2013 in Book Reviews

My Lunches with Orson: Conversations between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles (Metropolitan Books) features revealing conversations with a master filmmaker and gossip.


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