The Best American Science and Nature Writing [2017] by Various [Edited by Hope Jahren]




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[Is it weird to note that the cover is a very pleasant shade of violet in person?]

“A renowned scientist and the best-selling author of Lab Girl, Hope Jahren selects the year’s top science and nature writing from writers who balance research with humanity and in the process uncover riveting stories of discovery across disciplines.



The first thing about this book I’d like to say is; SCIENCE! 

I got this as a pleasant birthday gift, and it was gifted to me because they said I always educate them on super interesting science-y things, and how they figured I’d appreciate it. They were right!

Like the synopsis explains, this book essentially is a collection of various nature and science-based published articles that were selected from thousands of submissions that Hope Jahren in this case, decided were important enough to be in  2017’s ‘Best American’ series.

There’s no much to really write about this since it’s all factual information [that of course if you like science and nature stuff, you’re going to most likely be into it], but I will give some thoughts on it.

The first is that the selection of articles sort of goes like;

Something kinda random, CLIMATE CHANGE, CLIMATE CHANGE, something else kinda random, CLIMATE CHANGE, CLIMATE CHANGE, oh hey two random articles in a row, CLIMATE CHANGE WILL DESTROY US ALL [DestroyUsAll!]

Granted, climate change is discussed in various and examples so it doesn’t get repetitive or boring at all. Except for maybe the increasing dread you’ll experience with just how fucked we are if we don’t turn things around like… right now.

It took me a bit longer to get through the book because some of the articles are a lot more interesting than others. Some are straight up boring. [I don’t know if I ever wanted to have to read through an entire long-ass article about how/what the government defines ‘wilderness’ as in Utah, but here I am]

If you’re a science/nature nerd, then this will definitely be up your alley.



I give The Best American Science and Nature Writing [2017] 4/5 Urban-Evolved Rats



“Where they burn books, they will also ultimately burn people.”

“The dish was described as ‘damping through the boroughgroves.’ Presumably, no mome raths would be consumed.”

“And later, stumbling to town drunk, I found myself in the middle of a field staring at a glistening sky. Had I still believed in him, I’d say it looked like God had sneezed glitter.”

“Although the line between lunacy and scientific fact is constantly shifting, the search for aliens still occupies the shadows of cranks.”






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