Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.



Decoding the World by Po Bronson and Arvind Gupta

Decoding the World is a collection of essays going back and forth between authors Po Bronson and Arvind Gupta. Each essay is introduced from a real news headline though how directly or tangentially those headlines relate to the subject varies widely.... Continue Reading →

Beyond Your Bubble by Tania Israel

Beyond Your Bubble is a short book full of information on how to talk to people with whom you disagree passionately in order to come to a position of mutual respect. It has several exercises to help readers practice their... Continue Reading →

From Here to There: The Art and Science of Finding and Losing Our Way by Michael Bond

From Here to There: The Art and Science of Finding and Losing Our Way is a fascinating exploration of how we learn to find our way as children and how we may risk unlearning it from lack of use thanks... Continue Reading →

The Great Influenza by John M. Barry

The Great Influenza is a history of the Spanish Influenza epidemic that began during World War I. A global pandemic during a war seems like a terrible coincidence, but in fact, the war helped spread the virus across the globe... Continue Reading →

Nature’s Best Hope by Douglas W. Tallamy

It is so easy to be pessimistic about our planet's future when Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is vowing to criminalize climate change boycotts and "radical protests" and Trump withdraws from the Paris Climate Agreement. Bees are dying and butterflies... Continue Reading →

Snow by Gilles Whittell

Snow was always of paramount importance while growing up in northern Minnesota. Walking out to the main road to put the flag out for the snow plow could be easy or difficult depending on the quality of the snow. Fine powdery... Continue Reading →

Scatterbrain by Henning Beck

Scatterbrain is a reader-friendly exploration of how the "failures" and "mistakes" of our memory and thinking processes are actually beneficial. In fourteen chapters addressing different aspects of memory, imagination, creativity, and even motivation, Henning Beck explains why what seems a... Continue Reading →

The Ice at the End of the World by Jon Gertner

The Ice at the End of the World is a history of the exploration of Greenland's massive ice sheet and the scientific research conducted there. There are many articles and books about climate change and rising sea levels linked to... Continue Reading →

The Lost Boys by Gina Perry

After World War II there was tremendous urgency around finding explanations for what happened in Germany. How could a modern society lose itself in hate and violence, committing genocide on a scale and efficiency unimagined before? One of those who... Continue Reading →

The Secret Wisdom of Nature by Peter Wohlleben

The Secret Wisdom of Nature focuses on the relationships between the flora and fauna of nature, things like how some plants, insects, birds, or animals interact with other plants, insects, or animals to survive, thrive, and multiply. Many of the relationships are... Continue Reading →

Rise of the Necrofauna by Britt Wray

Move over Jurassic Park, there are real scientists exploring ways to bring back species that have become extinct, species like the passenger pigeon, the auroch, and the wooly mammoth. The prospect is exciting to people who believe we should restore... Continue Reading →

A Matter of Taste by Rebecca Tucker

What we eat has become a moral issue of the kind that makes life harder for people whose life is already hard. Nearly everyone laments the loss of the family farm to big industrial farming, displacing the agrarian life with... Continue Reading →

The Re-Origin of Species by Torill Kornfeldt

I was reading The Re-Origin of Species when He Jiankui announced he had edited the genes of two babies to make them resistant to the AIDS virus. When noted geneticist George Church rushed to his defense, it made sense considering what he... Continue Reading →

Why Aren’t We Dead Yet? by Idan Ben-Barak

If someone had told me I would be laughing over antibodies and the immune system, I would have rolled my eyes, but it's true. I challenge anyone to read Why Aren't We Dead Yet? and not laugh at least once. Twice I... Continue Reading →

The Embattled Vote in America by Allan J. Lichtman

With the American democratic experiment at a precarious moment, Allan J. Lichtman's The Embattled Vote in America From the Founding to the Present is a timely and important book. Neither Hillary nor Trump received as many votes as Nobody, the choice of... Continue Reading →

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