Science/Mathematics

Book Review: River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

Author: 
Millard, Candice
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

Great for the reader interested in history, science, and adventure. A wonderful insight into Theodore Roosevelt's lifelong love for nature.

Reviewer's Name: 
Abby

Book Review: The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True

Author: 
Dawkins, Richard
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

Great book. Dr. Dawkins takes everyday questions and answers them both via myth and via science in a manner that is accessible to the average layperson. The height of the book for me was the discussion of "Sod's Law" and the understanding that reacting as if there is a threat when the possibility arises assures survival. Also, I thought it was interesting that we are living the good life (at least I am), and natural selection favors a struggle. The illustrations were also great. A big thumbs up!

Reviewer's Name: 
vfranklyn

Book Review: River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

Author: 
Millard, Candice
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

Explore an uncharted tributary of the Amazon River with President Theodore Roosevelt in The River of Doubt by Candice Millard. The adventure encompasses United States history, South American politics, native populations along the Amazon, and the relationship that President Roosevelt had with his son. Learn about the animals and plants along the dangerous Amazon and the near death of the President.

Reviewer's Name: 
Janie

Book Review: Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

Author: 
Cahalan, Susannah
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

I started out giving this book 4 stars - it is a fascinating inside look at this author's hospitalization for a rare autoimmune disorder which caused her complete memory loss of the time she was ill and could have eventually led to her death had her doctor given up on her.

The more I think about this book, however, the more I liked it - I've found myself talking about it with friends and family over the past few days and marveling at this author's tenacity on recreating her "month of madness" through interviews and tapes. I feel this is a wonderful and well-written book, not only of one woman's experiences with an illness that displayed itself so quickly and violently, but a fascinating look into our brains and how they work (or don't work).

Reviewer's Name: 
Krista

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