Stacy T. Staff Picks


 

An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist Cover Image
$17.59
ISBN: 9780062225801
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Published: Ecco Press - August 26th, 2014

A unique look at the life of the controversial Richard Dawkins. Those not familiar with his previous works may be stunned by the brutal honesty and often radical ideas. This is a useful read for anyone who appreciates science and supports its popularization.

-- Stacy


Internal Medicine: A Doctor's Stories Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781631490873
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - October 12th, 2015

This book made me reconsider, for the tenth time, my pursuit of medicine. Holt will make you sad, nervous, and maybe a little bit discouraged. Don't let him. There is a greater message in this book, and by the time you are done reading it, you will feel that your life is ten times more precious than you thought it to be before you started.

-- Stacy


The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307908230
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Published: Pantheon Books - May 5th, 2015

I wish I breezed through every book like I did through this one. Admittedly, I picked it to feel smarter, but ended up honestly loving every page. Mlodinow manages to compress all of human existence into 300 pages and does so adequately and with charm. You won't feel like you're reading a bulky textbook. Evolution, major inventions, mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, countless scientists (their perks, flaws, failures) -- all these subjects and many more are discussed with genuine fondness. Mlodinow writes about science with such great affection and tenderness, that you can't help but feel intense appreciation for devoted and passionate individuals like himself. If you have a soft spot for science, please read this book.

-- Stacy


Why We Write about Ourselves: Twenty Memoirists on Why They Expose Themselves (and Others) in the Name of Literature Cover Image
By Meredith Maran (Editor)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780142181973
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Published: Plume Books - January 26th, 2016

A heartwarming and honest book which I admired from start to finish. Unpretentious and straightforward, this collection gives you a look at 20 different authors who explain why they chose to write about themselves. Some humble, others egotistical--all of these writers make valuable points about introspection, vulnerability, and the difficulties that come with exposing your life to others. There are surprising common threads that weave through the pages, but ultimately each author has a unique and noteworthy take on the subject of self-exposure. I found this book to be thought-provoking, analytical, and profound in the most delightfully candid way.

-- Stacy