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review 2020-01-14 19:02
BREASTS by Florence Williams
Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History - Florence Williams
The cultural history of the breast with science added to the story.  It tells the difference between humans and other mammals regarding breasts.  It also explains the stages breast go through from birth to death as well illness such as cancer.
 
I found this book fascinating.  I liked how breasts were given a context in history but I found her going through the life stages of breasts so interesting that if I fell asleep I would relisten to the chapter.  At times the narrative gets bogged down in scientific names and numbers especially on how outside chemicals affect breast milk and how it affects babies but it is information that is important.  Going through cancer was also an interesting and important section for men also. 
 
I'm glad I listened to it.  I plan on listening again.  There is so much information within this book.
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review 2020-01-06 05:41
The Feather Thief
The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century - Kirk Johnson

Yeah, I loved this.

It's late so I won't be going too in detail. But if you had told me a combination of natural history, sports writing, and true crime could be blended together, I wouldn't have thought it was good. But this was simply incredible. I had a hard time stopping once I got listening, which is bad because I listened to most of it at work.

 

Johnson does an incredible job of setting up the story and putting it into the context it needs to be held in. I HATE fishing so never knew much about fly fishing. Yet I was RIVETED listening to the explanation of fly tying and why it's relevant to feathers. And once I knew the historical and scientific significance of the birds, I felt emotional pain thinking about what was lost. I don't think I would have found it as gripping or emotional I'd Johnson hadn't set it up the way he did. I really want to commend him for how well and seamlessly he did so.

 

Final rating: 5/5. A wonderful blend of multiple subjects into one topic.

 

Edwin Rist should be dive bombed by ever seagull he encounters.

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review 2019-08-18 14:59
NYRB for Aug
Heaven's Breath: A Natural History of the Wind - Lyall Watson

I'm rounding up, in part because half way into this book I really wanted to read another one.

Watson's book is strange. You are either going to love it or hate it. The best way to look at it is as mediations on the wind. It isn't so much a natural history (or any type of history) but a collection of knowledge and musings.

The writing is beautifu

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review 2019-08-14 04:38
Stubbs and the Wild, Amina Wright
Stubbs and the Wild - Amina Wright Stubbs and the Wild - Amina Wright

Stubbs' reputation as "the painter of horses" is both deserved and unfair. Deserved because he was the best painter of horses there'd ever been, without a doubt, surely because of his meticulous anatomical work on the same. Unfair because he did not limit himself to horses and portrayed numerous species, some of them very exotic, with the same skill, accuracy and flair, in active poses and repose alike and in magnificent landscape settings or not. He also used several media besides oils, including various types of prints and pioneering work with enamels on ceramic supports.

 

The book itself is a short, informative introduction to George Stubbs' work, with illustrations that demonstrate Stubbs' range of subject and technique clearly.

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text 2019-08-13 05:23
Reading progress update: I've read 14 out of 52 pages.
Stubbs and the Wild - Amina Wright Stubbs and the Wild - Amina Wright

Anatomical drawings of horses that look like they could be the basis of monsters in a horror/fantasy movie.

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