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Edition: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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I love these annual anthologies of essays on nature and science. They are superb. The essays cover a very wide range of subjects. For example, the illicit trade in human organs, the clean-up of oil spills in the ocean, fermentation, the government's poisoning of alcohol during the Prohibition, songbird trapping in the Mediterranean area, the flying fish (silver carp) in the Illinois River, and the high rates of error in much of the published body of medical research. Oh--that's just the beginning--there is so much more.

Each essay is a gem. The great thing about this book is that you can read a chapter, put it down, and come back to it later without having to familiarize yourself again with earlier chapters. Each essay stands on its own. Some of the essays are fun, some are horrifying, but all of them are fascinating.

The most unusual essay is the one by Jill Sisson Quinn, titled, "Sign Here if You Exist". The essay swings back and forth between two subjects; wasp flies and belief in God. She wraps it up with this last sentence, "We've had it backward all along: the body is immortal--it is the soul that dies."

Another fascinating essay is by the well-known author Oliver Sacks. It is about people who have difficulty recognizing faces. Sacks himself suffered from this pathology. People with this condition can learn to compensate, by recognizing people by the sound of their voice or their clothes or smell or even by their gait. Then there are people with exactly the opposite condition; they recognize people with just a fleeting glance, even if they only saw them momentarily years before.

Mary Roach was the editor of this compilation, and she did a great job in choosing the essays.

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Ebook The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2011 read Online! Mary Roach is the author of the New York Times bestsellers STIFF: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers; GULP: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, PACKING FOR MARS: The Curious Science of Life in the Void; and BONK: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex.

Her most recent book, GRUNT: The Curious Science of Humans at War, is out in June 2016.

Mary has written for National Geographic, Wired, Discover, New Scientist, the Journal of Clinical Anatomy, and Outside, among others. She serves as a member of the Mars Institute's Advisory Board and the Usage Panel of American Heritage Dictionary. Her 2009 TED talk made the organization's 2011 Twenty Most-Watched To Date list. She was the guest editor of the 2011 Best American Science and Nature Writing, a finalist for the 2014 Royal Society Winton Prize, and a winner of the American Engineering Societies' Engineering Journalism Award, in a category for which, let's be honest, she was the sole entrant.




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