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Deborah Blum

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Deborah Blum is an American journalist and the director of the Knight Science Journalism program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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The Overstory
A Novel
Richard Powers - Apr 02, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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The Overstory is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of—and paean to—the natural world. From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, Richard Powers’s twelfth novel unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wa...
Deborah Blum
Jun 14, 2021
@mcnees Such an amazing book      source
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Why Sharks Matter
A Deep Dive with the World's Most Misunderstood Predator
David Shiffman - May 24, 2022
Deborah Blum
Jun 08, 2021
For those of us who find sharks fascinating and important (pretty much everyone I know), this is a don't miss book by a first class shark researcher.      source
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Beloved Beasts
Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction
Michelle Nijhuis - Mar 09, 2021
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A vibrant history of the modern conservation movement—told through the lives and ideas of the people who built it.In the late nineteenth century, as humans came to realize that our rapidly industrializing and globalizing societies were driving other animal species to extinction, a movement to protect and conserve them was born. In Beloved Beasts, a...
Deborah Blum
Apr 02, 2021
Such a good book!      source
Also recommended by
Ed Yong
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Life's Edge
The Search for What It Means to Be Alive
Carl Zimmer - Mar 09, 2021
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We all assume we know what life is, but the more scientists learn about the living world--from protocells to brains, from zygotes to pandemic viruses--the harder they find it is to locate life's edge.Carl Zimmer investigates one of the biggest questions of all: What is life? The answer seems obvious until you try to seriously answer it. Is the appl...
Deborah Blum
Mar 30, 2021
If you haven't picked up a copy of Carl Zimmer's wonderful book, Life's Edge, you are missing out.      source
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Carl Zimmer
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Kill Shot
A Shadow Industry, a Deadly Disease
Jason Dearen - Feb 23, 2021
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An award-winning investigative journalist's horrifying true crime story of America's deadliest drug contamination outbreak and the greed and deception that fueled it. Two pharmacists sit in a Boston courtroom accused of murder. The weapon: the fungus Exserohilum rostratum. The death count: 100 and rising. Kill Shot is the story of their hubris and ...
Deborah Blum
Feb 02, 2021
Thread. Also also fascinating and important book!      source
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The Book of Eels
Our Enduring Fascination with the Most Mysterious Creature in the Natural World
Patrik Svensson - May 26, 2020 (first published in 2019)
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Remarkably little is known about the European eel, Anguilla anguilla. So little, in fact, that scientists and philosophers have, for centuries, been obsessed with what has become known as the “eel question”: Where do eels come from? What are they? Are they fish or some other kind of creature altogether? Even today, in an age of advanced science, no...
Deborah Blum
Dec 29, 2020
@lmillernpr @mary_roach @BorkPower @rosegeorge3 @DrLindseyFitz @RebeccaSkloot @anjaroyne @HopeJahren @eleanorherman @sciencegoddess Also, The Book of Eels by Patrick Svensson! Beautiful and insightful.      source
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More Deadly Than War
The Hidden History of the Spanish Flu and the First World War
Kenneth C. Davis - May 15, 2018
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With 2018 marking the 100th anniversary of the worst disease outbreak in modern history, the story of the Spanish flu is more relevant today than ever. This narrative, told through the stories and voices of the people caught in the deadly maelstrom, explores how this vast, global epidemic was intertwined with the horrors of World War I—and how it c...
Deborah Blum
Dec 18, 2020
Very smart author, terrific book. This sounds like a great event.      source
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Wall Disease
The Psychological Toll of Living Up Against a Border
Jessica Wapner - Oct 06, 2020
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We build border walls to keep danger out. But do we understand the danger posed by walls themselves? East Germans were the first to give the crisis a name: Mauerkrankheit, or “wall disease.” The afflicted—everyday citizens living on both sides of the Berlin wall—displayed some combination of depression, anxiety, excitability, suicidal ideation, and...
Deborah Blum
Nov 13, 2020
This is such a smart excerpt from @jessicawapner's smart book, Wall Disease: How Living Near Border Walls Affects Mental Health via @undarkmag      source
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Icebound
Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World
Andrea Pitzer - Jan 12, 2021
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In the bestselling tradition of Hampton Sides’s In the Kingdom of Ice, a riveting and cinematic tale of Dutch polar explorer William Barents and his three harrowing Arctic expeditions—the last of which resulted in a relentlessly challenging year-long fight for survival.The human story has always been one of perseverance—often against remarkable odd...
Deborah Blum
Sep 22, 2020
Amazing book. Just saying.      source
Also recommended by
Steve Silberman
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The Unidentified
Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, and Our Obsession with the Unexplained
Colin Dickey - Jul 21, 2020
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America's favorite cultural historian and author of Ghostland takes a tour of the country's most persistent "unexplained" phenomenaIn a world where rational, scientific explanations are more available than ever, belief in the unprovable and irrational--in fringe--is on the rise: from Atlantis to aliens, from Flat Earth to the Loch Ness monster, the...
Deborah Blum
Jul 21, 2020
It is a very cool book!      source
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Lindsey Fitzharris