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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 Divorce Colony
How Women Revolutionized Marriage and Found Freedom on the American Frontier
April White - 2022-06-14
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From a historian and senior editor at Atlas Obscura, a fascinating account of the daring nineteenth-century women who moved to South Dakota to divorce their husbands and start living on their own terms. For a woman traveling without her husband in the late nineteenth century, there was only one reason to take the train all the way to Sioux Falls, S...
Deborah Blum
The 19th Century Divorce That Seized the Nation and Sank a Presidential Candidate via @politico. Fascinating story and you should read the fascinating book, The Divorce Colony, by its author @AprWhite.      source
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A Tactical Guide to Science Journalism
Lessons From the Front Lines
A Tactical Guide to Science Journalism brings together award-winning journalists from around the world to share fascinating tales of science and how it works and to provide guidance into reporting specialties like infectious disease, climate change, astronomy, public health, physics, andstatistics. From practical advice on finding sources and disti...
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Thread. This is such a good book about science journalism.      source
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How the Super-Rich Really Live—and How Their Wealth Harms Us All
Michael Mechanic - 2021-04-13
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A senior editor at Mother Jones dives into the lives of the extremely rich, showing the fascinating, otherworldly realm they inhabit—and the insidious ways this realm harms us all.Have you ever fantasized about being ridiculously wealthy? Probably. Striking it rich is among the most resilient of American fantasies, surviving war and peace, expansio...
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Thread. And also a really good book!      source
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The Overstory
A Novel
Richard Powers - 2019-04-02 (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
@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 - 2022-05-24
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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 - 2021-03-09
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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
Such a good book!      source
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Life's Edge
The Search for What It Means to Be Alive
Carl Zimmer - 2021-03-09
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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
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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Kill Shot
A Shadow Industry, a Deadly Disease
Jason Dearen - 2021-02-23
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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
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 - 2020-05-26 (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
@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 - 2018-05-15
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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
Very smart author, terrific book. This sounds like a great event.      source
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Andrea Pitzer - 2021-01-12
Wall Disease by Jessica Wapner
The Unidentified by Colin Dickey