Edmund Soon-Weng Yong is a Malaysian-born British science journalist. He is a permanent staff member at The Atlantic, which he joined in 2015. His work has also been published by Nature, Scientific American, the BBC, Slate, The Guardian, The Times, New Scientist, Wired, The New York Times, and The New Yorker.
26 books on the list
Latest Recommendations First
Discovering a Life Beyond the Clock
Happy publication day to Jenny Odell, whose masterpiece—SAVING TIME—I urge you all to buy and read. It’s one of the most important non-fiction books I’ve read in my life. – source
Explore the world of plant behavior and adaptation in Lessons from Plants. Through the eyes of Beronda L. Montgomery, discover the dynamic lives of these often underestimated organisms. Learn how plants use their knowledge of themselves and their environment to adapt and survive. Drawing on their ability to distinguish between friend and foe, transform and maximize chances of survival, Montgomery shows us how we can benefit from their experience. What would a plant do? Find out and improve your own perceptions and awareness in this thought-provoking study.
And if you want to read the kind of nature books that I enjoy, here are some recommendations: - WILD SOULS by Emma Marris - BELOVED BEASTS by Michelle Nijhuis - LESSONS FROM PLANTS by Beronda Montgomery – source
Discover the resilience of the human spirit in this deep examination of life-altering events. Through the stories of six individuals, journalist Mike Mariani explores the territory of what happens after a major event and how we go on to forge new identities. Mariani's own experience with chronic illness serves as a backdrop to this ambitious work of narrative reporting where he uses lessons from psychology, mythology, and religion to argue that these life-changing experiences have the power to supercharge our identities and bring meaning to our lives. Let Mariani inspire you with stories of struggle, loss, perseverance, transformation, and triumph, showing us the endless capacity for kindling new light in the darkest of corners.
And Mike Mariani's WHAT DOESN'T KILL US MAKES US, a beautifully written and utterly profound book about what it truly means to be changed by tragedy. (Out Aug) – source
"Vagina Obscura" explores the fascinating world of the female body through the eyes of a new generation of women scientists. With modern tools and fresh perspectives, they're rediscovering the biology of organs traditionally associated with reproduction. Discover how the uterus regrows itself, ovaries produce fresh eggs, and the clitoris pulsates beneath the surface like a shimmering pyramid of nerves. This celebratory testament to how knowledge can be rewritten to better serve everyone is full of wit and wonder.
Can’t recommend Rachel’s book highly enough. She’s such a talent, and Vagina Obscura is tremendous. – source
Follow Franny Stone as she embarks on a perilous journey to track the last Arctic terns in the world on what could be their final migration to Antarctica. With nothing but her research gear, Franny talks her way onto a fishing boat and sails into the unknown, leaving behind a troubled past. But as her secrets catch up with her, how much will she risk for one last shot at redemption? Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy is a stunning tribute to a vanishing world and a captivating story of hope in the face of adversity.
@CharMcConaghy @brdemuth Charlotte, honestly, I barely know what to say. I finished it, cried, and went to hug my wife, who was watching Netflix and was very confused. Just an outstanding book. The sheer craft of it. – source
Delve into the fascinating world of human-wildlife conflict in this captivating book. From jaywalking moose to murderous trees, author Mary Roach explores the curious science behind our interactions with animals who break the law. Along the way, she accompanies animal-attack forensics investigators, bear managers, and more on their missions. Combining conservation genetics with a cast of unforgettable characters and anecdotes, Roach reveals both humanity's role as the problem and the solution for "problem" wildlife. Fuzz is a witty, thought-provoking read that offers hope for compassionate coexistence with the wild creatures among us.
This book has been a ray of light for me this month. Highly recommended. It's Mary at her best. – source
"Wild Souls" by Emma Marris delves into the complex relationship between animal welfare and conservation science. Marris presents thought-provoking questions about wildness and how we balance the needs of different animal species in today's world. Highlighting inspiring accounts from scientists working in the field and discussing philosophical concepts, Marris offers a new perspective on our relationship with the environment and the creatures that inhabit it."
These are both fantastic books. – source
Discover the history of the modern conservation movement through the individuals who built it in this captivating book. Science journalist Michelle Nijhuis takes readers on a journey from the early battles to save iconic species like the bald eagle and American bison to the current global effort to protect all life on earth. Learn about the vital role of scientists and activists like Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson, as well as lesser-known figures who shaped conservation history. Delve into the origins of organizations like the Audubon Society and World Wildlife Fund, and explore current efforts to protect endangered species like the black rhinoceros and whooping crane. This powerfully informative book confronts difficult issues like racism and colonialism that have long overshadowed conservation efforts. With the effects of climate change escalating, Beloved Beasts is a must-read for anyone interested in protecting the natural world.
These are both fantastic books. – source
Also recommended byDeborah Blum
Uncover the history of the climate crisis with Our Biggest Experiment. Traversing science, politics, and technology, this book sheds light on the pioneering scientists, including Eunice Newton Foote, who first warned the world of the dangers of carbon dioxide emissions. Explore the evolution of our energy system - from whale oil to electric cars - and witness the growth of the environmental movement and climate skepticism. With wit and precision, Alice Bell chronicles the development of big science and our advancing realization that global warming is a significant global problem. Discover how our ancestors have left us both a mess and tools for survival in this defining story of our age.
Good morning! Let me recommend some books. First, @alicebell's OUR BIGGEST EXPERIMENT--an epic narrative about climate change, and how we came to understand it. It's astonishing in its scope and ambition. Out Sept 21. – source
Explore the lives of whales and their impact on the seas in Fathoms by Rebecca Giggs. Giggs blends natural history, philosophy, and science to examine how whales experience ecological change and what we can learn from them about the complexity, splendor, and fragility of life. Delve into the deepest seas to discover the plastic pollution now pervading the whale's undersea environment and travel to Japan to board the ships that hunt whales. In the spirit of Rachel Carson and Rebecca Solnit, Giggs gives us a vivid exploration of the natural world at a time of environmental crisis.
YES!! I’m so excited for you all to read this! Rebecca Giggs is absolutely going to cement her position in the highest echelons of nature writers. This book is magic and wonder in every page. – source
Unthinkable by Helen Thomson
She Has Her Mother's Laugh by Carl Zimmer
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
A Burglar's Guide to the City by Geoff Manaugh
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
The Lagoon by Armand Marie Leroi
H Is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
The Forest Unseen by David George Haskell
Beyond the Brain by Louise Barrett
The Song of the Dodo by David Quammen