Review: The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World by Steve Brusatte

This was a fascinating and very comprehensive look at the history of dinosaurs. Brusatte starts from the Early Triassic period, roughly 250 million years ago, all the way to the Cretaceous period, 66 million years ago, when a giant meteor struck the earth.  Like any child of the 90s, I grew up watching Jurassic Park … More Review: The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World by Steve Brusatte

Review: Written in Bone: Hidden Stories in What We Leave Behind by Sue Black

Trigger Warnings: Discussions of pedophilia, murder, serial killers, prostitution, child death and abuse, rape, molestation, survivors guilt, torture, and executions. Graphic descriptions of dead bodies.  Forensic anthropologist Sue Black takes on a journey to show how pieces of our remains can be used to solve crimes. She draws on her own experiences and case work … More Review: Written in Bone: Hidden Stories in What We Leave Behind by Sue Black

Review: The Chick and The Dead: Life Behind Mortuary Doors by Carla Valentine

Trigger Warnings: Miscarriage. Grief. Cheating. Depression. Detailed descriptions of animal deaths. Autopsies on babies discussed. Detailed descriptions of autopsies.  Death of family members. Discussion of suicide victims and their bodies. Negative work environment that included jokes against weight, disabilities, and emotions.  Carla Valentine is a pathologist who worked for years doing postmortems, but is now … More Review: The Chick and The Dead: Life Behind Mortuary Doors by Carla Valentine

Review: The Secret Lives of Bats: My Adventures with the World’s Most Misunderstood Mammals by Merlin Tuttle

This book was fascinating! The Secret Lives of Bats is basically an educational memoir about Merlin Tuttle’s life learning and saving bats. His journey started when he was a child exploring caves with his parents and it led him to spend a lifetime educating the public on the good that bats can do.  Like I … More Review: The Secret Lives of Bats: My Adventures with the World’s Most Misunderstood Mammals by Merlin Tuttle

Review: The Icepick Surgeon: Murder, Fraud, Sabotage, Piracy, and Other Dastardly Deeds by Sam Kean

Trigger Warnings: suicide, slavery, animal torture and death, Nazi experimentation and torture, experimental misconduct, miscarriages, forced impregnation and abortion, murder, torture, grave robbing, lobotomization, mental health, intentional infection of diseases, psychological experiments, electric chair deaths,  “But when we sacrifice morals for scientific progress, we often end up with neither.” The Icepick Surgeon exposes the crimes … More Review: The Icepick Surgeon: Murder, Fraud, Sabotage, Piracy, and Other Dastardly Deeds by Sam Kean

ARC Review: A Taste of Poison: Eleven Deadly Molecules and the Killers Who Used Them by Neil Bradbury

Poison is one of the oldest and most popular weapons of choice when it comes to murder. This book provides us with an in-depth look at how eleven poisons are used to kill, what it does to the body, and how that poison is created.  This book was quite fascinating. The book covers eleven poisons: … More ARC Review: A Taste of Poison: Eleven Deadly Molecules and the Killers Who Used Them by Neil Bradbury

Review: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty

“Accepting death doesn’t mean you won’t be devastated when someone you love dies. It means you will be able to focus on your grief, unburdened by bigger existential questions like, “Why do people die?” and “Why is this happening to me?” Death isn’t happening to you. Death is happening to us all.” In this eye-opening, … More Review: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty

Review: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

“Death. It doesn’t have to be boring.” In this informative and hilarious book, Mary Roach discusses the lives of cadavers from past to present. With detailed descriptions of experimentations, organ donation, and other options that can happen to cadavers, she takes us on a journey of the human body after death, but only if you … More Review: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

Review: The Science of Sci-Fi: From Warp Speed to Interstellar Travel by Erin Mcdonald

Title:  The Science of Sci-Fi: From Warp Speed to Interstellar Travel Author: Erin Mcdonald Format: Audiobook Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins Genre: Nonfiction Date Read: March 25, 2020 This audiobook is 10 lectures about science fiction and science. Mcdonald weaves real science with popular science fiction tv shows, movies, games, and books. Some pop culture … More Review: The Science of Sci-Fi: From Warp Speed to Interstellar Travel by Erin Mcdonald