Team Review: Lab Girl

From the jacket flap description, it seems like Lab Girl should be about how one woman fights to succeed in the scientific field. But it’s a lot more about how different life working in the field of scientific research can be from really any other career path. Hope Jahren carries on her research despite budget cuts, lack of materials, and administrative support.

Double Review: Year of Yes and Beyond the Label

“They tell you: Follow your dreams. Listen to your spirit. Change the world. Make your mark. Find your inner voice and make it sing. Embrace failure. Dream. Dream and dream big. As a matter of fact, dream and don’t stop dreaming until your dream comes true. I think that’s crap. I think a lot of people dream. And while they are busy dreaming, the really happy people, the really successful people, the really interesting, powerful, engaged people? Are busy doing,”  Shonda Rhimes


I thought I had every reason to sit back and enjoy Beartown. But Beartown is like his A Casual Vacancy—the one Rowling wrote after she finished the Harry Potter series.

A Visit from the Goon Squad

It isn’t often that I close a book and feel goosebumps crawl across my arms while a deep satisfaction glows in my core. But that’s exactly what happened at the end of A Visit from the Goon Squad.


Nathaniel Philbrick’s Mayflower covers one of the most significant moments in American history. I was surprised to learn that my mythological idea of the first Thanksgiving and the Plymouth Rock landing weren’t terribly far from the truth.

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