Spillover - David Quammen

In his new book Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic (W.W. Norton, $28.95), the veteran science and nature writer David Quammen explores the origins of zoonotic diseases, i.e., infections that jump from animals to humans, such as Ebola, AIDS, SARS, and others. His investigation into the origins of these diseases evokes a peculiar and chilling epidemiological landscape. Quammen goes out into the field and visits places like Bangladesh, Gabon, Australia, and China to talk to scientists, researchers, and survivors of these new maladies. He speculates about the source of the next big pandemic and whether we can predict, let alone prevent, its emergence. This is a masterfully done piece of scientific writing that’s as informative as it is unsettling.

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ISBN: 9780393346619
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 9th, 2013

Latin for Gardeners - Lorraine Harrison

Latin for Gardeners (Univ. of Chicago, $25), by Lorraine Harrison, may sound off-putting, but it’s quite the opposite. A small coffee table book full of meticulous illustrations from the Royal Horticultural Society, it’s also a highly useful source for the etymology of over 3,000 plant names. Harrison’s straightforward organization makes this appealing volume easy just to pick up and browse. And it’s not just for gardeners—any lover of language will find surprises and delights, and no doubt feel a little more clever after perusing just a couple of pages. The delicate thinking that went into the naming of plants was a revelation to me: I gained a new appreciation for the intellectual legacy of gardening, and for the correlation between the names and the plants themselves. Latin for Gardeners is a charming companion for a chilly winter afternoon and a handy reference any time.
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ISBN: 9780226009193
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Published: University of Chicago Press - September 21st, 2012

The Gershwins and Me - Michael Feinstein

At the age of twenty, singer and pianist Michael Feinstein started on a small archive project for Ira Gershwin and ended up working for him for the last six years of Mr. Gershwin’s life. He heard numerous stories about the partnership of Ira and George and, using newly re-discovered scores and manuscripts, gained insights into their works. In The Gershwins and Me: A Personal History in Twelve Songs (Simon & Schuster, $45), Feinstein intertwines his own story, the state of the American Songbook, and detailed histories of Gershwin songs, musicals, films, and opera. Each chapter addresses themes via an emblematic song: “Embraceable You” leads into the art of interpretation; “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” takes you to the Hollywood years; “Someone to Watch over Me” delves into love songs. Feinstein takes us from piano bars to night clubs and opera houses, gives a master class on singers and songs, and reconnects us to the genius of George and Ira Gershwin. The bonus CD includes Mr. Feinstein’s versions of the twelve songs, accompanied by pianist Cyrus Chestnut.
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ISBN: 9781451645309
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 16th, 2012