Best science and nature writing 2017

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best science and nature writing 2017

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2017 by Hope Jahren

Meh. I liked Lab Girl, but her taste is, well, not mine. I expect a science expert to curate a collection thats a little more rigorous and hard to find than Buzzfeed news?

The writing in many of the essays is very blah--Jahren herself is a much better writer than 90% of the articles she selects. Climate change is VASTLY overrepresented in the science, crowding out most other sciences and math. The essays about the lives of scientists tries to be progressive, but its basically all about being a woman scientist, rather than a scientist...who is also a woman. I mean, no real surprise considering Jahrens own work and agenda, but...it got very samey.

I normally love this series, but this was a thumbs down from me. Ill have to see who the editor is next year BEFORE I buy--I got much more fun from hunting down the Other Recommended list by series editor Tim Folger in the books last pages. I wish hed take the helm.
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I saw the same problem in the most recent Best American Short Story annual: choices based on the guest editor's personal quirks and agendas. The Ghorayshi .
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My bedside table holds a jumble of fiction and non-fiction books, since in my reading I trade off across genres. In any given week, my mood swings between a desire to lose myself in the vivid writing of novelists who create imaginary worlds and a competing wish to keep up with breaking knowledge in science. Sometimes, though, vivid writing and scientific material happily collide in a single volume, as it has done in The Best American Science and Nature Writing It is a work of science, not a novel. But it does contain worlds of imagination, as 26 scientists and science writers offer enticing essays spanning mutliple disciplines and topics.

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