Have recently found myself once again in the position of having a stack of library books with rapidly advancing due dates, and nary a cover cracked. Alas!
However, I’ve managed to plow through a few recently, and these two were definite gems that stood out.
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex – I <3 Mary Roach. Stiff was an excellent read (plus it had forensic content, and I loves me some forensics). Spook I didn’t love so much, but anything written with her style tends to be a good time. And now… Bonk! The physiology, psychology, and study of sex through the ages. Good times. Plenty of openings for dirty jokes from the mildly off-colour to the delightfully obscene. And, it goes without saying, absolutely no shortage of strange tales and eyebrow-raising moments. Plus, more out-loud snorts than I can count.
In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto – I’m a fan of Michael Pollan, too. The Omnivore’s Dilemma was a great read, and has resulted in lots of interesting discussions with my Dad about agriculture and food. This continues in a similar vein, basically covering the question: what should we eat? He makes science accessible, the guidelines simple, and draws back the curtain on the shenanigans that have taken place (and continue to) to bring us to a place where most of what you find in your local supermarket really doesn’t qualify as food at all. Guaranteed to make you think before you put something in your cart or your mouth.