- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Mariner Books (3 Oct. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1328715515
- ISBN-13: 978-1328715517
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 560,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2017 Paperback – 3 Oct 2017
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In my opinion, The Science and Nature Writing Series are clearly aimed at readers who want to learn more about supposedly complex and intricate subjects in an easy way. Not to mention the desire to appreciate good writing as a common reason for reading as a leisure activity.
Unfortunately, the 2017 version misses the first point. The guest editor, the renowned scientist Hope Jahren mostly selected boring articles for the ordinary reader. Maybe she knows much more than we do. So, picking articles such as harassment in university is a hot topic to her because other truly science and nature related material is probably long known to her. “The Art of Saving Relics”, for example, puts a lot of emphasis on how to preserve plastics applied to appliances that are now in museums. Apart from backstage scientists, who else in the ordinary world you be interested to learn more that prairie dogs, not rats, are the main carrier of bubonic plague (The Case for Leaving City Rats Alone)?
It is a fair four star edition. I would give it a five star if I found articles similar the ones selected in previous versions such as how essences are applied in the food industry or “lessons from the morgue”. The only article in my view that deserves five star rate is “The Invisible Catastrophe”, which discusses the leak of lethal gas in California in a way it could be described as truly literary.
Dear series editor, please work with your editors to bring this series back to its former glory.