Question of the Week: What Have You Learned from a Book You Recently Read?

Occasionally I have a hard time finding non-fiction titles that capture my interest, so a couple of weeks ago, I decided to browse my library’s non-fiction audiobook section. I also checked out OverDrive’s eBook nonfiction titles. I found some great selections including Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat by Hal Herzog. According to the publisher’s description, “Hal Herzog, a maverick scientist and leader in the field of anthrozoology offers a controversial, thought-provoking, and unprecedented exploration of the psychology behind the inconsistent and often paradoxical ways we think, feel and behave towards animals”. While listening to this book, I learned about many fascinating studies and surprising statistics on topics ranging from dog breeds and vegetarianism to cockfighting and gender differences in the treatment of animals. 

Two other books that I’m thoroughly enjoying are Moonwalking with Einstein and The Mind’s Eye.
What interesting information have you learned from a book you recently read?

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3 responses to “Question of the Week: What Have You Learned from a Book You Recently Read?”

  1. Andie Boyle says:

    Hi Amy,
    I'm loving Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown.
    Learning a lot, in a very pleasant way, about the history of the UW rowing team.
    Big thumbs up!

  2. Jane Crawford says:

    Just finished listening to 'Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition', which promises a host of benefits to those willing to switch to a whole plant based diet. It also looks at the politics and money behind our food and medical choices in the United States. The author is a Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University. I also watched the related DVD called 'Forks over Knives'. There's no arguing that the author has a polarized point of view, however there is a lot of truth in what he says. I've stopped eating red meat and am limiting the animal products I consume. Just say 'yes' to quinoa!

    Also, recently read and loved the adult biographical graphic novel 'Relish', a much more light hearted look at favorite foods and how, what and why we eat flavors our lives.

  3. Anonymous says:

    The Demon Under the Microscope by Thomas Hager is about the development of sulfa antibiotics.

    The author managed to make the organic chemistry clear to this non-sciency reader, and the history is FASCINATING — he goes into all the ways the world changed from this one development. It was great!

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