Rachel's Reviews

While I’m not familiar with the earlier books in this series, that fact didn’t get in the way of my enjoyment. A wonderful mix of kidnappings, escapees, and amazing shenanigans, Enigma managed to hit all of my favorites elements in a mystery. An FBI team is pulled in two directions: one half chasing down a recently escaped Most Wanted, while the rest struggle to find a missing baby taken from under their noses. Toss in a comatose John Doe, and your summer beach read is complete! - Rachel

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Enigma (FBI Thriller #21) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501189838
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Published: Gallery Books - February 27th, 2018

Nine years ago, the British Museum of Natural History was robbed of almost 300 birds from its collection. Two years later, Kirk Johnson heard about it while fly-fishing in New Mexico, and decided to look into it, leading him down a rabbit hole of people’s dark obsession with nature. The Feather Thief falls in the very center of my “Books that make my heart sing” Venn diagram. There are microhistories about feathers and fly-tying, bits of Internet drama and true crime, and exotic wildlife and the search to right wrongs. One of my favorite books this year. - Rachel

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The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101981610
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Published: Viking - April 24th, 2018

We all dream big with our friends, of outlandish trips and life-changing goals. But in Shark Drunk Stroksnes and his friend Hugo Aasjord make it happen, setting out to catch a Greenland shark (roughly 26 feet long and weighing about a ton). Balancing the excursion with tales of family and science, etymology and myth, this is a beautiful narrative of our relationships with nature, the world, and ourselves. - Rachel

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Shark Drunk (Vintage Departures) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101972939
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Published: Vintage - June 12th, 2018

This book instantly took me back to my childhood, full of dinosaur books, toys, clothes, and the mind-blowing idea that these critters had lived where I lived. The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs has all of your favorite dinos, along with a whole lot more. (New species are discovered all the time! Still! Like 50 a year!) Paleontology is evolving and Brusatte helps clarify past assumptions and shines a light on the groundbreaking achievements happening now. An inspiring book for inquisitive minds of all ages. - Rachel

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The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062490421
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Published: William Morrow - April 24th, 2018

We know more about the depths of space than we do the oceans, yet we tease the waves with a worrisome carelessness and make fairy tales of the predators within the waters. Victoria Stewart knows all too well what the ocean is capable of, having devoted her research to finding out what exactly it was there that took her sister 7 years ago. But when faced with a chance at answers, she finds she may have gotten in over her head. I adore it when horror plays with my heartstrings and Into The Drowning Deep toys with and satisfies me in all the best ways a book can. - Rachel

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ISBN: 9780316379373
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Published: Orbit - May 29th, 2018

While not a particularly religious person, Magdalena’s words give me faith in a world where it can be hard to come by, especially when it comes to its flora and fauna. Stating that he does not accept extinction as an answer, he goes on to prove that with his methods and approach to saving the world’s rare plants, some of which only have one specimen left. Even if you’re not a plant person, the story telling and adventuring within may convert you, or at least make you pause a little longer at the garden center. - Rachel

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The Plant Messiah: Adventures in Search of the World's Rarest Species Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385543613
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Published: Doubleday Books - April 10th, 2018

As a fan of Furiously Happy and Hyperbole and a Half (both of which focus on the emotional illogic of different mental illnesses), I was hoping to enjoy this book, but I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did. Dr. Lipska balances her own diagnoses with her professional knowledge and the raw experiences of herself and her family. Alternating diagnostic chapters with personal ones, this is an intimate, well-rounded look at what it means to briefly lose control of one's mind and the struggle to regain it. - Rachel

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The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781328787309
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - April 3rd, 2018

While I bought this book solely for the title, it’s become the most read and marked up books I own. Kerr has taught me how to deal with ant carcasses, mold stains, burnt up crockpot bits, and all sorts of other home life shenanigans. Accurate, sassy, and not afraid to touch on the gross stuff, I highly recommend this one. - Rachel

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My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag... and Other Things You Can't Ask Martha Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780142196939
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Published: Penguin Books - February 25th, 2014

I cannot remember the last time I loved an art book this much. So much is portrayed through Dave Eggers’s (yes, that Dave Eggers) loose, loving strokes, and his captions are perfectly paired with their animal. I can’t stop flipping through the pages. From a side-eyeing Boston terrier dispensing love advice, to the musings of a tortoise, these are animals I want to be friends with, or at least whose conversations I want to eavesdrop on. - Rachel

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ISBN: 9781419724633
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Published: ABRAMS - October 17th, 2017

“Internetainers” Rhett and Link (creators of Good Mythical Morning) have written a book! Perfect for the casual fan and Mythical Beast alike, this guide lets everyone appreciate barf bucket art, learn to create a signature dance move, and meet the office python. The Book of Mythicality provides jumping-off points to help everyone create their own Mythicality. It’s hard to capture the energy of the show in a book, but Rhett and Link make it happen in glorious ways. - Rachel

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Rhett & Link's Book of Mythicality: A Field Guide to Curiosity, Creativity, and Tomfoolery Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451496294
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Published: Crown Archetype - October 10th, 2017

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