I went to Book City today looking for this week’s copy of Nature, which is a special edition on evolution. They didn’t carry it, but I found a few books. I manfully resisted the Best American Science Writing 2008 and Best American Science & Nature Writing 2008. But I did pick up three books:
- a set of John McPhee’s essays on American geology, Annals of the Former World
- a history of evolution of the animal kingdom, Creatures of Accident by Wallace Arthur
- a raging controversy in evolution that could be legitimately taught, Dawkins vs. Gould by Kim Sterelny. That’s approximately “the selfish gene” vs. punctuated equilibrium.
I also have a few books from last year in my to-be-read pile.
- I’d like to re-read The John McPhee Reader, a set of mixed essays about people, places, and science.
- Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson, about the Galveston Hurricane in 1900
- Coral: A Pessimist in Paradise, by Steve Jones
- In fiction, there’s Irving Wallace’s The Word and The New English Bible (with Apocrypha).
- And I still have Carl Zimmer’s Soul Made Flesh to read. His writing is always a treat.
On my trip to the bookstore and back I gave away two children’s books even though I hadn’t got around to registering them with Bookcrossing.