The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2011

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Overview

The Best American Series®
First, Best, and Best-Selling

The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume’s series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected—and most popular—of its kind.

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2011 includes
Atul Gawande, Jonathan Franzen, Deborah Blum, Malcolm Gladwell, Oliver Sacks, Jon Mooallem,
Jon Cohen, Luke Dittrich, and others

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Don't expect this installment of the popular Best American Science and Nature Writing series to be forbiddingly technical. On her website, guest editor Mary Roach confesses, "I often write about science, though I don't have a science degree and must fake my way through interviews with experts I can't understand." With that winning unpretentiousness, Roach seems a perfect choice to select science and nature articles that general readers can enjoy. (P.S. Her modesty aside, former Discover Great New Writers author Roach has amassed an impressive, if unconventional bibliography that includes Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers and Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex.)

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Mary Roach

Mary Roach is the best-selling author of Stiff, Spook, Bonk, and most recently, Packing for Mars. Her writing has appeared in Salon, Wired, Outside, GQ, Discover, Vogue, and the New York Times Magazine.

TIM FOLGER is a contributing editor at Discover and writes about science for several magazines.

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In our interview, Roach shared some fun facts about herself:

"My first job was as a writer for the San Francisco Zoological Society members magazine; I worked in a trailer next to Gorilla World."

"I've been to Antarctica three times, posing as a science writer."

"My dad was 65 when I was born."

"I like to unwind by going out birdwatching by myself; though the hours don't agree with me."

"I love red papaya, seaweed, a beer after a long hike, polar skies, and I'm a sucker for TV ads with monkeys in them. Dislikes: corporate greed, fluorescent lighting, extreme self-indulgence, weak coffee."

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  • Posted April 21, 2012

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    Each year, a series of best of writing books are released in var

    Each year, a series of best of writing books are released in various categories such as travel, short stories, mystery, etc. This year's edition of the science and nature writing genre was edited by Mary Roach and Tim Folger. Mary Roach has made the focal point of her writing life in the science field, popularizing the research into fields such as sex, death and various other topics. Tim Folger is a contributing editor at Discover magazine and is familiar with a wide range of scientific fields.

    The articles range across many scientific fields of inquiry. There are articles about the problem of space debris, the emergence of bears as pest animals into residential areas with the disappearance of their natural habitats, the issue of organ transplants. There are more difficult articles such as ones on the space-time continuum and discoveries in that area. Introduced species that later become predators, crowding out the native animals, get an article, focusing on a species of fish that nature scientists are trying to prevent from reaching the Great Lakes. There is an interesting article on face-blindness, a condition in which people never become familiar with the faces around them daily and who don't recognize people they deal with daily.

    The series is well done. The articles are written to educate but the reading level is such that anyone can read and understand the concepts. There are a wide range of topics, spanning the various areas of scientific inquiry. This is an anthology that can be dipped into for food for thought, a way to expand understanding of the natural world around us. This book is recommended for readers interested in how the world works and the discoveries made by scientists.

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