Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void (Review)
reviews / November 5, 2014

I don’t have any particular interest in space exploration, but I love myself a little Mary Roach. In her previous books (Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, and Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal), she always managed to make me laugh, no matter the subject matter. So I figured that I’d give this a try.

Beauty Queens (Review)
reviews / May 28, 2012

The description from the cover of Beauty Queens gives a vague idea of what it is about, and yet it misses so many important things. I put off reading this book until I had read almost all of the other books in the category, thinking that it would be a palate-cleanser between “serious” autobiographies, and nothing more. Instead, it turned out to be a fascinating, in-depth satire of the beauty industry, the mass media, and so many other things.