Book Club

Skepchick Book Club: The Poisoner’s Handbook

Skepchick Book Club: The Poisoner’s Handbook

Note: information for next month’s book is at the end of this post. Also, there’s a super tasty vegan recipe! Welcome back to the Skepchick Book Club! This month, we read The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York. The book was pretty much exactly what the title says, a look back on how the field of forensics was made respectable by th... »

Skepchick Book Club: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

Skepchick Book Club: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

Welcome back to the Skepchick Book Club! This month we read An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield, otherwise known as “that Canadian astronaut who made all those neat videos.” I wasn’t too sure what to expect from this book, but it was a quick read. The general consensus from our in-person meeting was that the best parts were where he described what life i... »

Skepchick Book Club: Sybil Exposed

Skepchick Book Club: Sybil Exposed

Note: Details for next month’s book and meeting date are at the bottom of this post. Welcome back to the Skepchick Book Club! This month we read Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case by Debbie Nathan. In 100 words or less, here is an over-simplified summary of the book: Sybil a.k.a. Shirley Mason was an imaginative Seventh Day Adventist with undia... »

Skepchick Book Club: Call for Ideas

Skepchick Book Club: Call for Ideas

Just a quick reminder: This Sunday is the Skepchick Book Club and I’ll be posting about Sybil Exposed by Debbie Nathan. I’m about 90% done with the book and I’m really enjoying it! It’s a quick read because it’s so compelling and I’ve always wanted to know the backstory behind the multiple personality controversy. So I just wanted to start this post off with a r... »

The Girls of Atomic City

Skepchick Book Club: The Girls of Atomic City

Note: Details for next month’s book are at the bottom of this post. Welcome back to the Skepchick Book Club! This month, we read The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II. The “Atomic City” refers to Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the sister city to Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project (the development of the A-bomb). Personally, I had never he... »

Skepchick Book Club: The Great Agnostic

Skepchick Book Club: The Great Agnostic

Note: The bottom of this post contains information for next month’s book club. Welcome back to the Skepchick Book Club! This month, we read The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought by Susan Jacoby. Before I read this book, I hadn’t heard of Ingersoll, so I enjoyed reading about his speeches and learning more about the history of freethought in the USA. However, Jac... »

Skepchick Book Club: Paleofantasy

Skepchick Book Club: Paleofantasy

Note: Information about next month’s book is at the bottom of this post. Welcome back to the Skepchick Book Club! This month we read Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us about Sex, Diet, and How We Live by Marlene Zuk. The author talks about evolution and the perception of how early humans lived versus the reality, and she does a fantastic job of countering the “paleofantasies&... »

Skepchick Book Club: The Ghost Map

Skepchick Book Club: The Ghost Map

(Note: The details for next month’s book and the themed recipe are at the bottom of this post.) Welcome back to the Skepchick Book Club! This month, we read The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson. The book is about a deadly cholera outbreak in Victorian-era London and the investigation done by Dr. John Snow (no, not the same one, and yes he does know som’thin’) to track down the source ... »

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