Back from Bookland

I am pleased to report that I am back from my long sojourn in bookland. The book isn’t quite done, but it’s almost there–as of early this week, my editor now has a complete, revised manuscript.

Many apologies for my long absence here. But I’m back now, and I hope to make it up to you all with some great posts. I’ve got a couple in the works, but to kick things off, I thought I’d keep it simple. As most of you probably know by now, the big book project I’ve been working on is about how biotechnology is shaping the future of animals. So over the last few years, I’ve been doing a lot of reading about species great and small. I thought I’d mark my return to blogging by sharing a short recommended reading list with you all. Below, I’ve listed some of my favorite pieces of animal-related journalism. They’re not all science related, but they are all great reads. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. And stay tuned for more posts here soon.

Recommended Reading: Animal Edition

* “Fixing Nemo,” by Rebecca Skloot, New York Times Magazine

* “A Death in Yellowstone: On the trail of a killer grizzly bear,” by Jessica Grose, Slate

* “Animals,” by Chris Jones, Esquire

* “The BP-Spill Baby-Turtle Brigade,” by Jon Mooallem, New York Times Magazine

* “The It Bird: The return of the back-yard chicken,” by Susan Orlean, New Yorker

* “Taming the Wild,” by Evan Ratliff, National Geographic

* “The Mouse Trap: The dangers of using one lab animal to study every disease,” by Daniel Engber, Slate

* ” ‘Eyes Gazing Into the Distance As If in Memory of Ages Past:’ The accidental poetry of American Kennel Club breed standards,” by John Swansburg, Slate

* “Can the Bulldog Be Saved?” by Benoit Denizet-Lewis, New York Times Magazine

* “Minds of their Own: Animals are smarter than you think,” by Virginia Morell, National Geographic.

* “2 by 2, or Not, Zoo Animals Escape Flood,” by A.G. Sulzberger, New York Times

* “When Pets Attack,” by Rebecca Skloot, New York

* “Birdbrain: The woman behind the world’s chattiest parrots,” by Margaret Talbot, New Yorker.

* “Of Mice and Men: How the Inbred Lab Mouse Helps Reprogram the Human Genome,” by Gary Wolf, Wired

* “Wonder Dog,” by Melissa Fay Greene, New York Times Magazine

* “Animal Migrations,” by David Quammen, National Geographic

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