Author: Ruth Kassinger

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Gardening Memoirs in Review

March 24, 2021 Uncategorized 10 ★★★

Gardening Memoirs in ReviewTitle: Paradise Under Glass: An Amateur Creates a Conservatory Garden
Author: Ruth Kassinger
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Rating:three-stars

This memoir about author Ruth Kassinger’s creation of a conservatory at her home in suburban Maryland was fun to pick up, since I’ve just moved to Maryland where I’ve been admiring the many homes with beautiful sunrooms. The memoir sections of this book where delightful. There’s something about reading about gardening and a family’s daily life that I find so soothing. Mixed with the memoir, though, were elements of the history of conservatories and cultivation of various plant species. These were often only loosely connected to the main story. As someone with a high tolerance for tangents, I’d have been happy to overlook the weak connections had these sections been interesting. There were a few sections with great fun facts, but others devolved into lists of every famous person who ever owned an orange tree, for example. Overall, I did enjoy this peaceful read during a stressful week, but the plants + memoir thing has been done better (Lab Girl by Hope Jahren comes to mind). Read more »

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Science Nonfiction in Review: Slime

June 17, 2019 Uncategorized 1 ★★★

Science Nonfiction in Review: SlimeTitle: Slime: How Algae Created Us, Plague Us, and Just Might Save Us
Author: Ruth Kassinger
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Rating:three-stars

Summary: The information in this book was fascinating, but the writing wasn’t as engaging as I’d hoped.

You might not all relate to this, but I had high hopes for this book about algae! It struck me as a fascinating topic and the intro certainly made a good case for algae’s importance. Algae has played a role in the evolution of life and will possibly be used as food, fuel, or as a counter to global warming in the future. Based on the book blurb, I was also looking forward to hearing about the author’s experience meeting with scientists and learning new things. That’s always my favorite part of Mary Roach’s books and that was true of this book too.

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