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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 40 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari Dr
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages

The Sixth Extinction

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History - Elizabeth Kolbert

This is a very interesting examination of how human activities lead to the extinction of other species.


However, I knocked it down half a star from 4, which was my rating before the last two chapters. 


In one, she blames modern humans for the extinction of neanderthals, on what I would call inadequate evidence.  (This may stand out for me as I just read a history of human evolution; we don't know quite a lot.)  It's possible we did drive neanderthals to extinction; it's also possible that climate change or something else did.  We just don't know enough. 


In the other, she got a bit ranty about humans being killer apes from the first evolution of the species; not what I'd call a good ending to what was otherwise a very good book.


On the other hand, the material about the extinctions currently in progress was excellent.  So if you're interested in why amphibians are endangered, or what "white nose syndrome" is in bats, I recommend this.