Such a Fun Age: A Novel by Kiley Reid
»» The debut novel from author Kiley Reid is now out in paperback! Longlisted for the 2020 Man Booker Prize, Such a Fun Age combines taut social commentary with deep personal struggle. Reid’s work intertwines the lives of two American women who could not be more different.
Set in the twilight of the Obama years, Alix Chamberlain and Emira Tucker, the woman who babysits Alix’s daughter Briar, are involved in a public display driven by racism and white privilege. This event (which occurs in the first chapter) sets the tone for the entire story, which is going to be funny to some and uncomfortably reflective for others.
A contemporary exposition on millennial existentialism, relationships and social constructs, Such a Fun Age whets the appetite for more from Kiley Reid.
The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing and the Future of the Human Race by Walter Isaacson
»» Biographer/Science author Walter Isaacson returns with The Code Breaker, focusing on Biochemist Jennifer Doudna (one of the two recipients of the 2020 Nobel Prize along with French Geneticist Emmanuelle Charpentier), and her life both in and outside of the lab.
Doudna’s resumé is lengthy, varied, and extremely valuable. Her most recent work (search for CRISPR-Cas9) has resulted in new techniques that help make the process of gene editing much more efficient. This discovery has been developed further since Doudna’s initial findings, and is currently applied by various research labs seeking treatment for numerous diseases.
An apt, timely scientific exploration, The Code Breaker is the biography for COVID times, and Jennifer Doudna is one of the luminaries who provide hope for the future.
Reviews by Joel
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