5 (Best) Science Writers to Read

BestAmScience2015Tis the season of annual anthologies, and The Best American Science and Nature Writing is one that we pick up and read every year, usually as soon as the fall semester wraps up and it’s hit the bookstore shelf. In last year’s edition, we looked at first lines to see what we could glean about how essays about science work.

This year, we recommend five books by writers in The Best Science and Nature Writing 2015:

Allison Hawthorne Deming

Essay: “Spotted Hyena”

Book: Science and Other Poems

Atul Gwande

Essay: “No Risky Chances

Book: Being Mortal

Leslie Jamison

Essay: “The Empathy Exams”

Book: The Empathy Exams

Sam Kean

Essay: “Phineas Gage, Neuroscience’s Most Famous Patient”

Book: The Disappearing Spoon

Rebecca Skloot

Editor of this year’s volume

Book: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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