Book List

Biology Book List

Below is a list of books that relate to biological concepts we will discuss this semester.  I hope you find one you will enjoy.  Also, if you read a book that relates to our course please share so I can add to the  list!

“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” 
   ~Mark Twain
  1. Death’s Acres by Bill Bass – (non-fiction) Bill Bass is a leading forensic anthropologist who studies dead bodies at “The Body Farm”, a research facility in Tennessee.Bass and his colleagues study the decomposition of human corpses and uses this research to solve forensic murder cases.*Descriptive and graphic scenes.
  2. The Hot Zone by Richard Preston- (non-fiction) The story of the lethal Ebola virus.The book focuses on the remote African origins of the virus, several specific individuals who contracted and died of the disease, “secret” outbreaks of Ebola in the United States, biohazard centers/storage, and the origins of AIDS. *Descriptive and graphic scenes.
  3. Ishmael by Daniel Quinn- (fiction)- Telepathic dialogue between a man and a gorilla leads the man to learn about “how things came to be” for mankind.The gorilla educates the man about the “cultural myth” of humanity, ethics in relation to sustaining resources, and the effects of human superiority.Retells the history of humanity and human stories (the Garden of Eden, agricultural revolution, Nazi Germany, etc.) with a new twist, and predicts humanity’s future.
  4. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton- (fiction)- science- fiction novel about the affects of genetic engineering.Humans attempt to control genetically recreated dinosaurs in an island “amusement park”, but their creations soon become out of control. *Graphic scenes.
  5. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot- (non-fiction) The story of Henrietta Lacks, a black female who lived during the 1950’s.Doctors took her cells without asking.These cells never died.These cells were vital in launching a medical revolution. More than 20 years later her children found out and their lives would never be the same.
  6. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult- (fiction) A story of a 13 year old, who was conceived to help treat her older sister, that sues her parents for medical emancipation when she is expected to donate a kidney to her sister who is dying from leukemia.
  7. Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom- A story about a young man and his college professor.  The college professor learns that he has the fatal disease ALS.   Through the phases of this disease he continues to teach about the value of living life, while he is dying.