Reviews

Praise for COLD by Bill Streever

A New York Times Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book
A Los Angeles Times Book Award Finalist
A Popular Mechanics and Library Journal Best Book of the Year
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A “love song to science and scientists, to Earth and everything that lives on and flies over and tunnels underneath it.”
—Mary Roach, New York Times Book Review
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“Original and organic: it is flinty and tough-minded, with just enough humor glowing around the edges to keep you toasty and dry.”
—Dwight Garner, New York Times
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“[Streever] demonstrates an amazing zeal for collecting cold facts…His voice is so engaging and his writing so crisp.”
—Washington Post
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“[F]ascinating …Streever’s affection for cold offers intellectual air conditioning.”
—Los Angeles Times
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Praise for HEAT by Bill Streever

(A Nautilus Award Winner)

“[Streever] operates in some of the same territory as Mary Roach and Bill Bryson: taking on big, serious topics, and making them entertaining without making them trivial, inserting himself into the narrative without overwhelming the material. This is a fine balancing act…” —San Francisco Chronicle
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From the author of Cold, another engaging, easy-to-read, free-ranging exploration of a natural phenomenon. Streever mingles his personal adventures with heat and hot places with tidbits about early mistaken notions about heat, current events and research involving it, and narratives of those who have lived through its challenges…[a] funny and factual blend of science, history and adventure.” —Kirkus
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funny, matter of fact prose”… “In this worthy companion to Cold, Streever is able to mix the pop science, personal experiences, and historic asides into a fun and informative commentary on a subject that few people think about despite its inherent life and death implications.” —Publishers Weekly starred review.
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“With engaging storytelling skill and deep scientific knowledge, Streever offers a fascinating exploration of one of the basic necessities of everyday life.” —Booklist
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“Streever is an able guide into the flaming regions of our beleaguered evirons… a rare nature book, a pleasing mix of first-person narrative and layman science. The facts come fast and furious but are served on a platter of digestible prose.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Praise for AND SOON I HEARD A ROARING WIND by Bill Streever

(Another Nautilus Award Winner)

“To research the book, [Streever] didn’t just study wind, he put himself at its mercy.” —Terry Gross, NPR’s “Fresh Air”

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“Streever melds historical detail with seat-of-the-pants adventure in this portrait of a force of nature.” —Discover Magazine

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“Streever intertwines scientific histories in terms palatable even for laymen. When the going gets technical, Streever is there with an analogy to clarify….He brings the reader an understanding of what’s important [about wind, and] along the way, Streever sprinkles in surprises and makes historical connections.” —Seattle Times

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“ Streever approaches meteorology in a way that brings to mind John McPhee’s writings about geology, belaboring the text with no more scientific jargon than necessary….This book chronicles key discoveries in meteorology, and Streever’s gale-force inquiry leads to some fascinating aside”—Dallas Morning News

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“The wind is always changeable, whether it’s a brisk nor’easter or the shifting tempests of intellectual history. And Soon I Heard Roaring Wind proves that Bill Streever is a master at navigating both.” —Sam Kean, author of The Disappearing Spoon