Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone

Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone

"Part travelogue, part memoir, part deep-dive (literally) into the world of jellyfish... Spineless can serve as inspiration for any of us to reclaim a creative space in the midst of family life." --NPR A former ocean scientist goes in pursuit of the slippery story of jellyfish, rediscovering her passion for marine science and the sea's imperiled ecosystems. Jellyfish have b "Part travelogue, part memoir, part deep-dive (literally) into the world of jellyfish... Spineless can serve as i...

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Title:Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone
Author:Juli Berwald
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0735211264
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone Reviews

  • Rachel Smalter Hall
    Oct 27, 2017
    I was completely charmed by this science memoir about jellyfish and chasing your dreams. Juli Berwald?s love of marine biology was reawakened when she started contributing to National Geographic to help support her family. Quickly becoming obsessed with jellyfish, she set out on an u...
  • Kelly
    May 06, 2018
    There's not a whole lot to learn here about jellyfish EXCEPT that there's actually little to learn about them because they're not studied very much. This is part science, part memoir, about Juli's love and fascination with jellyfish and the lengths she's gone to to learn more about the...
  • Todd Martin
    Jun 04, 2018
    I can picture the discussion that occurred between Juli Berwald and her publicist when pitching Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone. Berwald: I have this great idea for a book ? it?s a popular science book about ? wait for it ? JELLYFISH...
  • Ann
    Jan 14, 2018
    An interesting subject, a lot of marine biology information in detail, a whole lot of detail. I skimmed past a lot of the jellyfish detail with just enough to know they are scary and amazing, and pose potential for overpopulation dangers, and to enjoy the anecdotes about flying, diving...
  • Susan
    Feb 03, 2018
    I am not a marine biologist....just a retired RN. This titles just grabbed me "Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone. I learned more about jellyfish than I ever wanted to know. This is a slow-read, but a fascinating one. A look into a jellyfish's world t...
  • Charles Dee Mitchell
    Jan 12, 2018
    Reading a book about jellyfish seemed like the perfect way to start a new year. Unfortunately, this did not turn out to be quite the book about jellyfish I was looking for. Spineless is good, but like most creative non-fiction, or the New New Journalism, or whatever we call it today...
  • Robin
    Feb 23, 2018
    I got this book for a book nerd challenge. I never would have read a whole book about jellyfish otherwise. I'm glad I did, though! The author writes many, many interesting facts about jellyfish, but you don't feel like you're reading a textbook. She also tells us about her life as...
  • GONZA
    Jun 04, 2017
    I would have never thought that jellyfishes could be so interesting. A dive into this special world that I enjoyed a lot, even if I had no background information on this topic. Non avrei mai pensato che il mondo delle meduse potesse essere cosí interessante. Un tuffo in un argoment...
  • Leah (Jane Speare)
    Oct 31, 2017
    This is amazing! Now I kind of want to be a marine biologist when I grow up..... Are you worried about a world jellyfish takeover? I went into this thinking I'd learn some cool jellyfish facts and came out of it confident these amazing ocean dwellers will soon be ruling the planet. ...
  • Britta
    Mar 08, 2018
    The science of this book is SUPER cool, but I could have done without all the personal anecdotes from the author. Perhaps I'm cold-hearted but hearing her go on about the surfer she loved who didn't love her back kindof took away from the awesomeness of the jellyfish research. (I DID l...
  • Mark
    Nov 20, 2017
    I have never gave jellyfish much thought, but this ended up being an entertaining and educational read, despite a few dry spots. ...
  • Julie
    Apr 13, 2018
    I enjoyed this book but the contents weren't comparable to other science books I've read. I was hoping to read about Berwald's own research on jellyfish but her book focused on the research of other jellyfish scientists. additionally, Berwald's discussion of jellyfish science drifts in...
  • Emma Sea
    Nov 10, 2017
    jellies! ...
  • Arnis
    Dec 02, 2017
    https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/201... ...
  • Paula
    Feb 25, 2018
    FABULOUS! On par with Moneyball and Born to Run, maybe better. This has been sitting around for a while, because, well, jellyfish? Turns out Berwald is a top-shelf raconteur with an eagle eye for editing. She's an objective scientist with the rare skill of also being a gifted science...
  • Lauren
    Jan 28, 2018
    3 stars. While I was very excited about this book, I got off to a rough start with it. I found a typo on the second page (and several more throughout the book) and the author used the word "landlocked" 3 times in as many pages. I knew then that this book, as several others have noted, ...
  • Chelsea
    Jun 04, 2018
    2.75 Stars. She tried. This year I've gone down this odd rabbit hole of animal nonfiction, some very science-y and others more about emotional connections between people and animals. It's important that you know this, because the dozen or so books that I consumed prior to this one h...
  • Peter Tillman
    Jan 10, 2018
    Good introduction to the biology of jellyfish. Definitely aimed at the general public, and usually pretty clear, though the book could have used more illustrations. Her interviews and interactions with jellyfish biologists are the highlight of the book. The memoir and travelogue (which...
  • Seth
    Sep 06, 2017
    A fantastic book to understand a species not discussed that often unless you're a marine biologist or a scientist in a connected field. This book is definitely a passion project for the author with cultural history, scientific history, scientific discoveries and so much more. With a ge...
  • Jennifer
    Nov 28, 2017
    Positives: Spineless is written in a very approachable manner and is easy to understand. Part science/part memoir, a person who does not normally read science topics or who knows nothing about jellyfish will find the writing easy to understand and quite fascinating at times. Negati...
  • Bill Leach
    May 22, 2018
    The author relates her travels in search of information on jellyfish, providing good material on these animals. Jellyfish periodically increase in numbers to the point where swarms harm fisheries and even block industrial cooling systems. Great controversy as to why these population...
  • Elentarri
    Nov 18, 2017
    This book is more of the author's personal memoir than any type of science book about jellyfish. Berwald's enthusiasm for jellyfish is obvious and the writing style flows nicely. She includes some incredibly interesting information about the creatures, but there is simply too much pers...
  • Judith
    Dec 04, 2017
    The only caveat I have for this book is that it has no illustrations or photos of any of the jellyfish she describes. That would have been nice, but of course one can google them on the internet and even that way find some videos. Actually I would rate this a 4.5 book. What I liked ...
  • Amy (Other Amy)
    Oct 26, 2017
    The taste of the jellyfish was so subtle as to be almost nothing at all. I ate some more. It was a tasty, light, savory salad. In spite of all my anxiety about buying, soaking, preparing, and then eating it, jellyfish was completely unremarkable. I had a review typed up and the wi-f...
  • Tim
    Jan 11, 2018
    I enjoy science memoirs. They?re great because it?s like you?re riding along on someone?s learning journey! And now I know a lot about jellyfish. ...
  • Rae
    Jul 28, 2018
    I originally went back to college to study marine biology. How I ended up wrenching on aircraft is a convoluted story, one I don't have the patience to explain nor do I think you want to hear/read. But this book helped satisfy that craving and tugs at my heart strings. My heart will al...
  • Zach
    Apr 20, 2018
    Want to learn some fun facts about jellyfish? This is the book for you! It's also the story of how the author learned to stand up for what she believes in and not let opportunities pass her by. The jellyfish facts are interesting, especially the focus on what we don't know and wh...
  • Ashley
    May 17, 2018
    When the book was a pop-sci exploration of jellyfish in a variety of ways, from explaining their surprising anatomy to their crazy reproductive cycle, I really liked it. Really, really liked it. Jellyfish fascinate me because they challenge my sine qua non definitions of "alive", so I ...
  • Noah
    Feb 11, 2018
    Interesting stories about Jellyfish in regards to their biology, the fishing industry and chasing them across the oceans, but about half of it was personal and uninteresting details of the author's personal life. ...
  • Gracie Farley
    Jul 03, 2018
    Actually one of the better pop science books that I've read. Berwald mixes her personal narrative with information about jellyfishes in an engaging way - her life adds to the science rather than detracting from it, and she presents the science in an understandable and simple way withou...