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...
  • Lara
    Nov 07, 2017
    I never got hooked on this one, but I enjoyed the mix of science and memoir, and definitely learned a lot about jellies! I'll admit that I started skimming towards the end though...for whatever reason it just didn't completely keep my interest. In any case, I thought jellyfish were pre...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • 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. ...
  • Kam
    Dec 10, 2017
    However, the issue of climate change and its relationship to jellyfish is not portrayed firmly in the book?s narrative. The author does seem to aim for it throughout the course of the book, and does seem to reach the conclusion that jellyfish are vital to our understanding of the ch...
  • Emma Sea
    Nov 10, 2017
    jellies! ...
  • Jess
    Jan 15, 2018
    Honestly I was really disappointed in this book. Juli Berwald comes across as a suburban stay-at-home mom who is playing scientist. She has a background in science but I wouldn?t have guessed that if she hadn?t mentioned it in the book. Some of the research in the book was interest...
  • Arnis
    Dec 02, 2017
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  • 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, ...
  • Jeanne
    Dec 12, 2017
    I was surprised that jellyfish are so fascinating. There are a lot of mind blowing revelations about jellyfish revealed in the author's extensive research. This book is part memoir, part travelogue, part scientific journalism. I wish the author had picked one out of those three formats...
  • 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...
  • Karen
    Jan 27, 2018
    I usually love books like this: part science or history, part travelogue. This one is fine, but not remarkable. It is absolutely what the title says: a mixture of a story of a woman finding her way in life (growing a backbone) and the story of jellyfish. Science interspersed with trav...
  • 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...
  • Diane
    Jan 13, 2018
    You go, Juli Berwald! She stumbled upon jellyfish in Israel, which inspired her study of ocean science (up to and including a Phd from USC), which inspired her science writing, which inspired her further travel and exploration, which inspired her thoughts about the future, which inspir...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Emily Onufer
    Dec 21, 2017
    I received a copy of this book for free through the Goodreads Giveaways program. Juli Bernard is an incredible writer with a gift for turning seemingly insignificant moments into wonderful stories. This was a fascinating look at a narrow topic that I have not previously given much thou...
  • 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. ...
  • Gayle
    Nov 06, 2017
    This is a book about jellyfish and how mysterious they are. How long have they been around and what if any purpose can and will they fill. They sting but they may also help out according to some of the studies that are being done. There are many different kinds of jellyfish and the aut...
  • Emilia
    Oct 26, 2017
    A somewhat personal memoir that goes into the history and study of jellyfish, while also focusing on modern impacts. For example, is climate change increasing jellyfish population or is the recent growth part of a natural cycle. It was a really interesting, informative book, plus it wa...
  • Cristina
    Jan 22, 2018
    I fell deeply in love with these incredible creatures after reading "The thing about jellyfish" by Ali Benjamin (a beautiful novel based on scientific research about jellyfish). When I saw this book at Barnes & Noble I knew I HAVE to read it. I was so excited to expand my poor and ...
  • Joseph Williams
    Jan 10, 2018
    Listened to the audio. Clearly people have all sorts of passions. This book is in a similar genre to the excellent Soul of an Octopus and is very comparable. The best parts are the interesting little factoid about our spineless "friends" or "enemies." I found the narrative sometimes...
  • Lane
    Jan 23, 2018
    I really didn't know much of anything about jellyfish, just bits and bobs. This book definitely gave me an education on this amazing animal. The only part about the book I have a complaint about is how the author kept throwing in personal details of her life, which is fine in small dos...
  • Angela
    Nov 30, 2017
    This was an enjoyable book about jellyfish. It covers topics such as the biology and chemistry of jellyfish and our interactions with them. This includes things such as using jellyfish as a food source or dealing with them clogging power sources by the water. The book covers conversati...