Nonfiction Science and Nature Writing

Popular science is a genre of nonfiction written by scientists and science writers for the general public. Books make science accessible to everyone of all ages and backgrounds. Like a good nature documentary, books about science can inspire and inform us. They invite readers into their pages to experience a day in the life of a paleobiologist or engineer, let us tag along on investigations with science journalists and scientists, and help us explore life’s biggest questions.

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Reviews by Sarah Olson Michel

I started this blog two years ago with the goal of bringing good nonfiction books to readers’ attention. As a professional science writer and communicator, I care about bridging the gap between science and the general public. I bring nonfiction expertise to my reviews after working in a library and an independent bookstore and studying literature in college. To date, I have been featured on Science Friday for summer reading recommendations and written for Science Magazine’s Books.

Here you will find reviews of selected popular science books both new and old. I pay special attention to books by authors who are underrepresented in their field. You can help amplify the voices the writers from marginalized communities by purchasing, reviewing, and sharing their books on social media. Your own voice as a reader makes a difference – help us show publishers that diversity matters.

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Most of the reviews are written by me, but some are by guest reviewers. Please reach out to me if you are interested in writing a guest review – I am always happy to bring new voices to the blog. You are also welcome to suggest books for me to review. Authors and publicists can contact me directly at to send advance review copies. I am always looking to interview authors and host book giveaways as well.

“Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time ― proof that humans can work magic.”

Carl Sagan