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Matt Chambers

MattChambers@bookrastinating.com

Joined 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Avid reader. Focus on mysteries, science, some scifi and whatever else catches my attention. Dog lover, aquarist, curmudgeon, and retired lawyer,.

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2023 Reading Goal

22% complete! Matt Chambers has read 9 of 40 books.

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Beaverland (2022, Grand Central Publishing) 5 stars

Great read!

5 stars

I just finished Beaverland and I really enjoyed it. It's a very well-written science book that includes fascinating discussions of the role beavers played in the history of North America, particularly the economic development by Europeans. It also does a great job explaining the effects beavers have on the natural landscape and why we probably need more beavers to protect our environment.

The author is a very good writer, but I had the unsettling feeling that the book could've used one more good edit. Periodically, the book would make a reference to something that I didn't understand (such as a pond leveler) and only a few pages or a few chapters later would the concept be explained. It seemed like the writer wrote this in separate chapters at separate times, but nobody checked the final assembly to make sure that all the pieces fit together perfectly. This is only a …

reviewed Loving Edie by Meredith May

Loving Edie (Hardcover, 2022, Park Row) 5 stars

Great read!

5 stars

I just read Loving Edie, by Meredith May, which is a memoir about adopting a golden retriever puppy that turned out to be extremely fearful. It's not really a guide to living with a fearful dog – you should get that information here – but many of you will recognize the emotional stages that the author experienced. I nearly cried several times reading it. At the end, I felt like it helped validate my love for my fearful puppy, while recognizing the struggles we have experienced.

Loving Edie (Hardcover, 2022, Park Row) 5 stars

I hope it is okay to post a book review here. I just read Loving Edie, by Meredith May, which is a memoir about adopting a golden retriever puppy that turned out to be extremely fearful. It's not really a guide to living with a fearful dog – you should get that information here – but many of you will recognize the emotional stages that the author experienced. I nearly cried several times reading it. At the end, I felt like it helped validate my love for my fearful puppy, while recognizing the struggles we have experienced.