Book Reviews

Chemistry Lessons

In her new novel, “The Chemist,” author Stephenie Meyer doesn’t so much create a believable scientist as cobble together various scientific terms and vignettes, then graft them, Frankenstein-style, onto a standard Meyer ingénue. The result is a patchwork of a lead character in a monster of a book.

The Claws Come Out

Peter Marra’s new book, “Cat Wars,” makes a convincing case that unconfined felines are taking a major toll on wildlife — and putting the growing ranks of cat lovers and bird lovers on an ugly collision course. The war — call it Big Cat vs. Big Bird — is on. And right now, we’re all losing.

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