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:336 pages pages

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

  • Rachel Smalter Hall
    Oct 27, 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...

    What I wanted from this book: Jellyfish science. What I got: Some science, and a lot of memoir about travels, college crushes, the author's children, her insecurities, and commentary on other people's body shapes and clothing. Summary: More Jelly / Less Juli ...

    https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/201... ...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    What I wanted from this book: Jellyfish science. What I got: Some science, and a lot of memoir about travels, college crushes, the author's children, her insecurities, and commentary on other people's body shapes and clothing. Summary: More Jelly / Less Juli ...

    https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/201... ...

    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...

    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...

  • Jameson Fink
    Nov 30, 2018

    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...

    What I wanted from this book: Jellyfish science. What I got: Some science, and a lot of memoir about travels, college crushes, the author's children, her insecurities, and commentary on other people's body shapes and clothing. Summary: More Jelly / Less Juli ...

    https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/201... ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Part memoir, part science, part call-to-arms. A little bit of the science is lost on me but that's because I have zero background in biology, but the second half of the book, as Berwald travels to Japan, Israel, and Spain, is fascinating. ...

    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, ...

    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...

    jellies! ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    Four stars at least if you are into ocean stuff (which I very much am). If you are not into ocean stuff, some of the minutia might get tedious, or perhaps she's interesting enough to suck you in. Hard for me to gauge because I am very much here for all marine biology details. Top tw...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Juli Berwald is captivated by jellyfish. She has spent years of her life studying them, keeping them as pets, tasting them, swimming with them, being stung by their tentacles, studying their bizarre reproductive cycle all the while tracking down scientists to discover more intimate det...

    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...

    2.5. I loved the science and she wrote it well. The last 2 paragraphs of the book were great and contemplative and excellent truth. Mostly though she tries to write too much memoir in the mist of what is great about the book. Those large sections were hard to get through and did not tr...

    I never thought I would say this, but after reading Spineless I believe understanding jellyfish is important if we want a future for our oceans and for humanity. ...

  • Lauren
    Sep 11, 2018

    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...

    What I wanted from this book: Jellyfish science. What I got: Some science, and a lot of memoir about travels, college crushes, the author's children, her insecurities, and commentary on other people's body shapes and clothing. Summary: More Jelly / Less Juli ...

  • Florence
    Nov 17, 2018

    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...

    What I wanted from this book: Jellyfish science. What I got: Some science, and a lot of memoir about travels, college crushes, the author's children, her insecurities, and commentary on other people's body shapes and clothing. Summary: More Jelly / Less Juli ...

    https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/201... ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Part memoir, part science, part call-to-arms. A little bit of the science is lost on me but that's because I have zero background in biology, but the second half of the book, as Berwald travels to Japan, Israel, and Spain, is fascinating. ...

    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, ...

    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...

    jellies! ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    Four stars at least if you are into ocean stuff (which I very much am). If you are not into ocean stuff, some of the minutia might get tedious, or perhaps she's interesting enough to suck you in. Hard for me to gauge because I am very much here for all marine biology details. Top tw...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Juli Berwald is captivated by jellyfish. She has spent years of her life studying them, keeping them as pets, tasting them, swimming with them, being stung by their tentacles, studying their bizarre reproductive cycle all the while tracking down scientists to discover more intimate det...

  • Robert Sheard
    Dec 03, 2018

    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...

    What I wanted from this book: Jellyfish science. What I got: Some science, and a lot of memoir about travels, college crushes, the author's children, her insecurities, and commentary on other people's body shapes and clothing. Summary: More Jelly / Less Juli ...

    https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/201... ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Part memoir, part science, part call-to-arms. A little bit of the science is lost on me but that's because I have zero background in biology, but the second half of the book, as Berwald travels to Japan, Israel, and Spain, is fascinating. ...

  • Ann
    Jan 14, 2018

    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...

    What I wanted from this book: Jellyfish science. What I got: Some science, and a lot of memoir about travels, college crushes, the author's children, her insecurities, and commentary on other people's body shapes and clothing. Summary: More Jelly / Less Juli ...

    https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/201... ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Part memoir, part science, part call-to-arms. A little bit of the science is lost on me but that's because I have zero background in biology, but the second half of the book, as Berwald travels to Japan, Israel, and Spain, is fascinating. ...

    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, ...

    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...

    jellies! ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    Four stars at least if you are into ocean stuff (which I very much am). If you are not into ocean stuff, some of the minutia might get tedious, or perhaps she's interesting enough to suck you in. Hard for me to gauge because I am very much here for all marine biology details. Top tw...

    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

    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...

    What I wanted from this book: Jellyfish science. What I got: Some science, and a lot of memoir about travels, college crushes, the author's children, her insecurities, and commentary on other people's body shapes and clothing. Summary: More Jelly / Less Juli ...

    https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/201... ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Part memoir, part science, part call-to-arms. A little bit of the science is lost on me but that's because I have zero background in biology, but the second half of the book, as Berwald travels to Japan, Israel, and Spain, is fascinating. ...

    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, ...

    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...

    jellies! ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    Four stars at least if you are into ocean stuff (which I very much am). If you are not into ocean stuff, some of the minutia might get tedious, or perhaps she's interesting enough to suck you in. Hard for me to gauge because I am very much here for all marine biology details. Top tw...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Juli Berwald is captivated by jellyfish. She has spent years of her life studying them, keeping them as pets, tasting them, swimming with them, being stung by their tentacles, studying their bizarre reproductive cycle all the while tracking down scientists to discover more intimate det...

    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...

  • Lyndsey
    Dec 02, 2018

    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...

    What I wanted from this book: Jellyfish science. What I got: Some science, and a lot of memoir about travels, college crushes, the author's children, her insecurities, and commentary on other people's body shapes and clothing. Summary: More Jelly / Less Juli ...

    https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/201... ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Part memoir, part science, part call-to-arms. A little bit of the science is lost on me but that's because I have zero background in biology, but the second half of the book, as Berwald travels to Japan, Israel, and Spain, is fascinating. ...

    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, ...

    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...

    jellies! ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    Four stars at least if you are into ocean stuff (which I very much am). If you are not into ocean stuff, some of the minutia might get tedious, or perhaps she's interesting enough to suck you in. Hard for me to gauge because I am very much here for all marine biology details. Top tw...

  • Charles Dee Mitchell
    Jan 12, 2018

    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...

    What I wanted from this book: Jellyfish science. What I got: Some science, and a lot of memoir about travels, college crushes, the author's children, her insecurities, and commentary on other people's body shapes and clothing. Summary: More Jelly / Less Juli ...

    https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/201... ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Part memoir, part science, part call-to-arms. A little bit of the science is lost on me but that's because I have zero background in biology, but the second half of the book, as Berwald travels to Japan, Israel, and Spain, is fascinating. ...

    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, ...

    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...

    jellies! ...

    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. ...

    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...

  • Jackie Kropp
    Nov 25, 2018

    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...

    What I wanted from this book: Jellyfish science. What I got: Some science, and a lot of memoir about travels, college crushes, the author's children, her insecurities, and commentary on other people's body shapes and clothing. Summary: More Jelly / Less Juli ...

    https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/201... ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Part memoir, part science, part call-to-arms. A little bit of the science is lost on me but that's because I have zero background in biology, but the second half of the book, as Berwald travels to Japan, Israel, and Spain, is fascinating. ...

    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, ...

    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...

    jellies! ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    Four stars at least if you are into ocean stuff (which I very much am). If you are not into ocean stuff, some of the minutia might get tedious, or perhaps she's interesting enough to suck you in. Hard for me to gauge because I am very much here for all marine biology details. Top tw...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Juli Berwald is captivated by jellyfish. She has spent years of her life studying them, keeping them as pets, tasting them, swimming with them, being stung by their tentacles, studying their bizarre reproductive cycle all the while tracking down scientists to discover more intimate det...

    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...

    2.5. I loved the science and she wrote it well. The last 2 paragraphs of the book were great and contemplative and excellent truth. Mostly though she tries to write too much memoir in the mist of what is great about the book. Those large sections were hard to get through and did not tr...

    I never thought I would say this, but after reading Spineless I believe understanding jellyfish is important if we want a future for our oceans and for humanity. ...

    I loved this book. I learned a lot, I laughed and I appreciated her enthusiasm for communicating science to a wider audience. ...

  • GONZA
    Jun 04, 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...

    What I wanted from this book: Jellyfish science. What I got: Some science, and a lot of memoir about travels, college crushes, the author's children, her insecurities, and commentary on other people's body shapes and clothing. Summary: More Jelly / Less Juli ...

    https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/201... ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Part memoir, part science, part call-to-arms. A little bit of the science is lost on me but that's because I have zero background in biology, but the second half of the book, as Berwald travels to Japan, Israel, and Spain, is fascinating. ...

    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, ...

    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...

    jellies! ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    Four stars at least if you are into ocean stuff (which I very much am). If you are not into ocean stuff, some of the minutia might get tedious, or perhaps she's interesting enough to suck you in. Hard for me to gauge because I am very much here for all marine biology details. Top tw...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Juli Berwald is captivated by jellyfish. She has spent years of her life studying them, keeping them as pets, tasting them, swimming with them, being stung by their tentacles, studying their bizarre reproductive cycle all the while tracking down scientists to discover more intimate det...

    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...

    2.5. I loved the science and she wrote it well. The last 2 paragraphs of the book were great and contemplative and excellent truth. Mostly though she tries to write too much memoir in the mist of what is great about the book. Those large sections were hard to get through and did not tr...

    I never thought I would say this, but after reading Spineless I believe understanding jellyfish is important if we want a future for our oceans and for humanity. ...

    I loved this book. I learned a lot, I laughed and I appreciated her enthusiasm for communicating science to a wider audience. ...

    I have never gave jellyfish much thought, but this ended up being an entertaining and educational read, despite a few dry spots. ...

    I liked this book! It isn?t one of my favorites but it did give me the push to continue with grad school (and shoot for PhD). I actually found myself relating to the author so much that I emailed her for grad school advice and she answered! I would read more of her work in the future...

    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. ...

    Fascinating read about a little known creature of the sea by a woman for whom it began as a bit of a hobby and obsession. ...

    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. ...

    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

    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...

    What I wanted from this book: Jellyfish science. What I got: Some science, and a lot of memoir about travels, college crushes, the author's children, her insecurities, and commentary on other people's body shapes and clothing. Summary: More Jelly / Less Juli ...

    https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/201... ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Part memoir, part science, part call-to-arms. A little bit of the science is lost on me but that's because I have zero background in biology, but the second half of the book, as Berwald travels to Japan, Israel, and Spain, is fascinating. ...

    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, ...

    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...

    jellies! ...

    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

    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...

    What I wanted from this book: Jellyfish science. What I got: Some science, and a lot of memoir about travels, college crushes, the author's children, her insecurities, and commentary on other people's body shapes and clothing. Summary: More Jelly / Less Juli ...

    https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/201... ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Part memoir, part science, part call-to-arms. A little bit of the science is lost on me but that's because I have zero background in biology, but the second half of the book, as Berwald travels to Japan, Israel, and Spain, is fascinating. ...

    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, ...

    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...

    jellies! ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    Four stars at least if you are into ocean stuff (which I very much am). If you are not into ocean stuff, some of the minutia might get tedious, or perhaps she's interesting enough to suck you in. Hard for me to gauge because I am very much here for all marine biology details. Top tw...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Juli Berwald is captivated by jellyfish. She has spent years of her life studying them, keeping them as pets, tasting them, swimming with them, being stung by their tentacles, studying their bizarre reproductive cycle all the while tracking down scientists to discover more intimate det...

    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...

    2.5. I loved the science and she wrote it well. The last 2 paragraphs of the book were great and contemplative and excellent truth. Mostly though she tries to write too much memoir in the mist of what is great about the book. Those large sections were hard to get through and did not tr...

    I never thought I would say this, but after reading Spineless I believe understanding jellyfish is important if we want a future for our oceans and for humanity. ...

    I loved this book. I learned a lot, I laughed and I appreciated her enthusiasm for communicating science to a wider audience. ...

    I have never gave jellyfish much thought, but this ended up being an entertaining and educational read, despite a few dry spots. ...

  • Shonna Siegers
    Jan 07, 2019

    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...

    What I wanted from this book: Jellyfish science. What I got: Some science, and a lot of memoir about travels, college crushes, the author's children, her insecurities, and commentary on other people's body shapes and clothing. Summary: More Jelly / Less Juli ...

    https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/201... ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Part memoir, part science, part call-to-arms. A little bit of the science is lost on me but that's because I have zero background in biology, but the second half of the book, as Berwald travels to Japan, Israel, and Spain, is fascinating. ...

    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, ...

    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...

    jellies! ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    Four stars at least if you are into ocean stuff (which I very much am). If you are not into ocean stuff, some of the minutia might get tedious, or perhaps she's interesting enough to suck you in. Hard for me to gauge because I am very much here for all marine biology details. Top tw...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Juli Berwald is captivated by jellyfish. She has spent years of her life studying them, keeping them as pets, tasting them, swimming with them, being stung by their tentacles, studying their bizarre reproductive cycle all the while tracking down scientists to discover more intimate det...

    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...

    2.5. I loved the science and she wrote it well. The last 2 paragraphs of the book were great and contemplative and excellent truth. Mostly though she tries to write too much memoir in the mist of what is great about the book. Those large sections were hard to get through and did not tr...

  • Emma Sea
    Nov 10, 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...

    What I wanted from this book: Jellyfish science. What I got: Some science, and a lot of memoir about travels, college crushes, the author's children, her insecurities, and commentary on other people's body shapes and clothing. Summary: More Jelly / Less Juli ...

    https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/201... ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Part memoir, part science, part call-to-arms. A little bit of the science is lost on me but that's because I have zero background in biology, but the second half of the book, as Berwald travels to Japan, Israel, and Spain, is fascinating. ...

    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, ...

    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...

    jellies! ...

  • Arnis
    Dec 02, 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...

    What I wanted from this book: Jellyfish science. What I got: Some science, and a lot of memoir about travels, college crushes, the author's children, her insecurities, and commentary on other people's body shapes and clothing. Summary: More Jelly / Less Juli ...

    https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/201... ...

  • Lauren
    Jan 28, 2018

    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...

    What I wanted from this book: Jellyfish science. What I got: Some science, and a lot of memoir about travels, college crushes, the author's children, her insecurities, and commentary on other people's body shapes and clothing. Summary: More Jelly / Less Juli ...

    https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/201... ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Part memoir, part science, part call-to-arms. A little bit of the science is lost on me but that's because I have zero background in biology, but the second half of the book, as Berwald travels to Japan, Israel, and Spain, is fascinating. ...

    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, ...

  • Peter Tillman
    Jan 10, 2018

    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...

    What I wanted from this book: Jellyfish science. What I got: Some science, and a lot of memoir about travels, college crushes, the author's children, her insecurities, and commentary on other people's body shapes and clothing. Summary: More Jelly / Less Juli ...

    https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/201... ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    What I wanted from this book: Jellyfish science. What I got: Some science, and a lot of memoir about travels, college crushes, the author's children, her insecurities, and commentary on other people's body shapes and clothing. Summary: More Jelly / Less Juli ...

    https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/201... ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Part memoir, part science, part call-to-arms. A little bit of the science is lost on me but that's because I have zero background in biology, but the second half of the book, as Berwald travels to Japan, Israel, and Spain, is fascinating. ...

    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, ...

    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

    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...

    What I wanted from this book: Jellyfish science. What I got: Some science, and a lot of memoir about travels, college crushes, the author's children, her insecurities, and commentary on other people's body shapes and clothing. Summary: More Jelly / Less Juli ...

    https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/201... ...

    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 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...

    What I wanted from this book: Jellyfish science. What I got: Some science, and a lot of memoir about travels, college crushes, the author's children, her insecurities, and commentary on other people's body shapes and clothing. Summary: More Jelly / Less Juli ...

    https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/201... ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Part memoir, part science, part call-to-arms. A little bit of the science is lost on me but that's because I have zero background in biology, but the second half of the book, as Berwald travels to Japan, Israel, and Spain, is fascinating. ...

    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, ...

    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...

    jellies! ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    Four stars at least if you are into ocean stuff (which I very much am). If you are not into ocean stuff, some of the minutia might get tedious, or perhaps she's interesting enough to suck you in. Hard for me to gauge because I am very much here for all marine biology details. Top tw...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Juli Berwald is captivated by jellyfish. She has spent years of her life studying them, keeping them as pets, tasting them, swimming with them, being stung by their tentacles, studying their bizarre reproductive cycle all the while tracking down scientists to discover more intimate det...

    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...

    2.5. I loved the science and she wrote it well. The last 2 paragraphs of the book were great and contemplative and excellent truth. Mostly though she tries to write too much memoir in the mist of what is great about the book. Those large sections were hard to get through and did not tr...

    I never thought I would say this, but after reading Spineless I believe understanding jellyfish is important if we want a future for our oceans and for humanity. ...

    I loved this book. I learned a lot, I laughed and I appreciated her enthusiasm for communicating science to a wider audience. ...

    I have never gave jellyfish much thought, but this ended up being an entertaining and educational read, despite a few dry spots. ...

    I liked this book! It isn?t one of my favorites but it did give me the push to continue with grad school (and shoot for PhD). I actually found myself relating to the author so much that I emailed her for grad school advice and she answered! I would read more of her work in the future...

    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. ...

    Fascinating read about a little known creature of the sea by a woman for whom it began as a bit of a hobby and obsession. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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

    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...

    What I wanted from this book: Jellyfish science. What I got: Some science, and a lot of memoir about travels, college crushes, the author's children, her insecurities, and commentary on other people's body shapes and clothing. Summary: More Jelly / Less Juli ...

    https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/201... ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Part memoir, part science, part call-to-arms. A little bit of the science is lost on me but that's because I have zero background in biology, but the second half of the book, as Berwald travels to Japan, Israel, and Spain, is fascinating. ...

    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, ...

    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...

    jellies! ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    Four stars at least if you are into ocean stuff (which I very much am). If you are not into ocean stuff, some of the minutia might get tedious, or perhaps she's interesting enough to suck you in. Hard for me to gauge because I am very much here for all marine biology details. Top tw...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Amanda Witt
    Oct 16, 2018

    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...

    What I wanted from this book: Jellyfish science. What I got: Some science, and a lot of memoir about travels, college crushes, the author's children, her insecurities, and commentary on other people's body shapes and clothing. Summary: More Jelly / Less Juli ...

    https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/201... ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Part memoir, part science, part call-to-arms. A little bit of the science is lost on me but that's because I have zero background in biology, but the second half of the book, as Berwald travels to Japan, Israel, and Spain, is fascinating. ...

    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, ...

    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...

    jellies! ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    Four stars at least if you are into ocean stuff (which I very much am). If you are not into ocean stuff, some of the minutia might get tedious, or perhaps she's interesting enough to suck you in. Hard for me to gauge because I am very much here for all marine biology details. Top tw...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Juli Berwald is captivated by jellyfish. She has spent years of her life studying them, keeping them as pets, tasting them, swimming with them, being stung by their tentacles, studying their bizarre reproductive cycle all the while tracking down scientists to discover more intimate det...

    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...

    2.5. I loved the science and she wrote it well. The last 2 paragraphs of the book were great and contemplative and excellent truth. Mostly though she tries to write too much memoir in the mist of what is great about the book. Those large sections were hard to get through and did not tr...

    I never thought I would say this, but after reading Spineless I believe understanding jellyfish is important if we want a future for our oceans and for humanity. ...

    I loved this book. I learned a lot, I laughed and I appreciated her enthusiasm for communicating science to a wider audience. ...

    I have never gave jellyfish much thought, but this ended up being an entertaining and educational read, despite a few dry spots. ...

    I liked this book! It isn?t one of my favorites but it did give me the push to continue with grad school (and shoot for PhD). I actually found myself relating to the author so much that I emailed her for grad school advice and she answered! I would read more of her work in the future...

    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. ...

    Fascinating read about a little known creature of the sea by a woman for whom it began as a bit of a hobby and obsession. ...

  • 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

    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...

    What I wanted from this book: Jellyfish science. What I got: Some science, and a lot of memoir about travels, college crushes, the author's children, her insecurities, and commentary on other people's body shapes and clothing. Summary: More Jelly / Less Juli ...

    https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/201... ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Part memoir, part science, part call-to-arms. A little bit of the science is lost on me but that's because I have zero background in biology, but the second half of the book, as Berwald travels to Japan, Israel, and Spain, is fascinating. ...

    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, ...

    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...

    jellies! ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    Four stars at least if you are into ocean stuff (which I very much am). If you are not into ocean stuff, some of the minutia might get tedious, or perhaps she's interesting enough to suck you in. Hard for me to gauge because I am very much here for all marine biology details. Top tw...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Juli Berwald is captivated by jellyfish. She has spent years of her life studying them, keeping them as pets, tasting them, swimming with them, being stung by their tentacles, studying their bizarre reproductive cycle all the while tracking down scientists to discover more intimate det...

    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...

    2.5. I loved the science and she wrote it well. The last 2 paragraphs of the book were great and contemplative and excellent truth. Mostly though she tries to write too much memoir in the mist of what is great about the book. Those large sections were hard to get through and did not tr...

    I never thought I would say this, but after reading Spineless I believe understanding jellyfish is important if we want a future for our oceans and for humanity. ...

    I loved this book. I learned a lot, I laughed and I appreciated her enthusiasm for communicating science to a wider audience. ...

    I have never gave jellyfish much thought, but this ended up being an entertaining and educational read, despite a few dry spots. ...

    I liked this book! It isn?t one of my favorites but it did give me the push to continue with grad school (and shoot for PhD). I actually found myself relating to the author so much that I emailed her for grad school advice and she answered! I would read more of her work in the future...

    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

    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...

    What I wanted from this book: Jellyfish science. What I got: Some science, and a lot of memoir about travels, college crushes, the author's children, her insecurities, and commentary on other people's body shapes and clothing. Summary: More Jelly / Less Juli ...

    https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/201... ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Part memoir, part science, part call-to-arms. A little bit of the science is lost on me but that's because I have zero background in biology, but the second half of the book, as Berwald travels to Japan, Israel, and Spain, is fascinating. ...

    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, ...

    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...

    jellies! ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

  • Noah
    Feb 11, 2018

    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...

    What I wanted from this book: Jellyfish science. What I got: Some science, and a lot of memoir about travels, college crushes, the author's children, her insecurities, and commentary on other people's body shapes and clothing. Summary: More Jelly / Less Juli ...

    https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/201... ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Part memoir, part science, part call-to-arms. A little bit of the science is lost on me but that's because I have zero background in biology, but the second half of the book, as Berwald travels to Japan, Israel, and Spain, is fascinating. ...

    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, ...

    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...

    jellies! ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    Four stars at least if you are into ocean stuff (which I very much am). If you are not into ocean stuff, some of the minutia might get tedious, or perhaps she's interesting enough to suck you in. Hard for me to gauge because I am very much here for all marine biology details. Top tw...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Juli Berwald is captivated by jellyfish. She has spent years of her life studying them, keeping them as pets, tasting them, swimming with them, being stung by their tentacles, studying their bizarre reproductive cycle all the while tracking down scientists to discover more intimate det...

    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...

    2.5. I loved the science and she wrote it well. The last 2 paragraphs of the book were great and contemplative and excellent truth. Mostly though she tries to write too much memoir in the mist of what is great about the book. Those large sections were hard to get through and did not tr...

    I never thought I would say this, but after reading Spineless I believe understanding jellyfish is important if we want a future for our oceans and for humanity. ...

    I loved this book. I learned a lot, I laughed and I appreciated her enthusiasm for communicating science to a wider audience. ...

    I have never gave jellyfish much thought, but this ended up being an entertaining and educational read, despite a few dry spots. ...

    I liked this book! It isn?t one of my favorites but it did give me the push to continue with grad school (and shoot for PhD). I actually found myself relating to the author so much that I emailed her for grad school advice and she answered! I would read more of her work in the future...

    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. ...

    Fascinating read about a little known creature of the sea by a woman for whom it began as a bit of a hobby and obsession. ...

    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
    Jul 03, 2018

    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...

    What I wanted from this book: Jellyfish science. What I got: Some science, and a lot of memoir about travels, college crushes, the author's children, her insecurities, and commentary on other people's body shapes and clothing. Summary: More Jelly / Less Juli ...

    https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/201... ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Part memoir, part science, part call-to-arms. A little bit of the science is lost on me but that's because I have zero background in biology, but the second half of the book, as Berwald travels to Japan, Israel, and Spain, is fascinating. ...

    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, ...

    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...

    jellies! ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    Four stars at least if you are into ocean stuff (which I very much am). If you are not into ocean stuff, some of the minutia might get tedious, or perhaps she's interesting enough to suck you in. Hard for me to gauge because I am very much here for all marine biology details. Top tw...

    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...

    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...

  • Dannielle Pratt
    Jan 10, 2019

    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...

    What I wanted from this book: Jellyfish science. What I got: Some science, and a lot of memoir about travels, college crushes, the author's children, her insecurities, and commentary on other people's body shapes and clothing. Summary: More Jelly / Less Juli ...

    https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/201... ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Part memoir, part science, part call-to-arms. A little bit of the science is lost on me but that's because I have zero background in biology, but the second half of the book, as Berwald travels to Japan, Israel, and Spain, is fascinating. ...

    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, ...

    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...

    jellies! ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    Four stars at least if you are into ocean stuff (which I very much am). If you are not into ocean stuff, some of the minutia might get tedious, or perhaps she's interesting enough to suck you in. Hard for me to gauge because I am very much here for all marine biology details. Top tw...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Juli Berwald is captivated by jellyfish. She has spent years of her life studying them, keeping them as pets, tasting them, swimming with them, being stung by their tentacles, studying their bizarre reproductive cycle all the while tracking down scientists to discover more intimate det...

    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...

    2.5. I loved the science and she wrote it well. The last 2 paragraphs of the book were great and contemplative and excellent truth. Mostly though she tries to write too much memoir in the mist of what is great about the book. Those large sections were hard to get through and did not tr...

    I never thought I would say this, but after reading Spineless I believe understanding jellyfish is important if we want a future for our oceans and for humanity. ...

    I loved this book. I learned a lot, I laughed and I appreciated her enthusiasm for communicating science to a wider audience. ...

    I have never gave jellyfish much thought, but this ended up being an entertaining and educational read, despite a few dry spots. ...

    I liked this book! It isn?t one of my favorites but it did give me the push to continue with grad school (and shoot for PhD). I actually found myself relating to the author so much that I emailed her for grad school advice and she answered! I would read more of her work in the future...