February’s book club pick is How Far the Light Reaches: A Life in Ten Sea Creatures by Sabrina Imbler. From a mother octopus, to shimmering salps on a queer beach, to predatory worms, Sabrina looks at each creature as a symbol for their own life experiences. Part memoir, part science journalism, their essays explore themes of survival, gender, care, and joy.
Sabrina joined us for this spoiler-free conversation about the book. We talked about what draws them to the sea, craft, and “charismatic creatures.”
You can join in the conversation too! Record a voice memo with your thoughts on the book and email the file to NerdettePodcast@gmail.com by February 23. We will try to include your voice in our panel conversation! Here’s one question that you can answer: which sea creature do you identify with and why?