Brian Renvall

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For Small Creatures Such As We: Rituals for Finding Meaning in Our Unlikely World

A potentially transformative read for anyone looking to embrace its invocation to lead a more connected life.
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The Invention of Yesterday: A 50,000-Year History of Human Culture, Conflict, and Connection

A masterly effort with an intriguing thesis put forward to explain key factors contributing to human history. Highly recommended.

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The Fate of Food: What We’ll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World

An informative, highly recommended read that touches on every relevant area of the subject and will have wide appeal

Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia

Thompson accomplishes a lot in this work that blends history, anthropology, and geology; the smoothly flowing narrative makes for an exceptional read.
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The Absent Hand: Reimagining Our American Landscape

Lessard's journey through the American landscape provides an insightful glimpse into how the changing of landscape aesthetics reflects concurrent changes in society. For readers interested in a unique blend of geography, sociology, and travel.
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The Last Whalers: Three Years in the Far Pacific with a Courageous Tribe and a Vanishing Way of Life

A thought-provoking study of a quickly disappearing society. Through this narrative even the most ardent protectors of whales or other endangered species can see the integral importance of whale hunting in this society and how the loss of it would irrevocably alter their culture.
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The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey

Like the lure of the Siren's song, this captivating work willingly draws any tennis acolyte toward its story with enthusiastic abandon. [See Prepub Alert, 6/21/18.]
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The Down Goes Brown History of the NHL: The World's Most Beautiful Sport, the World's Most Ridiculous League

McIndoe writes with great wit, and his book fills a need for an anecdotal account of the NHL.
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Arthur Ashe: A Life

Arsenault's effort to document Ashe's full life in one volume is commendable and will serve as the standard work on Ashe for some time.

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