Cynthia Lee Knight

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The Remarkable Life of the Skin: An Intimate Journey Across Our Largest Organ

Lyman conveys both the science of the skin as well as its many wonders and paradoxes while imparting much practical advice on its care. At first blush dermatology may not seem the most enticing subject, but this brilliant synthesis will be an engrossing read for anyone interested in human health and biology.
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In Praise of Walking: A New Scientific Exploration

This eloquent tribute to walking moves seamlessly between neuroscience and literature and is perfectly pitched for nonspecialists who will no doubt be inspired to kick-start or amp up a walking program.
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Rivers of Power: How a Natural Force Raised Kingdoms, Destroyed Civilizations, and Shapes Our World

A fascinating look at a critical resource and the ideal companion to Fred Pearce’s When the Rivers Run Dry.

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The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis

Overall, the authors’ optimistic, can-do advice for mitigating the worst effects of global warming will help environmentally engaged readers find direction and purpose. An excellent companion to David Wallace-Wells’s The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming.
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Fantastic Fossils: A Guide to Finding and Identifying Prehistoric Life

Overall, this well-written introduction to the joys of fossil hunting is recommended for the neophyte fossil collector who hasn’t read Richard Fortey’s classic, Fossils: Key to the Past.

Notes from an Apocalypse: A Personal Journey to the End of the World and Back

O’Connell is not only a sharp observer but a master at parsing the various subtexts underneath the surface rhetoric of these apocalyptic movements. This witty, profound, and beautifully told story will appeal to doomsday worriers and nonworriers alike.

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The Body: A Guide for Occupants

Bryson has shaped an enormous amount of anatomy and physiology into an informative and entertaining biostory. Recommended for Bryson fans and nonspecialists interested in human health and biology.

The World Beneath: The Life and Times of Unknown Sea Creatures and Coral Reefs

Smith vividly documents the amazing diversity of marine life associated with coral reefs and eloquently argues for their protection. Recommended for armchair travelers and reef enthusiasts.

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