Donna Marie Smith

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Cosmic Queries: StarTalk’s Guide to Who We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We’re Going

Casual readers and science buffs alike will appreciate Tyson’s folksy approach to explaining difficult scientific concepts. An engaging work that will have wide appeal.
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The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey Into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred

Part introduction to quantum mechanics and cosmology, part memoir, and part sociological study, this work challenges readers to question the nature of how science is done in contemporary society, as well as what it means when everyone has a seat at the cosmological table. For general science readers, gender and feminist studies students, and those concerned about the role feminist and racial politics plays in STEM professions.
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All About the Story: News, Power, Politics, and the Washington Post

With the recent denigration of journalists by government officials and purveyors of fringe media, stories such as Downie’s are important. Aspiring journalism students and readers of the Post would especially appreciate this biography.
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The Last American Hero: The Remarkable Life of John Glenn

While Glenn and Nick Taylor’s biography John Glenn: A Memoir and Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff offer more details about NASA and Glenn’s role in the Space Race, George provides interesting insights into the mark he left on American culture.

The Smallest Lights in the Universe

This thoughtful and affecting memoir of navigating life after loss reads like a comforting novel, inspiring others to follow their dreams and never give up on the possibilities of discovery and self-reflection. Readers seeking women’s biographies and studies in planetary science will relish this heartfelt story.
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The Sirens of Mars: Searching for Life on Another World

Part natural history of Mars and part personal story, this narrative is accessible and eloquent, making it essential for armchair explorers and Mars enthusiasts. Johnson’s journey is also inspiring to women interested in S.T.E.M. careers.

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Hyper Education: Why Good Schools, Good Grades, and Good Behavior Are Not Enough

A well-researched work of interest to parents and educators.
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The Dream Universe: How Fundamental Physics Lost Its Way

Although Lindley does not offer a prescription for this dilemma, he nevertheless makes a compelling argument about how science has drifted away from objective reality in order to explain the mysteries of the universe.
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Practicing Intellectual Freedom in Libraries

Along with the latest edition of ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Manual, Oltmann’s thoughtful work is an important resource for LIS students, librarians, and administrators alike.
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