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Elsewhere: A Journey into Our Age of Islands

Overall, this is a great primer on the concept of islands in the modern age, and though engagingly written, it retains a textbook feel that will appeal to professionals or students of geography, ecology, and city planning.
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Charter School City: What the End of Traditional Public Schools in New Orleans Means for American Education

Harris effectively presents one side of an ongoing debate; readers interested in K–12 education and charter schools should look to researchers such as Bruce Baker and Andrea Gabor for more critical views of what charters accomplished in New Orleans.
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The Chemical Age: How Chemists Fought Famine and Disease, Killed Millions, and Changed Our Relationship with the Earth

Hippel’s leisurely and wide-ranging history will raise readers’ awareness about the power of toxic chemical compounds introduced into our environment.

King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV

Why did a king make such blunders? Mansel seeks to find out in this superior study that will appeal to history buffs and may become the go-to biography of Louis XIV.
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Louder Than Bombs: A Life with Music, War, and Peace

This intriguing, at times poignant, contemplation will resonate with music fans of all stripes.
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Amber Waves: The Extraordinary Biography of Wheat, from Wild Grass to World Megacrop

This work will appeal to lay scientists, anthropologists, and consumers who wish to know more about the science behind this common dietary staple.
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Dangerous Earth: What We Wish We Knew about Volcanoes, Hurricanes, Climate Change, Earthquakes, and More

A skillful example of a user-friendly scientific treatise that should appeal to readers interested in Earth science, especially those seeking solid analyses of various natural phenomena.
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Waters of the World: The Story of the Scientists Who Unraveled the Mysteries of Our Oceans, Atmosphere, and Ice Sheets and Made the Planet Whole

Characterized by strong storytelling within a scholarly framework, this book will appeal to readers interested in how science is performed and accomplished, and anyone curious about Earth’s changing climate.
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Bitter English

From his citizenship interview to a final meditation on the past as he asks his daughter to repeat her sentences in Arabic, Almallah’s poetry-cum-memoir doesn’t shout but with pointed, persistent, limpid lines minimized to the very essence sums up loss and fractured identity as sharply as any jeremiad.

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