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National Geographic Almanac 2019
National Geographic. 2018. 400p. illus. photos. maps. index. ISBN 9781426219818. pap. $19.99. REF
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Dubbed National Geographic’s “first-ever” almanac for adults, this title doesn’t disappoint. With more than 400 pages and its trademark exceptional photography, the volume rings in 2019 by presenting and answering readers’ questions about everything from science and nature to history and geography. The book opens with trending topics including weather extremes, plastic, space travel, gene editing, and developments in urban environments. Topical themes and eye-popping pictures will satisfy trivia buffs, curious questioners, and science nerds alike. Need to know more about homo sapiens? Curious about natural wonders such as manatees and hummingbirds? Want to identify the highest point on Earth? Deepest lake? Wonders in your backyard? Browsable infographics and chapter-leading “quiz master” questions will satisfy.

VERDICT A hefty yet thoroughly absorbing reference for most public libraries.

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