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Saving Seeds: A Home Gardener’s Guide to Preserving Plant Biodiversity

Useful for the beginning seed saver, but experienced gardeners will be looking for a broader overview of techniques.
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The Fragile Earth: Writing from The New Yorker on Climate Change

A well-selected collection of reportage and reflection that will find a place on the bookshelves of all interested in environmental history.
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Work Mate Marry Love: How Machines Shape Our Human Destiny

This is a humanizing and unique take on technology is a necessary addition to the genre; Spar’s voice included with the history will keep readers engaged in what could otherwise be dry information.
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The Cougar Conundrum: Sharing the World with a Successful Predator

A concise account illustrating issues surrounding wildlife conservation efforts in the United States while providing an informative natural history of the mountain lion.
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The Hidden Life of Ice: Dispatches from a Disappearing World

A beautifully descriptive, lyrical love letter to Greenland that brings to life what it is like to work as a field scientist, from the daily hardships to the excitement of discovery. Readers who enjoy memoirs of field scientists, especially those set in polar areas like My Penguin Year by Lindsay McCrae, will relish this book.
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Raven’s Witness: The Alaska Life of Richard K. Nelson

For those unfamiliar with Nelson’s thought and work, this book serves as an engaging introduction, and probable precursor, to more exhaustive critical biographies to come.
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Superman’s Not Coming: Our National Water Crisis and What We the People Can Do About It

Recommended as a note of encouragement or a roadmap for legal and political organizing for environmentally concerned citizens.
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Having and Being Had

An engaging and accessible read for those interested in social justice and in better understanding our economy.

Marriage Equality: From Outlaws to In-Laws

Though lengthy, the work is beautifully and accessibly written. Both general and academic readers will appreciate its comprehensiveness as well as its attention to the human side of the story. An essential work.
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Entitled: How Male Privilege Hurts Women

An effective text on how women are affected by the assumed privileges of men, and the structural forces that enforce and uphold those privileges.
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Barnstorming Ohio: To Understand America

Readers interested in current events and politics will enjoy this highly readable account.

Blue Sky Kingdom: An Epic Journey to the Heart of the Himalayas

A breathtaking journey, both geographical and internal, Kirkby’s blending of travelog of an already fascinatingly remote locale and personal family experience is unique and luminous. Will appeal to a wide range of readers.
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Bones: Inside and Out

This appealing and kaleidoscopic narrative on bone topics, ranging from xray technology to the Paris catacombs, will appeal to readers interested in medicine and medical history, anthropology, archaeology, and material culture. Enjoyable and recommended.

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Cook with Me: 150 Recipes for the Home Cook

This will be in high demand, owing not only to name recognition, but also for the depth and range of the delicious recipes included throughout.
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Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved To Do Is Healthy and Rewarding

Lieberman writes in a clear, approachable style, even when explaining complex research and concepts. Recommended for collections where either exercise science or human evolution are popular subjects.

Inventing Latinos: A New Story of American Racism

While not all Latinos agree with Gómez’s call for censuses to treat “Latino” as a race and not an ethnicity, she delivers a rigorous and provocative study of the liminal zone Latino/as inhabit in America’s racial continuum. Required reading.
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Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land

A meditative exploration of people and place that shows what it means to live and survive.

The Book Collectors: A Band of Syrian Rebels and the Stories That Carried Them Through a War

This compassionate portrayal of an engaging group of rebels serves as a testament to both the resilience of the human spirit and to the power of story. Highly recommended for those interested in current events, Middle East history and politics, and personal accounts of war. [See “Turn the Page,” p. 18.]

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This Is Ohio: The Overdose Crisis and the Front Lines of a New America

The commitment, tenacity, and empathy of the users, activists, and advocates Shuler meets is a stark corrective to the disdain and dehumanization typical of policy and practice in this area. The title forcefully claims this story for Ohio, a statistical center, but addiction reaches all places, and this book is strongly recommended for readers anywhere who are interested in systemic change and the power of the grassroots. [See Prepub Alert, 3/4/20.]
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Rewilding: The Radical New Science of Ecological Recovery

Jepson and Blythe reiterate arguments in an attempt to put a positive spin on rewilding and the debate surrounding it, but conservation professionals and non-specialists with a keen interest in conservation biology should find this book to be a thought-provoking read.

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Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body

Taussig’s narrative style is highly conversational, making it feel like one is chatting with a lifelong friend. Her ability to bring levity to a topic some may find taboo is certain to help spread her message of acceptance and love.

The Sex Obsession: Perversity and Possibility in American Politics

Highly recommended for those seeking greater clarity about how sex, race, and gender are mobilized in American political life.
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Made Up: How the Beauty Industry Manipulates Consumers, Preys on Women’s Insecurities, and Promotes Unattainable Beauty Standards

An academic approach to a critical subject; best suited for scholars and researchers of sociology and women’s studies.
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Bunker: Building for the End Times

Readers interested in current topics, cultural studies, and survivalism will enjoy this insightful look at prepper culture.
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Lawns into Meadows: Growing a Regenerative Landscape

Particularly suited for both beginner and intermediate gardeners looking for a practical guide to getting started with transforming their lawns into meadows.
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How To Grow Your Dinner: Without Leaving the House

Ratinon generates enthusiasm about raising vegetables, edible flowers, mushrooms, and microgreens, either indoors or on balconies and windowsill in this useful resource for gardeners wishing to explore growing food within a restricted space.
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Basilicata: Authentic Italy

An intimate exploration of an often overlooked region of Italy. Recommended to readers who appreciate all things Italian.
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Separated: Inside an American Tragedy

Readers interested in learning more about immigration policy will be drawn to this captivating account, which deftly weaves together the political and the personal.
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Two Trees Make a Forest: In Search of My Family’s Past Among Taiwan’s Mountains and Coasts

A poignant and beautifully written account of family, time, and place. Readers of Rowan Hisayo Buchanan’s Go Home!, which discusses home and belonging from the perspective of the Asian diaspora, or Anna Sherman’s The Bells of Old Tokyo, which explores a place alternately in the present and the past, will also enjoy.
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Soul Full of Coal Dust: A Fight for Breath and Justice in Appalachia

An engrossing read for those interested in social justice.
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The Book of Unconformities: Speculations on Lost Time

A work of poetic science, a smashing together of the human and the natural world, of cultures separated by time. Just as a geologic unconformity, this is erudite and artistic.
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The Butterfly Effect: Insects and the Making of the Modern World

Melillo introduces many little-known facts and moments of insight, making this an engaging and often surprising read for those interested in environmental history.
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The Everyday Ayurveda Guide to Self-Care: Rhythms, Routines, and Home Remedies for Natural Healing

There’s much to learn from O’Donnell, and her book makes it easy for readers to enhance learn new ways of self-care as well as balancing and healing the body, mind, and soul.

Science Fictions: How Fraud, Bias, Negligence, and Hype Undermine the Search for Truth

An uncompromising examination of the collision between the ideals of science and the realities of scientific publishing. Highly recommended for popular science readers curious about what lurks behind science headlines.
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Fathoms: The World in the Whale

In lyrical language, Giggs leads readers on a journey through underwater cultures and the place of whales in the chain of life. Recommended for readers interested in nature, ecology, and environmentalism.
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Chronic: The Hidden Cause of the Autoimmune Pandemic and How To Get Healthy Again

Not the mainstream approach endorsed by the American College of Physicians and other medical groups but a glint of hope to the many people living with Lyme+ diseases and those who treat them.
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World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments

A lyrical exploration of a woman finding her true home in the world, interspersed with hauntingly beautiful descriptions of the lives of the animals and plants that illuminate it, this natural history will appeal to nature lovers and readers who relish thoughtful, introspective works. Also suggest to fans of Margaret Renkl’s Late Migrations.
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One Hundred Dogs and Counting: One Woman, Ten Thousand Miles, and A Journey into the Heart of Shelters and Rescues

This honest, engaging journey should be shared with all animal and pet lovers, especially those in the Southern states the author profiles.

Vagina: A Re-Education

A necessary resource on an often-stigmatized subject, this book will appeal to anyone looking to learn more about the vagina and women’s health.
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Carville’s Cure: Leprosy, Stigma, and the Fight for Justice

A heart-wrenching story of little-known social history.

Looking for Miss America: A Pageant’s 100-Year Quest to Define Womanhood

This work offers a thought-provoking, balanced, and highly informative look at an institution that has perplexed and enticed Americans since its founding.

COVID-19: The Pandemic That Never Should Have Happened and How to Stop the Next One

This readable, essential account for all readers will be of particular interest to anyone working in public health.

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

Similar to her previous book, the latest by Wilkerson is destined to become a classic, and is urgent, essential reading for all.

Vesper Flights

Macdonald’s unique voice is highly recommended for fans of her first book and science enthusiasts who enjoy natural history with a British flavor.

Once Upon a Time I Lived on Mars: Space, Exploration, and Life on Earth

This engaging account will interest sf lovers, scientists, and dreamers who see the red planet in the night sky and wonder, what if.

Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close

This vital book will be especially useful for young women as they navigate their relationships and the world, but may also be an important read for older women who are reflecting on how they grew up and who they came of age alongside.

Tales from the Ant World

Readers seeking an accessible natural history on an often-misunderstood insect will appreciate Wilson’s modest, conversational tone in this brief look at his lifetime of appreciating nature’s small wonders, whether found in the backyard

Shuttle, Houston: My Life in the Center Seat of Mission Control

Spaceflight is an inherently risky business, and Dye sheds insight into how NASA has used culture, technology, and training to mitigate this risk. This motivating book shows people succeeding at their best: smart, cooperative, innovative, and caring.

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Belabored: A Vindication of the Rights of Pregnant Women

By using her experiences to explore wide-ranging questions relating to motherhood, Lenz has joined the ranks of Jessica Valenti and others as a reframer (and hopefully reformer) of the politics of motherhood. A strong addition to courses in women's, gender, and sexuality studies.

Livewired: The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain

Eagleman claims that whatever information the brain is fed, it will learn to extract what it can, and there is much to extract from this fascinating work, that is recommended for readers interested in neuroscience, technology, and the intersection of the two.
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The Sprawl

Will resonate with Generation X and older Millennials. Recommended for readers interested in popular culture or the history of the American suburbs.
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City at the Edge of Forever: Los Angeles Reimagined

Readers with an interest in modern U.S. history, pop culture, and art and architecture should find this to be engaging.
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A Woman’s Place: Inside the Fight for a Feminist Future

Accessible and important, this resource would be a suitable addition to introductory-level women’s, gender, and sexuality studies courses, and will also appeal to readers interested in expanding on or challenging narratives about the waves of feminism.
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Leave It As It Is: A Journey Through Theodore Roosevelt’s American Wilderness

This combination of environmental journalism, biography, and travelog introduces fascinating characters who will engage readers of environmental literature as well as Roosevelt enthusiasts.
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Beijing: Geography, History, and Culture

This authoritative account is a valuable resource for secondary and undergraduate students, business leaders, travelers, and general readers seeking substantive, up-to-date background on this world city.
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Skewed Studies: Exploring the Limits and Flaws of Health and Psychology Research

An excellent, nontechnical overview of the scientific research process for undergraduate and graduate students. While the detailed index enables use as a quick reference title, the book is most effective when read as a treatise.
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Chicken: A History from Farmyard to Factory

Highly recommended for those interested in agriculture, food safety, and the humane treatment of animals.
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Clean: The New Science of Skin

A quick, engaging read for everyone concerned with caring for their skin, and the science behind it.
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The Journeys of Trees: A Story about Forests, People, and the Future

A beautiful elegy to trees and the people working to preserve them. This compelling read shows how climate change impacts the natural ranges of tree species and how scientists are creating strategies to mitigate this influence.
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A Dominant Character: The Radical Science and Restless Politics of J.B.S. Haldane

Social historians will appreciate the emphasis on the man and his politics, over an emphasis solely on the science, in this excellent biography.

See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love

A beautifully written exposé of activism, rebirth and “revolutionary love” that is much needed for all readers in our current times.

In the Land of Good Living: A Journey to the Heart of Florida

A humorous, heartfelt tribute to the underbelly of Florida and its people. Recommended for fans of travel literature or the unusual survival story.
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The Book of Rosy: A Mother’s Story of Separation at the Border

A heartfelt memoir of survival and the power of activism that is recommended for readers interested in personal narratives of migration.
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14 Miles: Building the Border Wall

Written in a narrative style, this engaging book will appeal to anyone interested in learning more about who lives along the border and what a wall means to them.
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Is Rape a Crime? A Memoir, an Investigation, and a Manifesto

Chanel Miller’s Know My Name demonstrated that coming forward to tell one’s story is in itself a powerful form of victim advocacy; Bowdler does the same in this affecting account. [See Prepub Alert, 12/9/19.]
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Indigenous Peoples: An Encyclopedia of Culture, History, and Threats to Survival

Scholarly coverage is aimed at researchers, but this set will also appeal to general readers.
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The Last Stargazers: The Enduring Story of Astronomy’s Vanishing Explorers

Levesque does a wonderful job explaining the science behind astronomy as she conveys the awe and beauty of the universe, the dedication of the people who study it, and the excitement of discovery in this fascinating account that will appeal to fans of narrative nonfiction and fellow stargazers.
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The Sensitives: The Rise of Environmental Illness and the Search for America’s Last Pure Place

Throughout this balanced account, Broudy weaves a history of the mind-body connection, the chemical industry, and the specialty of allergy-immunology, providing a solid introduction to a widespread but often invisible problem.
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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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Age Later: Secrets of the Healthiest, Sharpest Centenarians

A thoughtful take on aging that should be of interest to all concerned with the overlap between health and aging

A Lab of One's Own: One Woman's Personal Journey Through Sexism in Science

Colwell's forthright memoir is an inspiring read for women embarking on a career or experiencing career challenges. The book is also a must-read for those in higher education seeking to support women in S.T.E.M.

This is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope

An introspective collection, both enlightening and humorous, that is highly recommended for readers interested in creative approaches to memoir and storytelling.

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The Deviant’s War: The Homosexual vs. the United States of America

A meticulously-researched deep dive into the life and times of a man whose personality and persistence left an indelible mark on midcentury gay activism, this title is a welcome addition to the history of sexuality bookshelf.

The Groom Will Keep His Name

Ortile's writing is insightful and honest, giving readers a window into a world with which they may not be familiar. Part cultural commentary, part self-examination, this candid account is highly recommended.

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Without Ever Reaching the Summit

Of interest to fans of The Snow Leopard, and those fascinated by or interested in learning more about this geographical region of Nepal.
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Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century

Bringing varied voices to the forefront, this collection is an ideal starting ground for finding community and sparking further reading.

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Things Worth Keeping: The Value of Attachment in a Disposable World

Harold explores a rarely analyzed subject in an absorbing manner. The health of the environment is dependent on humans figuring out a way to produce and discard less stuff, and Harold can help us begin to understand how to make that possible.
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Coping with Coronavirus: How To Stay Calm and Protect Your Mental Health; A Psychological Toolkit

Recommended for those interested in mindfulness and self-help, but also for those who identify as spending too much time catching up on COVID-19 news via social media.
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Allies and Obstacles: Disability Activism and Parents of Children with Disabilities

An extensively researched resource that provides a look into the world of disability advocacy. This scholarly book is ideal for academic libraries, though public libraries should also consider this for health collections.

Neon Girls: A Stripper’s Education in Protest and Power

A fast-paced, engaging book that readers with an interest in feminist thought, memoirs, and labor activism will enjoy
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The ABCs of Diversity: Helping Kids (and Ourselves!) Embrace Our Differences

A well-structured and pragmatic approach to teaching young people how to embrace the differences among us and begin to participate in civic engagement. Best for parents, educators, and community and pastoral leaders.

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How Contagion Works

Concise explanations of the science and statistics are balanced with poignant reflections on human nature and the way forward in this important, timely work.

Cats: The True Stars of #StayingHome

Outbreaks and Epidemics: Battling Infection from Measles to Coronavirus

Of considerable interest to anyone who wishes to learn about infections, how they spread, and how they are managed. Required reading for anyone new to learning about issues of public health.

No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention

Highly recommended for leaders eager to build innovative, fast, and flexible teams, and all university libraries supporting business and human resource development curriculum.
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The Resilient Leader: Life Changing Strategies To Overcome Today’s Turmoil and Tomorrow’s Uncertainty

While these principles are not new to anyone already vested in the overabundant leadership genre, what helps set this work apart is the author’s own gripping experience surviving major hurricanes.
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Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them

For readers interested in this relatively new idea about organizational dynamics. Highly recommended for all university libraries supporting business and psychology curriculum.

Prophetic City: Houston on the Cusp of a Changing America

A must-read, highly recommended sociological perspective of America’s future.
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Hot Stocks: Investing for Impact and Profit in a Warming World

This investor’s handbook can also be used by business students looking at the effects of climate change on industries. However, the work could have benefited from more research on the international level and a broader view on the impact of climate change on global industries. For fans of Timothy Vick’s How To Pick Stocks Like Warren Buffett: Profiting from the Bargain Hunting Strategies of the World’s Greatest Value Investor.
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Trade Wars Are Class Wars: How Rising Inequality Distorts the Global Economy and Threatens International Peace

Readers interested in current events, students unaware of ideas that challenge capitalist orthodoxy, and scholars searching for the causes of planetary inequality will all benefit from this book.
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The Road from Raqqa: A Story of Brotherhood, Borders, and Belonging

The parallel stories of the brothers’ lives is informative and deeply moving. The emotional narrative of their Syrian home will help readers to better understand why people choose to leave and why others stay.
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Global Crime: An Encyclopedia of Cyber Theft, Weapons Sales, and Other Illegal Activities

The wide-ranging, expansive content on a fascinating and interesting topic will well serve its target audience of high school students, undergraduates, and general readers. This work is superb at not only explaining the growth and most important elements of global crime but also at detailing ways international communities are combating it an engaging and easily accessible manner.
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Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures

Sheldrake makes biology both fun and accessible. Fans of Mary Roach and Bill Bryson will appreciate this enthusiastic treatment of the fungi around us.
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Desert Notebooks: A Road Map for the End of Time

Richly evocative, this is a book that begs to be reread, both for its biting social commentary and its wholly original contribution to the literature of planetary catastrophe.
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A Furious Sky: The Five-Hundred-Year History of America’s Hurricanes

Weather watchers, science buffs, and social historians will enjoy this history of the hurricane both as a chronology and for the individual tales of surviving nature’s fury.

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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The End of Everything: (Astrophysically Speaking)

Readers with some background in physical sciences, philosophers of science, and anyone wondering what to read after Brian Greene’s Until the End of Time will relish this blend of wit and deep thought.

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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.

The Book of Eels: Our Enduring Fascination with the Most Mysterious Creature in the Natural World

This beautifully crafted book challenges us not only to understand eels but our own selves. Highly recommended.

Show Them You’re Good: A Portrait of Boys in the City of Angels the Year Before College

Hobbs arranges dozens of vignettes of these boys and their friends, foregrounding their experiences and centering their voice in a beautifully rendered group portrait of adolescents and of adolescence itself.

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