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Everybody: A Book about Freedom

There are moments in this book that may feel too theoretical; yet, when Laing explores and expresses the ways in which our bodies are full of power, she offers a form of support we could all use more of as we navigate our own bodies and relearn what it means to value them. This is worthwhile, reflective reading.
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What Fresh Hell Is This? Perimenopause, Menopause, Other Indignities, and You

This newest work by Corinna is an excellent option for readers experiencing menopause or living alongside someone who is. While it is not as scientifically rigorous as The Menopause Manifesto by Jen Gunter, this book still offers a helpful overview, with up-to-date research and friendly advice on accepting one’s new body.
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Notes on Grief

A worthwhile mediation on coming to terms with grief. Especially as we continue to reckon with loss, this reflective account will be valuable to the many people unexpectedly grieving from afar.

The Day the World Stops Shopping: How Ending Consumerism Saves the Environment and Ourselves

Expertly showing the complex relationship between consumer culture and nature, this insightful account offers a starting point for change (and optimism), and is highly recommended for all libraries.
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How To Raise Kids Who Aren’t Assholes: Science-Based Strategies for Better Parenting—From Tots to Teens

Moyer shows readers how to grow alongside their child and effect positive change. However, the book would benefit from a greater variety of perspectives.
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The Psychology of Parenting Teenagers: Thriving Throughout Their Teenage Years

Not every case study or suggestion will work for every child’s situation, which this book acknowledges. Cullen’s self-reflective guide will nevertheless aid parents in multiple ways.

The 2000s Made Me Gay: Essays on Pop Culture

A funny, accessible analysis of pop culture that will benefit nonfiction collections; it informs about gay history and grounds its importance in real experience. And for many gay readers, even if the cultural touchstones aren’t their own, Perry’s anecdotes will still be relatable and uplifting.
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Parenting for Social Justice: Tips, Tools, and Inspiration for Conversations and Action with Kids

A must-have in the field of anti-bias education. This work gives ideas for having conversations with young people about social justice and putting knowledge into action.
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License To Parent: How My Career as a Spy Helped Me Raise Resourceful, Self-Sufficient Kids

With tips for staying safe online, living by one’s principles, and finding a healthy balance with risk, this is a fascinating and useful take on parenting.

Stranger Care: A Memoir of Loving What Isn’t Ours

Sentilles writes candidly and humanely about her experience of building a family beyond immediate kin and discovering the depths of love and protection. Essential reading for those hoping to be foster parents.

On the Job: An Encyclopedia of Unique Occupations Around the World

With engrossing subject matter, excellent writing, and thorough, up-to-date research, this reference work will enrapture high school students, undergraduates, and curious browsers.

Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization

An illuminating yet conversational study that takes an anthropological approach to a widespread and often puzzling human behavior.
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The Sandbox Revolution: Raising Kids for a Just World

The range of narrators is representative and inclusive; their perspectives and expertise add value to this work, which is sure to be of ongoing interest.

The Ground Breaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice

A thoughtful exploration of the importance of collective memory. It is particularly poignant as 2021 marks the centennial of the massacre. A must-read for all who are interested in how history continues to impact the present.

Test Gods: Virgin Galactic and the Making of a Modern Astronaut

Schmidle, whose father was a marine fighter pilot and instructor, applies his personal interest in aerospace subjects to this book’s extensive research and in-depth interviews. For fans of The Right Stuff or Top Gun.
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Let’s Talk about Hard Things

Besides listeners of her podcast, this will appeal to any adult struggling to broach these topics.

On Juneteenth

This beautifully written memoir makes the case that the history of Black Texas is central to the history of the United States. Gordon-Reed’s writing will move all readers of U.S. history.

Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest

Simard’s science fascinates, and so too does her life. This is an engaging memoir of scientific discovery.
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Why Peacocks? An Unlikely Search for Meaning in the World’s Most Magnificent Bird

Blending memoir and natural history, this candid journey into the world of an unusual bird will spark the interest of fans of popular science.

National Audubon Society Trees of North America

A must-have reference book for plant enthusiasts and anyone who has ever asked, “What kind of tree is that?”
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Raised in the Kitchen: Making Memories from Scratch One Recipe at a Time

Filled with fun family recipes and ideas for even the pickiest of eaters, this book is sure to be a hit with both parents and children.
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How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America

An excellent travelogue and introduction to slavery’s impact on both the United States and its people. It will hold the interest of readers who are only starting to grapple with the topic.
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Booth Girls: Pregnancy, Adoption, and the Secrets We Kept

With its vivid historical detail, and careful examination of the emotional lives of parents on either side of the adoption process, this book is recommended for parents of adopted children, and for readers of memoir.

National Audubon Society Birds of North America

This guide is a must-have for birders and nature lovers.
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The Family Firm: A Data-Driven Guide to Better Decision Making in the Early School Years

This quick read can help parents form a decision making framework. Some of the book’s topics (camp, cell phones, etc.) don’t adequately address an economically diverse readership, limiting the audience for this book.

Full Spectrum: How the Science of Color Made Us Modern

This exploration of the lengths to which humankind has gone to represent the world with fidelity, and the many scientific advances that this quest has generated, will fascinate artists, scientists, and historians alike.
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My Time Will Come: A Memoir of Crime, Punishment, Hope, and Redemption

Manuel provides a firsthand account of the U.S. prison system’s inhumanity for minors, and he writes a compelling call for change. A raw look at the intersection of the U.S. legal system, racism, and trauma.
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Ravenous: Otto Warburg, the Nazis, and the Search for the Cancer–Diet Connection

An illuminating account that makes Warburg (the man and the scientist) accessible to general readers.
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The Hummingbirds’ Gift: Wonder, Beauty, and Renewal on Wings

Montgomery has written another engaging work of popular science, similar to her previous books. This latest volume will draw in readers who are new to birding, as well as experienced birders looking to supplement their knowledge.
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The Word Gobblers: A Handbook for Parents Working with Children Struggling To Read

A helpful volume for parents, caregivers, and teachers of children who struggle with reading.

You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience

Within these pages, Black readers in general, and Black women in particular, will find at least one essay they can relate to, or that offers validation for their lived experience. An essential read.

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The Zen Mama Guide to Finding Your Rhythm in Pregnancy, Birth, and Beyond

An attractive volume with beautiful photos and easy-to-implement ideas; it’s sure to be a hit. However, its perspective is often limited; it discusses adoption, financial precarity, and being uninsured, but there is little to address specific challenges faced by families of color or queer families.

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The Heartbeat of Trees: Embracing Our Ancient Bond with Forests and Nature

Finding “fascinating phenomena all over the place,” Wohlleben sticks with the formula that made his earlier work so popular. This latest book will appeal to fans of popular science and anyone curious about natural history.
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Taking Charge of Your Pregnancy: The New Science for a Safe Birth and a Healthy Baby

A helpful guide for expectant parents, with information both practical and scientific.
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Never Put a Cactus in the Bathroom: A Room-by-Room Guide to Styling and Caring for Your Houseplants

Readers who are ready to embrace the concept of plant parenthood will find this to be a solid introduction to the topic.
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Take More Vacations: How To Search Better, Book Cheaper, and Travel the World

Highly recommended for frequent travelers or travelers who are flexible and would like to travel more often.
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The Secret World of Weather: How To Read Signs in Every Cloud, Breeze, Hill, Street, Plant, Animal, and Dewdrop

Gooley takes a somewhat meandering scenic route to his goal, and readers who are less invested may lose interest before finishing the book. Hikers, campers, gardeners, and survivalists are among those who might enjoy such knowledge about the world of weather.

America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s

Readers interested in social movements in the United States, past or present, will not want to miss this illuminating work.

The Invention of Miracles: Language, Power, and Alexander Graham Bell’s Quest To End Deafness

A stunning biography that documents the Deaf people’s lengthy and ongoing efforts to have ASL acknowledged as a valid language. Booth’s writing stands apart and sheds insight on disability history in the 20th century.
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The Passenger: How a Travel Writer Learned to Love Cruises & Other Lies from a Sinking Ship

This powerful memoir about making tough choices and finding new directions will appeal to a variety of travel readers.
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Nothing Personal: My Secret Life in the Dating App Inferno

Refreshingly candid throughout, Sales’s memoir and investigation of the history of love and intimacy will engage readers who have found themselves dating later than they expected.
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Wish You Were Here: The Stories Behind 50 of the World’s Greatest Destinations

Travelers looking for well-organized tourist spots with no surprises can find new ideas for post-pandemic travel in this guidebook.
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Shearwater: A Bird, an Ocean, and a Long Way Home

A nice reminder of how to pursue interests despite obstacles. Readers will identify with the author’s personal journey of remembrances (especially of his grandmother) and discovery.

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Good Dog: Celebrating Dogs Who Change, and Sometimes Even Save, Our Lives

A loving look at how dogs care for people.
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Black Snake: Standing Rock, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and Environmental Justice

A humanistic investigative documentation of the legal and political battle of DAPL. It will appeal to readers interested in Indigenous movements, environmental movements, and the historical significance of this protest.
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Letter to a Young Female Physician: Notes from a Medical Life

A candid account that will spark the interest of aspiring physicians.
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Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race

Well-researched, with an extensive bibliography and a useful glossary of key concepts. A fast-paced account that offers myriad recommendations for lifestyle changes to reduce exposure to the chemicals that Swan and Colino identify as threats to the future of humankind.
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The Comfort Crisis: Embrace Discomfort to Reclaim Your Wild, Happy, Healthy Self

Despite some flaws, this is an engaging read, recommended for those who enjoy outdoor writing, as well as for armchair (therefore very comfortable) critics of the modern lifestyle.

The Beginner’s Guide to Growing Great Vegetables

Enthusiastically recommended for new and novice gardeners who want a straightforward, unfussy guide to growing their own food.
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The Border: A Journey Around Russia Through North Korea, China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Norway, and the Northeast Passage

Will appeal to fans of travel books who enjoy additional background and history of destinations; particularly good for readers familiar with the areas around Russia.
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What Kind of Ancestor Do You Want To Be?

Recommended for readers interested in environmentalism, anthropology, sociology, history, philosophy, and Indigenous peoples in the U.S.
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Pregnant Girl: A Story of Teen Motherhood, College, and Creating a Better Future for Young Families

Lewis interweaves her own account of being a pregnant teen and her extensive research, to tie proposed solutions directly to facts. A complementary work is Melanie Watkins’s Taking My Medicine, although Watkins’s book is more memoir than research.
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Downeast: Five Maine Girls and the Unseen Story of Rural America

A sensitive paean to an oft-overlooked region of the United States and the young women who live there. Recommended for readers seeking books with a strong sense of place or about girls facing the challenges of the 21st century.
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Behold the Land: The Black Arts Movement in the South

A scholarly work recommended for readers interested in Black history and culture in the U.S.
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Digital Body Language: How To Build Trust and Connection, No Matter the Distance

Written in an approachable style, and organized such that readers can pick and choose sections that apply to their situation, this will be a useful resource for anyone who struggles with online communication.
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Wait, I’m Working with Who?!? The Essential Guide to Dealing with Difficult Coworkers, Annoying Managers, and Other Toxic Personalities

A very practical book. Highly recommended for anyone in the workforce, as well as business students who are studying management techniques and organizational behavior.
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The Holly: Five Bullets, One Gun, and the Struggle to Save an American Neighborhood

An informed analysis of the complex intersections between police and the community, which will especially draw in readers involved in community organizing and anti-racist activism.

A Short History of Humanity: A New History of Old Europe

Scientific yet accessible, this original book offers much insight to readers of European history.

First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

DeSilva provides a scholarly yet accessible conversation on the origins of human bipedalism. A great introduction to human origins, anthropology, and primatology for general audiences. Includes recent discoveries that are updates to previous popular works.
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Hawking Hawking

This thorough biography reveals Hawking’s life beyond his celebrity, and is recommended for anyone interested in learning more about the scientist’s legacy and life.
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Holding Back the River: The Struggle Against Nature on America’s Waterways

Kelley’s engaging work will draw in those interested in personal stories of the effects of climate change, and use of natural resources.
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The Ecological Gardener: How To Create Beauty and Biodiversity from the Soil Up

Those with a serious desire to learn more about creating ecologically friendly gardens will find much to muse over in Rees-Warren’s bracing mix of philosophical and practical landscape advice.
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The School I Deserve: Six Young Refugees and Their Fight for Equality in America

This uplifting story, which played out during bleak years for refugees in the U.S., will resonate with readers concerned about immigration and education policy, and those engaged by courtroom narratives.
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The Non-Obvious Guide to Virtual Meetings and Remote Work

Don’t be scared by the title
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Ages of American Capitalism: A History of the United States

Levy makes a cohesive argument that provides a new perspective on the trajectory of the U.S. but will still feel familiar to any student of history.
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On Violence and on Violence against Women

This is an urgent book that deserves to be read in classes on feminist theory and gender studies. It’s also meant for all readers who are interested in learning more about the ways in which power is literally mapped onto our bodies.

Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987–1993

This engaging, accessible book will find a wide audience among readers interested in activism from the ground up. It will also be a foundational document for historians for generations to come. A must-read.

Press Reset

This standout book will appeal to readers of Kotaku, Polygon, and IGN, as well as viewers of NoClip’s YouTube documentaries. Beyond gamers, this well-researched account will also interest labor advocates.

Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer

Johnson, as in his previous works, digs into his subject to highlight new connections and interrelated facts that produce fascinating and sometimes unexpected insights. A smoothly written book of medical wonder that pays specific attention to racial disparities in health care.

Mom Genes: Inside the New Science of Our Ancient Maternal Instinct

Richly entertaining, filled with humor, and deeply informative, this engaging book is recommended for mothers, potential mothers, and anyone who has ever known a mother.

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Sick and Tired: An Intimate History of Fatigue

A personal story made more universal that many readers will be able to identify with, and a well-documented study of the history and current state of the science of fatigue.
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Pipe Dreams: The Urgent Global Quest To Transform the Toilet

A surprisingly lively read about the science and history of waste that will engage fans of Mary Roach and popular science.

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Into the Deep: A Memoir from the Man Who Found Titanic

This exciting memoir, recounted by a wonderful storyteller, will be relished by readers who enjoy adventure, oceanography, underwater archaeology, and scientific discovery. Ballard’s latest account will appeal to a great many readers.

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Food Cultures of Israel: Recipes, Customs, and Issues

Fascinating and of interest to kitchen hobbyists and students of anthropology, nutrition, food sciences, or religion/divinity/ministry. Consider placing this book in the circulating nonfiction section for maximum usage.

Social Chemistry: Decoding the Patterns of Human Connection

Essential for all university libraries supporting psychology and human resources development curricula.

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Managing Generation Z: How To Recruit, Onboard, Develop, and Retain the Newest Generation in the Workplace

The book’s pragmatic, realistic approach will appeal to HR professionals and general managers.

The Life and Times of Louis Lomax: The Art of Deliberate Disunity

Aiello’s searching spotlight shows general readers and scholars a formidable figure and further illuminates the role and power of journalism and television during the civil rights movement. A welcome study of a pioneering man and his times.
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Getting Baked: Everything You Need To Know about Hemp, CBD, and Medicinal Gardening

Webb’s practical, common-sense approach ensures that even skeptics will come away with a better understanding and appreciation for the possibilities of incorporating hemp and CBD into our gardens, kitchens, and medicine cabinets.

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Martha Stewart’s Very Good Things: Clever Tips & Genius Ideas for an Easier, More Enjoyable Life

A treat for the eye and lovely to page through. Devotees of all things Martha Stewart will be pleased. This is the kind of books that garners steady circulation and delights readers looking for highly visual, browsable nonfiction.
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Extraordinary Orchids

Orchid fanciers will relish the gorgeous color plates; readers new to orchids will appreciate the information on orchid biology, culture, and history.
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Artistic Places

A worthwhile option for its distinctive look and interpretation of international artists and their works.
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Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America’s Cheap Goods

Spanning biography, business, and sociology, this well-reported and well-researched account of labor practices shows the impact of the demand for global goods. It will especially interest consumers and labor advocates.
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Second Thoughts: On Having and Being a Second Child

Recommended for parents contemplating a second or third child, as well as readers interested in family dynamics.
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Within Our Grasp: Childhood Malnutrition Worldwide and the Revolution Taking Place To End It

Russell’s passion for citizen science, the important subject she explores, and her jargon-free presentation of information relating to malnutrition will open worlds for most readers, from high school students to sociologists.
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Lost in Summerland: Essays

This wide-ranging work is part literary collection, part cultural examination; it should appeal to armchair travelers interested in learning about different worldviews and finding meaning in the everyday.
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Prague: Belonging in the Modern City

Recommended for travelers interested in the history and politics of Prague.
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The New Breed: What Our History with Animals Reveals About Our Future with Robots

Thought-provoking popular science that will be of interest to anyone curious about the past, present, or future of robot–human interaction.
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Genesis: The Story of How Everything Began

For those interested in a different approach to understanding the universe’s beginnings.

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Uprooted: Recovering the Legacy of the Places We’ve Left Behind

While Olmstead successfully creates a full portrait of her family, especially her grandpa, her calls to rediscover the land fall a little short.
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Rosa: The Story of the Rose

While not a strictly a gardening or history book, this resource will amuse and delight gardeners and lovers of floral design and art history.
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Floret Farm’s Discovering Dahlias: A Guide to Growing and Arranging Magnificent Blooms

Benzakein is a celebrity and best-selling author in the flower farming world, with an upcoming show on Magnolia TV. Her first book, Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden, is an essential title, and her large fan base will clamor for her newest as well.
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The Wisdom of Old Dogs: Lessons in Life, Love and Friendship

Tears will be inevitable while reading this title, but readers will be served well by this addition to pet collections.
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Visual Encyclopedia

Containing an enormous range of knowledge throughout human history, this attractive guide is highly recommended for public libraries.

Information: A Historical Companion

A fascinating multidisciplinary essay collection that will appeal to information history junkies as well as history, journalism, and library science students.

Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher: A Monkey’s Head, the Pope’s Neuroscientist, and the Quest To Transplant the Soul

Schillace brings her expertise as a medical historian to this carefully researched, pioneering biography of an eccentric doctor. A compelling read that will draw in variety of readers.

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.

Life’s Edge

A fascinating and well-written mapping of the edges of biology, which will have broad appeal to nonscientists.
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