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Bosh! Healthy Vegan

A welcome, well-conceived addition to the “Bosh!” series, this book has much to offer everyone seeking a healthier lifestyle.
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Fantastic Fossils: A Guide to Finding and Identifying Prehistoric Life

Overall, this well-written introduction to the joys of fossil hunting is recommended for the neophyte fossil collector who hasn’t read Richard Fortey’s classic, Fossils: Key to the Past.
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The Opioid Fix: America’s Addiction Crisis and the Solution They Don’t Want You To Have

Recommended for anyone seeking more information about addiction treatment reform, especially those with public policy and public health interests.

The House of Yan: A Family at the Heart of a Century in Chinese History

A touching, essential account for anyone interested in 20th-century Chinese history and highly recommended for fans of personal family memoir.
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Death Is but a Dream: Finding Hope and Meaning at Life’s End

Recommended for readers interested in end-of-life care and comfort for those dying and their bereaved families, without an emphasis on religion or metaphysics.
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Cured: The Life-Changing Science of Spontaneous Healing

Readers with an interest in holistic medicine as well as open-minded health care providers who are willing to adopt new treatment models that focus on treating the root causes of illness will benefit most from Rediger’s call to treat more than just symptoms.
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High Risk: A Doctor’s Notes on Pregnancy, Birth, and the Unexpected

Karkowsky raises important issues concerning patient autonomy and the treatment of women in the health care system. For those who enjoyed Perri Klass’s The Real Life of a Pediatrician and anyone interested in the challenges of modern health care.

The Future of Feeling: Building Empathy in a Tech-Obsessed World

Challenging readers to think about what it means to be empathetic in a technology-driven era, this will resonate with those trying to balance a reliance on “always on” technology with humanity and the capacity for empathy.

Footprints: In Search of Future Fossils

A compelling thought experiment that is sometimes unsettling in its findings but always cleverly conceived and beautifully expressed.
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My Wild Garden: Notes from a Writer’s Garden

A beautiful love letter to gardens that is sure to appeal to anyone who has cultivated one of their own.
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Trees in Trouble: Wildfires, Infestations, and Climate Change Hit the West

Overall, an impressive and prescient addition to an ever-growing oeuvre on the effects of climate change to an environment.
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A Scheme of Heaven: The History of Astrology and the Search for our Destiny in Data

While Boxer’s enthusiasm for the subject shows in his engaging narrative style, some of the more technical material will leave casual readers behind. Strongly recommended for historians with some awareness of mathematical concepts or seasoned popular science readers.
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White Feathers: The Nesting Lives of Tree Swallows

This inviting work will draw in naturalists and birders, along with anyone wishing to learn more about animal behavior from a trusted guide.

Some Assembly Required: Decoding Four Billion Years of Life, from Ancient Fossils to DNA

In the end, the genetic constructions of all creatures are variations on a theme; we are all related. An engaging, must-read for anyone with an interest in evolution.

Notes from an Apocalypse: A Personal Journey to the End of the World and Back

O’Connell is not only a sharp observer but a master at parsing the various subtexts underneath the surface rhetoric of these apocalyptic movements. This witty, profound, and beautifully told story will appeal to doomsday worriers and nonworriers alike.
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The Dance of Life: The New Science of How a Single Cell Becomes a Human Being

Of interest to anyone seeking a deeper understanding of human fertility and development.
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We Know It When We See It: What the Neurobiology of Vision Tells Us About How We Think

Recommended only for those with a strong science background or the patience to unpack the richly detailed scientific explanations. For those readers, Masland provides a well-researched exploration of a fascinating question.

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor

This groundbreaking book should be required reading for people ready to acknowledge their behaviors, whether intentional or not. It will make a strong addition to both public and university libraries where it will equip scholars, activists, and allies with real tools to promote systemic change.

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House of Glass: The Story and Secrets of a Twentieth-Century Jewish Family

A timely exploration of family secrets, immigration, and anti-Semitism, this work will appeal to readers of World War II–era history.

The Violence Inside Us: A Brief History of an Ongoing American Tragedy

An important work on a relevant subject that will draw in anyone interested in social reform.
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Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning

An extraordinary blend of memoir, cultural criticism, and history that will invite readers from all backgrounds, though especially those who identify as Asian American, to consider the complex relationships between race, family, heritage, and society that shape American lives.
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Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot

A frank account of who and what is still missing from mainstream feminism that will appeal to readers of women’s and African American studies, and readers seeking a better grasp on history.

A Map Is Only One Story: Twenty Writers on Immigration, Family, and the Meaning of Home

A standout collection that adds new dimension and depth to the lived experiences of immigrants long after they settle in a new community.

The Three-Cornered War: The Union, the Confederacy, and Native Peoples in the Fight for the West

Readers interested in the Civil War and Western history will enjoy this nuanced portrait of the era.

This Brilliant Darkness: A Book of Strangers

Sharlet provides a poignant and wholly intimate portrait of the lives of those who are often overlooked in our society, breathing a sense of humanity into a part of our world that is so often inhumane. A highly recommended book that is at times difficult to take in and difficult to put down.

The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President’s Black Family

A moving, beautifully told story that adds to our understanding of Madison along with African American genealogy and oral history.

Believe Me: How Trusting Women Can Change the World

Though this collection ultimately preaches to its own choir, the book easily arms feminist activists with valuable content with which to stride forward in engaging misogyny in the world. An inclusive and essential choice following We Should All Be Feminists, and a must-have for the modern reader.
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Franklin & Washington: The Founding Partnership

A well-written account for readers interested in two key figures of the American Revolution. Based on primary and secondary sources, this well-researched work tells the story of a significant relationship of the era.

Young Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Memoir and a Reckoning

An impeccably executed and unique genealogy that encourages us to examine the history that informs us of who we are.
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The Women’s Fight: The Civil War’s Battles for Home, Freedom, and Nation

By telling the important, yet often-overlooked story of how enslaved women fought for their rights, and how white women often upheld the status quo, Glymph has written a refreshing, much-needed account of Civil War historiography.
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Washington’s End: The Final Years and Forgotten Struggle

An outstanding biographical work on one of America’s most prominent leaders. Highly recommended for those who want to better understand the early republic.

The Smartphone Society: Technology, Power, and Resistance in the New Gilded Age

Aschoff introduces a creative and appealing way to discuss societal issues; this book will make readers contemplate their relationship with their phone and their own place in society.

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Congress at War: How Republican Reformers Fought the Civil War, Defied Lincoln, Ended Slavery, and Remade America

Bordewich contributes an entertaining, fresh perspective to our ever-evolving understanding and discussion of the Civil War. An important addition for both general readers of American history and scholars of the growing interpretations of Civil War studies.
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The Autonomous Revolution: Reclaiming the Future We’ve Sold to Machines

This work will find an active readership among historians of technology and those with an interest in popular historical narratives that focus on the social science angle of technologies.
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The Man in the Red Coat

Scholars may laud this work’s brilliance, but others might find it a difficult read. For serious students of French history or the history of medicine and sexuality.
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The Case for Climate Capitalism: Economic Solutions for a Planet in Crisis

Rand’s call for action warns that a hostile climate is “our default future” and declares it’s up to both business and government to head it off in this realistic and readable outline of solutions that could be implemented. Recommended for informed readers, in particular Canadians, who are concerned about climate change.

Her Neighbor’s Wife: A History of Lesbian Desire Within Marriage

With close reading and deep analysis, Gutterman weaves a thoughtful cultural history that insists on the sexual and relationship agency of midcentury wives and demonstrates that outwardly heterosexual marriages have, at times, indeed contained queer possibilities.

The Ultimate Engineer: The Remarkable Life of NASA’s Visionary Leader George M. Low

This well-researched book is as much a history of NASA as a biography of George Low, and as such is an important contribution to the history of the agency. Jurek’s detailed book will appeal to both fans and scholars of NASA and of the engineers like Low who make the agency’s spaceflights work.

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Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World

A clever, amusing book about some of life’s more serious problems; highly recommended.
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Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle To Save the Florida Panther

This sometimes disheartening, but ultimately hopeful, exploration of how the Florida panther recovered against the odds will appeal to those who enjoy reading about wildlife and endangered species.
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Early: An Intimate History of Premature Birth and What It Teaches Us About Being Human

A well-written, carefully researched book that should be of vital interest to potential parents and their friends and families.
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Physical Intelligence: The Science of How the Body and the Mind Guide Each Other Through Life

Grafton's compelling exploration of the relationship between the body and the mind is recommended for anyone interested in the workings of the brain.

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American Birds: A Literary Companion

An enjoyable anthology for naturalists, especially birders, and those who enjoy literature.

Transcendence: How Humans Evolved through Fire, Language, Beauty, and Time

An engaging, well-researched book for anyone curious about the development of humanity as approached through a social lens.

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Invisible Americans: The Tragic Cost of Child Poverty

With passionate advocacy, Madrick addresses a systemic problem with a simple solution. His argument will appeal to those who champion economic policy change that centers the child.

I’ve Been Wrong Before: Essays

This is a profoundly moving book that doesn’t let up and is well worth the emotion it is sure to engender in readers.
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This Is Chance! The Shaking of an All-American City, a Voice That Held It Together

A great crossover read for teens as well as adults about community, tenacity, and the power of one person to make a difference.

Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus

A readable and thought-provoking work on a topic of concern on college campuses. The SHIFT project generated many academic publications, but this book successfully reaches a general audience, specifically students, parents, and policymakers.
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Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir

An engaging look at Solnit’s life, which succeeds in giving voice to inequity caused by patriarchy. Recommended for memoir aficionados, especially feminist audiences.
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Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America

Recommended for renters, owners, developers, and policymakers alike.
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Pravda Ha Ha: True Travels to the End of Europe

Fans of travelogs, history buffs, and those with an interest in Russia and the former U.S.S.R. will thoroughly enjoy.
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Gay Like Me: A Father Writes to His Son

Beautifully written with crystalline prose, most anyone could profit from reading this love letter from a parent to a child, whether they are gay or not.

How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish

A wonderful compilation sure to please new and old lovers of Yiddish culture, Jewish history, and linguistics.

Best Science & Technology Books 2019

She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement

A compelling accounting of the events that helped ignite Me Too. Highly recommended for readers interested in social justice and the reporting process.

All the President’s Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator

While many of the most shocking incidents discussed here are public knowledge, the significant new material and the book’s usefulness as a single-volume source on the topic make this not only a critical current read but one likely to become even more important in the future.

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Marfa Garden: The Wonders of Dry Desert Plants

Readers will be attracted to the surprising beauty of these dry desert plants and should consider using them to promote water conservation. An appealing choice for garden artists, landscapers, and home gardeners in the Southwest and elsewhere.
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Long Way Round: Through the Heartland by River

Rivers were once the major highway systems of this country and Hildebrand’s rediscovery of this history feels so foreign to the point of near exposé. A must for Wisconsinites, but a recommended journey for socioculturalists in general.

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Snow: A Scientific and Cultural Exploration

A delightful, enjoyable, and meandering read that will appeal to, and amuse, teen and adult readers.
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Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life’s Fundamental Bond

After reading Denworth’s treatise on friendship, you may want to immediately call your best friend, or make a new one. Recommended for fans of human biology and nonfiction browsers.

The Year of the Dogs

Essential for dog lovers and photography fans, this stunning and charming book is guaranteed to circulate constantly in public library collections.
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The New Smart: How Nurturing Creativity Will Help Children Thrive

Plenty of food for thought for all educators and parents preparing their children for future success.
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Loss Survive Thrive: Bereaved Parents Share Their Stories of Healing and Hope

A helpful and perspective-giving tool for anyone who is wading through tragedy and in need of support and inspiration.
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The Angry Child: What Parents, Schools, and Society Can Do

At just 100-plus pages, this breezy but impactful read provides concrete ideas for teaching children healthy ways to deal with anger.
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Right from the Start: A Practical Guide for Helping Young Children with Autism

Parents and caregivers of autistic children and teens will find this work offers sensible and realistic ideas that apply to all areas of a child’s life.
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Raising Boys Who Respect Girls: Upending Locker Room Mentality, Blind Spots, and Unintended Sexism

Those looking for inspirationally based advice will appreciate Willis’s suggestions on subjects as current as the headlines.

Failure To Launch: Why Your Twentysomething Hasn’t Grown Up...and What To Do About It

McConville is well qualified to guide parents through the challenges that many face but are less frequently examined. A valuable go-to resource for parents and teens alike.
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Decoding Boys: New Science Behind the Subtle Art of Raising Sons

An essential and approachable resource for parents of preteen and teenage boys.

How To Raise a Reader: Fostering a Love of Books, from Birth to Teens

Bold and bright illustrations combine with varied recommendations for instilling a love of reading in children of all ages; a must-purchase for all collections.

The Manager Mom Epidemic: How Moms Got Stuck Doing Everything for Their Families and What They Can Do About It

Phelan brings his common-sense yet practical advice to a well-worn parenting issue. As with “1-2-3,” this latest will fly off the shelves, so stock up on multiple copies.
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The GLMA Handbook on LGBT Health

Despite some flaws, this volume is a nice supplement to Abbie E. Goldberg’s The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies and expands on Kevin L. Nadal’s The Sage Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender. It will be useful for think tanks, policymakers, and professionals interested in establishing a LGBT-friendly practice.

Before and After the Book Deal: A Writer’s Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book

Highly recommended for anyone who thinks they have a book in them.

Why We Can’t Sleep: Women’s New Midlife Crisis

Calhoun’s latest will be useful for those interested in feminist theory, especially insofar as it intersects with age and class, as well as a useful resource for people struggling to find balance in their personal and professional lives.

Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope

Enlightening for all concerned Americans, but especially for those interested in social justice issues.
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Becoming a Man: The Story of a Transition

This is a memoir of the present, without closure or resolution, and the narrative sometimes feels incomplete or unsatisfying. Still, many readers will appreciate Carl’s honesty and perhaps read this work alongside Charlie Cragg’s excellent anthology, To My Trans Sisters.
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Barrio America: How Latino Immigrants Saved the American City

Likely to become a staple in Latinx and urban studies.
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White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue...and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation

A thoughtful addition to social science and African American studies collections.

What’s Your Pronoun? Beyond He and She

Based on decades of research, Baron’s masterly work documents the historical and continued importance of personal pronouns. Those interested in gender politics or English grammar, or who feel that “he” and “she” are inadequate, would benefit greatly from perusing this book.
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Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights

Sorin’s engaging account of black motoring exposes a rough road in race relations but also a technology’s impact on black freedom. A great resource for people learning about black freedoms—and the fragility of those freedoms
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Handprints on Hubble: An Astronaut’s Story of Invention

An accessible, engaging read for students of engineering and the history of technology and generalist readers interested in NASA history.
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My Penguin Year: Life Among the Emperors

With beautifully descriptions of the stark landscape, harsh weather conditions, challenges of filming, and isolation during the dark Antarctica winter, this work lovingly and accurately details emperor penguin behavior in an engaging memoir that will appeal to wildlife enthusiasts, adventurers, and armchair travelers.
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Citizen Reporters: S.S. McClure, Ida Tarbell, and the Magazine That Rewrote America

Readers interested in Gilded Age history and its parallels to contemporary society will enjoy learning about this trailblazing publication.
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Busted in New York and Other Essays

The wide-ranging scope of this excellent book, with a foreword by Zadie Smith, will appeal to a broad audience. Anyone with a desire to reflect on the role that racism plays in shaping individual lives and broader American culture will undoubtedly find this to be a valuable read.

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Small Garden Design

Professional landscape designers will find plenty to ponder here. Even as the overall vibe is more upscale Architectural Digest than down-to-earth Better Homes and Gardens, there is enough practical wisdom seeded among the dreamy images that even home gardeners will find a tip or two to apply to their own cherished plots of verdant happiness.
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South Away: The Pacific Coast on Two Wheels

Biking and adventure travel enthusiasts will revel in the author’s descriptions and ability to endure such an arduous trip, and find this account restores one’s faith in human goodness.
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Molly: The True Story of the Amazing Dog Who Rescues Cats

Animal lovers will devour this British-toned, feel-good book, and might even develop some strategies in case their furry friends go missing.
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Erosion: Essays of Undoing

These essays are wide ranging and heartfelt and will attract dedicated environmentalists.
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Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives—and Save Theirs

Looking at scientific research from a variety of experts, this is a compelling call to reestablish ties with the animal world. Strongly recommended for anyone feeling overwhelmed or spiritually bereft in today’s society.
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When the Earth Had Two Moons: Cannibal Planets, Icy Giants, Dirty Comets, Dreadful Orbits, and the Origins of the Night Sky

A fun read from an award-winning scientist. Asphaug’s literary skill shines throughout this entertaining work.
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The Zookeepers’ War: An Incredible True Story from the Cold War

Well researched and executed, this book will appeal to zoologists, zoo lovers, and readers interested in the history of postwar Germany.

Disability Experiences: Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Other Personal Narratives

This unusual approach to disability studies will be of interest to faculty and students researching disability studies, life writing, anthropology, psychology, and sociology.
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Cities Around the World: Struggles and Solutions to Urban Life

An excellent primer for high school students, undergraduates, and interested nonspecialist readers who want to expand their perspectives about urban issues both within and beyond the United States.
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America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States

This thoroughly researched, informative, and lucid work is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of anti-immigrant sentiment in the United States, and how it influences the current political environment.
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The Queering of Corporate America: How Big Business Went from LGBTQ Adversary to Ally

The underlying question remains: Are corporations friends or foes? Ball’s history is sure to be controversial and will be of interest to social activists of all stripes.
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Broke: Hardship and Resilience in a City of Broken Promises

With a foreword by Michael Eric Dyson, this book is an important read for policymakers and urban dwellers, locally and nationally.

What God Is Honored Here? Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss by and for Native Women and Women of Color

A compelling collection that encourages readers to hold writers and their stories, both told and untold, in their hearts with every page.travel & geography
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Mudlark: In Search of London’s Past Along the River Thames

Maiklem positions the River Thames as a narrator, which only offers up some of its stories in a piecemeal fashion. The parts that are revealed, however, make for a captivating read.
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The Body: A Guide for Occupants

Bryson has shaped an enormous amount of anatomy and physiology into an informative and entertaining biostory. Recommended for Bryson fans and nonspecialists interested in human health and biology.
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Bagels, Bumf, and Buses: A Day in the Life of the English Language

For anyone curious about where everyday English words “come from,” this accessible text will prove to be an enticing choice, as well as a useful guide for general readers seeking resources on English usage and popular linguistics.
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Your Voice Speaks Volumes: It’s Not What You Say, But How You Say It

Setter applies phonetic analysis to a range of aspects of daily life in a way that is approachable to a wide audience. However, the level of technical detail and geographical focus on the UK may limit the overall appeal to academic readers.
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