My favorite part of this book is the layout: a bamboo-eating panda paired with a ribboned seadragon, leafy green—bits mimicking each other. Or the asymmetrical mirroring of corals and wasps, Asian elephants and an elephant shrew. Sartore beautifully balances each animal’s individuality while showing how interwoven we all are on this planet. - Rachel

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National Geographic the Photo Ark: One Man's Quest to Document the World's Animals Cover Image
ISBN: 9781426217777
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Published: National Geographic Society - March 7th, 2017

It's been awhile since I've laughed as hard as I did reading this. Irby's conversations with her cat are what did it for me as well as her essay on money management or rather lack there of. She is hilarious while being incredibly real about what it's like to be black and fat in this country. - Karena

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We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.: Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101912195
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Published: Vintage - May 30th, 2017

Bushido is the philosophy of the samurai, and the Hagakure is their bible. The concise collection of sayings and guidelines will teach you all the essentials of the chaste warrior: to keep your speech short, your intentions noble, and remind you to follow through with your sword strokes, lest you be embarrassed by the executed man’s head dangling comically from a shred of skin. - Aric

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Hagakure (Shambhala Pocket Classic): The Book of the Samurai (Shambhala Pocket Classics) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781611801873
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Published: Shambhala - December 2nd, 2014

While many folks are familiar with symbiotic buddies like the clowfish/anemones and rhinos/oxpeckers, Gottlieb delves into the lesser known colleagues of the natural world. With gorgeous watercolor art and clean snarky language, it's one of my new favorites, both to casually browse and to buy for others. - Rachel

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Natural Attraction: A Field Guide to Friends, Frenemies, and Other Symbiotic Animal Relationships Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632171016
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Published: Sasquatch Books - May 23rd, 2017

This is the optimistic eco-conscious treatise you are looking for. Written by a true radical thinker, and Yale educated philosopher, Eisenstein focuses mostly on the environment and what he calls a societal separation anxiety disorder, offering an alternative of interdependence between humanity and the planet. - Jason

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The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible (Sacred Activism) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781583947241
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Published: North Atlantic Books - November 5th, 2013

Get sucked in to these creepy, weird, wonderful, and strange whodunits brought together in this hidden gem of a book. If you love real-life tales that make you go "Whaaa?" then you will certainly enjoy this collection of stranger-than-fiction essays. From sociopathic serial impersonators to the hunt for the elusive giant squid, this book has something for everyone! - Megan

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The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307275905
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Published: Vintage - January 11th, 2011

When a warrior reaches a ripe old age and retires, you can bet your sword arm that they were good at their job. And when, after examining their life, they write down the reasons they survived as long as they did, you’d better read it. You may not be a killer, but the philosophy of a successful one can be applied to any discipline. - Aric

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The Book of Five Rings: A Classic Text on the Japanese Way of the Sword Cover Image
By Miyamoto Musashi, Thomas Cleary (Translator)
ISBN: 9781590302484
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Published: Shambhala - January 11th, 2005

It's rare to find a memoir that fundamentally changes you. This is undoubtedly one of my favorites. Hope Jahren's enthusiasm about plants and science is infectious. Her expert storytelling—of growing up in Michigan, of motherhood, and especially of her best friend and lab partner, Bill—drew me in the most. You will leave this book fulfilled and inspired. - Natalie

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ISBN: 9781101873724
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Published: Vintage - February 28th, 2017

I’ve been assigned this book for three classes, and each time I’ve read it cover to cover. Moody is an eloquent, thoughtful writer. Recounting her childhood growing up in Mississippi under Jim Crow and her college years in the Civil Rights Movement, she offers an engrossing personal look at the fight to end segregation. You’ll see how far we’ve come, how we’ve regressed, and how far we still have to go. - Flannery

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Coming of Age in Mississippi: The Classic Autobiography of a Young Black Girl in the Rural South Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385337816
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Published: Delta - February 3rd, 2004

I missed this one growing up, and worried that the book wouldn’t hold up to the off-the-charts hype. I’m happy to say this gorgeous, absolutely mesmerizing book is as relevant and engrossing today as ever. Offred’s story is so touching (and terrifying), because the world she inhabits feels so close to our own, with diction that feels positively poetic. - Jax

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ISBN: 9780385490818
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Published: Anchor Books - March 13th, 1998



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