Science & Nature from the 2014 Winter Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2014 Winter Newsletter.


People have sent Randall Munroe amazingly creative questions, like “Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns?” and he endeavors to answer them with the enthusiastic tenacity of STEM graduate students trying to please their dissertation boards. Fans of Munroe’s wildly popular comic xkcd don’t need any convincing. For the rest of you, think of What If? as the natural extension of shows like MythBusters—except with completely untestable scenarios and much geekier humor. Trust me, it’s transcendent.
Reviewed by: 
Nici
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What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780544272996
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 2nd, 2014

During his time on the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield became the first-ever Canadian commander of the ISS, oversaw a record-breaking number of science experiments, and filmed a music video of himself singing David Bowie in zero gravity. He also took thousands of pictures of our little blue planet and shared them on Twitter. Collected here are the best of those shots, organized by continent, and guaranteed to give you a truly unique perspective on where you are now.
Reviewed by: 
Kat
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You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316379649
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 14th, 2014

The ocean is filled with invertebrates of all varieties—from snails, jellyfish, and crabs to bizarre-looking things you may never have heard of. Photographed against white-and-black backgrounds so their shocking colors and anatomy pop, Spineless gives you a look at marine invertebrates as you’ve never seen them before, and will make you appreciate them in a whole new way. I find this book to be endlessly fascinating.
Reviewed by: 
Flannery
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Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates, the Backbone of Life Cover Image
By Susan Middleton, Sylvia A. Earle (Foreword by)
$50.00
ISBN: 9781419710070
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Published: ABRAMS - October 21st, 2014

Okay, so there are “dog” books and then there are books that just so happen to be best told by dogs. This is an example of both, and it is irresistible. Combining photos, hilarious and tender, with the touching story of these canine besties, Harlow & Sage (and Indiana) finds the joyful heart of family and friendship, whether between dogs or humans. Give this book to the Harlow or Sage (or Indiana) in your life.
Reviewed by: 
Melinda
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Harlow & Sage (and Indiana): A True Story about Best Friends Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9780399172878
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - October 2nd, 2014

We are big fans of the recent book Safari, in which cheetahs seemingly bound off the page and elephants appear to flap their ears, all thanks to Photicular technology. The visuals get even more amazing in the new Photicular book, Ocean. Take a dive and experience an underwater world where you come face-to-face with swaying sea horses, glow-in-the-dark fish, and even a gulping sand tiger shark—all without getting wet. Truly spectacular.
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Ocean: A Photicular Book Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780761180517
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Published: Workman Publishing - October 7th, 2014

This perfect little package of a book reads like a hymnal, a philosophical treatise, a love story, and a meandering walk up a grassy knoll. When the Williamses happened upon a rare copy of Jefferies’ memoir, it sparked in them an obsession with the little-known 19th-century British nature writer. What resulted is his original text set alongside their own musings and journeys, a balanced meditation on how one is to find a “soul-life” in the natural world, as it ever changes and disappears.
Reviewed by: 
Melinda
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The Story of My Heart: As Rediscovered by Brooke Williams and Terry Tempest Williams Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781937226411
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Published: Torrey House Press - November 4th, 2014

I’ve always loved the idea that the atoms that comprise me are the exact same building blocks that make trees and animals and stars and sea. In this new book, Stager explores that connection, taking you on an intimate journey into the world of atoms, creating a kind of atomic guide to yourself and the world around you. This engaging book made me feel even more connected to the universe, and I learned a lot!
Reviewed by: 
Flannery
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Your Atomic Self: The Invisible Elements That Connect You to Everything Else in the Universe Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250018847
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - October 14th, 2014

All-there-is is a lot to think about, let alone get. But this book takes it on in a new way—using only the 1000 most common English words (which do not include “energy,” “universe,” or “galaxy”) to explain everything. From the edge of the sky to far away from that, from the beginning of all to the end of it, this book has a new way to explain, think about, and see the all of where we are and what we are doing.
Reviewed by: 
Jocelyn
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The Edge of the Sky: All You Need to Know about the All-There-Is Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780465044719
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Published: Basic Books (AZ) - September 23rd, 2014

 

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