Science & Nature from the 2015 Summer Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2015 Summer Newsletter.


I often think about the world of nests above my head when I’m hiking, and wish that I could climb up and quietly observe one without wreaking human havoc. Enter Into the Nest, a beautiful book that allows you to do just that, with photographs that chronicle nest construction, egg hatching, and fledglings’ first attempts at flight. I love this sweet, intimate book and the unexpected, magical perspective it provides.

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Kat
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Into the Nest: Intimate Views of the Courting, Parenting, and Family Lives of Familiar Birds Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781612122298
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Published: Storey Publishing - April 21st, 2015

This travel diary revolves around a search for the saola, a dainty-hoofed mammal that no Westerner has seen in the wild and that cannot survive in captivity. For all that scientists know, it could already be extinct. DeBuys’s book is an intimate look at the underbelly of conservation, focusing on a small group of men who battle cultural differences, snare traps, and poachers in search of a single glimpse of hope.

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Rachel
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The Last Unicorn: A Search for One of Earth's Rarest Creatures Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316232869
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little Brown and Company - March 10th, 2015

History is filled with forgotten women whose accomplishments have been overshadowed, or literally taken, by their male counterparts. Headstrong helps rectify this with its exploration of some of the breakthroughs these 52 women made. It is readable and surprising, and because it is divided into short sections on each of the scientists it features, it is easy to pick it up and put it down as you wish without getting lost. A great beginning to giving these women the credit they deserve!

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Flannery
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Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-And the World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553446791
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Published: Broadway Books - April 7th, 2015

The most important thing to know about pigs: They will eat anything. This characteristic led to pigs becoming simultaneously prized by many as a versatile and readily available source of high-quality food that sustained the spread of entire civilizations, and deeply loathed by others as filthy, dangerous, and contemptible. Mark Essig tells the fascinating story about how a self-domesticated game animal came to root along the borders between cultures and social classes to become one of humanity’s most controversial foods.               

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Cat
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Lesser Beasts: A Snout-To-Tail History of the Humble Pig Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780465052745
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Published: Basic Books - May 5th, 2015

This is one of the most interesting books I’ve read this year. From our planet’s origins to the rise and fall of ancient civilizations to the invention of the mackintosh raincoat, author Cynthia Barnett explores every aspect of rain and how it has affected and shaped our world and our lives. Easy to read and utterly enjoyable. Read it and you’ll never look at rain the same way again. 

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Flannery
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Rain: A Natural and Cultural History Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804137096
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - April 21st, 2015

Well known for predicting sports games and tasting yummy, octopuses (never octopi!) have firmly situated themselves in our culture. Sy Montgomery’s book explores another side of these remarkable creatures—their consciousness, memory, and emotions. While scientists have already begun establishing the intelligence of octopuses, the author pushes further, developing friendships with these creatures. Wonderful for any animal lover, it confirms what many of us already know, that all animals—including octopuses—express and feel love.

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Rachel
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The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451697711
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Published: Atria Books - May 12th, 2015

The bestselling author of The Disappearing Spoon returns with an entertaining look at the brain and the history of neuroscience. “In tale after tale, Kean provides a fascinating, and at times gloriously gory, look at how early efforts in neurosurgery were essentially a medical guessing game.... Entertaining and quotable, Kean’s writing is sharp, and each individual story brings the history of neuroscience to life. Compulsively readable, wicked scientific fun.” —Kirkus Reviews

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The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316182355
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 9th, 2015

New York Times contributor Robbins spent more than 10 years following the efforts of David Milarch and his Champion Tree Project. Because trees create oxygen, filter water and also can cleanse the atmosphere of large amounts of pollutants, the planting of trees ‘may be the single most important ecotechnology that we have to put the broken pieces of our planet back together.’ The Man Who Planted Trees is a rousing call-to-action to plant trees to save the environment.” —Kirkus Review

 

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The Man Who Planted Trees: A Story of Lost Groves, the Science of Trees, and a Plan to Save the Planet Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812981292
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - March 3rd, 2015

 

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