An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird.
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In the long history of our planet, there have been five great
extinctions. Now, humans are causing a sixth extinction. In this
engaging, thoroughly researched Pulitzer Prize winner, Kolbert
takes you through the past five extinctions while outlining the
sixth. Informative but never dull, this book is non-fiction at its best
– the kind that makes you want to take action.
If you have indoor cats, chances are they get pretty nutty sometimes (or all the time). Luckily, the solution can be as simple as providing the appropriate furnishings, and Jackson Galaxy, the amazing host of My Cat from Hell, has provided a guide to catifying your home. Make your house the most cat friendly place it can be with this awesome book!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
“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