Science

Donovan Hohn was teaching English in New York City when a student tipped him off to the tantalizing story of a shipping container lost at sea that “liberated” 28,800 bath toys into the Pacific Ocean. Hohn left his teaching job to embark on a hysterical series of adventures—to Alaska, China, and the Arctic Circle—to track down the origins and fates of these plastic duckies (and turtles and beavers and frogs). His investigation unfolds as an accessible introduction to oceanography and the serious issue of plastics in our oceans. Hohn is a lovingly literary narrator with a self-deprecating sense of humor. This book contained some of the most fun and informative science journalism I’ve read.—Emily

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Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143120506
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Published: Penguin Books - February 28th, 2012

Finally in paperback! Blending science, history, and horticultural legend, this brilliant exploration of California trees changed my understanding of our state. First lesson: Forget gold! In early California, trees were the movers and shakers. Rare coastal trees were sold worldwide as status symbols, foreign trees swarmed west in the arms of overzealous arborists, and California was transformed. - a.c.

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Trees in Paradise: The Botanical Conquest of California Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781597143929
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Published: Heyday Books - March 10th, 2017

Mozart had a starling, and so does Lyanda Lynn Haupt, who stole hers from a soon-to-be-destroyed nest while watching for errant soccer players. Carmen was meant to be a research aid, a connection to Mozart’s pet. She soon came to be much more, the bright spot of love and delight at the center of this book that explores history, science, music theory, linguistics, astrophysics, and yes, Mozart. Delightful, informative, playful, and cosmic, Mozart’s Starling connects humanity to a natural, harmonious order, starting with a starling. - Jocelyn

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Mozart's Starling Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316370899
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Published: Little Brown and Company - April 4th, 2017

I know we are told not to judge a book by its cover, but how can anyone not be drawn to this one, which features astronaut Leland Melvin being kissed by his two dogs? A former wide receiver for the Detroit Lions and now an engineer and a NASA astronaut, Melvin has a story for anyone who has wanted to drastically shift their life from the fields below to the stars above. A good pick for those wondering what a persevering spirit can merit someone at NASA. - Ian

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Chasing Space: An Astronaut's Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062496720
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Published: Amistad Press - May 23rd, 2017

Joel Sartore’s life mission is to bear witness to every animal on the planet, particularly those among the last of their species, by capturing their magnificence while they’re still here. He has now taken gorgeous studio-style portraits of more than 6,000 animals, illuminating their beauty, uniqueness, and worth. My only hope is that this book does not become a visual elegy for what we’ve lost, but stands as a stunning call to action now. - Melinda

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National Geographic the Photo Ark: One Man's Quest to Document the World's Animals Cover Image
By Joel Sartore, Harrison Ford (Foreword by), Douglas H. Chadwick (Introduction by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781426217777
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Published: National Geographic Society - March 7th, 2017

Lanham has written an unforgettable memoir about growing up in rural Edgefield County, South Carolina, a “rich refuge for wild things.” With gorgeous (and sometimes heartbreaking) prose, he describes the full-sensory experience of the natural world around him—the same land that his ancestors were forced to toil. “In me, there is the red of miry clay, the brown of spring floods, the gold of ripening tobacco. I am, in the deepest sense, colored.” As an African American ornithologist and wildlife ecology professor, Lanham not only searches for rare birds, but is one. His essays on identity and belonging are powerful, and his passion for the natural world is inspiring. Without an emotional connection to nature, how can we possibly be fully committed to saving it? - Stef

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The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571313508
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Published: Milkweed Editions - June 13th, 2017

Please freeze, scream a little in the back of your throat, dance wildly, and rejoice with me over Robert Sapolsky’s new book on human behavior! A Stanford professor, lauded neuroendocrinologist, and one of the most brilliant minds in modern psychology, Sapolsky earned renown studying the physiological effects of stress. Now he tackles the big why: Why do you do what you do? - a.c.

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Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594205071
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Published: Penguin Press - May 2nd, 2017

Meet my friends: Lyla and Chibs, Angel and Miles, Polly and even Ansel the Destroyer. You might think it odd that I count these goats as dear ones until you open this book and explore the world of Leanne Lauricella’s farm rescue and sanctuary. I fell in love with her goats on Instagram and am delighted that they’ve found their way onto the pages of a book, which will live on my desk where I can flip through it every single day. Have some joy. You’re welcome. - Melinda

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Goats of Anarchy: One Woman's Quest to Save the World One Goat at a Time Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781631062858
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Published: Rock Point Calendars - March 15th, 2017

American Eclipse deconstructs the eclipse to its earthly ties while lacing mid-America to the moon and back. Following three characters across the plains to the point of totality, each with their distinct reasons for converging on such a historic event to the American people, but each a showcase for the greater trends and movements turning the USA to the power it holds today. A must for anyone persuaded by historical astronomy. - Ian

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American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781631490163
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - June 6th, 2017

Neil deGrasse Tyson is a delightful human who knows his stuff and is certain you can know yours too. Precise and detailed, he throws in everyday references just when you might get lost—stories about hot chocolate, and a discussion about why dark matter is our frenemy. Whether you’re a subscriber to Science or you’ve been too embarrassed to admit you slept through physics, this brief tour of the universe will have you smiling and feeling smarter than when you started. - Jocelyn

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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry Cover Image
$15.16
ISBN: 9780393609394
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 2nd, 2017

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