Science

Mark your calendars: On August 21st, 2017, a total eclipse of the sun will be visible in America for the first time in 40 years. Over time, eclipses have been interpreted in dramatically different ways across the globe, and this book serves as a tour of that fascinating history. What better way to wait out the year?                                                    —Kat

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Sun Moon Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780465060924
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Published: Basic Books - September 13th, 2016

Although hard to imagine in this future that we call now, the idea of time travel is actually a modern idea. Leading scientific chronicler James Gleick tells the story of this recently invented concept, from its origins in H. G. Wells’ revolutionary fiction to its present state. Told with all the nuance of poetry, Time Travel is a must-read for all fans of speculative science.                             —Aric           

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Time Travel: A History Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307908797
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Published: Pantheon Books - September 27th, 2016

Feeling stressed? Overwhelmed? Generally grumpy? Let Australian photographer Alexandra Cearns help with Zen Dogs, in which she captures the sweet and lovable nature of our beloved canine companions. Tell your troubles to these precious pups and follow their lead! Close your eyes, relax, and breathe (stick your tongue out if it makes you feel better). Read an inspirational zen quote and pretend you’re petting one of these guys’ soft furry heads. So soft, puppy soft.                                —Megan            

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Zen Dogs Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062459374
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Published: HarperOne - October 25th, 2016

Paul Bannick takes an intimate look at North American owls and their lives through the seasons. Owl’s gorgeous photographs and meticulous notes highlight the unique qualities of these specific owl species. For fans of photography and birds alike, Owl emphasizes the need to retain wildlife diversity and natural spaces.                                                                       —Rachel

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Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594858000
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Published: Mountaineers Books - October 1st, 2016

If there was ever a book to sum up this strange moment we’re in—longing for the natural world as we witness its destruction—this is it. The Moth Snowstorm veers between the rhapsodic and the elegiac, then ties the two together and calls it love. I’ve never read a book like this before, and I can’t stop thinking about it now. —Kat

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The Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781681370408
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Published: New York Review of Books - October 4th, 2016

Great both for beginners and advanced tree folks, The Hidden Life of Trees is an enthralling book, balancing solid introductory information with cutting-edge science. I knew that trees communicate, but finding out that there are fungi that distribute energy and food between young and old members through a root-driven, Social Security–type relationship blew my mind. This is the best type of science writing—the kind that asks new questions and is open to all the potential answers the world has to offer.              —Rachel

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The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate--Discoveries from a Secret World Cover Image
By Peter Wohlleben, Tim Flannery (Foreword by), Jane Billinghurst (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781771642484
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Published: Greystone Books - September 13th, 2016

Anyone who has ever stayed up late tracking the movements of local mountain lions on the Puma Project’s website will absolutely love this book, which seeks to change the way we see our wilder neighbors. These stories of citizen science and grassroots efforts to let the wild be wild make peaceful coexistence seem possible—no small feat in today’s world.  —Kat

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When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors: People and Wildlife Working It Out in California Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781597143462
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Published: Heyday Books - August 1st, 2016

Lyanda Lynn Haupt has long been keenly observing the natural world around her, but in Crow Planet she focuses on a bird that is familiar to all of us. More than just a compendium of fascinating crow facts, Crow Planet also enlightens on what wildness really is, and how to preserve it in our neighborhoods. —Kat

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Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316019118
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 21st, 2011

A great book for beginners and advanced snake people alike, Snake balances essential information with vibrant photographs. Ranging from the friendly critters you’d find at your local pet shop to highly venomous serpents whose snoots you shouldn’t boop, Snake is a wonderful addition to any library. —Rachel
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Snake Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781465443793
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Published: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) - March 15th, 2016

The gold-standard of birding field guides has been updated. Hurray! The revised edition reflects new species (like Bell's Sparrow, a split from Sage Sparrow, which is now known as Sagebrush Sparrow) and includes updated range maps reflecting current research. Sibley's watercolors are astonishing examples of ornithological art. If you're a birder in the Western U.S., you need this book. —Rico
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The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307957924
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 29th, 2016

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