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Science & Nature from the 2011 Winter Newsletter

<img src="http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/files/santacruz/2011WinterNewsletterCov... align=right hspace=5 />These recommendations from our staff were published in our <a href="http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/2011-winter-newsletter">2011 Winter Newsletter</a>.

A More Perfect Heaven by by Dava Sobel

Dava Sobel is a gifted storyteller. She has written best-sellers such as Longitude and Galileo’s Daughter, and now gives us the extraordinary story of Nicolaus Copernicus and his theory which actually set the earth in motion in the minds of its inhabitants. As Europe was roiling with the beginnings of the Reformation, Copernicus put forward his revolutionary heliocentric theory. This book tells a wonderful entertaining story, and offers insight into the ideological challenges to the important work of science we witness even today.  —Neal Coonerty

A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802717931
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Published: Walker & Company - October 4th, 2011

Animal by David Burnie, Don E. Wilson & the Smithsonian

Dozens of scientists from across the globe collaborated to update the revised edition of this classic guide. Complete with newly discovered species and updated information, this covers over 2,000 amazingly different creatures. This is an incredibly detailed book, exploring pretty much everything you could ever want to know about animals, from anatomy to habitat and behavior. Such fascinating facts paired with tons of awesome color photos make this a must-have reference for every animal lover.

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Flannery
Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide Cover Image
By DK
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ISBN: 9780756686772
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Published: DK - August 29th, 2011

Part Wild by Ceiridwen Terrill

In and out of abusive relationships with men, Terrill is drawn to a wolfdog named Inyo as a protector and fellow adventurer. Over the course of three years, their adventures are both hilarious and heartbreaking. While it’s impossible to keep Inyo contained, Terrill finds herself constantly moving and often taking long runs in the middle of the night to wear off some of the wolf’s energy. This is not a sentimental memoir, but a story about the alluring call of the wild, and the danger and responsibility of heeding that call.

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Clytia
Part Wild: One Woman's Journey with a Creature Caught Between the Worlds of Wolves and Dogs Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451634815
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Published: Scribner - October 11th, 2011

Theodore Gray’s Elements Vault by Theodore Gray

Great for the whole family! The Elements is a visual journey into the periodic table of the elements. Each element has a two-page spread of photos and facts that presents information and shows common uses of the element. The Elements Vault builds on this, adding a pop-up atom model, removable historical documents, a poster of the elements’ rainbow spectrum, and samples of real elements (including gold). And don’t miss The Elements: 1000 Piece Puzzle; it’s a great companion to the Vault.

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Nate
Theodore Gray's Elements Vault: Treasures of the Periodic Table with Removable Archival Documents and Real Element Samples - Including Pure Gold! Cover Image
By Theodore Gray, Nick Mann (By (photographer)), Simon Quellen Field
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ISBN: 9781579128807
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - November 30th, 2011

Leave No Trace, photography by Jim Wark and essays by Roderick Nash

“From a mountain peak or a canyon rim, a wilderness traveler can start to appreciate the vastness of a wild landscape. But even those spectacular views are blocked by adjacent peaks or river bends. Jim Wark’s outstanding and mind-expanding aerial photographs of American wilderness give us a bird’s-eye view that few of us would ever behold without the assistance of his camera. He has added a new dimension to wilderness appreciation.” —Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club

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By Jim Wark (Photographer), Roderick Frazier Nash (Essay by)
$55.00
ISBN: 9780789320773
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Published: Universe Publishing(NY) - September 13th, 2011

You Are Not So Smart by David McRaney

Think you’re smart? Think again! You aren’t, and McRaney is here to tell you why. Once you get over your chagrin, you may well find this a fascinating, funny, and very thorough exploration of our brains and why we behave the way we do. So give up your feelings of control, relax into it, enjoy the crazy experiments, and learn what makes your brain tick—and even better, why you can’t help it.

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Flannery
You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourse Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781592406593
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Published: Gotham Books - October 27th, 2011

Love at First Bark by Julie Klam

“Klam follows her first dog-oir (You Had Me at Woof) with whimsical reflections on some of the dog rescues in which she’s participated. She finds the more she works with these dogs, the kinder she is to the two-legged creatures around her. A few lucky people are natural storytellers, and Klam is one of them. Not only am I sure she could make a visit to the dentist sound funnier than most jokes, but she’s also nearly convinced me that dogs can make you a better person.” —Library Journal, starred review

Love at First Bark: How Saving a Dog Can Sometimes Help You Save Yourself Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594488283
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Published: Riverhead Hardcover - October 18th, 2011

The Best American Science Writing 2011

Edited by Rebecca Skloot, award-winning science writer and bestselling author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and her father, Floyd Skloot, an award-winning poet and writer, and past contributor to the series, The Best American Science Writing 2011 collects into one volume the most crucial, thought-provoking, and engaging science writing of the year. This diverse collection of 20 articles tackles a wide range of scientific issues of the day, from health and aging to computer viruses and terrorism.

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$14.99
ISBN: 9780062091246
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Published: Ecco - September 27th, 2011

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