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Science & Nature from the 2013 Summer Newsletter

<a href=""><img src=" align="right" width="100" height="129" hspace="5"></a>These recommendations were published in our <a href="">2013 Summer Newsletter</a>.

My Beloved Brontosaurus by Brian Switek

As a young girl, I was always more into dinosaurs than Barbie, and that hasn’t changed a bit. So I was super excited to come across this great new book that addresses recent discoveries in paleontology as well as the tenuous ties between paleontology, pop culture, and our understanding of dinosaurs. Well researched and very engaging, this is a fun, informative read that dino fans will love!
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ISBN: 9780374135065
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Published: Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giro - April 16th, 2013

What the Robin Knows by Jon Young

The premise of this fascinating book is that birds are acutely aware of their surroundings and are constantly communicating this awareness to one another. Jon Young, a local author and experienced tracker who studied with Tom Brown Jr., argues that humans have much to gain from paying attention to birdcalls. If we dim our own racket, we might begin to hear the conversations taking place in trees and bushes and learn more about our own backyards.
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ISBN: 9780544002302
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books - May 21st, 2013

The Upcycle by William McDonough & Michael Braungart

From the authors of Cradle to Cradle comes the sustainably minded must-read of the season, The Upcycle. In The Upcycle, we go a step further than simply reducing and reusing, as we consider that through the products we make and use, we can create a healthier world and a more thriving environment.
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ISBN: 9780865477483
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Published: North Point Press - April 16th, 2013

Birds and Blooms of the 50 States by Dutch Door Press

I’ve been smitten with the birds and blooms series from letterpress studio Dutch Door Press for a while now—and even have two of the prints hanging in my home—so I’m delighted to see that the images have now been collected in a book. Emblematic flora and fauna from each state in the U.S. are paired with birds that symbolize their region, and the results are beautiful. From the quail and poppy of California to the bluebird and rose of New York (the two prints I own), this collection will charm any nature lover. Makes a great gift, too!
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ISBN: 9781452112633
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Published: Chronicle Books - April 16th, 2013

The Autistic Brain by Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin (Thinking in Pictures), whose life has been an inspiration to millions, warns parents, teachers and therapists of the danger of getting locked into diagnostic labels. Grandin applies her experience and interviews with others on the autistic spectrum to the latest neuroscientific research…and reviews how understanding of autism has developed since 1947, when she was born. An illuminating look at how neuroscience opens a window into the mind. —Kirkus Reviews

What a Plant Knows by Daniel Chamovitz

How does a Venus flytrap know when to snap shut? Can it feel an insect’s tiny, spindly legs? And how do cherry blossoms know when to bloom? Can they remember the weather? Biologist Chamovitz presents an intriguing look at how plants themselves experience the world—from the colors they see to the schedules they keep. A rare inside look at what life is really like for the grass we walk on, the flowers we sniff, and the trees we climb.
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ISBN: 9780374533885
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Published: Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giro - April 30th, 2013

Space Chronicles by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Astrophysicist and frequent Daily Show guest Tyson argues that for America to maintain its status as a global leader and a technological innovator, we must regain our enthusiasm and curiosity about what lies beyond our world. At a time when America’s space program is at a turning point, he illuminates the past, present, and future of space exploration and enthusiastically reminds us why NASA matters now as much as ever.
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ISBN: 9780393343625
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 4th, 2013

Beautiful Whale by Bryant Austin

Carmel photographer and conservationist Bryant Austin spent days at a time submerged, motionless, in the waters of remote spawning grounds, waiting for humpback, sperm, and minke whales to seek him out. The resulting images, from whale’s eyes at 1:1 scale to full-body photo mosaics, capture the grace and intelligence of these magnificent creatures.
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ISBN: 9781419703843
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 2nd, 2013

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