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Grunt by Mary Roach

Rather than focusing on big guns and bravado, Roach sheds light on the less discussed aspects of the military. What makes the gadgets work and how are they tested? What do fashion designers look for when creating a military uniform? What advances have we made in genital reconstructive surgery? Her signature wit had me fascinated by topics I would never have otherwise explored. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780393354379
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 6th, 2017

The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling by John Muir Laws

Laws is known for his beautiful bird guides, but he's also a top notch instructor with a boundless enthusiasm for sharing his love of art and nature with others. This book is a comprehensive course in nature journaling that’s comprehensive in its scope without being overwhelming. If you've been meaning to try nature journaling, this is your excuse to dive in. - Katherine

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ISBN: 9781597143158
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Published: Heyday Books - March 2016

Emperors of the Deep by William McKeevor

Sharks are one of the world’s oldest living species, but climate change threatens their continued existence. Misrepresented and misunderstood, sharks play pivotal roles in our ocean ecosystems. McKeevor travels the world talking to experts to learn what our oceans would be like without sharks, and why that would be a very dire outcome indeed. - Jade

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Published: HarperOne - June 25th, 2019

The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells

A comprehensive and profound treatise on climate. Though much of the information paints a bleak future, I felt inspired to action upon reading. If it’s too much for you, buy it for the person in your life who can handle the darkest truths. This book feels important.  It is my early pick to win a 2019 Pulitzer. I am recommending it to anyone who will listen. - Jason

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ISBN: 9780525576709
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Published: Tim Duggan Books - February 19th, 2019

The Moon by Oliver Morton

“Our Moon, a spherical bit of unchanging inanimate rock, nonetheless captivates us with its romance and its beauty. Its tantalizing almost deceptive proximity makes it also a destination, both a past one and a promising one for the future. In this poetically written and informative book, Oliver Morton takes us through all aspects of this very familiar but very foreign territory, which has inspired stories and study for decades. What a remarkable achievement.”  —Lisa Randall

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ISBN: 9781541774322
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Published: The Economist - June 4th, 2019

A Californian's Guide to the Mammals Among Us by Charles Hood

My husband is a ranger, so when I say this gets our stamp of approval for wildlife guides, it shows it has earned the accolades. Accessible to both the novice and the experienced wildlife observer, A Californian’s Guide takes you through the do’s and don’ts and introduces the many species of mammals you’ll find throughout California. I especially appreciated that a lot of the photos in the book and the parks Hood describes are from the Central Coast, which is sure to delight locals. - Jax

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ISBN: 9781597144438
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Published: Heyday Books - April 2nd, 2019

The State of Water by Obi Kaufmann

In my list of “science-y topics I love,” water is not near the top. The State of Water, however, makes me crush hard on it in all of its beautiful, meandering ways. There’s an anatomical look to the art, which shouldn’t be surprising seeing as how dependent we are on water’s ability to travel throughout the state. A gorgeous companion to The California Field Atlas, it covers water’s presence in California, our history, and the future. - Rachel

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ISBN: 9781597144698
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Published: Heyday Books - June 2019

The Human Swarm by Mark W. Moffett

Called a “daring eco-adventurer” by Margaret Atwood, biologist Mark W. Moffett draws on a range of disciplines, from sociology to anthropology, to analyze the way humans organize and look at what causes societies to rise, conquer, and ultimately fall. Comparing humans to their closest relatives in the animal kingdom such as bonobos and chimps as well as distant cousins like insects, gives The Human Swarm an intriguing take on history akin to titles like Sapiens and Guns, Germs, and Steel. - Aric

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Published: Basic Books - April 16th, 2019

The Rise and Fall of Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte

Like any scientific discipline, paleontology is continually evolving: Breakthroughs are being made and new fossils are being uncovered. Brusatte does an excellent job of packaging the latest knowledge of the field in engaging and accessible prose. Written less like a textbook and more like a narrative, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs starts at the beginning of the time of dinosaurs and works forward in chronological order, travelling the globe as it does so. From the tiniest microraptor to the mighty titanosaurs, this book offers plenty of fodder for all the dinosaur enthusiasts out there. - Jade

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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 30th, 2019

Down from the Mountain by Bryce Andrews

In Down from the Mountain, Bryce Andrews takes us on an emotional rollercoaster ride through his first-hand account of his time bear country. We learn about Millie, a grizzly mother of two who is effectively forced out of her natural habitat in the mountains by wide-scale global change caused by humans. This tragic personal account of humanity’s impact on the creatures we share a world with is a must-read for conservationists. - R.H.

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ISBN: 9781328972453
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - April 16th, 2019

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