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The Milky Way: An Autobiography of Our Galaxy by Moiya McTier

Writing from the autobiographical perspective of the galaxy which we inhabit—the Milky Way—Moiya McTier’s playful approach to hard science makes complex ideas easily digestible. Much is explained by our sassy narrator, from the formation of our galaxy and the physics and chemistry within it to the very end of all things. A great read for people curious about science who don’t want to get bogged down by technical jargon.

—ELI

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781538754153
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - August 16th, 2022

Birds and Us: A 12,000-Year History from Cave Art to Conservation by Tim Birkhead

Tim Birkhead’s Birds and Us is an informative and personal journey through our relationship— cultural, scientific, and environmental—with birds. It does what my favorite bird books do: It makes the familiar fantastic. Birkhead’s book takes the reader from the first known written accounts of birds through the Middle Ages and on to the founding of birding and ornithology. He reminds us how relevant a role birds play in our history and our present, and looks at the ongoing threat we pose to birds and our responsibility to save them.

—BROOKS 

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$35.00
ISBN: 9780691239927
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Published: Princeton University Press - August 9th, 2022

The Biggest Ideas in the Universe: Space, Time, and Motion by Sean Carroll

Do you remember the days of high school math and physics, when you were drowning in Byzantine equations that seemed to have no relevance to anything that mattered? The Biggest Ideas shows how those equations can help you better understand mind-bending topics like spacetime, black holes, and event horizons. If you’re interested in knowing how math describes our place in the universe, this book is well worth your time.

—GLENN

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ISBN: 9780593186589
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Published: Dutton - September 20th, 2022

Fen, Bog and Swamp: A Short History of Peatland Destruction and Its Role in the Climate Crisis by Annie Proulx

Pulitzer Prize–winning author Annie Proulx, best known for Brokeback Mountain and The Shipping News, has written an informative book about the history of the destruction of peatland, a wetland ecosystem found in every country in the world that provides one of the most effective means of removing some of the abundant carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. For all the environmentalists and ecologists out there—professional or amateur—Fen, Bog and Swamp is a rallying cry.

—MJ

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ISBN: 9781982173357
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Published: Scribner - September 27th, 2022

No Country for Eight-Spot Butterflies: A Lyric Essay by Julian Aguon

Julian Aguon is a lawyer and activist at the intersection of environmental and Indigenous rights, but more than that, he is a poet, a chronicler of history (particularly of his homeland Guam), and a bearer of hope. In the essays, poems, and speeches collected in this gift-sized package, he does not shy away from the ticking clock of climate catastrophe and disastrous effects of colonial might, but faces them with facts, love, and life. Which is surprisingly refreshing, and ultimately unifying.

—MELINDA

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By Julian Aguon, Arundhati Roy (Introduction by)
$23.00
ISBN: 9781662601637
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Published: Astra House - September 13th, 2022

In Search of Mycotopia: Citizen Science, Fungi Fanatics, and the Untapped Potential of Mushrooms by Doug Bierend

Journalist Doug Bierend takes us on a world tour of fungi people, exploring unique fungi-focused subcultures, groups using mushrooms to transform ecology and medicine, and people in the big business of mushrooms. He invites readers to question our assumptions about social structures, biology, and the process of science. Citizen scientists and leftists looking to nature for more sustainable and less extractive models of living will find lots to ponder in In Search of Mycotopia
—CLARA

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ISBN: 9781645021490
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - November 11th, 2022

A Bigger Picture: My Fight to Bring a New African Voice to the Climate Crisis by Vanessa Nakate

From a cardboard sign and Instagram to international action, Vanessa Nakate’s memoir is accessible and inspiring. One of Africa’s leading climate activists, Nakate simultaneously presents her own story with hard facts and numbers on climate change, calling attention to its outsized effects on the Global South, and offering resource lists and practical ways anyone can take action. With neither her fight nor the emergency anywhere near completion, this an important addition to the library of any aspiring or experienced activist.

—JOCELYN

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ISBN: 9780063269125
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Published: Mariner Books - November 8th, 2022

The Wild Year by Kristyna Baczynski

If you are the type of person who goes on nature hikes only to stop and examine the different types of plants along the way, then this book is for you. The Wild Year melds together plant information, folklore, and foraging into one colorful and beautifully illustrated travel companion. Author Kristyna Baczynski is also a comic book artist and her drawings add a lighthearted and fun element to this guide. A great gift for yourself or the nature lovers in your life.

—KRISTINA

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ISBN: 9780593538364
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Published: TarcherPerigee - October 11th, 2022

There Are Places in the World Where Rules Are Less Important Than Kindness And Other Thoughts on Physics, Philosophy and the World by Carlo Rovelli

Carlo Rovelli’s new essay collection is an absolute balm for the anxiety of recent years. Informative and hopeful, Rovelli takes the reader through history, literature, and science to show both the interconnectedness of these subjects and of us all. He has always had a gift for relating complex topics in simple prose, and he does the same here. This collection was a joy to read and I eagerly await what he publishes next.  —Brooks

We Are the Middle of Forever Indigenous Voices from Turtle Island on the Changing Earth Edited by Dahr Jamail & Stan Rushworth

This collection of interviews with Indigenous leaders, artists, and activists stands out among a wealth of climate change literature for its contributor selection, focus on historical context and current actions, and for the value it places on storytelling. It is immensely readable and grounded in the experiences of each subject, many of whom are local to the area, including editor Stan Rushworth. We have much to learn from the continued resilience of Turtle Island cultures and their relationships with the land—this collection is a worthy start.  —Melinda

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By Dahr Jamail (Editor), Stan Rushworth (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781620976692
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Published: New Press - April 12th, 2022

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