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The Backyard Bird Chronicles by Amy Tan

Some books are meant to be read more than once, and I know I’ll return to The Backyard Bird Chronicles many times. This gem is a chronicle of Amy Tan’s ever-deepening relationship with birds, in daily observations, brilliant sketches, questions and answers, and moments of genuine, powerful connection. Whether you already love birds or you’re looking for a way to slow down and appreciate the world around you, I can’t recommend this book enough.  —Kat

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By Amy Tan, David Allen Sibley (Foreword by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780593536131
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Published: Knopf - April 23rd, 2024

We Are Electric: Inside the 200-Year Hunt for Our Body’s Bioelectric Code, and What the Future Holds by Sally Adee

In We Are Electric, Sally Adee thoroughly explores the history of bioelectricity in an easy-to-comprehend style. She identifies groundbreaking research revealing the power of electricity to revolutionize healthcare and shows its astonishing possibilities and potential—from treating arthritis to enhancing mental clarity. Adee does not shy away from critical errors and the skepticism this area of study has faced over time, but she does spark crucial conversations about the future of medicine. A truly interesting read and one that gives you hope for our future.  —Kristina

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$19.99
ISBN: 9780306826634
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Published: Hachette Books - June 11th, 2024

Dogland: Passion, Glory, and Lots of Slobber at the Westminster Dog Show by Tommy Tomlinson

Who knew the movie Best in Show was on to something all those years ago? Enter Dogland, which takes the reader behind the scenes of the eccentric world of dog shows. The pages are filled with humor, history, and thought-provoking questions like, Are show dogs happy? Tommy Tomlinson’s writing drew me in straightaway and Dogland was hard to put down. You do not need to own a dog to enjoy this book, although by the end of it you may be heading to your local animal shelter.  —Kristina

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$28.99
ISBN: 9781982149321
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - April 23rd, 2024

Quantum Supremacy: How the Quantum Computer Revolution Will Change Everything by Michio Kaku

Yes, the news is all AI. But Michio Kaku is here for the real revolution to keep our eyes on: quantum computing. With his signature expertise, enthusiasm, and accessible writing style, Kaku takes us on a tour of classical and quantum physics; technology past, present, and future; and the people involved in quantum physics and the questions and challenges that together they will tackle. Informative and entertaining, Quantum Supremacy will stretch your imagination and understanding while preparing you for what is to come.  —Jocelyn

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$18.00
ISBN: 9780593467008
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Published: Vintage - May 21st, 2024

Going to See: 30 Writers on Nature, Inspiration, and the World of Barry Lopez Edited by Kurt Caswell & James Perrin Warren

When Barry Lopez died in 2020, we lost a monumental voice in environmental literature, one that has inspired many to go out and see the world, to be in it, of it, and to return with greater understanding. This collection reflects his impact, with pieces from friends and some who only know his words, from Rick Bass and Terry Tempest Williams to J. Drew Lanham and Stephen Graham Jones, each celebrates his work and continues his curiosity through connection. A lovely tribute, primer, and companion as you (re)read his canon.  —Melinda

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By Kurt Caswell (Editor), James Perrin Warren (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781680516616
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Published: Mountaineers Books - May 1st, 2024

The Light Eaters: How the Unseen World of Plant Intelligence Offers a New Understanding of Life on Earth by Zoë Schlanger

Zoë Schlanger’s The Light Eaters is written so beautifully that it captures your attention from the very beginning. Her excitement and enthusiasm about investigating a new area of study is alive on every page. The presentation of information is easy to understand, making it accessible to all who are interested in plant life and intelligence. If you enjoyed reading What a Plant Knows, The Hidden Lives of Trees, or Entangled Life, do not pass this one up. —Kristina

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$29.99
ISBN: 9780063073852
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Published: Harper - May 7th, 2024

What an Owl Knows: The New Science of the World’s Most Enigmatic Birds by Jennifer Ackerman

There’s nothing quite like spotting an owl in the wild or listening to owl duets ring through a dark forest. As someone who spends perhaps too much time looking for owls, I thought I knew a lot about their incredible skills at camouflage, hunting, and navigating the night. But Jennifer Ackerman’s What an Owl Knows blew the world of owls wide open for me, with moments of revelation and wonder on every page.  —Kat

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ISBN: 9780593298909
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Published: Penguin Books - June 4th, 2024

Little Seed by Wei Tchou

Finding literary gems from small presses like this quasi-nature-writing-memoir is one of the best parts of bookselling, sharing them is even better. Little Seed begins with Wei Tchou’s concern for her ailing house fern as her brother falls into crisis. What follows is a deep dive into fern knowledge, interspersed with an intimate exploration of race, identity, and her immigrant family, all of which culminates in a Oaxacan cloud forest, as she searches for giant “helechos” and herself. This is brave new literature, unfurling.  —Melinda

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ISBN: 9781646053360
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Published: Strange Object - May 14th, 2024

Conversations with Birds by Priyanka Kumar

Come for the lush, thoughtful essays about the joys of birding; stay for the glimpses of our own hometown. Priyanka Kumar writes beautifully about her first encounter with a long-billed curlew at Elkhorn Slough, and how falling in love with birds made her feel at home on the trails of Nisene Marks and Wilder Ranch. As someone who also fell in love with birdlife in Santa Cruz, I couldn’t get enough of Conversations with Birds.  

—Kat

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781571313997
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Published: Milkweed Editions - November 8th, 2022

Is Math Real? by Eugenia Cheng

This book both celebrates asking questions (even if they may seem silly) and serves as a great introduction to abstract math concepts. There were many points where I felt like I finally understood something that had never made sense to me in math class, and I came away from the book with more of an appreciation for math. It also answered questions I never thought to ask!  

—Sofia

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$30.00
ISBN: 9781541601826
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Published: Basic Books - August 15th, 2023

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