Science

For some, the idea of a world without bees may be appealing, but the reality would be devastating. Sparked by the mysterious death of 30 billion bees in 2007, this book serves as a warning about the potential for a future with no pollinators, and therefore no agriculture. With a history of the honeybee and stories of clever beekeepers, this book is simultaneously sobering and delightful.

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Flannery
Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honey Bee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781596916395
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - August 18th, 2009

Every year, Great White Sharks migrate to a jagged group of rocks of the coast of San Francisco called the Farallone Islands. The islands are largely inhabited by birds and seal, but a small group of intrepid people stay on the habitable island to study the sharks. This is a fascinating look into a little known local phenomenon, as well as an engrossing insight into a mysterious local creature.

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Flannery
The Devil's Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America's Great White Sharks Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780805080117
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Published: Owl Books (NY) - May 30th, 2006

I love James Herriot. As a child, I aspired to be a country vet because of him. This collection recounts his first years as a small town vet, and is full of stories that are by turns heartwarming, sad, and comforting, and reveal the best, deepest nature of our animal friends. His love of life and all creatures is infectious, making this a sweet, funny, and uplifting book.

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Flannery
All Creatures Great and Small Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312965785
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Published: St. Martin's Press - April 15th, 1998

Is there anything that Bill Bryson can't write about? Bryson, who was inspired by his lack of knowledge in science, makes an impressive eattempt at his first publication focused solely on the subject. Everything from biology to astronomy is covered in this book filled with Bryson's usual clever thoughts and entertaining wit.

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Cesar
A Short History of Nearly Everything Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780767908184
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Published: Broadway Books - September 14th, 2004

Lovers of The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos rejoice! Brian Greene has returned. This time we dive deep into the world (or universe if you will) of theoretical physics and cosmology. This book contains the usual perplexing topics that Greene somehow makes accessible and easy to understand. A very intriguing and engaging work.

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Cesar
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393338102
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 11th, 2010

The quest for the world’s biggest wave has taken surfers many places, from the frigid waters of Mavericks to Maui’s gleaming Jaws. But one of the first, and biggest, is the Cortes Bank. This is book is well researched, intriguing, with plenty of history, and lots of disastrous seafaring and surfing tales to keep you entertained. A good gift for surfers, fans of The Wave, or nautical buffs.

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Flannery
Ghost Wave: The Discovery of Cortes Bank and the Biggest Wave on Earth Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780811876285
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Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - October 12th, 2011

While crossing the Pacific, Moore began to notice lots of small scraps of plastic, floating way out between Hawaii and California. This lead to the discovery of one of man’s worst creations: the great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch. This expose of plastic and the story of one man’s quest for conservation is a stirring, passionate plea for the future of our oceans, and indeed, our planet.

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Flannery
Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain's Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781583334249
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Published: Avery - October 27th, 2011

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 - September 27th, 2011

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
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ISBN: 9780756686772
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Published: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) - August 29th, 2011

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 Book Company - October 11th, 2011

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