“From the perspective of a vast, seemingly indifferent cosmos,” do our lives really matter? In The Big Picture, physicist Sean Caroll, author of The Particle at the End of the Universe, gives a sweeping new perspective on how human purpose and meaning naturally fit into a scientific worldview. “A brilliantly lucid exposition of profound philosophical and scientific issues in a language accessible to lay readers.” —Kirkus, starred review

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ISBN: 9780525954828
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Published: Dutton Books - May 10th, 2016

Well known for predicting sports games and tasting yummy, octopuses (never octopi!) have firmly situated themselves in our culture. Sy Montgomery’s book explores another side of these remarkable creatures—their consciousness, memory, and emotions. While scientists have already begun establishing the intelligence of octopuses, the author pushes further, developing friendships with these creatures. Wonderful for any animal lover, it confirms what many of us already know, that all animals—including octopuses—express and feel love.  — Rachel

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ISBN: 9781451697728
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Published: Atria Books - April 5th, 2016

Not gonna’ lie, some of the math in this book was a little over my head and at times it felt like I was reading an assignment for school, but this book is a lot of fun if you’re into this sort of thing (which, evidently, I am). What I’m trying to say is you don’t need to be a math whiz to enjoy this book, so don’t let that discourage you.  —Andrés

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ISBN: 9780465060955
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Published: Basic Books - March 29th, 2016

Eruption chronicles the 1980 explosion of Mt. St. Helens and documents the days, months, and even centuries leading up to it. It is an engaging read about not just volcanoes, but also the American logging industry, environmentalism, and people’s staggering ability to ignore what’s right in front of them. Olson offers up the deeply personal experiences of the people near the volcano when it burst, those who survived, and those who didn’t.  —Jade

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ISBN: 9780393242799
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 7th, 2016

Fracking, extinctions, pollution, we've put our world through hell, and it's not an understatement to say that it’s in trouble. While efforts are being made to make amends, Wilson proposes an inspiring (and daunting) solution: put aside half the Earth to biosphere conservation.  —Rachel

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ISBN: 9781631490828
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - March 7th, 2016

This latest work from one of the world’s leading astrophysicists explores the decades-long search for gravitational waves. The interactions of these waves create an eerie symphony among the spheres, and these songs have allowed scientists like Levin to better understand the dynamics of the universe. Levin recounts the fifty-year struggle to detect gravitational waves with a humanness and humor that makes Black Holes and other Love Songs from Outer Space a pleasant read.  —Aric

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ISBN: 9780307958198
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 29th, 2016

This lovely little book takes excerpts of John Muir’s writing on animals and presents them with absolutely beautiful illustrations. Muir’s writing is some of the best nature writing ever, and the watercolor paintings are a lovely homage. This is the perfect book for anyone who loves animals, the wild, or John Muir. –Flan

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By John Muir, Lisel Ashlock (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781597143189
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Published: Heyday Books - October 1st, 2015

This is such a charming little book! It’s perfect for lovers of tidepool or really anyone who is fond of lovely illustrations paired with science. I love the local aspect, and that all of the creatures described herein can be found as close as Natural Bridges. Take a peek, who knows what you might find! –Jax

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ISBN: 9781597143028
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Published: Heyday Books - June 12th, 2015

DK Publishing has done it again, pairing up with the Smithsonian and cramming all the awesome nature into one massive book. As a child I would’ve sold my Barbie dream house for a book like this. Perfect for dreamers and seekers and the aimlessly curious. –Rachel

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ISBN: 9780756667528
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Published: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) - October 4th, 2010

This history of oral contraception is carried along by its engaging cast of characters. The Birth of the Pill is timely, important, and sure to spark conversation.—Rachel

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ISBN: 9780393351897
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 19th, 2015



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