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Updated July 11, 2024
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Of Time and Turtles: Mending the World, Shell by Shattered Shell
Montgomery, Sy
Paper Book
Eve: How the Female Body Drove 200 Million Years of Human Evolution
Cat Bohannon
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION FINALIST * THE REAL ORIGIN OF OUR SPECIES: a myth-busting, eye-opening landmark account of how humans evolved, offering a paradigm shift in our thinking about what the female body is, how it came to be, and how this evolution...
The Light Eaters: How the Unseen World of Plant Intelligence Offers a New Understanding of Life on Earth
Schlanger, Zoe
Paper Book
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "A masterpiece of science writing." -Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass "Mesmerizing, world-expanding, and achingly beautiful." -Ed Yong, author of An Immense World "Rich, vital, and full of surprises. Read it!" -Elizabeth...
A City on Mars: Can We Settle Space, Should We Settle Space, and Have We Really Thought This Through?
Weinersmith, Kelly
Paper Book
* THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * Scientific American's #1 Book for 2023 * A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice * A Times Best Science and Environment Book of 2023 * A Best Book of 2023 * "Exceptional. . . Forceful, engaging...
How Life Works: A User's Guide to the New Biology
Ball, Philip
Paper Book
"Bold and intriguing."--Wall Street Journal * "Penetrating. . . . Provocative and profound."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) * "Offers plenty of food for thought."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)   "Ball's marvelous book is both...
The Comfort of Crows: A Backyard Year
Renkl, Margaret
Paper Book
To Infinity and Beyond: A Journey of Cosmic Discovery
Tyson, Neil deGrasse
Paper Book
This enlightening illustrated narrative by the world's most celebrated astrophysicist explains the universe from the solar system to the farthest reaches of space with authority and humor. No one can make the mysteries of the universe more comprehensible and fun than Neil...
Twelve Trees: The Deep Roots of Our Future
Lewis, Daniel
Paper Book
A compelling global exploration of nature and survival as seen via a dozen species of trees, offering "extensive insight into the ways in which humans and trees are interconnected" (BookPage), revealing the challenges facing our planet and how scientists are working urgently to save our...
Alien Earths: The New Science of Planet Hunting in the Cosmos
Kaltenegger, Lisa
Paper Book
"Lisa's breezy narrative style invites you to experience with her the challenges and joys of being a scientist on the frontier of discovery." --Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist, American Museum of Natural History "Horizon-expanding... [Kaltenegger] has something...
Not the End of the World: How We Can Be the First Generation to Build a Sustainable Planet
Ritchie, Hannah
Paper Book
This "eye-opening and essential" book (Bill Gates) will transform how you see our biggest environmental problems--and explains how we can solve them. It's become common to tell kids that they're going to die from climate change. We are constantly bombarded by doomsday headlines...
Kingdom of Play: What Ball-Bouncing Octopuses, Belly-Flopping Monkeys, and Mud-Sliding Elephants Reveal about Life Itself
Twomey, David P
Paper Book
This "delightful...compelling" (Scientific American) and revelatory look at the science behind why animals play "will fill you with joy and wonder" (Sy Montgomery, author of The Soul of an Octopus). Acclaimed science writer David Toomey takes us on a fast-paced and...
Crossings: How Road Ecology Is Shaping the Future of Our Planet
Goldfarb, Ben
Paper Book
Some 40 million miles of roadways encircle the earth, yet we tend to regard them only as infrastructure for human convenience. While roads are so ubiquitous they're practically invisible to us, wild animals experience them as entirely alien forces of death and disruption. In Crossings,...
Secrets of the Octopus
Montgomery, Sy
Paper Book
Remarkable new discoveries affirm the octopus as one of nature's most intelligent and complex animals. This new book-written by the beloved author of the international bestseller The Soul of an Octopus, along with Warren Carlyle, founder of Octonation, and enhanced with vivid...
Ten Birds That Changed the World
Moss, Stephen
Paper Book
From "a captivating storyteller" (Wall Street Journal), the natural history of humankind told through our long relationship with birds  For the whole of human history, we have lived alongside birds. We have hunted and domesticated them for food;...
Our Moon: How Earth's Celestial Companion Transformed the Planet, Guided Evolution, and Made Us Who We Are
Boyle, Rebecca
Paper Book
NATIONAL BESTSELLER * "A riveting feat of science writing that recasts that most familiar of celestial objects into something eerily extraordinary, pivotal to our history, and awesome in the original sense of the word."--Ed Yong, New York Times bestselling author of An Immense World...
Every Living Thing: The Great and Deadly Race to Know All Life
Roberts, Jason
Paper Book
An epic, extraordinary account of scientific rivalry and obsession in the quest to survey all of life on Earth--a competition "with continued repercussions for Western views of race. [This] vivid double biography is a passionate corrective" (The New York Times Book Review,...
Most Delicious Poison: The Story of Nature's Toxins--From Spices to Vices
Whiteman, Noah
Paper Book
An evolutionary biologist tells the story of nature's toxins and why we are attracted--and addicted--to them, in this "magisterial, fascinating, and gripping tour de force" (Neil Shubin). A deadly secret lurks within our spice racks, medicine cabinets, backyard gardens, and private...
Elemental: How Five Elements Changed Earth's Past and Will Shape Our Future
Porder, Stephen
Paper Book
An ecologist explores how life itself shapes Earth using the elemental constituents we all share It is rare for life to change Earth, yet three organisms have profoundly transformed our planet over the long course of its history. Elemental reveals how microbes, plants,...
We Loved It All: A Memory of Life
Millet, Lydia
Paper Book
Across more than a dozen acclaimed works of fiction, readers have become intimate with Lydia Millet's distinctive voice and sly wit. We Loved It All, her first nonfiction book, combines the precision of fact with the power of narrative to evoke our enmeshment with the more-than-human world....
Alfie and Me: What Owls Know, What Humans Believe
Safina, Carl
Paper Book
When ecologist Carl Safina and his wife, Patricia, took in a near-death baby owl, they expected that, like other wild orphans they'd rescued, she'd be a temporary presence. But Alfie's feathers were not growing correctly, requiring prolonged care. As Alfie grew and gained strength, she became a...
The Underworld: Journeys to the Depths of the Ocean
Casey, Susan
Paper Book
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * From bestselling author Susan Casey, an awe-inspiring portrait of the mysterious world beneath the waves, and the men and women who seek to uncover its secrets "An irresistible mix of splendid scholarship, heart-stopping adventure...
Our Fragile Moment: How Lessons from Earth's Past Can Help Us Survive the Climate Crisis
Mann, Michael E.
Paper Book
In this sweeping work of science and history, the renowned climate scientist and author of The New Climate War shows us the conditions on Earth that allowed humans not only to exist but thrive, and how they are imperiled if we veer off course.   For the...
Amphibious Soul: Finding the Wild in a Tame World
Foster, Craig
Paper Book
"An important book that will transform how we think about being human. ... that will inspire hope."--Jane Goodall How can we reclaim the soul-deepening wildness that grounds us and energizes us when so much of the modern world seems designed to tame us? In this thrilling memoir of a...
Total Garbage: How We Can Fix Our Waste and Heal Our World
Humes, Edward
Paper Book
An investigative narrative that dives into the waste embedded in our daily lives--and shows how individuals and communities are making a real difference for health, prosperity, quality of life and the fight against climate change, by a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist What...
From One Cell: A Journey Into Life's Origins and the Future of Medicine
Stanger, Ben
Paper Book
Each of us began life as a single cell. From this humble origin, we embarked on a risky journey fraught with opportunities for disaster. Yet, amazingly, we reached our destination intact, emerging as dazzlingly complex, exquisitely engineered assemblages of trillions of cells. This metamorphosis...
Birding to Change the World: A Memoir
O'Kane, Trish
Paper Book
In this uplifting memoir, a professor and activist shares what birds can teach us about life, social change, and protecting the environment. Trish O'Kane never expected to be a birder. It was a lone red cardinal and a bumptious cast of house sparrows that changed everything...
Dust: The Modern World in a Trillion Particles
Owens, Jay
Paper Book
Combining history and science, a sweeping look at the smallest substance and the biggest challenges facing people and the planet Four and a half billion years ago, planet Earth was formed from a vast spinning nebula of cosmic dust, the detritus left over from the birth of the sun....
Mischievous Creatures: The Forgotten Sisters Who Transformed Early American Science
McNeur, Catherine
Paper Book
The untold story of two sisters whose discoveries sped the growth of American science in the nineteenth century, combining "meticulous research and sensitive storytelling" (Janice P. Nimura, New York Times-bestselling author of The Doctors Blackwell) ...
The Backyard Bird Chronicles
Tan, Amy
Paper Book
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A gorgeous, witty account of birding, nature, and the beauty around us that hides in plain sight, written and illustrated by the best-selling author of The Joy Luck Club * With a foreword by David Allen Sibley "Unexpected...
Silk: A World History
Prasad, Aarathi
Paper Book
A Next Big Idea Book Club Must-Read for April "Aarathi Prasad's Silk: A World History is a love song to this protean material. . . . Beautiful [and] fascinating." --Wall Street Journal "Aarathi Prasad spins a masterpiece of a story, as luminous, supple, and surprising as the...
Interstellar: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life and Our Future in the Stars
Loeb, Abraham
Paper Book
"The world's leading alien hunter" -- New York Times Magazine From acclaimed Harvard astrophysicist and bestselling author of Extraterrestrial comes a mind-expanding new book explaining why becoming an interstellar species is imperative for humanity's survival and detailing a game plan for...
Einstein in Time and Space: A Life in 99 Particles
Graydon, Samuel
Paper Book
Walter Isaacson's Einstein meets Craig Brown's 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret, in this engaging and innovative biography of the famous physicist told in ninety-nine dazzling vignettes. Most of us would agree that Albert Einstein's name is synonymous with "genius"...
Mountains of Fire: The Menace, Meaning, and Magic of Volcanoes
Oppenheimer, Clive
Paper Book
Meeting with volcanoes around the world, a volcanologist interprets their messages for humankind.   In Mountains of Fire, Clive Oppenheimer invites readers to stand with him in the shadow of an active volcano. Whether he is scaling majestic summits,...
Putting Ourselves Back in the Equation: Why Physicists Are Studying Human Consciousness and AI to Unravel the Mysteries of the Universe
Musser, George
Paper Book
"This is a delightful account of one of the deepest and most fascinating explorations going on today at the frontier of our knowledge." --Carlo Rovelli, bestselling author of The Order of Time and Seven Brief Lessons on Physics "Musser knows that the point of...
The Last Fire Season: A Personal and Pyronatural History
Martin, Manjula
Paper Book
H Is for Hawkmeets Joan Didion in the Pyrocene in this arresting combination of memoir, natural history, and literary inquiry that chronicles one woman's experience of life in Northern California during the worst fire season on record. NATIONAL BESTSELLER. A MOST-ANTICIPATED...
How to Win Friends and Influence Fungi: Collected Quirks of Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math from Nerd Nite
Balakrishnan, Chris
Paper Book
In the vein of acclaimed popular-science bestsellers such as Atlas Obscura, Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry, The Way Things Work, What If?, and Undeniable, the co-founders of the global science organization Nerd Nite bring readers a collection of...
Grace in All Simplicity: Beauty, Truth, and Wonders on the Path to the Higgs Boson and New Laws of Nature
Cahn, Robert N.
Paper Book
An enthralling and accessible account of humanity's quest to make sense of our physical world, told through interwoven tales of inspiration, tragedy, and triumph. How do the remarkable recent discoveries of the Higgs boson, dark matter, and dark energy connect with the equally...
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2023
Zimmer, Carl
Paper Book
Award-winning writer, columnist, and journalists Carl Zimmer selects twenty science and nature essays that represent the best examples of the form published in 2022.  "What's most compelling about a scientific story is the way it challenges us to think about...
Find More Birds: 111 Surprising Ways to Spot Birds Wherever You Are
Wolf, Heather
Paper Book
Seeing more birds than you ever imagined and witnessing exciting avian drama is possible--whether you're on the go or in your own neighborhood, local park, or backyard. As Heather Wolf explains, it all comes down to how you tune in to the show happening around you, the one in which birds--highly...

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