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Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are by Frans de Waal

For far too long, scientists argued against giving animals human characteristics, believing that pet owners were reading too far into their pets’ ability to say goodbye or act ashamed. This book confirms what we knew to be true all along: animals’ intelligence ranges far. A wonderful look at the abilities and behaviors of critters, from octopuses and parrots to dogs and all kinds of primates.  —Rachel 

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ISBN: 9780393246186
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 25th, 2016

Lanterne Rouge by Max Leonard

A conversational microhistory of last-place cyclists, this treatise on the Tour de France worked for me even with my rusty-spoked lack of knowledge about the race. Charting the Tour from its 1903 inception (when it was launched to save a dying newspaper), through the world wars, and all the way on to its recent doping scandals, Leonard ultimately focuses on human determination. He explores each race compellingly by focusing on its “loser,” and generously shares his own relationship to cycling so that we feel the grace it offers.  —a.c.

 

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$29.94
ISBN: 9781681771366
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Published: Pegasus Books - June 14th, 2016

Night at the Fiestas: Stories by Kirstin Valdez Quade

One of the most highly praised and anticipated story collections of recent memory, Night at the Fiestas is set in northern New Mexico and follows hardscrabble lives haunted by loss and enlivened by dreams of a better future. Quade’s writing is lushly detailed, her characters lovingly drawn, and her stories achieve astonishing emotional power. By turns tragic and very funny, this is a terrific debut.  —Rico

 

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ISBN: 9780393352214
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 7th, 2016

Eruption by Steve Olson

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

Half-Earth by Edward O. Wilson

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 - March 7th, 2016

Eternity Street by John Mack Faragher

An engrossing read about the origins and persistence of vigilantism from the Spanish settlement to post-Civil War United States. With lively portraits of innocents, villains, and vigilantes, as well gun battles and trackers, it's also a capsule history of California. It gets my vote for the next Pulitzer Prize for History! –Dave

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ISBN: 9780393051360
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 11th, 2016

The Birth of the Pill by Jonathan Eig

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

Knitting Pearls by Ann Hood

When I’m not knitting, chances are I’m thinking, talking, or reading about knitting. In between reading the stories in Knitting Pearls, you could be knitting one of the many patterns that are part of the book. And as much as I think everyone in the world should learn to knit, these stories aren’t just for the knit-obsessed. These essays by some of my favorite creative people are about love, heartbreak, family, personal identity, and making sense of it all. —Megan

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ISBN: 9780393246087
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 9th, 2015

Alone on the Wall by Alex Honnold

Most famous for his long free solos (climbing with nothing more than shoes and chalk), Alex Honnold takes us on his adventures around the world in his memoir Alone on the Wall. Giving us an inside look at a person operating in such a different plane, on a level of adrenaline that would give most of us a heart attack, Honnold leaves the reader gripping the pages of the book as he describes being alone 2,000 feet off the ground—and off course. His excitement and passion for climbing and exploring will leave you itching to get outside after reading this book.  —Centa

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ISBN: 9780393247626
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 9th, 2015

Home Game by Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis, famed sports and business author (The Blind Side, Liars Poker, The Big Short), tackles his toughest subject yet: Fatherhood. Chronicling the first few months after the birth of each of his three children, Lewis’ infectious wit and candidness provide one of the most accurate (and funny) portrayals of fatherhood I’ve ever read. Favorite moment: Lewis recalling his exhausting and excruciating father-daughter camp-out at Berkeley’s Fairy Land only to later decide that it was one of the best nights of his life.  -Casey

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ISBN: 9780393338096
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 7th, 2010

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