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Science & Nature Recommendations from our 2020 Winter Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2020 Winter Newsletter.

The Forests of California & The California Field Atlas: Deluxe Edition by Obi Kaufmann

Rejoice, fans of Obi Kaufmann! We are getting two new publications from this talented naturalist: a deluxe edition of The California Field Atlas (larger hardcover format) and a new book focusing specifically on the powerful forests of California. With Kaufmann’s signature watercolor illustrations, The Forests of California explores the massive biodiversity found in the hundreds of tree species in our magnificent state. It is a gorgeous must-have for the nature lover in your life. — MJ

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ISBN: 9781597144797
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Published: Heyday Books - September 8th, 2020

Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald

Helen Macdonald, author of H Is for Hawk, delivers a profoundly moving collection of nature essays that weaves unexpected and exciting connections between the natural world and our own. This is nature writing at its finest—steeped in enticing details, openly personal and emotional, unafraid to explore tough themes. Macdonald herself perfectly describes the collection as a Cabinet of Curiosities, and I look forward to going back through each drawer. Vesper Flights is a book to be savored. — Tori

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ISBN: 9780802128812
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Published: Grove Press - August 25th, 2020

x + y: A Mathematician’s Manifesto for Rethinking Gender by Eugenia Cheng

If, like me, memories of math tests make you want to cry, know that this book will interest even the most math-adverse, humanities- oriented of brains. Cheng uses principles from her studies of high-level theoretical math to imagine a new, ungendered world, based on character rather than on arbitrary feminine or masculine traits. A must-read for STEM majors and feminists looking for perspectives outside of the humanities. — Celeste

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ISBN: 9781541646506
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Published: Basic Books - August 25th, 2020

Tales from the Ant World by Edward O. Wilson

If you have a relationship with ants (be it positive or war-based), you should read this new book by noted biologist and naturalist Edward O. Wilson. It is an accessible exploration of the world of these six-legged powerhouses. At worst, you’ll have a lot of cool facts to impress your friends with. Or you just might come out with a newfound appreciation of the wonderful world of Formicidae! — MJ

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ISBN: 9781631495564
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Published: Liveright - August 25th, 2020

World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

I do not know if I learned more about Nezhukumatathil or the intriguing plants and animals she so delightfully connects to her own life (the corpse flower! the axolotl!) but I am delighted to not care either way. Already renowned as a gifted Filipina-Indian poet, her ability to detail, celebrate, and use the natural world to bring nuance to social issues and the personal puts this lovely illustrated book in that beautiful blend of science, memoir, and truth—for me, that’s nature writing at its best. — Melinda

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ISBN: 9781571313652
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 8th, 2020

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants, Special Edition by Robin Wall Kimmerer

You probably don’t need me to tell you how good Braiding Sweetgrass is. It is a weaving of science, spirituality, and indigenous wisdom, and a lesson in botany that every human needs to read. This new classic is now available in a special edition with a stunning linen hardcover, five illustrations, a bookmark ribbon, and a new introduction by the author. A great gift for anyone who loved Braiding Sweetgrass and wants a special copy to read again and again. — MJ

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ISBN: 9781571311771
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Published: Milkweed Editions - October 13th, 2020

Black Hole Survival Guide by Janna Levin

Planning to visit a black hole? This is your indispensable travel guide. Astrophysicist Janna Levin floats with you at the event horizon, explaining your options before you take the plunge. This is a well-written, accessible exploration of the current science of black holes. It will stretch your mind. Here’s a bit of her practical advice: Aim for a bigger black hole if you want to survive a fall into it long enough to reflect on your experience as it’s happening! — Trey

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ISBN: 9780525658221
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Published: Knopf - November 10th, 2020

All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis Edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson & Katharine K. Wilkinson

Mixing poetry, art, science, and opinion from women across all ages, races, and classes, All We Can Save looks at climate change from a feminist perspective, where the idea of problem and solution is rooted in the idea of no hierarchy and that we are all “inextricably linked” (Jo Harjo).  Whether it is poet Ellen Bass, author Alice Walker, or Indigenous activist Xiye Bastida reaching across the page, this collection emphasizes that we need not choose science over art , or new ideas versus old, or even hope over despair—it is in the unity of all ideas that solution and transformation can be found. For all who are struggling with current times, this is your read. — S.M.C.

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ISBN: 9780593237069
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Published: One World - September 22nd, 2020

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