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Europe: A Natural History by Tim Flannery

Scholarly, hilarious, and sometimes absurd, this interdisciplinary book is fascinating. I learned that Europe had been an archipelago, and that the apex predator of one island was a giant carnivorous hedgehog. And that such a thing as the giant winged and likely dinosaur-eating Transylvanian pterosaur Hatzegopteryx existed, described elsewhere as a “giraffe-sized, quadrupedal Panzer-stork.” No kidding, look it up. Sometimes it’s the ancient fauna that amaze; other times it’s the protopaleontologists that defy belief. This natural history is about as dry as albondigas soup.

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ISBN: 9780802148704
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Published: Grove Press - March 17th, 2020

Salmon: A Fish, the Earth, and the History of Their Common Fate by Mark Kurlansky

Kurlansky has long been praised for his all-encompassing microhistories of singular items with bestselling books like Salt and Cod but he has outdone himself here with this gorgeous, full-color, heavily-photographed gift book, Salmon: A Fish, the Earth, and the History of Their Common Fate from Patagonia. As always, his writing is thoughtful, personable, and knowledgeable. Kurlansky explores the history of this remarkable fish and our relationship with it across centuries and around the world, as well as the environmental issues that challenge it, presenting an engaging must-read that inextricably ties the survival of salmon to that of our planet. An astonishing call-to-arms.

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ISBN: 9781938340864
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Published: Patagonia - March 3rd, 2020

The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson

Bryson brings his signature wit and charm to his latest book: a look at the human body. Comprehensive yet very accessible, The Body is a truly fascinating read. I was blown away by the many incredible things our bodies are capable of, and perhaps even more amazed by how much we still don’t understand about the vessels we occupy. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780385539302
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Published: Doubleday - October 15th, 2019

When the Earth Had Two Moons by Erik Asphaug

When the Earth Had Two Moons is a rollercoaster ride through our solar system. It takes the reader from planetary creations and collisions to the origin of our own moon. Asphaug revels in the romance of the universe. I found myself basking in a luxurious bath of cosmic language while developing an understanding of our universe that had, until I read this, evaded me. - Tori

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ISBN: 9780062657923
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Published: Custom House - October 29th, 2019

Our Dogs, Ourselves by Alexandra Horowitz

Dogs permeate every aspect of our lives, whether in the form of our own perfect companion or the neighbor’s pup who won’t stop barking. (We all know ours would never do such a thing!) Horowitz looks at the relationship between humans and dogs, from the language we use about canines to the ways we have them in our lives, their living conditions, breeding, and the act of keeping them at all. It’s a raw, honest look at what we’ve done to dogs since the beginning of their domestication and will give any dog owner, caretaker, or pet parent much to consider. - Rachel

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ISBN: 9781501175008
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Published: Scribner - September 3rd, 2019

Close to Birds by Roine Magnusson

Though less known in the United States, Magnusson has contributed to National Geographic and is an award-winning photographer in Sweden. In his latest book, he uses his prodigious skills (and a huge amount of patience) to capture absolutely stunning images of birds both rare and common. The photos are so perfectly crisp, so intimate, that you get a sense of each bird’s personality and mood. With over 200 terrific images and thoughtful commentary from naturalists Mats and Asa Ottosson, this is the perfect gift for the bird lover in your life. - RIco

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ISBN: 9781611807103
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Published: Roost Books - October 22nd, 2019

Surfacing by Kathleen Jamie

In her elegant collection of essays, acclaimed Scottish poet Kathleen Jamie considers how time and place shift within a rapidly changing world, unearthing the past and untethering the present, whether while on an archeological dig in Arctic Alaska, in the Highlands, or stopped along a country road. A combination of longer think pieces and shorter meditations, with lyrical simplicity as its through line, Surfacing is itself a welcome practice in timelessness. - Melinda

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Published: Penguin Books - September 24th, 2019

The Day It Finally Happens by Mike Pearl

Of all the doomsday books I’ve read recently, this one is my favorite and Mike Pearl is my new favorite doom interpreter. Taking somewhat ridiculous concepts and humanizing them, he approaches those examples with the frank realism of the millennial generation: We’ve gotten through worse before and we’re still breathing. Ranging from Jurassic Park–type scenarios and gun bans to alien contact and a lifeless ocean, he conveys our options in intelligent, easy-to-understand science writing. - Rachel

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ISBN: 9781501194139
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Published: Scribner - September 17th, 2019

The Photo Ark: Vanishing by Joel Sartore

While the other Photo Ark collections line my bookshelves like fine art, Vanishing is like a tattoo: painful in its permanence. Sartore focuses on the species most at risk, and the raw intimacy his photos are known for increases with each passing page. Peppered throughout this keepsake coffee table book are testimonials, ways to help save even the smallest snail. I can’t help but wonder how drastically the numbers of species will have changed from the review copy I saw to the finished book on the shelf. - Rachel

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ISBN: 9781426220593
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Published: National Geographic - September 10th, 2019

The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson

Wow, I enjoyed the poop out of this book! The Ghost Map is FUN, informative and not for the faint of stomach. An examination of Cholora's horrific decent on London in the mid-1800s reveals fascinating patterns not only in the disease but also in human society, infrastructure, bacteria, the city itself, and, yes, poop (or night soil, excrement, nuisance... this book is a 19th century thesaurus for human waste). - Tori

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ISBN: 9781594482694
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 2nd, 2007

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