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The Smithsonian History of Space Exploration by Roger D. Launius

“A generously illustrated, wonderfully detailed survey of space exploration by a Smithsonian curator who was also a chief historian of NASA for more than two decades. On every page, stunning photographs provide a visual history of the incredible people and mechanics behind each groundbreaking advance, setting this volume apart from others. Readers of all ages will discover something new every time they revisit these pages.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

The Smithsonian History of Space Exploration: From the Ancient World to the Extraterrestrial Future Cover Image
ISBN: 9781588346377
Availability: Backordered
Published: Smithsonian Books - October 23rd, 2018

Path of the Puma by Jim Williams

Williams has been a wildlife biologist in Montana for the past 25 years, so one expects a wealth of information on the elusive mountain lions he tracks and studies. What comes as a welcome surprise in this gorgeous, photo-laden book, however, is the personality-rich narrative and the breadth of experience. As one of the only large predators whose population is actually growing, these great cats have much to teach us—both how they live and how we can live with them. Williams is a delightful teacher. - Melinda

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Path of the Puma: The Remarkable Resilience of the Mountain Lion Cover Image
By Jim Williams, Joe Glickman (With), Douglas Chadwick (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781938340727
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Published: Patagonia - October 9th, 2018

The Tangled Tree by David Quammen

David Quammen takes on the unraveling and explanation of discoveries in molecular biology, reminding us of what we thought we knew about evolution and the folks who continue to push the boundaries. He’s one of my favorite science communicators, due to his ability to convey complexities to the general public, and in this book, tackles the concept of infective hereditary (getting genes from viral infections rather than direct ancestors). None of that is in my preferred wheelhouse of flora and fauna, but there is a conversational narrative here that made the information easier to take in and process. - Rachel

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The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476776620
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 14th, 2018

The Devil's Teeth by Susan Casey

Almost everyone has seen Jaws or has some other preconceived notion about Great White sharks. However, it is only recently that scientists have even begun to understand what makes these fish tick. Casey’s immersive account of living on the Farallon Islands and participating in the shark research there is thrilling and horrifying; a truly fascinating read. - Jade

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The Devil's Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America's Great White Sharks Cover Image
ISBN: 9780805080117
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - May 30th, 2006

The Rise and Fall of Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte

Any book about dinosaurs immediately goes into my to be read pile. I pleased to find that this narrative was incredibly humorous, light, and anecdotal. You’ll learn interesting facts about dinosaurs in addition to getting a glimpse into life as a paleontologist. If you’re looking for a non-fic read that’s informative but also has a friendly narrative give this one a shot. - Rechelle

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ISBN: 9780062490421
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Published: William Morrow - April 24th, 2018

Around the World in 80 Trees by Jonathan Drori

Do yourself a favor and open up this book. Even if you're not a plant/natural history nerd like me, I assure you this book will bring you so much joy. A glorious exploration of the world through its most culturally, economically, and spiritually significant trees, featuring fabulous illustrations and fascinating mini-bios for each tree. - Natalie

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By Jonathan Drori, Lucille Clerc (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781786271617
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Published: Laurence King Publishing - May 29th, 2018

American Eclipse by David Baron

Following three astronomers across the Great Plains to the point of totality of the 1878 total solar eclipse, each one has their distinct reasons for converging on such a historic event that held great promise for the maturing field of astronomy to test some of its big ideas. But all their reasons are fascinating, engaging, and peculiar. A must for anyone interested by historical astronomy. - Ian

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American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631494550
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Published: Liveright - June 12th, 2018

The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson

Nine years ago, the British Museum of Natural History was robbed of almost 300 birds from its collection. Two years later, Kirk Johnson heard about it while fly-fishing in New Mexico, and decided to look into it, leading him down a rabbit hole of people’s dark obsession with nature. The Feather Thief falls in the very center of my “Books that make my heart sing” Venn diagram. There are microhistories about feathers and fly-tying, bits of Internet drama and true crime, and exotic wildlife and the search to right wrongs. One of my favorite books this year. - Rachel

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The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101981610
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Published: Viking - April 24th, 2018

Tesla by Richard Munson

Once just an obscure scientist mostly forgotten after his death, the inventor Nikola Tesla has reemerged and his legacy has captured the imagination of those who see the magic in scientific discovery. Munson’s intensively researched biography of the legendary inventor shows us the man behind the myth—an eccentric genius who required 9 napkins at every meal, spoke 8 languages, and devised world-changing devices in his head on his regular strolls through Central Park. - Aric

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ISBN: 9780393635447
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 22nd, 2018

Chasing New Horizons by Alan Stern

In July 2015, the New Horizons probe reached Pluto after a 10-year voyage and sent back the first clear pictures of our solar system’s outermost neighbor. This is the inside story of how that journey happened, written by the scientists involved. You don’t need to be an astronomer to enjoy this book; it is easy to read and understand and provides fantastic insight into what it actually took to get this unlikely space mission off the ground. - Stuart

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ISBN: 9781250098962
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Published: Picador - May 1st, 2018


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