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Shark Drunk by Morten Stroksnes

We all dream big with our friends, of outlandish trips and life-changing goals. But in Shark Drunk Stroksnes and his friend Hugo Aasjord make it happen, setting out to catch a Greenland shark (roughly 26 feet long and weighing about a ton). Balancing the excursion with tales of family and science, etymology and myth, this is a beautiful narrative of our relationships with nature, the world, and ourselves. - Rachel

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ISBN: 9781101972939
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Published: Vintage - June 12th, 2018

The Truth About Animals by Lucy Cooke

You will not want to miss this fun and fascinating romp through natural history with the cheeky, smart, and side-bustingly funny Lucy Cooke, who takes us on a tour de force of animals who have been (hilariously) misunderstood by naturalists. Each chapter is a delight. From the mysterious mating practices of eels (still not fully understood), to the overestimated social structures of beavers (humans and their anthropomorphism!), to the politics of pandas (it’s complicated), Cooke’s The Truth About Animals will make you reconsider the world around you—as well as shed some tears of laughter over her incredible photo captions. Read and enjoy! - Chorel

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The Truth About Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780465094646
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Published: Basic Books - April 17th, 2018

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte

This book instantly took me back to my childhood, full of dinosaur books, toys, clothes, and the mind-blowing idea that these critters had lived where I lived. The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs has all of your favorite dinos, along with a whole lot more. (New species are discovered all the time! Still! Like 50 a year!) Paleontology is evolving and Brusatte helps clarify past assumptions and shines a light on the groundbreaking achievements happening now. An inspiring book for inquisitive minds of all ages. - Rachel

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

BirdNote edited by Ellen Blackstone

High on my list of new releases is BirdNote: Chirps, Quirks, and Stories of 100 Birds from the popular public radio show featuring the Seattle-based program’s best stories about our friends in the avian realm. Author Ellen Blackstone, who is a main force behind the show, offers brief essays on birds’ lives, habits, and songs that are illuminating and fascinating. The charming flock of illustrations are by Rhode Island School of Design’s Emily Poole. The book also features a foreword by John W. Fitzpatrick, director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Bird and nature lovers are sure to enjoy this delightful volume. - Dave I.

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By BirdNote, Ellen Blackstone (Editor), Emily Poole (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781632171696
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Published: Sasquatch Books - March 20th, 2018

The Physics of Everyday Things by James Kakalios

How do wrist fitness monitors keep track of our steps? And how does GPS really work? In his totally readable, super-engaging book, physics professor James Kakalios reveals the mind-bending science behind the seemingly basic things that keep our daily lives running, from our smart phones and digital “clouds” to X ray machines and hybrid vehicles. “You won’t find a better, more enjoyable tour guide to how the laws of physics explain the world all around us.” —Sean Carroll, Caltech physicist

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ISBN: 9780770437756
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Published: Crown - May 15th, 2018

Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer

I urge you to pick up this. I loved learning about microscopic, indestructible water bears, moss diapers, peat bogs, and the grueling fun of being a scientist.  Kimmerer has something that few science writers have: lyrical writing and an infectious curiosity for the world around her. This gem of a book instills a sense of delight and awe and gratitude for living things. - Natalie

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Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780870714993
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Published: Oregon State University Press - March 1st, 2003

What If? by Randall Munroe

This book simply fills me with joy. Turn to any random page and Munroe has taken a completely unlikely scenario and demonstrated just what the scientific consequences and possibilities would be if it were real. With simple illustrations and easy-to-follow explanations, you can expand your scientific knowledge and imagination at the same time. - Jocelyn

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What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544272996
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 2nd, 2014

The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan

In the age of flat-earthers, climate change deniers, and twitter bots, works like this should be required reading for the general population. Told with Sagan’s easily digestible voice and a reverence for science and intellectualism not found in the present, this book is, sadly, more relevant today than it was when it was first published more than twenty years ago. - Aric

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ISBN: 9780345409461
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 25th, 1997

The Inner Life of Animals by Peter Wohlleben

Reading The Inner Life of Animals is like having a cheery fireside chat with a dear friend. One feels immediately welcomed and in cahoots with the author. With light chapters and a conversational tone, it’s the perfect armchair read. Wohlleben (The Hidden Life of Trees) translates scientific studies about animal behavior for the layperson and weaves in stories of his own animals (including goats!) as they steal, count, and parent their way through life. - Melinda

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The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief, and Compassion--Surprising Observations of a Hidden World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781771643016
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Published: Greystone Books - November 7th, 2017

Endurance by Scott Kelly

Switching between his year on the International Space Station and the choices he had to make to get there, Endurance seems like an understatement considering all that Scott Kelly has achieved. It’s more than a book about space or about an astronaut’s experience; it’s about all that comes together to make such things happen. The perfect blend of biography and science, humor and inspirational reading. My copy is full of Post-its marking my favorite bits. - Rachel

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ISBN: 9781524731595
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Published: Knopf - October 17th, 2017

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