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Our Ancient Lakes: A Natural History By Jeffrey McKinnon Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780262047852
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: The MIT Press - October 17th, 2023

Highly readable and entertaining, McKinnon's book is sure to introduce many to an important topic.  Lots of fun!


Review by Zack

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Dumb Luck and the Kindness of Strangers (John Gierach's Fly-fishing Library) By John Gierach Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781501168604
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Simon & Schuster - June 8th, 2021

Can you ever get enough of Gierach? If you said yes, you're wrong.

Here we have another collection of his humorous musings and stories. Not one to shy away from self-deprecation, we get to experience his triumphs and mishaps, the latter of which there are many. I'm sure all of us who fish can attest to that!


Review by Zack

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The Book of Unconformities: Speculations on Lost Time By Hugh Raffles Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781891241734
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Verse Chorus Press - April 18th, 2022

I'm devastated, because I'll never read anything like this book about grief and deep time, with threads of geology, anthroplogy, and literature. Raffles crosses the Earth several times, and writes with encyclopaedic knowledge of this planet and its cultural and scientific mysteries in a way that's unique and full of rigorous awe. It's an uncategorizable masterpiece. But I categorize it under 'geology' because I think it should share a spot on the shelf with Marcia Bjornerud's Timefulness.


Review by Spencer R.

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Need a House? Call Ms. Mouse! By George Mendoza, Doris Susan Smith (Illustrator) Cover Image
By George Mendoza, Doris Susan Smith (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781681377360
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: NYR Children's Collection - June 13th, 2023

Meet the world's hardest working architect, Henriette Mouse, as she designs and builds homes for all of her animal neighbors.

 


Review by Sarah B.

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Tales of the Urban Wild: A Puma's Journey By Tiffany Yap, Meital Smith (Artist) Cover Image
By Tiffany Yap, Meital Smith (Artist)
$21.95
ISBN: 9781634050586
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Reverberations Books - October 24th, 2023

For the hobby naturalists and carnivore fanatics, this book is an observation of not only pumas, but about the importance of biodiversity. Pumas are deeply fascinating and misunderstood creatures, that all of us should understand that carnivores (especially pumas/mountain lions/panthers) are a necessity to our changing environment – they keep things in balance and provide for big and small creatures alike. By the end of the book, the term “everything is connected” becomes apparent. 
 


Review by Javi

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How Far the Light Reaches: A Life in Ten Sea Creatures By Sabrina Imbler Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316540506
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Back Bay Books - January 9th, 2024

Are you scared of what lies below the surface? Don't be! Or do. I don't know your life. But Imbler is able to make the creatures that live there so reachable (you'll learn something!) while not reaching too far to liken them to their own life (you'll feel something) on their mission toward identity, love, beauty, community, survival. We're more alike than we seem. 

This is like the nonfiction equivalent to Our Wives Under the Sea.


Review by Emily

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The Devil's Element: Phosphorus and a World Out of Balance By Dan Egan Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781324002666
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 7th, 2023

Perhaps the greatest environmental catastrophe you've never heard of, Dan Egan details our tumultuous relationship with phosphorus over the years.

From its discovery through human waste in labs, to its destruction of our waterways during the 50's and 60's due to our need to be sudsy clean, up to our current crisis with agriculture's obsession with it.

The Devil's Element is concise, easily readable, and compelling. A lovely delight!


Review by Zack

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The Body: A Guide for Occupants By Bill Bryson Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780804172721
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Published: Anchor - January 26th, 2021

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 feats our bodies are capable of, and perhaps even more amazed by how much we still don’t understand about the vessels we occupy.

 


Review by Jade

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The Rise and Reign of the Mammals: A New History, from the Shadow of the Dinosaurs to Us By Steve Brusatte Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780062951557
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Mariner Books - June 6th, 2023

Like many 90’s kids, I was obsessed with dinosaurs. I loved The Land Before Time and took pride in my many accumulated dino-facts. While my passion for prehistoric animals is mostly a thing of the past, I was drawn to this book after reading and enjoying the author’s previous work, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs. I learned so much from this book and kept pestering my boyfriend with mammal facts (did you know bats are the only flying mammals, ever??!!). Brusatte’s writing is intelligent and unpretentious and imbues a freshness into a field that often comes across as stuffy and archaic. I think it's fair to compare this The Dawn of Everything but instead of focusing only on humans, it’s about all of Mammal-kind. 

 


Review by Jade

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Thin Skin: Essays By Jenn Shapland Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593317457
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Published: Pantheon - August 15th, 2023

Looking to have your mind shaken and soothed simultaneously by sheer beauty and complexity and care for every word and sentence? Look no further! Shapland seamlessly explores poisonous toxins, toxic white womanhood, the safety of solitude, motherhood, queerness, capitalism, and her own family's medical misgivings. It's a treatise on being human and being realistically cynical in a world filled with poison, and yet she isn't afraid to point out that there's a beauty within it all despite the sheer shit of things. 


Review by Sofia

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