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Written by HOPE JAHREN

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/28/2017

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-87372-4

National Bestseller

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography

New York Times Notable Book
 
Winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Science Books & Film Prize for Excellence in Science Books 

One of the Best Books of the Year: The Washington Post, TIME.com, NPR, Slate,Entertainment WeeklyNewsdayMinneapolis Star Tribune, Kirkus Reviews

Geobiologist Hope Jahren has spent her life studying trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Lab Girl is her...

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Written by GARY TAUBES

Format: Hardcover, 384 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 12/27/2016

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-70164-0

From the best-selling author of Why We Get Fat, a groundbreaking, eye-opening exposé that makes the convincing case that sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium: backed by powerful lobbies, entrenched in our lives, and making us very sick. 

Among Americans, diabetes is more prevalent today than ever; obesity is at epidemic proportions; nearly 10% of children are thought to have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. And sugar is at the root of these, and other, critical society-wide,...

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THE BRAIN'S HIDDEN RATIONALE BEHIND OUR IRRATIONAL BEHAVIOR
Written by ELIEZER STERNBERG

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 12/13/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-80725-0

A groundbreaking investigation of the brain’s hidden logic behind our strangest behaviors, and of how conscious and unconscious systems interact in order to create our experience and preserve our sense of self.
 
From bizarre dreams and hallucinations to schizophrenia and multiple personalities, the human brain is responsible for a diverse spectrum of strange thoughts and behaviors. When observed from the outside, these phenomena are often written off as being just “crazy,” but what if they...

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ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT'S NEW WORLD
Written by ANDREA WULF

Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 10/04/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-80629-1

Finalist for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction
Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 
New York Times Best Book of 2015
Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015
Winner of The Royal Geographical Society Ness Award 
Winner of Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize
Winner of the James Wright Award for Nature Writing
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Science & Technology

The acclaimed author of Founding Gardeners reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the...

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25 INNOVATORS, INVENTORS, AND TRAILBLAZERS WHO CHANGED HISTORY
Written by SAM MAGGS

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages

Publisher: Quirk Books

On Sale: 10/04/2016

Price: $16.99

ISBN: 978-1-594-74925-4

You may think you know women’s history pretty well. But have you ever heard of Alice Ball, the chemist who developed an effective treatment for leprosy—only to have the credit taken by a man? Or Mary Sherman Morgan, the rocket scientist whose liquid fuel compounds blasted the first U.S. satellite into orbit? Or Huang Daopo, the inventor whose weaving technology revolutionized textile production in China—centuries before the cotton gin?

In Wonder Women, author Sam Maggs tells the stories of...

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Written by DAVID ALLEN SIBLEY

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 03/29/2016

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-95791-7

Flexibound

Now completely revised and updated--the indispensable resource for all birders seeking an authoritative guide to the birds of the East in a portable format they will want to carry into the field. 

Compact and comprehensive, this guide features 650 bird species, plus regional populations, found east of the Rocky Mountains. Entries include stunningly accurate illustrations--more than 4,601 in total--with descriptive captions pointing out the most important field marks. Each entry has...

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Written by DAVID ALLEN SIBLEY

Format: Trade Paperback, 504 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 03/29/2016

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-95792-4

Flexibound

Now completely revised and updated--the indispensable resource for all birders seeking an authoritative guide to the birds of the West in a portable format they will want to carry into the field.  

Compact and comprehensive, this guide features 715 bird species, plus regional populations, found west of the Rocky Mountains. Entries include stunningly accurate illustrations--more than 5,046 in total--with descriptive captions pointing out the most important field marks. Each entry has...

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A LIFE
Written by OLIVER SACKS

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/23/2016

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-804-17093-2

When Oliver Sacks was twelve years old, a perceptive schoolmaster wrote: “Sacks will go far, if he does not go too far.” It is now abundantly clear that Sacks has never stopped going. With unbridled honesty and humor, Sacks writes about the passions that have driven his life—from motorcycles and weight lifting to neurology and poetry. He writes about his love affairs, both romantic and intellectual; his guilt over leaving his family to come to America; his bond with his schizophrenic brother;...

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WEATHER PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE
Written by LAUREN REDNISS

Format: Hardcover, 272 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 10/27/2015

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-99317-2

From the National Book Award finalist Lauren Redniss, author ofRadioactive, comes a dazzling fusion of storytelling, visual art, and reportage that grapples with weather in all its dimensions: its danger and its beauty, why it happens and what it means.
 
Weather is the very air we breathe—it shapes our daily lives and alters the course of history. In Thunder & Lightning, Lauren Redniss tells the story of weather and humankind through the ages.
 
This wide-ranging work roams from the driest...

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52 WOMEN WHO CHANGED SCIENCE-AND THE WORLD
Written by RACHEL SWABY

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 04/07/2015

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-44679-1

Fifty-two inspiring and insightful profiles of history’s brightest female scientists.

In 2013, the New York Times published an obituary for Yvonne Brill. It began: “She made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from job to job, and took eight years off from work to raise three children.” It wasn’t until the second paragraph that readers discovered why the Times had devoted several hundred words to her life: Brill was a brilliant rocket scientist who invented a propulsion system to...

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WHAT SCIENCE SHOWS WE GAIN FROM LETTING GO OF OUR SOUL BELIEFS
Written by JULIEN MUSOLINO
Foreword by VICTOR J. STENGER

Format: Trade Paperback, 287 pages

Publisher: Prometheus Books

On Sale: 01/06/2015

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-1-616-14962-8

Most Americans believe they possess an immaterial soul that will survive the death of the body. In sharp contrast, the current scientific consensus rejects the traditional soul, although this conclusion is rarely discussed publicly. In this book, a cognitive scientist breaks the taboo and explains why modern science leads to this controversial conclusion. In doing so, the book reveals the truly astonishing scope and power of scientific inquiry, drawing on ideas from biology, psychology,...

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THE HIGH-STAKES RACE TO SATISFY OUR NEED FOR THE SCARCEST METALS ON EARTH
Written by KEITH VERONESE

Format: Hardcover, 270 pages

Publisher: Prometheus Books

On Sale: 01/06/2015

Price: $25.00

ISBN: 978-1-616-14972-7

How will your life change when the supply of tantalum dries up? You may have never heard of this unusual metal, but without it smartphones would be instantly less omniscient, video game systems would falter, and laptops fail.  Tantalum is not alone.  Rhodium. Osmium. Niobium. Such refugees from the bottom of the periodic table are key components of many consumer products like cell phones, hybrid car batteries, and flat screen televisions, as well as sophisticated medical devices and even...

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