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The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean - Book Review

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$18.99
ISBN: 9780316051637
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 6th, 2011

An interesting and fun way to learn about the periodic table of elements, starting with how they were discovered, the trials and tribulations of getting approved, and how each element plays an integral role in multiple different fields of science and history. ~ Reviewed by Samantha Beitler


Why Fish Don't Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life by Lulu Miller - Book Review

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$17.00
ISBN: 9781501160349
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 6th, 2021

This book is a thing of genuine, ecstatic, eye-opening wonder. Radiolab co-host Lulu Miller’s bestselling story of her own life intertwined with that of 20th-century taxonomist David Starr Jordan is a memoir, a biography, a biology textbook, a history seminar, and an urgent plea for justice, all wrapped up in one. Why Fish Don’t Exist seems, at the outset, a book about the tragic futility and heroic hope of trying to tear some semblance of order from the chaos of life. As the pages turn, however, your every assumption is overthrown by illness and earthquakes and murder and eugenics and, yes, why fish don’t exist (and yes, they don’t!). Pick up this book. Have your view of the world turned upside down and torn asunder, and know it was long overdue. ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski


Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty - Book Review

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$25.00
ISBN: 9781571311801
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Published: Milkweed Editions - June 8th, 2021

Absolutely tremendous! A nature diary by a young man who writes so entirely from the heart, and reminds us of the joy to be found in the everyday awe that nature gifts us. I can't recommend this book enough! ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


Swimming to the Top of the Tide by Patricia Hanlon - Book Review

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781942658870
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Published: Bellevue Literary Press - June 8th, 2021

A beautiful, lyrical book that takes us under the surface of the marshy coastline of New England. Hanlon introduces us to the unique ecology of the area where freshwater meets saltwater, from the fully immersive perspective of the swimmer. I thoroughly enjoyed it. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


The Secret World of Weather: How to Read Signs in Every Cloud, Breeze, Hill, Street, Plant, Animal, and Dewdrop by Tristan Gooley - Book Review

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$21.95
ISBN: 9781615197545
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Published: The Experiment - May 25th, 2021

Gooley should be required reading for everyone, he imparts the knowledge that we have lost as a species of the world around us. Like a village elder passing on vital information to the next generation. And done in such a fun and accessible way, this is someone you'd definitely want to take a walk with. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


A Brief History of Earth: Four Billion Years in Eight Chapters by Andrew H. Knoll - Book Review

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$24.00
ISBN: 9780062853912
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Published: Custom House - April 27th, 2021

13.8 billion years ago, the observable universe burst forth from a dense, hot pinprick of energy. Everything that’s happened since then is contained in this book. Knoll handily takes us through each stage in our planet’s history, from the early days of inhospitable magma and meteor storms to the viridescent march of life from the seas to the shores, through the discerning lens of an experienced geologist. ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski


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