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Six Nonfiction Picks for People Who Don’t Think They Like Nonfiction

Textbooks don't usually top the list of fun reading. Most of us can recall the dry prose and formal style from our high school and/or college textbooks, but few of us recall them fondly. This is a tragedy. The world is an interesting place and a lot of really amazing things have happened (and continue to happen). Fortunately, not all nonfiction writing is textbook-dull. These six exciting titles will entertain as well as smarten you up. (Read More...)

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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 Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780316051637
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 6th, 2011

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Your Inner Fish: A Journey Into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307277459
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Published: Vintage - January 6th, 2009

This is Your Brain on Parasites by Kathleen McAuliffe

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This Is Your Brain on Parasites: How Tiny Creatures Manipulate Our Behavior and Shape Society Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544192225
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - June 7th, 2016

A fascinating look at the pioneering work of parastilogists and the link between parasites and human/animal behavior. We like to think we are in control of our actions but we may be under the influence of a staggering number of wee invaders manipulating us for their own purposes. If you aren't already familiar with toxoplasma gondi you'll soon be deeply acquainted! ~ Reviewed by Nate George


Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space by Janna Levin - Book Review

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Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780307958198
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 29th, 2016

This is a great read for people interested in science, particularly what has happened in the century since Einstein's theory of relativity was presented. It details the interesting, sometime odd, passionate and brilliant people who have worked to measure gravitational waves and, therefore, prove that black holes exist as theorized. Sounds much more dry that it is - Levin does a good job bringing the quest to life and explaining just enough science to make it interesting but not overwhelming to a layperson. The decades of hard work and experimentation that have gone into this effort are amazing and the scientists are characters. Good read! ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow


Void: The Strange Physics of Nothing by James Owen Weatherall - Book Review

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780300209983
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Published: Yale University Press - November 22nd, 2016

Philosopher of science, James Owen Weatherall discusses the true nature of empty space (if there really is such a thing). He goes over the history of ideas people have about the way space and time is measured and how with every major discovery in physics from classical conceptions to quantum mechanics, the idea of what nothing is or isn't radically changes. If you are a person curious about the fundamental nature of reality, this is a great book to pick up. ~ Reviewed by Chris Van Natten


The Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra - Book Review

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The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels Between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781590308356
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Published: Shambhala - September 14th, 2010

From Einstein to quantum physics, the ancient mysticism of the far east has striking parallels to modern science. A book for those who need a concrete foundation for their spirituality. ~ Reviewed by Chris Van Natten


Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari - Book Review

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Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780062464316
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Published: Harper - February 21st, 2017

Where have we been, where are we now and where are we going as a species? Pitched for the general reader with clarity, humor and many “aha” examples, we journey from the dawn of humanity to the current Anthropocene Era dominated by man and the religion of Humanism. While pointing out possible pitfalls in our continuing evolution (including self-extinction), Harari remains cautiously hopeful. What separates human consciousness from other species is imagination and the drive to tell stories and Science, Politics and Religion are the tools. Is consciousness simply a sophisticated series of algorithms? Will the continued development of Artificial intelligence eventually put an end to the species? We are currently in the Age Of Dataism where information IS religion. Should be required reading for all. Magnificent, profound and delightfully readable. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank


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