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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari - Book Review

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$24.99
ISBN: 9780062316110
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 15th, 2018

No prior chronicle of humanity’s history has been quite so gripping, surprising, and insightful to me as Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens. Where other authors have tackled world histories event by event, year by year, Harari instead chooses to focus on the inner workings of our social structures and consciousness that separate us from the other living things on this strange planet. I was as often moved to praise Harari’s insight as I was to protest his bold new assertions. This book challenged my intellect and changed the way I look at history. ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski


The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson - Book Review

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780385539302
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Published: Doubleday - October 15th, 2019

From brains to blood vessels, hearts to hormones, and everything in between, this whirlwind romp through the body and its organ systems is both informative and highly entertaining. Bryson’s musing digressions abound in this book, be it about murder or vitamins or how much a human would cost to build (hint: less than a house, more than a fridge). The Body will almost certainly leave you highly satisfied and with a passionate love for a random, very specific organ. Mine’s the liver. Man, that thing is cool. ~ Reviewed by Patrick Molluso


Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor - Book Review

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780735213616
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 26th, 2020

Every breath you take can be a boon or hazard to your health. Nestor spent years investigating breathing methods, interviewing experts, and experimenting on himself. His results come as a breath of fresh air, inhaled, by the way, through the nose. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Fathoms: The World in the Whale by Rebecca Giggs - Book Review

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781982120696
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 28th, 2020

What an incredible book, and one that will haunt you forever. Beautifully written, interwoven with natural history, research, and philosophy on the lives of whales, but also, on so much more. Through learning about these tremendous creatures, we learn so much about ourselves too, and our relationship with, and place in, this world we inhabit. There is so much beauty in the life of a whale, and yet so much sadness from the polluted world we make them live in, but this is true for us too. This book will make you really think, and look through smarter eyes, an incredible work, and an important one. Highly Recommend. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781476733524
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Published: Scribner - May 2nd, 2017

From Mendel to Darwin to Watson, Crick, Franklin, and beyond, this book is an exuberant romp through the history of scientists’ attempts to discover that oh-so-elusive fundamental unit of life: the gene. A tender balance of heart and history help to elevate this book to a level beyond your standard science-writing fare, as Mukherjee expertly weaves scientific history in with the story of his own family’s struggle with inherited genetic illness. This book is so good that Mukherjee had me practically buzzing with excitement as I read about a random monk breeding hundreds of thousands of peas. That takes talent. Altogether, this is a perfect read for anyone interested in learning more about what makes them who they are. ~ Reviewed by Patrick Molluso


The Land of the White Horse: Visions of England by David Miles - Book Review

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$34.95
ISBN: 9780500519936
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Published: Thames & Hudson - November 5th, 2019

This is the perfect book for armchair traveling. It is a treasure trove of knowledge. Miles, Director of the Oxford Archaeology unit, is also a great storyteller and naturalist. The White Horse is a 3000-year-old sculpture cut into a chalk turf hillside. The novel begins as a mystery set in the mystical English landscape of Wessex with mythic figures of dragons, Celts, Anglo-Saxons, and even Alfred the Great. Spanning centuries, the figure of the White Horse has maintained a hold on man's imagination, needing care and conservation. In this book, Miles tells the stories of how and why the Horse has persevered. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


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