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Opium: How an Ancient Flower Shaped and Poisoned Our World by John H. Halpern - Book Review

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$29.00
ISBN: 9780316417662
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Published: Hachette Books - August 13th, 2019

Opium and its many offspring, including morphine, heroin, and chemically created concoctions like OxyContin, have seduced, enchanted, enthralled, and destroyed millions. The authors pull opium up by its roots, revealing that its centuries-long potency, allure, and potential for healing have repeatedly been dwarfed by its addictive power of destruction. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Three Women by Lisa Taddeo - Book Review

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781451642292
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - July 9th, 2019

A compelling expose that follows the story of three women whose lives were profoundly influenced by the male relationships they had in their formative years. Their honesty in revealing these often painful and deeply personal stories shows how their futures were shaped and how they live now. ~ Reviewed by Whitney Kaaz


The Plateau by Maggie Paxson - Book Review

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781594634758
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 13th, 2019

Anthropologist, Maggie Paxson is haunted by war and the people who are devastated by it. Having worked all over the world she has borne witness to just about every form of brutality & heartbreaking tenderness. On the Plateau, a remote place (S.E.France) of reserved, hard lived communities, she finds a history of being a safe haven for refugees; in the distant past, during WWII and right now. Through the story Daniel Trocme (one Israel's " Righteous Among Nations" ) & his "crickets" - children from all over Europe that he fought so quietly but ferociously to protect. Maggie discovers wondrous links to today's refugees (stories of hard won survival and finds a link to her own life- and it raises many questions. This book deserves to be on the shelf next to Frankel's Man's Search for Meaning, Eger's The Choice & Wiesel's Trilogy. I could not put this book down! ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


The Book of Humans: 4 Billion Years, 20,000 Genes, and the New Story of How We Became Us by Adam Rutherford - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781615195312
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Published: The Experiment - March 19th, 2019

Humans: the most intelligent, creative species to ever walk the planet. How did that happen? In delightful, often droll prose, Rutherford charts our staggered, still incomplete evolution. Along the way he discovers that rats, dolphins, chimps, crows, and a host of other animals share some savory or unsavory human characteristics, and we, for all our wonderful sophistication, share some of theirs. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates, the Backbone of Life by Susan Middleton - Book Review

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By Susan Middleton, Sylvia A. Earle (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781419710070
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 21st, 2014

Simply stunning. Spineless features large, high-quality photos of invertebrate marine life. From starfish to jellyfish, sea snails to squid, Middleton’s photography is breathtakingly vibrant, with descriptive insights into each animal’s world and behavior. Not your average coffee table book, this one will fascinate for hours at a time. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth's Ultimate Trophy by Paige Williams - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316382533
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Published: Hachette Books - September 11th, 2018

This deftly wrought book almost defies a category. While it is a book of Paleontology this book reads like an old fashioned "Who Dunnit" but throw in international espionage, Mongolian History and a solid dose of psychology and you've got a great read. If you liked Grann's Killers of the Flower Moon this is for you. I love this book. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


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