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Paleofantasy by Marlene Zuk

I first heard of Paleofantasy when our rep from WW Norton, David Goldberg, came in to the store to talk about some upcoming releases. Naturally I snatched up the book as though everyone in the room would immediately lunge for it, but, as usual, my co-workers just stared at me. It’s no secret that I love science, but this whole paleo-diet trend that’s been making the rounds has made me even more passionate about my desire to see science finally being taken into account before anyone jumps on the paleo-bandwagon.

Paleo-dieters and lovers of the caveman lifestyle believe that homosapiens stopped evolving some time around moving into caves and that modern man is not fit for our current lifestyle. They blame all manner of diseases on the idea that humans were not meant to live as we do now and that agriculture is killing us. Marlene Zuk, a biologist and professor at the University of Minnesota, argues that evolution doesn't stop and to argue that we were “meant” to do something is an argument that evolution has some kind of end goal, which is a little ridiculous. Zuk combines biology and anthropology to disprove many of the myths that paleo-lifestyles are based on.  Although we don't know exactly how early man lived, Zuk dispels the most common ideas through meticulous research and, best of all, science. (READ MORE)

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Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us about Sex, Diet, and How We Live Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780393347920
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 3rd, 2014

The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond

Many people fantasize about a world long gone, where life was less complicated by modern day complexities and technology. Diamond has set out to clarify just what we gave up by moving out of hunter-gatherer bands and into high rises. His latest book compares traditional societies with modern lifestyles without glorifying or vilifying either.

Diamond explores just a few aspects of life, including conflict resolution, war, child rearing, the treatment of elderly, eating habits, and even how different people react (or don’t react) to coming in contact with a stranger. He argues that both modern cultures and traditional ones have some advantages and some weaknesses in all of these areas. (READ MORE)

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The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780143124405
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Published: Penguin Books - October 29th, 2013

Paleofantasy

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Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us about Sex, Diet, and How We Live Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780393347920
Availability: IN WAREHOUSE - Usually Ships in 3-7 Business Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 3rd, 2014

With the rise of modern paleo-diets, Zuk combines biology and anthropology to disprove the myth that humans did not evolve to live as we do now. Although we don't know exactly how early man lived, Zuk dispels the most common ideas through meticulous research. A fascinating and accessible read. ~ Reviewed by Krysta Piccoli


The Riddle of Scheherazade

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The Riddle Of Scheherazade: And Other Amazing Puzzles Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780156006064
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Published: Harvest - November 12th, 1998

After the original tales, Scheherazade managed to get herself into trouble with king once again and invented some puzzles to keep him entertained all over again. A fantasic-fun book of math riddles that will keep you busy for 1,001 nights. ~ Reviewed by Krysta Piccoli


Eating Dirt by Charlotte Gill

Eating Dirt is not at all what I was expecting. Tree planters are not the kind of people I was expecting either. Tree planters are down and dirty. They are not flowery people and Gill makes no attempt to hide all of the nitty gritty details of their working lives. She also makes no secret that while they do believe in the work they are doing, at the end of the day it's a way to pay bills, make money, and get by. They're not on the front lines of environmentalism, they're more like the clean up crews and they are a little jaded from it. Once they get to a site, it's already been logged. There is no natural beauty left, just the broken landscape and another opportunity to earn a day’s wage. (READ MORE)

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Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781553657927
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Published: Greystone Books - July 24th, 2012

The Tell-Tale Start

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By Gordon McAlpine, Sam Zuppardi (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780142423462
Availability: Special Order
Published: Puffin Books - September 12th, 2013

Edgar and Allan Poe are identical twins, descended from the famous writer Edgar Allan Poe. They have a love of all things spooky and grim, and use their genius to create hilarious (though harmless) mischief wherever they go. In their first adventure, they uncover the kidnapping plot of an evil scientist. They must use their clever sleuthing skills to evade him. ~ Reviewed by Krysta Piccoli


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