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The Death and Life of the Great Lakes

Dan Egan · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 364
Format: Paperback

A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist Winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Award Midwest Booksellers Choice Award Winner "Nimbly splices together history, science, reporting and personal experiences into a taut and cautiously hopeful narrative. ... Egan's book is bursting with life...
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The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine

Lindsey Fitzharris · Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

A Top 10 Science Book of Fall 2017, Publishers WeeklyThe gripping story of how Joseph Lister's antiseptic method changed medicine foreverIn The Butchering Art, the historian Lindsey Fitzharris reveals the shocking world of nineteenth-century surgery and shows how it was transformed...
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The Mountains That Remade America: How Sierra Nevada Geology Impacts Modern Life

Craig H Jones · University of California Press
Pages: 338
Format: Hardcover

From ski towns to national parks, fresh fruit to environmental lawsuits, the Sierra Nevada has changed the way Americans live. Whether and where there was gold to be mined redefined land, mineral, and water laws. Where rain falls (and where it doesn't) determines whose fruit grows...
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The Paradox of Preservation: Wilderness and Working Landscapes at Point Reyes National Seashore

Laura Alice Watt · University of California Press
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback

Point Reyes National Seashore has a long history as a working landscape, with dairy and beef ranching, fishing, and oyster farming; yet, since 1962 it has also been managed as a National Seashore. The Paradox of Preservation chronicles how national ideals about what a park "ought to be"...
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The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World - and Us

Richard O. Prum · Anchor
Pages: 448
Format: Paperback

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, SMITHSONIAN, AND WALL STREET JOURNALA major reimagining of how evolutionary forces work, revealing how mating preferences - what Darwin termed "the taste for the beautiful" - create the extraordinary range of ornament...
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Canine Confidential: Why Dogs Do What They Do

Marc Bekoff · University of Chicago Press
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

For all the love and attention we give dogs, much of what they do remains mysterious. Just think about different behaviors you see at a dog park: We have a good understanding of what it means when dogs wag their tails - but what about when they sniff and roll on a stinky spot? Why do they...
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Giants on Record: America's Hidden History, Secrets in the Mounds and the Smithsonian Files

JIM VIEIRA · Adventures Unlimited Press
Pages: 420
Format: Paperback

Over a 200-year period thousands of newspaper reports, town and county histories, letters, photos, diaries, and scientific journals have documented the existence of an ancient race of giants in North America. Extremely large skeletons ranging from 7 feet up to a staggering 18 feet tall...
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The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World

Brad Stone · Little, Brown and Company
Pages: 372
Format: Hardcover

A look deep inside the new Silicon Valley, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Everything Store Ten years ago, the idea of getting into a stranger's car, or a walking into a stranger's home, would have seemed bizarre and dangerous, but today it's as common as ordering...
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The Supposedly Enlightened Person's Guide to Raising a Dog

Lisa Tenzin-Dolma · Hubble & Hattie
Pages: 80
Format: Hardcover

Kac Young never imagined that after a lifetime as a cat person she would fall in love with a tiny rescue dog named Talulah.She took her home to the Californian woodlands to live with her partner and six cats. The stories of life as a first-time adopter describe Kac's progression from...
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Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think

HANS ROSLING · Flatiron Books
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. When asked simple questions about global trends -- what percentage of the world's population live in poverty; why the world's population is increasing; how many girls finish...
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