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Need a House? Call Ms. Mouse! By George Mendoza, Doris Susan Smith (Illustrator) Cover Image
By George Mendoza, Doris Susan Smith (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781681377360
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: NYR Children's Collection - June 13th, 2023

Meet the world's hardest working architect, Henriette Mouse, as she designs and builds homes for all of her animal neighbors.

 


Review by Sarah B.

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Tales of the Urban Wild: A Puma's Journey By Tiffany Yap, Meital Smith (Artist) Cover Image
By Tiffany Yap, Meital Smith (Artist)
$21.95
ISBN: 9781634050586
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Reverberations Books - October 24th, 2023

For the hobby naturalists and carnivore fanatics, this book is an observation of not only pumas, but about the importance of biodiversity. Pumas are deeply fascinating and misunderstood creatures, that all of us should understand that carnivores (especially pumas/mountain lions/panthers) are a necessity to our changing environment – they keep things in balance and provide for big and small creatures alike. By the end of the book, the term “everything is connected” becomes apparent. 
 


Review by Javi

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How Far the Light Reaches: A Life in Ten Sea Creatures By Sabrina Imbler Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316540537
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Little, Brown and Company - December 6th, 2022

Are you scared of what lies below the surface? Don't be! Or do. I don't know your life. But Imbler is able to make the creatures that live there so reachable (you'll learn something!) while not reaching too far to liken them to their own life (you'll feel something) on their mission toward identity, love, beauty, community, survival. We're more alike than we seem. 

This is like the nonfiction equivalent to Our Wives Under the Sea.


Review by Emily

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The Devil's Element: Phosphorus and a World Out of Balance By Dan Egan Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781324002666
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 7th, 2023

Perhaps the greatest environmental catastrophe you've never heard of, Dan Egan details our tumultuous relationship with phosphorus over the years.

From its discovery through human waste in labs, to its destruction of our waterways during the 50's and 60's due to our need to be sudsy clean, up to our current crisis with agriculture's obsession with it.

The Devil's Element is concise, easily readable, and compelling. A lovely delight!


Review by Zack

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The Body: A Guide for Occupants By Bill Bryson Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780804172721
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Published: Anchor - January 26th, 2021

Bryson brings his signature wit and charm to his latest book: a look at the human body. Comprehensive yet very accessible, The Body is a truly fascinating read. I was blown away by the many incredible feats our bodies are capable of, and perhaps even more amazed by how much we still don’t understand about the vessels we occupy.

 


Review by Jade

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The Rise and Reign of the Mammals: A New History, from the Shadow of the Dinosaurs to Us By Steve Brusatte Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780062951557
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Mariner Books - June 6th, 2023

Like many 90’s kids, I was obsessed with dinosaurs. I loved The Land Before Time and took pride in my many accumulated dino-facts. While my passion for prehistoric animals is mostly a thing of the past, I was drawn to this book after reading and enjoying the author’s previous work, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs. I learned so much from this book and kept pestering my boyfriend with mammal facts (did you know bats are the only flying mammals, ever??!!). Brusatte’s writing is intelligent and unpretentious and imbues a freshness into a field that often comes across as stuffy and archaic. I think it's fair to compare this The Dawn of Everything but instead of focusing only on humans, it’s about all of Mammal-kind. 

 


Review by Jade

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Thin Skin: Essays By Jenn Shapland Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593317457
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Published: Pantheon - August 15th, 2023

Looking to have your mind shaken and soothed simultaneously by sheer beauty and complexity and care for every word and sentence? Look no further! Shapland seamlessly explores poisonous toxins, toxic white womanhood, the safety of solitude, motherhood, queerness, capitalism, and her own family's medical misgivings. It's a treatise on being human and being realistically cynical in a world filled with poison, and yet she isn't afraid to point out that there's a beauty within it all despite the sheer shit of things. 


Review by Sofia

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Thin Skin: Essays By Jenn Shapland Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593317457
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Pantheon - August 15th, 2023

You know that thing when you learn a new word and then suddenly you see it everywhere? Like it had been there all along you just skipped over it because you didn't know what it meant.  That's what this collection was like for me.  Explorations and musings on many issues that touch my life: what is love, loss? what is home?, how do we define work as women?, how do we find meaning for our lives?, what can we do to be better stewards of our planet? 

Thoughtful, readable and relatable.


Review by Charlotte

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The Peregrine By J. A. Baker, Robert Macfarlane (Introduction by) Cover Image
By J. A. Baker, Robert Macfarlane (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590171332
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Published: NYRB Classics - December 31st, 2004

A bookseller once told me he stopped on page 190 of this book, so he could claim he was always reading The Peregrine. It's a clear impulse, to want to live within J.A. Baker's fenlands of England, completely void of people—only birds, who "know suffering and joy in simple states not possible for us." There are books that change the way you read, and then there are books that alter the way you want to live, walk, pay attention. The Peregrine is both.


Review by Spencer R.

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Fen, Bog and Swamp: A Short History of Peatland Destruction and Its Role in the Climate Crisis By Annie Proulx Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982173364
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Published: Scribner - June 27th, 2023

Sure, you know that swamps are cool, but did you know just how cool? Pulitzer Prize-winner Proulx has delivered an excellent assessment of how these three title ecosystems impact not only our planet, but our culture and daily lives. Beyond wetlands, it’s also a book about conservation, moss, birds, time, archaeology, labor, literature, and more. You will learn way more than you expect.


Review by Connor

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