Natural & Physical Sciences

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DESERT NOTEBOOKS'
A Road Map for the End of Time
Ben Ehrenreich
An ideal read for these days, where we can only sit still and wait—a travelogue of the apocalypse. --recommended by Stacey
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The Mosquito
A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator
Dr. Timothy C. Winegard
Imagine for a moment a world without deadly mosquitoes, or any mosquitoes, for that matter. Our history and the world we know, or think we know, would be completely unrecognizable. The Mosquito is the extraordinary untold story of the mosquito's reign through human history and her indelible impact on our modern world order.
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Black Death at the Golden Gate
The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague
David K. Randall
On March 6, 1900, the bubonic plague took its first victim on American soil: Chinese immigrant Wong Chut King. Empowered by racist pseudoscience, officials rushed to quarantine Chinatown--but when corrupt politicians mounted a cover-up to obscure the threat, it fell to federal health officer Rupert Blue to save San Francisco and the nation.
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Fire in Paradise
An American Tragedy
Dani Anguiano, Alastair Gee
What happened in Paradise was unprecedented in America. Yet according to climate scientists and fire experts, it will surely happen again. This is the story of a town at the forefront of a devastating global shift.
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The Alchemy of Us
How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another
Ainissa Ramirez
In the bestselling tradition of Stuff Matters and The Disappearing Spoon: a clever and engaging look at materials, the innovations they made possible, and how these technologies changed us.
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The Secret Wisdom of Nature
Trees, Animals, and the Extraordinary Balance of All Living Things––Stories from Science and Observation
Peter Wohlleben
The final book in The Mysteries of Nature Trilogy by the New York Times bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben.
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The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge
Abraham Flexner
A short, provocative book about why "useless" science often leads to humanity's greatest technological breakthroughs A forty-year tightening of funding for scientific research has meant that resources are increasingly directed toward applied or practical outcomes, with the intent of creating products of immediate value.
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The Earth Wants YOU
Reverend Billy Talen
A motivational handbook for earth activists, filled with inspired visions of a wild, creative, Earth-led cultural revolution. Stop shopping and sign up now for the struggle of our lives! Earthalujah!
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H Is for Hawk
Helen Macdonald
The instant New York Times bestseller and award-winning sensation, Helen Macdonald's story of adopting and raising one of nature's most vicious predators has soared into the hearts of millions of readers worldwide. Fierce and feral, her goshawk Mabel's temperament mirrors Helen's own state of grief after her father's death, and together raptor...
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Learning to Die in the Anthropocene
Reflections on the End of a Civilization
Roy Scranton
An Iraq War vet's bracing, visionary response to the challenge posed by global warming and his hope in the humanities.
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In the Sierra
Mountain Writings
Kenneth Rexroth, Kim Stanley Robinson
Nature writings by one of America's greatest poets, written out of a deep experience of the Sierras. Over the course of his life, Kenneth Rexroth wrote about the Sierra Nevada better than anyone. Progressive in terms of environmental ethics and...