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The Real Cost of Fracking
How America's Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets, and Food
Written by Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald
Foreword by Sandra Steingraber


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 5, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8493-9 (0-8070-8493-X)

Across the country, fracking—the extraction of natural gas by hydraulic fracturing—is being touted as the nation’s answer to energy independence and a fix for a flagging economy. Drilling companies assure us that the process is safe, politicians push through drilling legislation without a serious public-health debate, and those who speak out... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Great Apes and Humans
The Ethics of Coexistence
Edited by Benjamin B. Beck, Tara S. Stoinski, Michael Hutchins, Terry L. Maple and Bryan Norton


Format: Trade Paperback, 388 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press
On Sale: August 5, 2014
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-935623-58-8 (1-935623-58-3)

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Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Ecology and Experience
Reflections from a Human Ecological Perspective
Written by Richard J. Borden
Foreword by Darron Collins


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: April 15, 2014
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-772-2 (1-58394-772-8)

A philosophical and narrative memoir, Ecology and Experience is a thoughtful, engaging recounting of author Richard J. Borden’s life entwined in an overview of the intellectual and institutional history of human ecology—a story of life wrapped in a life story.

Borden shows that attempts to bridge the mental and environmental arenas... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Falling Upwards
How We Took to the Air: An Unconventional History of Ballooning
Written by Richard Holmes


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 9, 2014
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74232-2 (0-307-74232-6)

Time Magazine 10 Top Nonfiction Books of 2013 
The New Republic Best Books of 2013
Kirkus Best Books of the Year (2013)

In a dazzling fusion of history, art, science, and biography, Falling Upwardsresurrects the daring men and women who first risked their lives to take to the air in balloons. 

Richard Holmes gives us another of his unforgettable portraits... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Future of the Mind
The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind
Written by Michio Kaku


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: February 25, 2014
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53082-8 (0-385-53082-X)

The New York Times best-selling author of Physics of the Impossible, Physics of the Future and Hyperspace tackles the most fascinating and complex object in the known universe: the human brain.

For the first time in history, the secrets of the living brain are being revealed by a battery of high... Read more >

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Mars Up Close
Inside the Curiosity Mission
Written by Marc Kaufman
Foreword by Elon Musk


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: August 5, 2014
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-1278-9 (1-4262-1278-X)

With images never published before, many with surprising colors and landscapes that make you want to spend your next vacation on Mars, this is the one and only book written in consultation with NASA scientists that explains everything, detail by detail and moment by moment, about the most ambitious space expedition... Read more >

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The Story of the Human Body
Evolution, Health, and Disease
Written by Daniel Lieberman


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 1, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74180-6 (0-307-74180-X)

In this landmark book of popular science, Daniel E. Lieberman gives us a lucid and engaging account of how the human body evolved over millions of years. He illuminates the major transformations that contributed to key adaptations to the body: the rise of bipedalism; the shift to a non-fruit-based diet; the... Read more >

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Scatter, Adapt, and Remember
How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction
Written by Annalee Newitz


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-94942-4 (0-307-94942-7)

A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist in Science & Technology

In its 4.5 billion-year history, life on Earth has been almost erased at least half a dozen times: shattered by asteroid impacts, entombed in ice, smothered by methane, and torn apart by unfathomably powerful megavolcanoes. And we know that another global... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Mathematical Curiosities
A Treasure Trove of Unexpected Entertainments
Written by Alfred S. Posamentier and Ingmar Lehmann


Format: Trade Paperback, 382 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: August 12, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-931-4 (1-61614-931-0)

Most people agree that math is important, but few would say it's fun. As veteran math educators Posamentier and Lehmann demonstrate, when you realize that doing math can be enjoyable, you open a door into a world of unexpected insights while learning an important skill.

The authors illustrate the point with many... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Science of Discworld
A Novel
Written by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8041-6894-6 (0-8041-6894-6)

Not just another science book and not just another Discworld novella, The Science of Discworld is a creative, mind-bending mash-up of fiction and fact, that offers a wizard’s-eye view of our world that will forever change how you look at the universe.

Can Unseen University’s eccentric wizards and orangutan Librarian possibly shed any useful... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Great Partnership
Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning
Written by Jonathan Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: September 2, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1250-1 (0-8052-1250-7)

National Jewish Book Awards 2012, Finalist
Dorot Foundation Award for
Modern Jewish Thought and Experience

Impassioned, erudite, thoroughly researched, and beautifully reasoned, The Great Partnership argues not only that science and religion are compatible, but that they complement each other—and that the world needs both.

“Atheism deserves better than the new atheists,” states... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.
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