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Moon By Whale Light
And Other Adventures Among Bats,Penguins, Crocodilians, and Whales
Written by Diane Ackerman


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 29, 1992
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74226-5 (0-679-74226-3)

In a rare blend of scientific fact and poetic truth, the acclaimed author of A Natural History of the Senses explores the activities of whales, penguins, bats, and crocodilians, plunging headlong into nature and coming up with highly entertaining treasures. Read more >
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A Natural History of the Senses

Written by Diane Ackerman


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 10, 1991
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73566-3 (0-679-73566-6)

Diane Ackerman's lusciously written grand tour of the realm of the senses includes conversations with an iceberg in Antarctica and a professional nose in New York, along with dissertations on kisses and tattoos, sadistic cuisine and the music played by the planet Earth.

PRAISE FOR A NATURAL HISTORY OF THE SENSES

"Delightful... Read more >
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The Rarest of the Rare
Vanishing Animals, Timeless Worlds
Written by Diane Ackerman


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 14, 1997
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77623-9 (0-679-77623-0)

Ackerman journeys in search of monarch butterflies and short-tailed albatrosses, monk seals, and golden lion tamarin monkeys: the world's rarest creatures and their vanishing habitats. She delivers a rapturous celebration of other species that is also a warning to our own. Traveling from the Amazon rain forest to a forbidding island... Read more >
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Born Free
A Lioness of Two Worlds
Written by Joy Adamson


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: May 16, 2000
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71438-2 (0-375-71438-3)

There have been many accounts of the return to the wild of tame animals, but since its original publication in 1960, when the New York Times hailed it as a "fascinating and remarkable book," Born Free has stood alone in its power to move us.

Joy Adamson's story of a lion cub... Read more >

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Biology Coloring Workbook

Written by Edward Alcamo


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Princeton Review
On Sale: June 16, 1998
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77884-4 (0-679-77884-5)

For a biology student attempting to memorize the stages of cell division or understand basic genetics, straight memorization from textbooks or lecture notes can be a frustrating and laborious exercise.

Biology Coloring Workbook is a breakthrough approach to studying the science of life. Learning interactively through coloring fixes biological concepts in the... Read more >

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Monitoring Biodiversity
Lessons from a Trans-Andean Megaproject
Edited by Alfonso Alonso, Francisco Dallmeier and Grace P. Servat


Format: Hardcover, 488 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press
On Sale: November 12, 2013
Price: $49.95
ISBN: 978-1-935623-20-5 (1-935623-20-6)

The book compiles case studies regarding the biodiversity research and monitoring program of Andean species and habitats carefully chosen as indicators to assess the short- and long-term effects of a linear disturbance: the PERU LNG pipeline. Set in a scientifically unexplored region of the Andes, Monitoring Biodiversity clearly articulates the Smithsonian-led... Read more >
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Woman
An Intimate Geography
Written by Natalie Angier


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 15, 2000
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49841-8 (0-385-49841-1)

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST
Natalie Angier's text is a detailed exploration of female anatomy. By showing how culture based assumptions have influenced research in evolutionary psychology and have consequently lead to dubious conclusions about "female nature," she deals a body blow to Darwinian-based gender stereotypes.  Her ability to choose just the right word... Read more >

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Genetics in the Wild

Written by John C. Avise


Format: Trade Paperback, 270 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-293-5 (1-58834-293-X)

Award-winning geneticist John C. Avise guides us on a voyage around the planet in search of answers to nature’s mysteries. He demonstrates how scientists directly examine DNA to address long-standing questions about wild animals, plants, and microbes. Through dozens of stories that span the world, nature emerges as a realm where... Read more >
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Madame Bovary's Ovaries
A Darwinian Look at Literature
Written by David P. Barash and Nanelle R. Barash


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: May 30, 2006
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33802-8 (0-385-33802-3)

What can elephant seals tell us about Homer’s Iliad?

How do gorillas illuminate the works of Shakespeare?

What do bloodsucking bats have to do with John Steinbeck?

According to evolutionary psychologist David Barash and his daughter Nanelle, the answers lie in the most important word in biology: evolution. Just like every... Read more >
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The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw
One Woman's Fight to Save the World's Most Beautiful Bird
Written by Bruce Barcott


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 13, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7313-6 (0-8129-7313-5)

A Library Journal Best Book of 2008

Caring for orphaned animals at her own zoo in the tropical country of Belize, Sharon Matola became one of Central America’s greatest wildlife defenders. And when powerful outside forces conspired with the local government to build a dam that would flood the nesting ground of... Read more >
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Mr. Hornaday's War
How a Peculiar Victorian Zookeeper Waged a Lonely Crusade for Wildlife That Changed the World
Written by Stefan Bechtel


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 14, 2013
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0638-2 (0-8070-0638-6)

He was complex, quirky, pugnacious, and difficult. He seemed to create enemies wherever he went, even among his friends. A fireplug of a man who stood only five feet eight inches in his stocking feet, he began as a taxidermist and an adventurer who tracked tigers in Borneo with friendly headhunters... Read more >
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Design in Nature
How the Constructal Law Governs Evolution in Biology, Physics, Technology, and Social Organizations
Written by Adrian Bejan and J. Peder Zane


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 8, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74434-0 (0-307-74434-5)

In this groundbreaking book, Adrian Bejan takes the recurring patterns in nature—trees, tributaries, air passages, neural networks, and lightning bolts—and reveals how a single principle of physics, the constructal law, accounts for the evolution of these and many other designs in our world.

Everything—from biological life to inanimate systems—generates shape and structure... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Design in Nature
How the Constructal Law Governs Evolution in Biology, Physics, Technology, and Social Organization
Written by Adrian Bejan and J. Peder Zane


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: January 24, 2012
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53461-1 (0-385-53461-2)

In this groundbreaking book, Adrian Bejan takes the recurring patterns in nature—trees, tributaries, air passages, neural networks, and lightning bolts—and reveals how a single principle of physics, the Constructal Law, accounts for the evolution of these and all other designs in our world.

Everything—from biological life to inanimate systems—generates shape and structure... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Autism Puzzle
Connecting the Dots Between Environmental Toxins and Rising Autism Rates
Written by Brita Belli
Foreword by Caroline Cox


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 30, 2013
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-460-2 (1-60980-460-0)

With 1 in 88 American children now affected by autism, The Autism Puzzle is the first book to move beyond the distractions of the vaccine debate to address compelling new evidence that autism may be the result of the pairing of environmental exposures with genetic susceptibilities that together impact the brain... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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A Field Guide to Germs
Revised and Updated
Written by Wayne Biddle


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 25, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3051-4 (1-4000-3051-X)

From the ravages of the Ebola virus in Zaire to outbreaks of pneumonic plague in India and drug-resistant TB in New York City, contagious diseases are fighting back against once-unconquerable modern medicine. Public concern about infectious disease is on the rise as newspapers trumpet the arrivals of new germs and the... Read more >
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The Body Has a Mind of Its Own
How Body Maps in Your Brain Help You Do (Almost) Everything Better
Written by Sandra Blakeslee and Matthew Blakeslee


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 9, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7527-7 (0-8129-7527-8)

Your body has a mind of its own. You can sense it, even though it may be hard to articulate. You know that your body is more than a vehicle for your brain to cruise around in, but how deeply are mind and body truly interwoven?

Answers can be found in the... Read more >
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Biokinetics and Biodynamics of Human Differentiation
Principles and Applications
Written by E. Blechschmidt, M.D. and R.F. Gasser, Ph.D.


Format: Hardcover, 312 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: May 15, 2012
Price: $34.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-452-3 (1-58394-452-4)

Fifty years ago the field of human embryology was incomplete; prior to that time the anatomy of early human embryos was still unknown, and there was much to be learned about the older stages of human embryonic development. It is now understood that human organs result from step-by-step differentiations of the... Read more >
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Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers
An Essential Guide to Managing Prostate Cancer for Patients and their Families
Written by Ralph Blum and Mark M.D. Scholz


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: August 30, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-515-0 (1-59051-515-3)

Every year almost a quarter of a million confused and frightened American men are tossed into a prostate cancer cauldron stirred by salespeople representing a multibillion-dollar industry. In this flourishing business, the radical prostatectomy is still the most widely recommended treatment option. Yet a recent and definitive study in the New... Read more >

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Loggerhead Sea Turtles

Written by Alan B. Bolten and Blair E. Witherington


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2003
Price: $55.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-136-5 (1-58834-136-4)

Sea turtles have been the focus of research and intense conservation efforts for decades and the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, currently listed as a threatened species, is arguably one of the best studied of the seven species. Loggerhead Sea Turtles brings together, for the first time, international experts to synthesize the knowledge... Read more >

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Fishes of Alabama

Written by Herbert T. Boschung
Illustrated by Joseph Tomelleri
Foreword by Edward O. Wilson


Format: Hardcover, 960 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 17, 2004
Price: $55.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-004-7 (1-58834-004-X)

An enormous, superbly illustrated book that reveals the astounding diversity of Alabama’s fishes through brilliant color plates by Joseph Tomelleri and incredibly detailed information from the authors. These two leading scientists have dedicated years to documenting the diets, growth rates, reproduction, sizes, distribution, and status of Alabama’s fishes, and they present... Read more >

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Intelligent Thought
Science versus the Intelligent Design Movement
Edited by John Brockman


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 9, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27722-0 (0-307-27722-4)

The merits—or lack thereof—of “intelligent design” are today the grist of legislative debate, journalistic consideration, and family dinner conversation. But from the point of view of the scientific community, what truly warrants our attention is the science of evolution.

For the fifteen world-renowned practitioners represented in this volume, evolution is much... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dragonflies

Written by Steve Brooks


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: March 17, 2003
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-064-1 (1-58834-064-3)

Dragonflies and damselflies have lived on earth for hundreds of millions of years, and there are thousands of different species living in watery environments throughout the world. But few people will have looked beyond the flash of blue, red, green or yellow to consider the lives of dragonflies.

These masters of aerial... Read more >

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The Healing Power of the Breath
Simple Techniques to Reduce Stress and Anxiety, Enhance Concentration, and Balance Your Emotions
Written by Richard Brown and Patricia Gerbarg


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-902-5 (1-59030-902-2)

Millions of Americans suffer from mood problems and stress-related issues including anxiety, depression, insomnia, and trauma-induced emotions and behaviors; and most would prefer not to take medication for their conditions due to troublesome side effects, withdrawal symptoms, and disappointing success rates.

Drs. Richard P. Brown and Patricia L. Gerbarg provide a... Read more >

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The Blue Zones
Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest
Written by Dan Buettner


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: April 21, 2009
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0400-5 (1-4262-0400-0)

With the right lifestyle, experts say, chances are that you may live up to a decade longer. What’s the prescription for success? National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner has traveled the globe to uncover the best strategies for longevity found in the Blue Zones: places in the world where higher percentages of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, hardcover and a paperback.

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The Emperor of Scent
A True Story of Perfume and Obsession
Written by Chandler Burr


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 10, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75981-9 (0-375-75981-6)

Luca Turin can distinguish the components of just about any smell, from the world’s most refined perfumes to the air in a subway car on the Paris metro. A distinguished scientist, he once worked in an unrelated field, though he made a hobby of collecting fragrances. He eventually published a collection... Read more >
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