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Second Nature
Environmental Enrichment for Captive Animals
Edited by David J. Shepherdson, Jill D. Mellen and Michael Hutchins


Format: Trade Paperback, 376 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 14, 1999
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-397-2 (1-56098-397-3)

Growing recognition of the complexity of animals’ physical, social, and psychological lives in the wild has led both zookeepers and the zoo-going public to call for higher environmental standards for animals in captivity.

Bringing together the work of animal behaviorists, zoo biologists, and psychologists, Second Nature explores a range of innovative strategies... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Written by Rebecca Skloot


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5218-9 (1-4000-5218-1)

Winner of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine’s Communication Award for Best Book
Winner of the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction
Winner of the Wellcome Trust Book Prize

Named by more than 60 critics as one of the best books of 2010,
including:
Best Book of... Read more >

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The Black Swan: Second Edition
The Impact of the Highly Improbable: With a new section: "On Robustness and Fragility"
Written by Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 11, 2010
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7381-5 (0-8129-7381-X)

Selected for Wellesley Reads 2010

A black swan is a highly improbable event with three principal characteristics: It is unpredictable; it carries a massive impact; and, after the fact, we concoct an explanation that makes it appear less random, and more predictable, than it was. The astonishing success of Google was a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Enemies
A History of the FBI
Written by Tim Weiner


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 26, 2013
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7923-7 (0-8129-7923-0)

Enemies is the first definitive history of the FBI’s secret intelligence operations, from an author whose work on the Pentagon and the CIA won him the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

Praise for Enemies:
“Pulitzer-Prize–winning author Tim Weiner has written a riveting inside account of the FBI’s secret machinations that goes... Read more >

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The Least of All Possible Evils
Humanitarian Violence from Arendt to Gaza
Written by Eyal Weizman


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: June 19, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-84467-647-7 (1-84467-647-1)

2013 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

The principle of the “lesser evil”—the acceptability of pursuing one exceptional course of action in order to prevent a greater injustice—has long been a cornerstone of Western ethical philosophy. From its roots in classical ethics and Christian theology, to Hannah Arendt’s exploration of the work of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Overdiagnosed
Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health
Written by H. Gilbert Welch, Lisa Schwartz and Steve Woloshin


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 3, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-2199-6 (0-8070-2199-7)

From a nationally recognized expert, an exposé of the worst excesses of our zeal for medical testing

Going against the conventional wisdom reinforced by the medical establishment and Big Pharma that more screening is the best preventative medicine, Dr. Gilbert Welch builds a compelling counterargument that what we need are fewer, not... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Match
"Savior Siblings" and One Family's Battle to Heal Their Daughter
Written by Beth Whitehouse


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0121-9 (0-8070-0121-X)

Selected as a 2011 University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries
Rated O - Outstanding

Katie Trebing was diagnosed at three months old with Diamond Blackfan anemia, a rare form of anemia that prevents bone marrow from producing red blood cells. Even with a lifetime of monthly blood transfusions, she faced... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Ill Nature

Written by Joy Williams


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 11, 2002
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71363-7 (0-375-71363-8)

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Most of us watch with mild concern the fast-disappearing wild spaces or the recurrence of pollution-related crises such as oil spills, toxic blooms in fertilizer-enriched forests, and violence both home and abroad. Joy Williams does more than watch. In this collection of condemnations and love letters... Read more >

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Love Shrinks
A Memoir of a Marriage Counselor's Divorce
Written by Sharyn Wolf


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-1-56947-936-0 (1-56947-936-4)

For twenty years, Sharyn Wolf, a practicing psychotherapist and "relationship expert," has helped revitalize the marriages of countless couples. But while she was being interviewed on Oprah and 48 hours to talk about her nationally bestselling books that instructed millions on how to flirt, find mates, and "stay lovers for life,"... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Political Evil
What It Is and How to Combat It
Written by Alan Wolfe


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 4, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47301-1 (0-307-47301-5)

A timely, eye-opening examination of political evil, a concept widely misunderstood and desperately in need of clarification in our ever more chaotic world.

In an age of genocide, terrorism, ethnic cleansing, and torture, evil threatens us in ways radically different from tsunamis and financial panics. Nature unleashes its wrath and people rush... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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