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The Botany of Desire
A Plant's-Eye View of the World
Written by Michael Pollan


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 28, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76039-6 (0-375-76039-3)

Selected for Common Reading at Chaffey College

Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers’ genes far and wide. In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Anatomy Coloring Workbook, 3rd Edition

Written by Princeton Review


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Princeton Review
On Sale: July 3, 2012
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-0-375-76289-5 (0-375-76289-2)

An Easier and Better Way to Learn Anatomy.

The human body is wondrously complex, with 700 muscles, 206 bones, and countless cells and tissues ... but studying and remembering all of them can be overwhelming!

Instead of rote memorization, the Anatomy Coloring Workbook, 3rd Edition helps you take an interactive approach to learning... Read more >

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Lichens

Written by William Purvis


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-879-3 (1-56098-879-7)

From the rain forests of Costa Rica to the frozen deserts of Antarctica, lichens are a familiar part of the landscape. Widespread and long-lived, yet vulnerable to environmental disturbance, lichens are useful to scientists in assessing the effects of air pollution, ozone depletion, and metal contamination. Illustrated with more than 150... Read more >

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Insectopedia

Written by Hugh Raffles


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 22, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9696-1 (1-4000-9696-0)

Winner of the Orion Book Award
Winner of a Special Prize for Extending Ethnographic Understanding by the Victor Turner Prize Committee of the Society for Humanistic Anthropology



A stunningly original exploration of the ties that bind us to the beautiful, ancient, astoundingly accomplished, largely unknown, and unfathomably different species with whom we... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Insectopedia

Written by Hugh Raffles


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: March 23, 2010
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-42386-4 (0-375-42386-9)

A stunningly original exploration of the ties that bind us to the beautiful, ancient, astoundingly accomplished, largely unknown, and unfathomably different species with whom we share the world.

For as long as humans have existed, insects have existed, too. Wherever we’ve traveled, they’ve traveled, too. Yet we hardly know them, not... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Anatomy of Violence
The Biological Roots of Crime
Written by Adrian Raine


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47561-9 (0-307-47561-1)

A New Scientist Best Book of 2013

Why do some kids from good environments become mass murderers? Is there actually such a thing as a natural born killer? And, if so, what can we do to identify and treat those born with a predisposition to criminal behavior?

For more than three decades... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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The Anatomy of Violence
The Biological Roots of Crime
Written by Adrian Raine


Format: Hardcover, 496 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: April 30, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-37884-2 (0-307-37884-5)

Why do some innocent kids grow up to become cold-blooded serial killers? Is bad biology partly to blame? For more than three decades Adrian Raine has been researching the biological roots of violence and establishing neurocriminology, a new field that applies neuroscience techniques to investigate the causes and cures of crime... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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A User's Guide to the Brain
Perception, Attention, and the Four Theaters of the Brain
Written by John J. Ratey, M.D.


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2002
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70107-8 (0-375-70107-9)

With his acclaimed Shadow Syndromes and the bestselling Driven to Distraction, Harvard professor John J. Ratey has been at the forefront in explaining the current revolution in the neurosciences. In this new work, he guides us through the brain’s workings and its role in our behavior.

Recent discoveries have revealed the brain... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Prehistory
The Making of the Human Mind
Written by Colin Renfrew


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 11, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7661-8 (0-8129-7661-4)

In Prehistory, the award-winning archaeologist and renowned scholar Colin Renfrew covers human existence before the advent of written records–the overwhelming majority of our time here on earth–and gives an incisive, concise, and lively survey of the past, and of how scholars and scientists labor to bring it to light.

Renfrew begins... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Body
The Complete Human
Written by Patricia S. Daniels, Lisa Stein and Trisha Gura
Foreword by Richard Restak


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: January 6, 2009
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0449-4 (1-4262-0449-3)

Body: The Complete Human explains each of a person’s working systems in a practical, interactive way. In over 400 images, diagrams and illustrations, the amazing diversity of the body is shown in rich visuals, such as the highly magnified view of a cancer cell, or blood platelets. Well-organized into 13 chapters... Read more >

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The Body, Revised Edition
A Complete User's Guide
Written by Patricia Daniels
Foreword by Richard Restak, M.D.


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: October 28, 2014
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-1414-1 (1-4262-1414-6)

A comprehensive home reference for students and individuals, this fully illustrated, easy-to-understand new edition includes the most up-to-date information about the human body.

Created in collaboration with a panel of medical experts, The Body features the latest information about the inner workings of the human body and its vital systems. Packed with... Read more >

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Biology of Marine Mammals

Written by John E. Reynolds


Format: Trade Paperback, 588 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 1999
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-250-8 (1-58834-250-6)

Taking an integrated approach to the biology of marine carnivores, cetaceans, and sirenians, twenty-two prominent researchers compare marine mammals with one another and with terrestrial mammals, providing a framework for fundamental biological and ecological concepts. They describe functional morphology, sensory systems, energetics, reproduction, communication and cognition, behavior, distribution, population biology, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Rattlesnake
Portrait of a Predator
Written by Manny Rubio


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: August 17, 1998
Price: $49.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-808-3 (1-56098-808-8)

Illustrated with more than 250 dramatic original color photographs depicting not only fangs and rattles but also intricate patterns and extraordinary camouflage, Rattlesnake traces the evolution and behavior of the more than eighty living species and subspecies of rattlesnakes–from East Coast timber rattlesnakes to California’s desert-dwelling sidewinders to South America’s neotropical... Read more >

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Entheogens and the Development of Culture
The Anthropology and Neurobiology of Ecstatic Experience
Edited by John A. Rush


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: July 30, 2013
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-600-8 (1-58394-600-4)

Entheogens and the Development of Culture makes the radical proposition that mind-altering substances have played a major part not only in cultural development but also in human brain development. Researchers suggest that we have purposely enhanced receptor sites in the brain, especially those for dopamine and serotonin, through the use of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Oaxaca Journal

Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94744-4 (0-307-94744-0)

Since childhood, Oliver Sacks has been fascinated by ferns: an ancient class of plants able to survive and adapt in many climates. Along with a delightful group of fellow fern aficionados—mathematicians, poets, artists, and assorted botanists and birders—he embarks on an exploration of Southern Mexico, a region that is also rich... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Every Patient Tells a Story
Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis
Written by Lisa Sanders


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: September 21, 2010
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2247-0 (0-7679-2247-6)

Making a diagnosis is a doctor’s most challenging and crucial task. Most of the time, a physical examination and routine tests provide what’s needed to begin a course of treatment. But sometimes the symptoms are deceptive, tests are misleading, and obvious treatment options prove woefully inadequate. In Diagnosis Dr. Lisa Sanders... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Out in the Open, Revised Edition
The Complete Male Pelvis
Written by R. Louis Schultz, Ph.D.
Foreword by Marcelo Coutinho


Format: Trade Paperback, 184 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: June 26, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-436-3 (1-58394-436-2)

Out in the Open, Revised Edition: The Complete Male Pelvis offers a frank exploration of the male pelvic region from a cultural and scientific perspective. Focusing on pelvic structure and development, the book explains how male sexuality develops throughout a man's life—from birth onwards. An experienced Rolfer with an academic background... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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An Apple A Day
The Myths, Misconceptions, and Truths About the Foods We Eat
Written by Joe Schwarcz


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: January 13, 2009
Price: $23.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-311-8 (1-59051-311-8)

In An Apple a Day, Dr. Joe Schwarcz has taken his thorough knowledge of food chemistry, applied it to today’s top food fears, trends, and questions, and leavened it with his trademark lighthearted approach. The result is both an entertaining revelation of the miracles of science happening in our bodies every... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Cats in Question
The Smithsonian Answer Book
Written by John Seidensticker and Susan Lumpkin
Photographed by Art Wolfe


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2004
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-126-6 (1-58834-126-7)

What are cats? How do cats hunt? Do wild cats like catnip? Do cats dream? Cats in Question, a new book in Smithsonian’s highly successful “In Question” series, offers authoritative and engaging answers to the thousands of questions about cats that Smithsonian scientists receive annually. All of the world’s cats are... Read more >

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Amphibian Conservation

Written by Raymond D. Semlitsch
Foreword by David B. Wake


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 17, 2003
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-119-8 (1-58834-119-4)

From deep in the rain forests of Central America to the backyard ponds of Minnesota, alarming accounts of disappearing and deformed populations of amphibians keep surfacing in the media. The amphibian crisis has been headline news from New York to Europe to Australia, featuring pictures of grotesque frogs and reports from... Read more >

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Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Volume Five

Written by Michael J. Shea Ph.D
Contribution by Raymond Gasser, Ph.D., Carol Agneessens, M.S., Ann Diamond Weinstein, Ph.D. and Sheila Shea, M.A.


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: April 30, 2013
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-547-6 (1-58394-547-4)

In Volume 5 of his innovative series on biodynamic and craniosacral therapy, Michael Shea presents invaluable information about therapeutic approaches to pre- and neonatal babies--in particular, low-birth-weight babies. In addition, more than 50 meditations on stillness are provided for the benefit of the practitioner.

The first part of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Volume... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Owls Aren't Wise & Bats Aren't Blind
A Naturalist Debunks Our Favorite Fallacies About Wildlife
Written by Warner Shedd


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: July 31, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-80797-2 (0-609-80797-8)

Have you ever seen a flying squirrel flapping through the air, watched a beaver carrying a load of mud on its tail, or ducked when a porcupine started throwing its quills? Probably not, says Warner Shedd, debunking these and many more popular myths about our animal friends in Owls Aren't Wise... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 Predator Paradox
Ending the War with Wolves, Bears, Cougars, and Coyotes
Written by John Shivik


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 13, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8496-0 (0-8070-8496-4)

As carnivore populations increase, their proximity to people, pets, and livestock leads to more conflict, and we are once again left to negotiate the uneasy terrain between elimination and conservation. In The Predator Paradox, veteran wildlife management expert John Shivik argues that we can end the war while still preserving and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Genome War
How Craig Venter Tried to Capture the Code of Life and Save the World
Written by James Shreeve


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: June 28, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-43374-9 (0-345-43374-2)

The long-awaited story of the science, the business, the politics, the intrigue behind the scenes of the most ferocious competition in the history of modern science the race to map the human genome.

On May 10, 1998, biologist Craig Venter, director of the Institute for Genomic Research, announced that he was forming... Read more >
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