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The Universe Within
The Deep History of the Human Body
Written by Neil Shubin


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47327-1 (0-307-47327-9)

In The Universe Within, Neil Shubin reveals the connection between the evolution of the cosmos and the evolution of the human body.

Just as the history of the earth is written in the rocks, so too is the universe’s 14-billion-year history written in the human body. Starting at the smallest level... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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The Universe Within
Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People
Written by Neil Shubin


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: January 8, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-37843-9 (0-307-37843-8)

From one of our finest and most popular science writers, and the best-selling author of Your Inner Fish, comes the answer to a scientific mystery as big as the world itself: How are the events that formed our solar system billions of years ago embedded inside each of us?

In Your Inner... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Your Inner Fish
A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body
Written by Neil Shubin


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27745-9 (0-307-27745-3)

Winner of the 2009 National Academy of Sciences Book Award

Why do we look the way we do? What does the human hand have in common with the wing of a fly? Are breasts, sweat glands, and scales connected in some way? To better understand the inner workings of our bodies and... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Your Inner Fish
A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body
Written by Neil Shubin


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: January 15, 2008
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-42447-2 (0-375-42447-4)

Why do we look the way we do? What does the human hand have in common with the wing of a fly? Are breasts, sweat glands, and scales connected in some way? To better understand the inner workings of our bodies and to trace the origins of many of today's most... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Primates in Question
The Smithsonian Answer Book
Written by Robert W. Shumaker and Benjamin B. Beck
Photographed by Gerry Ellis


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: November 17, 2003
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-176-1 (1-58834-176-3)

The mysterious and often unpredictable world of primates is explained by Smithsonian scientists in a question-and-answer format. Primates in Question, part of the Smithsonian’s popular “In Question” series, is a comprehensive response to the many thousands of calls and letters the Smithsonian receives regarding questions related to monkeys, apes, lemurs, tamarins... Read more >

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Sibley's Birding Basics

Written by David Allen Sibley


Format: Trade Paperback, 168 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 1, 2002
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70966-1 (0-375-70966-5)

“I wrote and illustrated this book to help every inquisitive birder, from novice to expert. Whether you can identify six birds or six hundred, you’ll be a better birder if you have a grounding in the real nuts and bolts of what birds look like, and your skills will be even... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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In the Womb: Animals

Written by Michael Sims


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: April 21, 2009
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0175-2 (1-4262-0175-3)

In the Womb: Animals follows the developmental path of three different mammals utilizing some of the most amazing technology available. This incredible journey was first chronicled for the critically acclaimed National Geographic Channel special of the same name, where 3-D and 4-D ultrasound was used on animals for the first time... Read more >

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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 Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Written by Rebecca Skloot


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: February 2, 2010
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5217-2 (1-4000-5217-3)

Winner of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine’s 2011 Communication Award for Best Book
Winner of the 2010 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction
Winner of the 2010 Wellcome Trust Book Prize
Named by more than 60 critics as one of the best books of 2010,
... Read more >

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Kids
How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Raise Young Children
Written by Meredith Small


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 8, 2002
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49628-5 (0-385-49628-1)

To what extent do our parenting practices help or hinder our children? As parents, how much influence do we have over what kind of people our children will grow up to be? In the follow-up to her critically acclaimed Our Babies, Ourselves, Cornell anthropologist Meredith Small now takes on these and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Are We Born Racist?
New Insights from Neuroscience and Positive Psychology
Written by Jeremy A. Smith, Jason Marsh and Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 29, 2010
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1157-7 (0-8070-1157-6)

Selected as a 2011 University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries
Rated G — General Audience

Where do our prejudices come from? Why are some people more biased than others? Is it possible for individuals, and society as a whole, to truly defeat prejudice?

Scientists have explored these questions for years, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sharks in Question

Written by V. G. Springer


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: February 17, 1989
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-87474-877-2 (0-87474-877-1)

Sharks in Question is a collective response to the thousands of questions about sharks received annually by scientists at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Written in a question-and-answer format accompanied by more than 100 photographs and illustrations, the book provides knowledge for a general audience as well as students of... Read more >

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North American Tree Squirrels

Written by Michael A. Steele and John L. Koprowski


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2003
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-100-6 (1-58834-100-3)

Written with clarity and wit by two top scientists, North American Tree Squirrels illuminates the everyday lives of gray and fox squirrels, the two most dominant types of tree squirrels of the eastern United States.

Drawing on more than twenty years of research, Michael A. Steele and John L. Koprowski detail the... Read more >

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The Company of Wolves

Written by Peter Steinhart


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 25, 1996
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74387-3 (0-679-74387-1)

As wolves return to their old territory in Yellowstone National Park, their presence is reawakening passions as ancient as their tangled relations with human beings. This authoritative and eloquent book coaxes the wolf out from its camouflage of myth and reveals the depth of its kinship with humanity, which shares this... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Born to Rebel
Birth Order, Family Dynamics, and Creative Lives
Written by Frank J. Sulloway


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 2, 1997
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75876-1 (0-679-75876-3)

Why do people raised in the same families often differ more dramatically in personality than those from different families?  Why, within the same family, do some children conform to authority whereas others rebel?  The family, it turns out, is not a "shared environment" but rather a set of niches that provide siblings with... Read more >

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Brainworks
The Mind-bending Science of How You See, What You Think, and Who You Are
Written by Michael S. Sweeney
Foreword by David Copperfield


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: September 6, 2011
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0757-0 (1-4262-0757-3)

Brainworks is the captivating companion book to the three part National Geographic Channel series. The television program brings together a crack team of scientists and researchers from a wide range of fields, including neurology, psychology, and opthamology. The program makes the viewer the test subject in an array of astonishing challenges... Read more >

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Why We Get Fat
And What to Do About It
Written by Gary Taubes


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 27, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47425-4 (0-307-47425-9)

Building upon his critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, Gary Taubes revisits the urgent question of what’s making us fat—and how we can change.

He reveals the bad nutritional science of the last century—none more damaging or misguided than the “calories-in, calories-out” model of... Read more >

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A History of Life in 100 Fossils

Written by Paul D. Taylor and Aaron O'Dea


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 14, 2014
Price: $34.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-482-3 (1-58834-482-7)

A History of Life in 100 Fossils showcases 100 key fossils that together illustrate the evolution of life on earth. Iconic specimens have been selected from the renowned collections of the two premier natural history museums in the world, the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, and the Natural History Museum, London. The fossils... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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On the Wing
To the Edge of the Earth with the Peregrine Falcon
Written by Alan Tennant


Format: Trade Paperback, 328 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 11, 2005
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3182-5 (1-4000-3182-6)

In this extraordinary journey, Alan Tennant recounts his attempt to track the transcontinental migration of the majestic peregrine falcon—an investigation no one before him had ever taken to such lengths. From the windswept flats of the Texas barrier islands to the Artic and then south again into the Caribbean, On the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Ptarmigan's Dilemma
An Ecological Exploration into the Mysteries of Life
Written by John Theberge and Mary Theberge


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
On Sale: April 5, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-7710-8518-5 (0-7710-8518-4)

Drawing on breakthrough research in evolution, genetics, and on their extensive work in the field and lab, wildlife biologists John and Mary Theberge explain for non-scientists the real facts of life.

Birds that suddenly grow gall bladders, when their species has none. Moose with antlers so big they encumber their movement through... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Seaweeds

Written by David N. Thomas


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 2002
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-050-4 (1-58834-050-3)

From microscopic organisms on tidal rocks to dense marine forests, seaweeds vary widely in size and are amazingly well adapted to both the Arctic and the tropics. David Thomas presents a detailed look at what seaweeds are, how they live, and why humans value them.

Thomas describes the red, brown, and green... Read more >

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The Tiger
A True Story of Vengeance and Survival
Written by John Vaillant


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38904-6 (0-307-38904-9)

A gripping story of man pitted against nature’s most fearsome and efficient predator.

Outside a remote village in Russia’s Far East a man-eating tiger is on the prowl. The tiger isn’t just killing people, it’s murdering them, almost as if it has a vendetta. A team of trackers is dispatched to hunt... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Sealife

Written by Geoffrey Waller


Format: Hardcover, 504 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 1996
Price: $55.00
ISBN: 978-1-56098-633-1 (1-56098-633-6)

Brimming with illustrations and descriptions of more than six hundred species, SeaLife is the most comprehensive reference available in a single volume to the vast panorama of vertebrate and invertebrate creatures inhabiting the world’s oceans and shores. Topics covered include oceanography and marine biology; biology of marine environments; marine invertebrates; marine... Read more >

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The Whole Hog
Exploring the Extraordinary Potential of Pigs
Written by Lyall Watson


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2004
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-216-4 (1-58834-216-6)

Not all animals are created equal. For a start, pigs have it, sheep don’t; that is, that special quality of intelligence, a sense of play, and a gregariousness that make these tragically misunderstood–yet no less endearing–creatures more like us than any other animal. Best-selling author Lyall Watson takes a delightful look... Read more >

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Meeting the Family
One Man's Journey Through His Human Ancestry
Written by Donovan Webster
Foreword by Spencer Wells


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: April 20, 2010
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0573-6 (1-4262-0573-2)

Donovan Webster brings his vivid journalistic gifts to a new subject, tracing our deep genealogy using cutting-edge DNA research to map our eons-old journey from prehistoric Africa into the modern world. With the same genetic haplotype as many white American males, Webster makes an ideal subject–he is a genuine Everyman. While... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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