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QUIET by Susan Cain

This is a user manual for the introvert in your life or for you, if you fall in that category. Where introverts have been made to feel somehow dys-functional or dis-eased, Cain reveals that, in reality, they are completely normal and often highly intuitive and creative additions to a healthy society. Buy it for a "shy" friend today. Recommended by Kelly.
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Published: Broadway Books - January 29th, 2013

The book that started the Quiet Revolution


LOSING OUR COOL: UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTHS ABOUT OUR AIR-CONDITIONED WORLD (AND FINDING WAYS TO GET THROUGH THE SUMMER) by Stan Cox

This history of air-conditioning is the perfect apocalyptic summer read. Written by a researcher with Salina, Kansas’s Land Institute, the book reflects on need vs. want and how, in such a short time, humans--a tropical species afterall--reversed the two. When the book was reviewed in The Washington Post, Cox received death threats. Don’t mess with people’s A/C. Recommended by Kelly.
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Published: New Press - June 5th, 2012

One of the Mother Nature Network's ten "must-read environmental books" of the year, Losing Our Cool is the first book to examine how indoor climate control is helping send our outdoor climate reeling out of control.


GIFTS OF THE CROW: HOW PERCEPTION, EMOTION, AND THOUGHT ALLOW SMART BIRDS TO BEHAVE LIKE HUMANS by John Marzluff and Tony Angell

The subtitle pretty much says it all. If, like many, you’re intrigued by recent information about the intelligence of crows and other members of the corvid family, this book will delight. I particularly enjoyed the passage about how crows have been known to leave "gifts" for those that feed them. The science here is easily digested by a lay audience. Recommended by Kelly.
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ISBN: 9781439198742
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Published: Atria Books - February 5th, 2013

Stan Coren's groundbreaking The Intelligence of Dogs meets Bernd Heinrich's classic Mind of the Raven in this astonishing, beautifully illustrated look at the uncanny intelligence and emotions of crows.


INSECTOPEDIA by Hugh Raffles

This isn’t dry science. In a series of essays, Raffles sheds light on the intricate wonders and, occasionally, horrors of our smaller comrades’ lives. An anthropologist by trade, he takes his own intense interest and folds it into an exploration of the intersection of worlds. A fascinating read. Recommended by Kelly.
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ISBN: 9781400096961
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Published: Vintage - March 22nd, 2011

A New York Times Notable Book

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.


THANK GOD FOR EVOLUTION by Michael Dowd

For those of you struggling to reconcile your own religious faith with all we now know (or if you have relatives on either side of the fence who you have a hard time talking to), THANK GOD FOR EVOLUTION by Michael Dowd might just be the ticket. He joins an ever-broadening circle of writers who believe when religion and science divorced many centuries ago, both have suffered mightily for it.
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ISBN: 9780452295346
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Published: Plume Books - April 28th, 2009

Few issues have revealed deeper divisions in our society than the debate between creationism and evolution, between religion and science. Yet from the fray, Reverend Michael Dowd has emerged as a reconciler, finding faith strengthened by the power of reason.


SEX, SLEEP, EAT, DRINK, DREAM: A Day in the Life of Your Body by Jennifer Ackerman

SEX, SLEEP, EAT, DRINK, DREAM: A Day in the Life of Your Body by science writer Jennifer Ackerman is a fun and fascinating read for hypochondriacs, amateur anatomists, and everyone else for that matter.
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ISBN: 9780547085609
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Published: Mariner Books - October 1st, 2008

Did you know that you can tell time in your sleep? That women have more nightmares than men? Or that up to half of the calories you consume can be burned off simply by fidgeting?


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