Eyes on the Solar System: New Astronomy Titles

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Four titles sure to appeal to astronomy buffs, amateur stargazers, and lovers of solar physics; from How To Read the Solar System to Pearls of the Southern Skies.

David McCullough, Toni Morrison, Jo Nesbo, Jane Smiley, & More | Barbara’s Picks, May 2015, Pt. 3

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Hillerman, Anne. Rock with Wings. Harper. May 2015. 304p. ISBN 9780062270511. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062270535. MYSTERY With the 2013 publication of Spider Woman’s Daughter, award-winning journalist Hillerman took over the series starring famed tribal officers Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee that had won raves for her father, the late Tony Hillerman. Good move: the book […]

Discover Our Past: From Lives in Ruins to Indiana Jones | RA Crossroads

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Taking readers across centuries and around the planet, Johnson provides a collection of linked essays and character portraits centered on the archaeologists who toil in obscurity to discover our past in Lives in Ruins.

Penguins and Back Pain and Military Dogs Oh My! | Science & Technology Reviews

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Of the many books on perennially popular penguins, this is far and away the best; an invaluable work to those facing the onset of back pain and the dizzying range of treatment choices; proof of the intensity of the human-animal bond.

Nonfiction Takes the Cake: From Middle East History to Memoir to Physics for Poets | Audiobook Reviews

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Recommend Bird’s The Good Spy for students of Middle East and late 20th-century history, Brierly’s Long Way Home to memoir listeners, and for erudite, lifelong learners Kouzes’s Physics for Poets.

Books That Charm | Wyatt’s World

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From Neil Patrick Harris’s Choose Your Own Autobiography to Sarah Style, the work of Sarah Richardson, there’s something alluring here for everyone.

Dr. Mütter’s Marvels, Barnosky on Extinction, Dealing with Dementia, & More | Science & Technology Reviews

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Written for the general public, Aptowicz’s book will be of great interest to large public libraries; a superior synthesis of recent research from many scientific disciplines; Emlen’s excellent writing will draw in readers intrigued by astonishingly powerful weapons.

Split-Brain Theory, Evolution, Interstellar Travel, & More | Science Previews, Feb. 2015, Pt. 3

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Bell, Jim. The Interstellar Age: Inside the Forty-Year Voyager Mission. Dutton. Feb. 2015. 352p. ISBN 9780525954323. $27.95. ASTRONOMY The Voyager spacecraft mission was launched in 1977 with the aim of traveling into interstellar space; Voyager 1 left the solar system in 2013 and sister craft Voyager 2 is expected to do so in 2015. Clipping along […]

Angling, History, Law, and Pricing Guides | Reference Short Takes

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Consider the Fisherman’s Bible for more complete angler collections only; a recommended ready reference on a growing demographic; an illuminating compendium for money-crunching history buffs

Science and Jewish History, Everything To Know About Making Bread, Evolutionary Biology, & More | Science & Technology Reviews

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Efron discusses the profound influence of Jews on 20th-century science, Fromartz displays his exhaustive knowledge of the craft, history, and culture of bread making, nonspecialists will appreciate this sweeping panorama of ancient life

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