Earth’s Uncertain Future | Collection Development: Climate Change, June 1, 2015

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Climate change entered scientific discourse during the 1980s as scientists started to document a rapid rise in greenhouse gases and a corresponding increase in global temperatures. Their claims were quickly challenged as critics alleged the gases had little to do with any warming that might be occurring. Here the debate heats up in books, videos, and websites.

Climate Warning Bells: The Search for Sustainability

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Barnham’s big claims about the viability (and necessity) of solar energy; a vision of how climate inaction might be overcome, Brecher intrigues; Seaman’s sterling addition to all photo collections, Taillant opens our eyes wide to ignored natural resources.

Four Essential Sci/Med Titles from Tim Flannery, Lisa Randall, & More | Nonfiction Previews, October 2015, Pt. 2

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Flannery, Tim. Atmosphere of Hope: The Search for Solutions to the Climate Crisis. Atlantic Monthly. Oct. 2015. 256p. ISBN 9780802124067. $27; ebk. ISBN9780802190925. NATURE Ten years ago, Flannery helped jump-start the conversation on climate change with The Weather Makers, a No. 1 international best seller that was named an ALA Notable Book and has over […]

Russian Oligarchs, Sunken Pirate Ships, & Aziz Ansari on Romance | June 2015 Audio in Advance | Nonfiction

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Ahlers, Amy & Christine Arylo. Reform Your Inner Mean Girl: 7 Steps to Stop Bullying Yourself and Start Loving Yourself. Tantor. ISBN 9781494560553. Read by the authors. The Inner Mean Girl is the judgmental, critical, and belittling inner bully that almost every woman hears running through her mind on a daily basis. The Inner Mean Girl creates undue […]

Willie Nelson, Lucid Dreaming, & Peyton Place | May 2015 Audio in Advance | Nonfiction

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Bays, Jan Chozen. How to Train a Wild Elephant & Other Adventures in Mindfulness: Simple Daily Mindfulness Practices for Living Life More Fully & Joyfully. Brilliance. ISBN 9781501227424. Read by the author. A growing body of research is showing that mindfulness can reduce stress, improve physical health, and improve one’s overall quality of life. Bays, […]

Bill Clegg, Richard Dawkins, Jonathan Franzen, Elizabeth Gilbert, Erica Jong | Barbara’s Picks, Sept. 2015, Pt. 1

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Clegg, Bill. Did You Ever Have a Family. Scout: Gallery. Sept. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9781476798172. $26. LITERARY FICTION Clegg is a leading literary agent and the author of two well-regarded memoirs, Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man and Ninety Days, which detail how he fell into crack addiction and stays sober now. So […]

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.