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Best Science and Nature Books of 2014

  • NONFICTION

    THE SIXTH EXTINCTION

    FEB. 11, 2014

NONFICTION

THE SIXTH EXTINCTION

by Elizabeth Kolbert

A highly significant eye-opener rich in facts and enjoyment. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    TRESPASSING ON EINSTEIN'S LAWN

    JAN. 14, 2014

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

TRESPASSING ON EINSTEIN'S LAWN

by Amanda Gefter

Beautifully written and hugely entertaining, this book is a heartfelt introduction to the many mind-bending theories in... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    STARLIGHT DETECTIVES

    JULY 8, 2014

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

STARLIGHT DETECTIVES

by Alan Hirshfeld

A delightful, detailed chronicle of great men (and a rare woman) whose fascination with the night sky and the technology... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    INTERNAL MEDICINE

    SEPT. 29, 2014

NONFICTION

INTERNAL MEDICINE

by Terrence Holt

Holt says that he wrote the book over a period of 10 years. Let’s hope for a shorter duration before we next hear from this... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    WAR OF THE WHALES

    JULY 1, 2014

HISTORY

WAR OF THE WHALES

by Joshua Horwitz

Based on years of interviews and research, Horwitz delivers a powerful, engrossing narrative that raises serious questions... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE INNOVATORS

    OCT. 7, 2014

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE INNOVATORS

by Walter Isaacson

Isaacson weaves prodigious research and deftly crafted anecdotes into a vigorous, gripping narrative about the visionaries... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE HUMAN AGE

    SEPT. 10, 2014

NONFICTION

THE HUMAN AGE

by Diane Ackerman

Through compelling and meditative prose, Ackerman delivers top-notch insight on the contemporary human condition. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    HOW WE GOT TO NOW

    SEPT. 30, 2014

NONFICTION

HOW WE GOT TO NOW

by Steven Johnson

Of a piece with the work of Tracy Kidder, Henry Petroski and other popular explainers of technology and science—geeky... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE LAGOON

    SEPT. 25, 2014

  • NONFICTION

    PANDORA'S DNA

    OCT. 15, 2014

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

PANDORA'S DNA

by Lizzie Stark

A gutsy, deeply revealing account that more than fulfills the promise of the subtitle. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    NATURE'S GOD

    JULY 1, 2014

NONFICTION

NATURE'S GOD

by Matthew Stewart

In affording a fresh perspective on the difficult but exhilarating birth of this country, Stewart shows that the often... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE UNPERSUADABLES

    APRIL 1, 2014

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE UNPERSUADABLES

by Will Storr

“The mind remains, to a tantalizing degree, a realm of secrets and wonder,” writes the author, and so, too, does the world... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE BIG FAT SURPRISE

    MAY 13, 2014

  • NONFICTION

    ADVENTURES IN THE ANTHROPOCENE

    NOV. 11, 2014

NONFICTION

ADVENTURES IN THE ANTHROPOCENE

by Gaia Vince

A well-documented, upbeat alternative to doom-and-gloom prognostications. Full review >

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