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Best Science and Nature Books of 2020

  • NONFICTION

    APOLLO'S ARROW

    OCT. 27, 2020

NONFICTION

APOLLO'S ARROW

by Nicholas A. Christakis

A welcome assessment of the reality of the epidemic that has changed our lives. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    A FURIOUS SKY

    JUNE 9, 2020

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    THE INVENTION OF MEDICINE

    DEC. 8, 2020

HISTORY

THE INVENTION OF MEDICINE

by Robin Lane Fox

Searching, lucid, and challenging, Fox's book presents a vivid picture of Hippocratic creativity. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    FATHOMS

    JULY 28, 2020

NONFICTION

FATHOMS

by Rebecca Giggs

A thoughtful, ambitiously crafted appeal for the preservation of marine mammals. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    WORLD OF WONDERS

    SEPT. 8, 2020

  • NONFICTION

    THE BOOK OF UNCONFORMITIES

    AUG. 25, 2020

NONFICTION

THE BOOK OF UNCONFORMITIES

by Hugh Raffles

As panoptic and sparkling as the crystals contained in many of the author’s objects of study. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    OAK FLAT

    NOV. 17, 2020

HISTORY

OAK FLAT

by Lauren Redniss illustrated by Lauren Redniss

As a work of advocacy, the book is compelling and convincing; as a work of art, it is masterful. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    BECOMING WILD

    APRIL 14, 2020

NONFICTION

BECOMING WILD

by Carl Safina

Enthralling accounts of three animals that lead complex social lives and deserve to continue living. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    OWLS OF THE EASTERN ICE

    AUG. 4, 2020

NONFICTION

OWLS OF THE EASTERN ICE

by Jonathan C. Slaght

Top-notch nature writing in service of a magnificent, vulnerable creature. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    LIGHTNING FLOWERS

    NOV. 10, 2020

NONFICTION

LIGHTNING FLOWERS

by Katherine E. Standefer

An intensely personal and brave accounting of a medical battle and the countless hidden costs of health care. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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