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Drawdown edited by Paul Hawken

I’m still looking for a textbook for my Environmental Science or Environment and Society in a Changing World classes. I want something written for nonscientists that covers many of the current environmental issues with a focus on climate change. Bonus if it was written in the last few years, since the science on climate change is changing so rapidly. It’s a pretty specific set of characteristics that I want, which is why I don’t have anything I’m satisfied with yet. I picked up this book from a Wired article on empowering women to reduce climate change.

Subtitle: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming

Published: 2017

Genre: nonfiction climate science

Length: 256 pages

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Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence

I saw this book on a Modern Mrs. Darcy post and immediately put it on my TBR list. It’s a book about books, what’s not to love? I was in the mood for some nonfiction and decided to pick it up in the new year.

Subtitle: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian’s Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her Life

Published: 2017

Genre: nonfiction literature

Length: 243 pages

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How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster

I put this book on my TBR list to perhaps learn how to find the symbolism in literature, because I’m terrible at seeing the underlying meanings. I chose it now because it gave me an F author, the last letter I need for my alphabet challenge.

Subtitle: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines

Published: 2003

Genre: nonfiction literature

Length: 281 pages of text, 314 pages total

Summary: Short version: The title pretty much says it all
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Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza and Steve Erwin

My mother-in-law read this in a book club a decade ago and passed it along to me to read.

Subtitle: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust

Published: 2006

Genre: nonfiction memoir

Length: 214 pages

Setting: Rwanda, 1994

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The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

This was our book club choice for November. I had heard many people talk about it and thought it might be a good choice for us to read.

Subtitle: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Published: 2013

Genre: nonfiction historical sports

Length: 370 pages of story, 404 pages total

Setting: mostly 1899-1936, near Seattle, and 1936, Berlin

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The Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman

My husband heard about this book on a podcast and thought I’d be interested. I enjoy design books (for example, A Pattern Language) and appreciated a book recommendation from my husband.

Published: 1988

Genre: nonfiction design

Length: 217 pages of text, 257 pages total

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Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin

I’m not sure how this came to my attention in the first place (it’s been on my TBR list too long). I read it now because it gives me a letter in my Reading the Alphabet Challenge.

Subtitle: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body

Published: 2008

Genre: nonfiction science

Length: 201 pages of text, 229 pages total

Font: Ehrhardt

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