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The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair

I heard an interview with the author on the podcast 99% Invisible. I found the interview so fascinating, I had to go and get the book right away. Even Miss Adventure was interested.

Published: 2016

Genre: nonfiction art/history

Length: 281 pages of text, 320 pages total

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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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In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan

This is the fourth book in the Memoir of Lady Trent series.

Published: 2016

Genre: historical fantasy

Length: 350 pages

Setting: Akhia, a Middle Eastern equivalent country, soon after the events of Voyage of the Basilisk

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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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The Story of the Earth in 25 Rocks by Donald Prothero

I picked this up for the kids’ geology this year. After Mr. Curiosity read a chapter and shared all the fascinating tidbits he’d learned, I decided I needed to read it as well.

Subtitle: Tales of Important Geological Puzzles and the People Who Solved Them

Published: 2018

Genre: nonfiction science

Length: 337 pages of text, 354 pages total

Summary: Short version: That’s what subtitles are for
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What I Will Be Reading #37: Mostly Nonfiction

I’ve been saving up new books for my reading list. I’ve been doing a good job of reading down my TBR list – time to add some new ones.

First up is If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating by Alan Alda. It certainly wins an award for the longest title. I listened to Alan Alda  on the ID10T podcast. The book seems to be all about communicating science to non-science people. That’s basically my teaching job. I’m always on the lookout for ways to improve my teaching, so on the list it goes.

My next addition is Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World–and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling. I learned about this one when doing some research for a new class I’m teaching in the fall about environmental issues and geography. For one of their assignments, I want my students to play around with data on Gapminder. When I went onto the website, I saw they had a book. It sounded interesting, so I’m putting it on my list.

One more nonfiction book for my reading list is Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story by Michael Rosen. I found this one in my library catalog as I was looking for versions of Beowulf that the library had. (I thought there was a graphic novel version of Beowulf, but if there is, my library doesn’t have it.) I love origin stories and learning about the origins of all of the Arabic letters sounds right up my alley.

And one last book, this time some fiction: Black Widow by Daniel Silva from The Modern Mrs. Darcy post on long novels. (I can’t write a post about new books without mentioning The Modern Mrs. Darcy at least once.) I don’t really care that it’s a long novel. I’m interested in it because it’s recommended as a high quality spy thriller (which is a genre I haven’t been reading much lately but do really enjoy) AND it gets me an S author (which I don’t have yet this year).

So, anything look good to you? Anything else I should add to my reading list?

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Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History by Bill Laws

I picked this book up from the library as a possible resource for Miss Adventure. She’s doing a project on the different sources of fabrics and their history. I read the pages on cotton to check and see if it would work for her, and got sucked into reading the whole book.

Published: 2010

Genre: science nonfiction

Length: 217 pages of text, 224 pages total

Summary: Short version: read the title again
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