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BOUND BY ICE: A True North Pole Survival Story

BOUND BY ICE: A True North Pole Survival Story

  Bookends is thrilled to participate in our first blog tour. At the end of this post, find details about the rest of the stops on the tour!     Cindy: If you thought Shackleton’s three months trapped in the ice in the Antarctic was a gripping survival story, wait until you hear about George […]

Encouraging Young Naturalists: THE SEARCH FOR OLINGUITO

Encouraging Young Naturalists: THE SEARCH FOR OLINGUITO

Lynn: Sometimes, the most surprising discoveries have been right under our noses for years! Being observant, curious and asking questions can lead to valuable new knowledge. This is an important lesson for young naturalists, who sometimes think all nature is known by science. Sandra Markle’s fascinating new book, The Search for Olinguito: Discovering a New Species […]

This Week on Well Read TV: Dava Sobel Talks about THE GLASS UNIVERSE

This week on Well Read, award-winning author Dava Sobel will be speaking with hosts Elisa Jaffe and Mary Anne Gwinn about her most recent work of scientific nonfiction, The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars (2016), released December 6. After investigating Galileo’s eldest in Galileo’s Daughter: […]

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Do You See What I Hear: Books on Synesthesia
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Do You See What I Hear: Books on Synesthesia

When I was younger, my mom and I engaged in good-natured debates about which colors we associated with which numbers and letters. Although our peculiar relationship with color influenced our everyday lives, we didn’t know this mental condition had a name until my sophomore year of high school. As a member of the marching band’s […]

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The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Science and Health

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Science and Health

The December 1 issue of Booklist magazine is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 269 new reviews and 10 new feature articles and lists. The articles will be free to all for the next two weeks—to have unrestricted access, you’ll need to log in. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, or do subscribe but haven’t registered […]

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Mary Roach’s Zaniest Antics, Ranked

Mary Roach’s Zaniest Antics, Ranked

Mary Roach, award-winning author of six humorous, disgusting books, is one of the most objectively fascinated people on earth. The author of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (2003) and, most recently, Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, she is endlessly amused and intrigued by the natural world around her. On her author website, she emphasizes […]

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Elise Gravel’s Disgusting Critters: EWWW!

Elise Gravel’s Disgusting Critters: EWWW!

Lynn: Given that our focus group loves nothing more than bugs and creepy critters, I have NO idea how I missed Elise Gravel’s series, Disgusting Critters, that began in 2014. I may be coming in late, but I’m coming in enthusiastic after discovering The Toad (2016) on the new books shelf at my public library. EWWW—what […]

Two Authors Go Behind the Scenes at the Zoo

Two Authors Go Behind the Scenes at the Zoo

Lynn: “In the heart of many cities there is a jungle.” So begins renowned biologist Caitlin O’Connell’s call-to-arms for the next generation of naturalists. Jungles and zoos have never been more important to conservation and species preservation. For nature lovers, the outlook on the environment is often depressing. While O’Connell acknowledges this reality, she is not hopeless: she […]

Super-Soaked Summer Fun with Scientist Lonnie Johnson

Super-Soaked Summer Fun with Scientist Lonnie Johnson

Cindy: The name Lonnie Johnson may not be familiar to everyone, but he should be. When I saw Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions (2016) by Chris Barton in the Charlesbridge booth at BEA, I let out a whoop. I first learned about Johnson in the Capstone collective biography, African American Scientists (1996), and convinced our 6th-grade […]

DNA Detective: A Nonfiction Genetics Mystery

DNA Detective: A Nonfiction Genetics Mystery

Cindy: I stumbled upon Tanya Lloyd Kyi’s DNA Detective (2015) at the public library (thank you to Loutit Library for allowing me to cannibalize your new book displays!) and ended up ordering copies for my middle-school libraries. The book opens with a one-page comic illustration of a jewelry-store crime scene. Millions of dollars worth of jewels […]