Immune: A Journey Into the Mysterious System That Keeps You Alive by Philipp DettmerWhat it is: an accessible and lavishly illustrated journey through the human immune system.
About the author: Philipp Dettmer is the founder of the German animation studio Kurzgesagt, which creates popular educational science videos that can be seen on their YouTube channel, "In A Nutshell."
Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid: The Fraught and Fascinating Biology of Climate... by Thor HansonWhat it's about: While humans struggle to mount a response to climate change, plants and animals are busily adapting to a new reality, whether by migrating or modifying their behaviors.
The big idea: "Understanding biological responses to climate change can help us find our place within it."
About the author: Biologist Thor Hanson is the author of Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees and The Triumph of Seeds.
National Geographic Ocean : A Global Odyssey
by Sylvia A. Earle
"A summary by famed marine biologist Sylvia Earle of the latest insights about the present state of the ocean and a look at how its future and that of humankind are inextricably bound"
Our National Forests : Stories from America's Most Important Public Lands
by Greg M. Peters
Across 193 million acres of forests, mountains, deserts, watersheds, and grasslands, national forests provide a multitude of uses as diverse as America itself. Welcoming 170 million visitors each year to hike, bike, paddle, ski, fish, and hunt, "the people's lands" offer more than just recreation. Timber is harvested, lost habitats are recovered, and endangered wildlife is protected as part of the Forest Service's enduring mission. In Our National Forests, Greg Peters reveals an inside look at America's most important public land and the people committed to protecting it and ensuring access for all. From the story of how the Forest Service grows millions of seedlings in the West each year, to their efforts to save the hellbender salamander in Appalachia, the narrative spans the breadth of the country and its diverse ecology. People are at the center of the stories, whether the dedicated folks in the Forest Service, or the everyday citizens who support and tend to the protected lands near their homes.
The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race by Walter IsaacsonWhat it is: a biography of Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Jennifer Doudna, best known for her work on CRISPR gene editing.
About the author: Journalist Walter Isaacson is the author of bestselling books The Innovators and Leonardo da Vinci.
In her own words: Doudna has written about her work in A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution.
The Smallest Lights in the Universe: A Memoir by Sara SeagerWhat it is: the memoir of a planetary astrophysicist that weaves together her Canadian childhood, her career in physics, her marriage and widowhood, and her later-in-life autism diagnosis.
About the author: Astrophysicist Sara Seager is a recipient of the Sackler International Prize in Physics and a MacArthur Fellowship.
You might also like: the intimate blend of science writing and memoir found in Sarah Stewart Johnson's The Sirens of Mars, Hope Jahren's Lab Girl, or Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz's The Dance of Life.
The Sun Is a Compass: A 4,000-Mile Journey into the Alaskan Wilds by Caroline Van HemertWhat it's about: wildlife biologist Caroline Van Hemert's six-month, 4,000-mile trek across the Alaskan wilderness with her husband, a journey undertaken without motorized transport.
Why you might like it: Van Hemert interweaves vivid descriptions of the natural world with her memories of growing up in Alaska, her anxieties about her career, and her reflections on life and love.
Word of the day: Zugunruhe, a German word referring to the migratory restlessness of birds.
The Sediments of Time: My Lifelong Search for the Past by Meave Leakey with Samira LeakyWhat it is: an engaging, science-focused memoir by Meave Leakey (née Epps) and her daughter Samira, members of the famed Leakey family of paleoanthropologists.
Reviewers say: "This inspirational autobiography stands among the finest scientist memoirs" (New York Times).
Further reading: Kermit Pattison's Fossil Men: The Quest for the Oldest Skeleton and the Origins of Humankind; Sang-Hae Lee's Close Encounters with Humankind.
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