Science

Staff Pick: Rats by Robert Sullivan

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Robert Sullivan spent a year sitting in a New York alley observing rats every night so that you don't have to. The resulting book weaves a forgotten history of the city together with plenty of gross-out rat facts to impress your friends. A great way to get to know your neighbors!

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Staff Pick: The Family That Couldn't Sleep by D. T. Max

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From mid-18th century Venice to mad cow in 20th century Britain, an extraordinary and mysterious disease that may be linked to cannibalism. A fun read.

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Staff Pick: Everything & More by David Foster Wallace

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Say the name David Foster Wallace, and people automatically think fiction. Respected for his large and ambitious novels, in this book Wallace focuses all his analytic and humorous powers on the biggest conceivable topic around: infinity!

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Staff Pick: Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez

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A study of the arctic from all angles. Lopez’s lyrical prose is is somehow adept at describing both the beauty of natural phenomena and the technical mechanisms from which they arise.

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Barry Lopez's National Book Award-winning classic study of the Far North is widely considered his masterpiece.

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