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Science Resource Guide

  1. 1. Rocks & Minerals Plants Coal: A Human History by Barbara Freese Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World by Dan Koeppel Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations by David R. Montgomery The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean Gold: The Race for the Word’s Most Seductive Metal by Matthew Hart The Heartless Stone: A Journey Through the World of Diamonds, Deceit, and Desire by Tom Zoellner The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil by Tom Mueller Recommended Non-Fiction Science Books Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful in the Business of Flowers by Amy Stewart How Carrots Won the Trojan War: Curious (but True) Stories of Common Vegetables by Rebecca Rupp The Savage Garden: Cultivating Carnivorous Plants by Peter D’Amato Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky Spice: The History of a Temptation by Jack Turner Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World by Tom Zoellner Tulipomania: The Story of the World’s Most Coveted Flower & the Extraordinary Passions It Aroused by Mike Dash Birds Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities by Amy Stewart Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle by Thor Hanson Space Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans by John M. Marzluff and Tony Angell The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory by Brian Greene Pigeons: The Fascinating Saga of the Worlds Most Revered and Reviled Bird by Andrew Blechman Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach List compiled by Cindy Grove on 1/13/14 updated on 1/13/14 Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien Images taken from the MVLC library catalog on 1/13/14 A list of science books that are both educational and entertaining. Creative writing styles and storytelling make these books hard to put down. The abundance of information makes these books easy to pick up and read repeatedly!
  2. 2. Oceans The Human Body Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach The Devil’s Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America’s Great White Sharks by Susan Casey The Boy in the Moon: A Father’s Journey to Understand His Extraordinary Son by Ian Brown Eels: An Exploration, from New Zealand to Sargasso, of the World’s Most Mysterious Fish by James Prosek Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenber The Dirt on Clean: An Unsanitized History by Katherine Ashenburg The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee General My Planet: Finding Humor in the Oddest Places by Mary Roach Reading the Forested Landscape: A Natural History of New England by Tom Wessels A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed by Carl Zimmer Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms: The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind by Richard Fortey Whatever You Do, Don’t Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide by Peter Allison The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot Animals Kraken: The Curious, Exciting, and Slightly Disturbing Science of Squid by Wendy Williams Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus by Bill Wasik Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood-Feeding Creatures by Patricia J. Wynne The Last Fish Tale: The Fate of the Atlantic & Survival in Gloucester, America’s Oldest Town by Mark Kurlansky Insects In the Shadow of Man by Jan Goodall Ants At Work: How An Insect Society Is Organized by Deborah Gordon Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author,Who Went in Search of Them by Donovan Hohn Following the Bloom: Across America With the Migratory Beekeepers by Douglas Whynott Bears: A Brief History by Bernd Brunner Poseidon’s Steed: The Story of Seahorses, from Myth to Reality by Helen Scales The Secret Life of Lobsters: How Fishermen and Scientists are Unraveling the Mysteries of our Favorite Crustacean by Trevor Corson Wild Blue: A Natural History of the World’s Largest Animal by Dan Bortolotti Four Wings and a Prayer: Caught in the Mystery of the Monarch Butterfly by Sue Halpern Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants by Robert Sullivan The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen Locust: The Devastating Rise and Mysterious Disappearance of the Insect that Shaped the American Frontier by Jeffrey A. Lockwood The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Bailey Mosquito: The Story of Man’s Deadliest Foe by Andrew Spielman and Michael D’Antonio The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon’s Army & Other Diabolical Insects by Amy Stewart The Whole Hog: Exploring the Extraordinary Potential of Pigs by Lyall Watson