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The Bonobo and the Atheist by Frans de Waal
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The Bonobo and the Atheist by Frans de Waal
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De Waal is a primatologist with a philosophical bent. I have read several of his books; they are not only interesting but important. He shows from his experimental work the basis for morality in our simian ancestors. They have empathy and an innate s ...more
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Pacific by Simon Winchester
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The subtitle sums up the topics he discusses. Winchester is a wonderful narrator; like John McPhee he does his homework and makes non-fiction into a page turner. In his narration he tells some fascinating stories of scientists, explorers, surfers, bu ...more
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In the Garden of the North American Martyrs by Tobias Wolff
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This is a collection of short stories. They all show his ironic and slightly detached narrative point of view. I was not as blown away as I was in the past by his work (like the Barracks Thief, or his autobiographical This boy;s life). Still, he is a ...more
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The Joy of x by Steven H. Strogatz
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this is a fun, light weight tour of math headlines. It is not a math book although it has a nice pictorial proof of the Pythagorean theory and one for the quadratic equation. Mostly it frames math topics for lay people in an amusing fashion.
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The Crossing by Michael Connelly
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Another page turner by a master story teller. harry Bosch has been retired and gets a call from his half brother (the Lincoln lawyer) to investigate a crime for the defense. He is a agin it, but slowly is drawn in because if the client is innocent, s ...more
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Champlain's Dream by David Hackett Fischer
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This is a major scholarly work about Champlain, his era, and the founding of French North America. Champlain may have been the illigitamate son of King Henry IV, but in any case he enjoyed great access to the king as a young man. In his youth he expe ...more
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The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith
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Mma Ramotswe is encouraged to take a holiday, but can Mma Makutsi hold down the fort or is she plotting to take over the business? I continue to love these stories; they are as calming as a warm bath. The humanity they express is uplifting and I look ...more
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The Last Viking by Stephen R. Bown
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Roald Amundsen is best know for reaching the South Pole (while Scott was freezing to death), but that is a small part of this Nordic adventurers life and accomplishments. We drifted in a boat frozen in ice around the north pole, survived an ill-fated ...more
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Evolution by Bryson Brown
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This is a very scholarly look at the history of evolltionary theory, from Plato and Aristotle through Lamarck to Darwin and up to current ideas. Not an easy read, but useful to science teachers.
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