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The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time
PULITZER PRIZE WINNER • A dramatic story of groundbreaking scientific research of Darwin's discovery of evolution that "spark[s] not just the intellect, but the imagination" ( Washington Post Book Wor…
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Why evolution is more than just a theory: it is a fact.

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In 1934, the people of Inishmaan learn that the Hollywood director Robert Flaherty is coming to the neighboring island to film a documentary. No one is more excited than Cripple Billy, an unloved boy …
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The Beauty Queen of Leenane and Other Plays
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