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8 Springtime Paperbacks for Book Clubs

Rise of the Necrofauna: The Science, Ethics, and Risks of De-Extinction by Britt Wray


41ctoxcq4al._sx322_bo1,204,203,200_First published in 2017, new in paperback May 2019, this investigative journalism piece takes us inside the labs of the most progressive scientists working on the technology to revive extinct species. By unpacking the many biological, technological, ethical, environmental, and legal questions raised by this fascinating new field, Britt Wray offers a captivating look at the best and worst of resurrection science. With so many tricky moral and ethical edges, this book is bound to make an excellent book discussion in your reading group.


The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World by Steve Brusatte


81dzlq5cpwlFirst published in 2018, new in paperback April 2019, this book will bring you up to date wit the latest dinosaur discoveries, including color and feathering of these extinct creatures. It’s also a real-life look into the life and work of paleontologists. Not a bad book to try to bring in new members to your reading group, especially Jurassic Park fans who still think a T-Rex can chase down a racing Jeep.


The Truth About Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife by Lucy Cooke


419pvjyv2vlFirst published in 2018, new in paperback April 2019, this book tells hilarious histories and new discoveries about more than a dozen animals, from beavers to hippos to penguins to eels. Lucy Cooke’s writing style is sure to enthrall even the most non-science savvy book lovers. Your book club doesn’t have to be a science one to take on this tome. If you’re interested in digging further into the moose chapter, check out Mr. Jefferson and the Giant Moose, new in paperback April 2019. If you’re interested in digging further into the beaver chapter, check out Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter, new in paperback March 2019.


Rocket Billionaires: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the New Space Race by Tim Fernholz


51iueib98hl._sx330_bo1,204,203,200_Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos take center stage in this fast‑paced narrative as they attempt to disrupt the space economy and feed their own egos. This approach at advancement in the space program is highly controversial and may make for lively discussions (or debates?) among your book club members. This book, published in 2018, is available in paperback in March. A similar title published in 2018, The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos, is available in paperback in April.


Making Sense of Science: Separating Substance from Spin by Cornelia Dean


41dknu28pvlAnyone seeking factual information on climate change, vaccine safety, genetically modified foods, or the dangers of peanut allergies has to sift through an avalanche of bogus assertions, misinformation, and carefully packaged spin. Cornelia Dean draws on thirty years of experience as a science reporter for the New York Times to reveal how activists, business lobbyists, religious leaders, and talk show hosts influence the way science is reported and describes the conflicts of interest that color research. First published in 2019, available in paperback March 2019.


Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes by Nathan H. Lents


41i5dh2qmyl._sx330_bo1,204,203,200_A rollicking, deeply informative tour of humans’ four billion year long evolutionary saga, Human Errors both celebrates our imperfections and offers an unconventional accounting of the cost of our success: bad knees, head colds, useless bones, pointless bits of genetic code. First published in 2018, new in paperback May 2019.


The Human Instinct: How We Evolved to Have Reason, Consciousness, and Free Will by Kenneth R. Miller


71iewipjl3lIn The Human Instinct, Brown University biologist Kenneth R. Miller “confronts both lay and professional misconceptions about evolution” (Publishers Weekly, starred review), showing that while evolution explains how our bodies and brains were shaped, that heritage does not limit or predetermine human behavior. First published in 2018, new in paperback April 2019.


The Future of Humanity: Our Destiny in the Universe by Michio Kaku



World-renowned physicist and futurist Michio Kaku explores in rich, intimate detail the process by which humanity may gradually move away from the planet and develop a sustainable civilization in outer space. Science fiction or real possibility? Let your book club decide! First published in 2018, new in paperback April 2019.

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