Multcolib My Librarian Tama: Smooth science plus bikes

A Garden of Marvels
A Garden of Marvels How We Discovered That Flowers Have Sex, Leaves Eat Air, and Other Secrets of Plants By Kassinger, Ruth Book - 2014 580.92 K1937g 2014 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Great combo of some of the whackiest botanics I've ever heard of plus a good historical review of the word's first botanists and the myths they had to banish. I love an author who lets their sense of humor show.

Two Wheels North
Two Wheels North Cycling the West Coast in 1909 By Gibb, Evelyn McDaniel Book - 2000 917.904 G437t 2000 Available in some locations

Annotation:Two teenage boys, just out of high school, hop on their bikes in Santa Rosa, California and head north to Seattle. But guess's 1909 and the roads were not what they are today. Not even close. They have a few bucks in their pockets and when they arrive in Seattle, many a tale to tell. Winner of the Pacific Northwest Writers Award for Nonfiction.

The Wild Trees
The Wild Trees A Story of Passion and Daring By Preston, Richard Book - 2008 585.5 P939w 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:Almost all of our redwood forests have been destroyed by logging, but there are some tiny, untouched fragments that remain and are among the great wonders of nature. This is a beautiful story of a tiny group of brave botanists and amateur naturalists that took science by the horns and went into the forest. One of my favorite books read in the past 10 years.

The Book of Barely Imagined Beings
The Book of Barely Imagined Beings A 21st Century Bestiary By Henderson, Caspar Book - 2013 591.68 H4962b 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Amazing collection of bizarre animals, gorgeously illustrated, one for each letter of the alphabet. Some really deliciously witty natural history with the bonus of it feeling as if it's an old-fashioned bestiary from the Enlightenment.

Strange Piece of Paradise
Strange Piece of Paradise By Jentz, Terri Book - 2006 364.1555 J54s 2006 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 3 copies

Annotation:In 1977, two Yale roommates began the bike trip of a lifetime, hoping to ride from the west to the east coast of the U.S. In the Central Oregon desert they pitched a tent for the night. Their lives would never be the same. Fifteen years later one of them struggles to find the truth of what happened that night and finds out it's as alive in the small town near their shared tragedy as it is for her and her friend.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Cave of Forgotten Dreams DVD - 2011 DVD 759.0112 CAVE Available in some locations

Annotation:Werner Herzog follows an exclusive expedition into the nearly inaccessible Chauvet Cave in France, home to the most ancient visual art known to have been created by man. Provides a glimpse of pristine artwork dating back to human hands over 30,000 years ago, almost twice as old as any previous discovery.

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A good, smooth science read is so ~very~ satisfying. And we science lovers love nothing better than getting out into nature, up close and personal. A bike is very often a crucial part of that.