Multcolib My Librarian Tama: Smooth science plus bikes
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.
Annotation:Two teenage boys, just out of high school, hop on their bikes in Santa Rosa, California and head north to Seattle. But guess what...it'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.