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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Daphne Miller
Publisher: William Morrow (2013, Apr 16th).
In Farmacology, practicing family physician and renowned nutrition explorer Daphne Miller brings us beyond the simple concept of "food as medicine" and introduces us to the critical idea that it's the farm where that food is grown that offers us the real medicine.By venturing out of her clinic and spending time on seven family farms, Miller uncovers all the aspects of farming—from seed choice to soil management—that have a direct and powerful impact on our health. Bridging the traditional divide between agriculture and medicine, Miller shares lessons learned from inspiring farmers and biomedical researchers and artfully weaves their insights and discoveries, along with stories from her patients, into the narrative. The result is a compelling new vision for sustainable healing and a treasure trove of farm-to-body lessons that have immense value in our daily lives. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Christopher Wills
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (2013, May 1st).
In Green Equilibrium, award-winning field biologist Christopher Wills explains the rules by which ecosystems thrive, shining light on a set of ecological balancing acts that he calls "green equilibria," rules which keep our world vibrant, verdant, and ecologically intact. To explain the idea of "green equilibrium," Wills draws on a fascinating range of examples, including coral reefs off the densely populated Philippines, the isolated and thickly forested valleys of Papua New Guinea, the changing Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, and a Californian ranch being allowed to return to a wild state. Wills travels to Guyana's rainforests and savannahs, for instance, to provide startling vignettes of ecological processes in action. Among other topics, he highlights the astonishing snake-head mimicry that swallowtail caterpillars use to scare off predators, the symbiotic relationship between the exceedingly rare Golden Poison-Dart Frog and the tank bromeliad plant, and the invisible world of pathogens and parasites that helps to drive diversity. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: William R. Leach
Publisher: Pantheon; 1 edition (2013, Apr 9th).
With 32 pages of full-color inserts and black-and-white illustrations throughout.From one of our most highly regarded historians, here is an original and engrossing chronicle of nineteenth-century America’s infatuation with butterflies, and the story of the naturalists who unveiled the mysteries of their existence. A product of William Leach’s lifelong love of butterflies, this engaging and elegantly illustrated history shows how Americans from all walks of life passionately pursued butterflies, and how through their discoveries and observations they transformed the character of natural history. Leach focuses on the correspondence and scientific writings of half a dozen pioneering lepidopterists who traveled across the country and throughout the world, collecting and studying unknown and exotic species. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Brian Switek
Publisher: Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2013, Apr 16th).
From Barnes & NobleThe first fossil hunters were ancient humans who regarded their unearthed discoveries with understandable awe. Scores of films show that reverence has not been dampened, but thanks to modern science, we can now know infinitely more about these giants that once ruled the world. Self-avowed dinosaur fanatic Brian Switek (Written in Stone) has made it his mission to share his expertise and enthusiasm about these majestic creatures, spicing his stories with fascinating, often even astonishing scientific discoveries about prehistoric creatures. New life in old bones. You won't read it; you'll devour it. Publishers WeeklyIn this revealing work of pop paleontology, Switek (Written in Stone) travels across America to visit dinosaur fossils, but don't let the subtitle and descriptions of stunning scenery and trips down gravel roads mislead you—this isn't really a travelogue: each stop serves as but a jumping-off point for an examination of our changing understanding of dinosaurs. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability