New Arrivals · Life Sciences, Natural History & Animals

September 24, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Edible wild plants of eastern and central North America

September 23, 2016
Peterson, Lee.
Norwalk, Conn : Easton Press, [1985]
xiii, 330 pages 15 leaves of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 19 cm.
Sponsored by the National Audubon Society and the National Wildlife Federation.
Includes index.

Citizen scientist : searching for heroes and hope in an age of extinction

September 15, 2016
Hannibal, Mary Ellen, author.
New York : The Experiment, [2016]
423 pages ; 24 cm

The power of when : discover your chronotype--and the best time to eat lunch, ask for a raise, have sex, write a novel, take your meds, and more

September 15, 2016
Breus, Michael, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
xiii, 370 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Part one: Chronotypes. What's your chronotype? ; A perfect day in the life of a dolphin ; A perfect day in the life of a lion ; A perfect day in the life of a bear ; A perfect day in the life of a wolf -- Part two: The best time to do everything. Relationships ; Fitness ; Health ; Sleep ; Eat and drink ; Work ; Creativity ; Money ; Fun -- Part three: The power of when for life. Chrono-seasonality ; Chrono-longevity.
"Most advice centers on what to do, or how to do it, and ignores the when of success. But exciting new research proves there is a right time to do just about everything, based on our biology and hormones.".-- Amazon.

Peterson field guide to reptiles and amphibians of eastern and central North America

September 12, 2016
Powell, Robert, 1948- author.
xiii, 494 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 19 cm.
Previous edition published as: A field guide to reptiles & amphibians : eastern and central North America / Roger Conant and Joseph T. Collins ; illustrated by Isabelle Hunt Conant and Tom R. Johnson. 3rd edition, expanded. ©1998.
"Sponsored by the National Audubon Society, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute."
Introduction -- How to use this guide -- Salamanders (Caudata) -- Frogs (Anura) -- Crocodilians (Crocodylia) -- Turtles (Testudines) -- Lizards and snakes (Squamata).
Descriptions and illustrations of reptiles and amphibians.

They changed the world : Crick & Watson

August 31, 2016
Helfand, Lewis, author.
88 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm.

I contain multitudes : the microbes within us and a grander view of life

August 15, 2016
Yong, Ed, author.
355 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"Originally published in the United Kingdom in 2016 by Bodley Head"--Title page verso.
Prologue: A trip to the zoo -- Living islands -- The people who thought to look -- Body builders -- Terms and conditions apply -- In sickness and in health -- The long waltz -- Mutually assured success -- Allegro in E major -- Microbes à la carte -- Tomorrow the world.
"This book lets us peer into the world of microbes -- not as germs to be eradicated, but as invaluable parts of our lives -- allowing us to see how ubiquitous and vital microbes are: they sculpt our organs, defend us from disease, break down our food, educate our immune systems, guide our behavior, bombard our genomes with their genes, and grant us incredible abilities. While much of the prevailing discussion around the microbiome has focused on its implications for human health, Yong broadens this focus to the entire animal kingdom, prompting us to look at ourselves and our fellow animals in a new light: less as individuals and more as the interconnected, interdependent multitudes we are. I Contain Multitudes is the story of extraordinary partnerships between the familiar creatures of our world and those we never knew existed. It will change both our view of nature and our sense of where we belong in it."-- adapted from book jacket.

Venomous : how Earth's deadliest creatures mastered biochemistry

August 10, 2016
Wilcox, Christie, 1985- author.
New York : Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
xiii, 236 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Masters of physiology -- Death becomes them -- On mongeese and men -- To the pain -- Bleed it out -- All the better to eat you with -- Don't move -- Mind games -- Lethal lifesavers.
"Biologist Christie Wilcox investigates and illuminates the animals of our nightmares, arguing that they hold the keys to a deeper understanding of evolution, adaptation, and immunity. She reveals just how venoms function and what they do to the human body. With Wilcox as our guide, we encounter a jellyfish with tentacles covered in stinging cells that can kill humans in minutes; a two-inch caterpillar with toxic bristles that trigger hemorrhaging; and a stunning blue-ringed octopus capable of inducing total paralysis"--Dust jacket flap.

Wild sex : the science behind mating in the animal kingdom

August 3, 2016
Bondar, Carin, author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2016.
xv, 366 pages ; 24 cm
"First published by The Orion Publishing Group as The Nature of Sex, London, 2015."--Title page verso.
Section one: The meet. Call me maybe ; A little chemical help ; What's your sign? ; Plastic partners ; SuperTramps ; Monogamy. Really? ; Trinkets and tokens ; I'll have what she's having ; Nice guys finish last ; Fool me once ; Secrets and lies ; Sex or sick? -- Section two: The sex. Ejaculate! ; May the best sperm win ; The last laugh: cryptic female choice ; When a boy is a girl too ; Sex thy self ; The big O ; Bestiality ; Queer as fauna ; Sexual coercion ; Cannibalistic females and the males that love them ; Chastity belts ; Fifty shades of BDSM in the animal kingdom ; Give the penis a bone ; Girls with boy bits ; Transvestites ; STIs -- Section three: The aftermath. Plastic parents ; Go ask your dad ; Extreme lactation ; Set yourself up for success ; Take my kids. No really, TAKE THEM! ; You should not kill a child ; Child abuse ; Siblicide ; Clutch piracy ; Arrested development ; Tired old ladies and dirty old men ; Grandmamas.
Bondar examines the sex lives of our animal cousins, which are fiendishly difficult, infinitely varied, and often violent. They involve razor sharp penises, murderous cannibals, and chemical warfare in an epic battle between the sexes. Like us, animals must first find the perfect partner. You think we have it tough? Try having to do it while being hunted down by predators, against a backdrop of unpredictable or life-threatening conditions. Then, sperm and egg must successfully meet. Can you imagine doing this when your partner is intent on killing you or when other disgruntled singles are determined to throw you off your game?

Unseen city : the majesty of pigeons, the discreet charm of snails & other wonders of the urban wilderness

July 27, 2016
Johnson, Nathanael, author.
New York, NY : Rodale, [2016]
xxxi, 224 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction -- Foreword -- Some practical recommendations -- Pigeon -- Weeds -- Squirrel -- Bird language -- Ginkgo -- Turkey vulture -- Ant -- Crow -- Snail -- Conclusion.
"Johnson argues that learning to see the world afresh, like a child, shifts the way we think about nature: Instead of something distant and abstract, nature becomes real all at once comical, annoying, and beautiful. This shift can add tremendous value to our lives, and it might just be the first step in saving the world...[C]hapter by chapter, "Unseen City" takes us on a journey that is part nature lesson and part love letter to the world's urban jungles. With the right perspective, a walk to the subway can be every bit as entrancing as a walk through a national park."--Provided by publisher.

Being a beast : adventures across the species divide

June 30, 2016
Foster, Charles, 1962- author.
New York : Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company, 2016.
235 pages ; 22 cm
Becoming a beast -- Earth 1 : badger -- Water : otter -- Fire : fox -- Earth 2 : red deer -- Air : swift.
To test the limits of our ability to inhabit lives that are not our own, Charles Foster set out to know the ultimate other: the nonhumans. To do that, he chose five animals and lived alongside them, sleeping as they slept, eating what they ate, learning to sense the landscape through the senses they used. In this lyrical, intimate, and completely radical look at the lives of animals, Charles Foster mingles neuroscience and psychology, nature writing and memoir, and ultimately presents an inquiry into the human experience in our world, carried out by exploring the full range of the life around us.

Deep dive : a LEGO adventure in the real world

June 28, 2016
Arlon, Penelope, author.
New York : Scholastic, 2016.
32 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
Includes index.

Birding at the bridge : in search of every bird on the Brooklyn waterfront

June 22, 2016
Wolf, Heather.
New York : The Experiment, [2016]
vii, 279 pages : color illustrations ; 16 cm

Lost among the birds : accidentally finding myself in one very big year

June 17, 2016
Hayward, Neil, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2016.
xiv, 400 pages ; 22 cm
Includes index.
New Year desolations -- Trash birds -- The bluebirds of unhappiness -- When hummingbirds stop humming -- Birding on the edge -- Ticked off in the bog -- Three men in a boat -- Winning the booby prize -- Losing my berings -- The bird that lives on top of the world -- A wild goose chase -- Swan song.
Author becomes a bird watcher, and sets record for number of birds counted.

Candid creatures : how camera traps reveal the mysteries of nature

June 13, 2016
Kays, Roland, 1971- author.
Baltimore, MD : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016.
ix, 261 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 29 cm

Coyote America : a natural and supernatural history

June 13, 2016
Flores, Dan L. (Dan Louie), 1948- author.
271 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
American avatar -- Old man America -- Prairie wolf -- A war on wild things -- The archpredator of our time -- Morning in America -- Bright lights, big cities -- Coyote America -- Coyote consciousness.
This book "is both an environmental and a deep natural history of the coyote. It traces both the five-million-year-long biological story of an animal that has become the wolf in our backyards, as well as its cultural evolution from a preeminent spot in Native American religions to the hapless foil of the Road Runner. A deeply American tale, the story of the coyote in the American West and beyond is a sort of Manifest Destiny in reverse, with a pioneering hero whose career holds up an uncanny mirror to the successes and failures of American expansionism"--Dust jacket flap.

What a fish knows : the inner lives of our underwater cousins

June 10, 2016
Balcombe, Jonathan P., author.
New York : Scientific American/Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2016.
viii, 288 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
The misunderstood fish -- What a fish perceives -- What a fish feels -- What a fish thinks -- Who a fish knows -- How a fish breeds -- Fish out of water.
"The author of Second Nature challenges popular misconceptions to explore the complex lives of the planet's diverse fish species, drawing on the latest understandings in animal behavior and biology to reveal their self-awareness, elaborate courtship rituals and cooperative intelligence,"--NoveList.

Listening to a continent sing : birdsong by bicycle from the Atlantic to the Pacific

June 7, 2016
Kroodsma, Donald E.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2016] ©2016
xvi, 311 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

The physics of life : the evolution of everything

June 2, 2016
Bejan, Adrian, 1948- author.
New York : St. Martins Press, 2016.
x, 261 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The life question -- What all the world desires -- Wealth as movement with purpose -- Technology evolution -- Sports evolution -- City evolution -- Growth -- Politics, science, and design change -- The arrow of time -- The death question -- Life and evolution as physics.
"The Physics of Life illuminates the meaning of evolution in its broadest scientific sense and empowers the reader with a new view of the intertwined movement of all life -- evolution is more than biological. The same physical effect is present in all patterns and flows -- from population growth, to air traffic, to government expansion, to the urge for better ideas. Evolution is everywhere, and the same elegant principles of physics apply to all things. Every animal and human wants power. From power comes movement: body movement, internal flow (pumping blood, and air), external flow (locomotion, migration), and safety such as warmth, drinkable water, health and the construction of highways and steel beams that do not break when we walk or drive on them. The growth and spread of civilization is the flow of more power to more individuals, for greater movement. And everyone wants more power. That desire to improve, to organize, to join, to convince others and to affect change is a trait we all share, and the freedom to change is what makes all evolution not only possible but mandatory"-- Provided by publisher.

A botanist's vocabulary : 1300 terms explained and illustrated

May 31, 2016
Pell, Susan K., author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2016.
226 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

The dragon behind the glass : a true story of power, obsession, and the world's most coveted fish

May 19, 2016
Voigt, Emily, author.
New York, NY : Scribner, 2016.
xi, 319 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Part I: "Dragons in their pleasant palaces". The pet detective ; The fish ; The arowana cartel ; Aquarama ; The dragon's den -- Part II: The edge of the known world. The living fish ; The explorers ; Naming rights ; Part III: The super red. In the age of aquariums ; Ghost fish ; Part IV: Fish #32,107. Monsters of our making ; "The authorities will be watching you" ; Beard of the crocodile -- Part V: Into the lair. The paradox of value ; Fish meets world ; Plan C ; Here be dragons.
"A journalist's quest to find a wild Asian arowana--the world's most expensive aquarium fish--takes her on a global tour through the bizarre realm of ornamental fish hobbyists to some of the most remote jungles on the planet."--Dust jacket.

Garden revolution : how our landscapes can be a source of environmental change

May 19, 2016
Weaner, Larry, author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2016.
328 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm

Did you know? : animals

May 16, 2016
Harvey, Derek, author.
New York, New York : DK/Penguin Random House, 2016.
143 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Includes index.
"Amazing answers to more than 200 awesome questions!"--Front cover.
Presents random facts about animals around the world, including why tigers have stripes, how chameleons change color, and if flying fish can really fly.

America's snake : the rise and fall of the timber rattlesnake

May 16, 2016
Levin, Ted, 1948- author.
xxvi, 481 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
An introduction to Crotalis horridus -- Part One. Egress : the dangers of leaving home. A quirky subculture ; Quasimodo in the Blue Hills ; Live free or die ; Zero at the bone ; A long, muscular tube -- Interlude : High summer : on the trail with timber rattlesnakes. The dangers of being male ; The dangers of being female ; A commodity of rattlesnakes : snakes today, Bibles tomorrow -- Part Two. Ingress : the dangers of coming home. Chaos of rocks ; Among rattlesnakes ; Into the abyss ; The very last rattlesnake -- Epilogue: The ambiguous world of the timber rattlesnake.

Peterson reference guide to woodpeckers of North America

May 12, 2016
Shunk, Stephen A., author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
xi, 298 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 26 cm
Labelled diagrams of external woodpecker anatomy and of bird wing on endpapers.
"Sponsored by the Roger Tory Peterson Institute and the National Wildlife Federation.
Introduction. Anatomy and adaptation ; Behavior ; Ecology and conservation ; How to use this book -- Species accounts -- Appendix 1. Measurements of North American woodpeckers -- Appendix 2. Nest site data for North American woodpeckers -- Appendix 3. Parenting data for North American woodpeckers -- Appendix 4. The woodpecker "family tree" -- Appendix 5. Woodpecker conflicts with humans -- Glossary.

The big picture : on the origins of life, meaning, and the universe itself

May 9, 2016
Carroll, Sean M., 1966- author.
New York, New York : Dutton, [2016]
ix, 470 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The fundamental nature of reality -- Poetic naturalism -- The world moves by itself -- What determines what will happen next? -- Reasons why -- Our universe -- Time's arrow -- Memories and causes -- Learning about the world -- Updating our knowledge -- Is it okay to doubt everything? -- Reality emerges -- What exists, and what is illusion? -- Planets of belief -- Accepting uncertainty -- What can we know about the universe without looking at it? -- Who am I? -- Abducting God -- How much we know -- The quantum realm -- Interpreting quantum mechanics -- The core theory -- The stuff of which we are made -- The effective theory of the everyday world -- Why does the universe exist? -- Body and soul -- Death is the end -- The universe in a cup of coffee -- Light and life -- Funneling energy -- Spontaneous organization -- The origin and purpose of life -- Evolution's bootstraps -- Searching through the landscape -- Emergent purpose -- Are we the point? -- Crawling into consciousness -- The babbling brain -- What thinks? -- The hard problem -- Zombies and stories -- Are photons conscious? -- What acts on what? -- Freedom to choose -- Billion heartbeats -- What is and what ought to be -- Rules and consequences -- Constructing goodness -- Listening to the world -- Existential therapy.


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