Spring Break Reading List

Need a good book to read over Spring Break? Check out some of the following science-focused selections:

  1. Rachel Carson Online Book Club

    Beginning in March with a discussion about the life and legacy of Rachel Carson, this club sponsored by the Friends of the National Conservation Training Center will discuss many of Ms. Carson’s written works, as well as selections about current environmental issues. The book club runs through November 2007. Join in the discussion through ‘comments’ on the book club’s blog. Moderators will include notable authors and scientists, such as Ms. Carson’s biographer, Linda Lear. CLICK HERE to read the blog and join in the discussion.

  2. Best Science Books of 2006

    Listen to this wrap up from NPR’s Science Friday about the Best Science Books of 2006. A few of the books discussed include:

    *The Family That Couldn’t Sleep: A Medical Mystery by D.T. Max. Random House, 2006 (UMass RA644 .P93 M39 2006)
    *Lives Per Gallon: The True Cost of Our Oil Addiction by Terry Tamminen. Island Press, 2006 (Young Science Library On Order)
    *Our Inner Ape: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are by Frans De Waal. Riverhead Trade, 2006
    Young Science Library QL737.P96 W3214 2005

  3. Aventis Prizes for Science Books

    This annual contest sponsored by the British Royal Society evaluates popular science books for both general readership, as well as juniors (14 years and younger audience). The 2006 winners were:

    General Prize: Electric Universe – How Electricity Switched on the Modern World by David Bodanis (Little, Brown Book Group)
    Young Science Library QC522 .B64 2005

    Junior Prize: The Global Garden by Kate Petty, Jennie Maizels, Corina Fletcher (Eden Project, Random House)

    Other finalists include:

    Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive by Jared Diamond (Penguin Allen Lane)
    Neilson Library HN13 .D5 2005

    Elements of Murder: A History of Poison by John Emsley (Oxford University Press)
    Young Science Library HV6552 .E67 2005

    Empire of the Stars: Friendship, Obsession and Betrayal in the Quest for Black Holes by Arthur I. Miller (Little, Brown Book Group)
    Young Science Library QB35 .M55 2005

Do you have a favorite science book? Leave a comment!


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