Life on the Rocks: Building a Future for Coral Reefs by Juli BerwaldWhat it's about: Marine biologist and science writer Juli Berwald (Spineless) takes readers around the world as she documents human efforts to save coral reefs, which are among Earth's most biodiverse ecosystems.
Destinations include: a coral genetics laboratory in Texas; Sulawesi, home to the world's largest reef restoration project; and protected areas in the Dominican Republic.
Wired For Love: A Neuroscientist's Journey Through Romance, Loss, and the Essence of... by Stephanie CacioppoWhat it is: neuroscientist Stephanie Cacioppo's guide to the science of romance, from how "the power of love" works to why it evolved to how it affects our mental and physical health.
Why you might like it: Blending science and memoir, Cacioppo also recounts the story of her marriage to fellow neuroscientist John, who before his death from cancer was a leading researcher of loneliness.
Did you know? Romantic love affects 12 different areas of the brain!
Vagina Obscura: An Anatomical Voyage by Rachel E. GrossWhat it's about: Science journalist Rachel E. Gross embarks on a quest to better understand what is commonly termed the "female reproductive system" (although it's so much more) and -- through conversations with gynecologists, medical anthropologists, surgeons, and more -- discovers just how little we know about it.
What sets it apart: Although much of the book focuses on cisgender women, its discussion of anatomy and physiology intentionally includes intersex people, transgender men, and nonbinary people of all genders.
Try these next: Vagina: A Re-Education by journalist Lynn Enright or The Wonder Down Under: The Insider's Guide to the Anatomy, Biology, and Reality of the Vagina by sex educators Ellen Stokken Dahl and Nina Brochmann.
We Are the Middle of Forever: Indigenous Voices from Turtle Island on the Changing... by Dahr Jamail and Stan Rushworth (editors)What it is: a collection of interviews with environmental activists that centers Indigenous voices on the subject of climate change.
Further reading: Jessica Hernandez's Fresh Banana Leaves: Healing Indigenous Landscapes through Indigenous Science; Dina Gilio-Whitaker's As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock.
The Hawk's Way: Encounters With Fierce Beauty by Sy MontgomeryWhat it is: an "impassioned introduction to falconry" by Sy Montgomery (The Soul of an Octopus), who reveals fascinating facts about raptors while recounting her apprenticeship as a falconer.
For fans of: Helen Macdonald's H is for Hawk, Rodney Stotts' Bird Brother.
Want a taste? "Inches from my face, I hold a living dinosaur."
The High Sierra: A Love Story by Kim Stanley RobinsonWhat it's about: science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson's lifelong love affair with California's Sierra Nevada mountains.
Why you might like it: Fans of Robinson's award-winning novels will appreciate the author's vast knowledge and characteristic attention to detail, which includes maps of the region, advice on hiking gear, deep dives into geology, and more than 100 photographs.
8 Billion and Counting: How Sex, Death, and Migration Shape Our World by Jennifer D. SciubbaThe big idea: Whereas the demographic story of the 20th century was exponential population growth (from 1.6 billion people to 6.1 billion in 100 years), the narrative of the 21st is one of differential growth -- that is, the stark disparities between the world's wealthiest and poorest nations.
Why you might like it: Political demographer Jennifer D. Sciubba examines fertility, mortality, and migration trends to examine what they can tell us about the future.
The Life and Death of a Minke Whale in the Amazon: And Other Stories of the Brazilian... by Fábio Zuker; translated from the Portuguese by Ezra E. FitzContains: "poignant, lyrical" (Booklist) essays by Brazilian journalist Fábio Zuker that reveal the scale of environmental destruction in the Amazon, as well as the impact of this degradation on the region's Indigenous peoples.
Don't miss: the title essay, which juxtaposes the efforts of Piquiatuba villagers to aid a Minke whale stranded on the banks of the Tapajós River with the incursions of industry into the area.
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