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Nonfiction: “Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal”

  Gulp by Mary Roach Mary Roach has come up with another fun look at science, this time focusing on the anatomy and physiology of human digestion. Here she answers the questions you’ve always wanted to ask: Can snakes taste? … Continue reading

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Nonfiction: “Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife”

Spook by Mary Roach  I’m gathering some scary stories for a fall display, and thought I’d add Spook–which is not a scary book at all, but rather an entertaining work of nonfiction that takes a look at life after death. … Continue reading

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Common Core: Nonfiction: “Brainstorm”

    Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. There are four qualities of adolescence—the period between ages 12 and 24—that adults must try never to lose: novelty seeking social engagement emotional intensity creative … Continue reading

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Adult Books for Teens: Common Core: “Creation”

    Creation: How Science is Reinventing Life Itself by Adam Rutherford Here’s a book title that I was surprised to find is not hyperbole. Science really is creating new life forms. Rutherford doesn’t mean cloning life forms we know. He … Continue reading

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Common Core and Nonfiction: Adult Books for Teens: “Stiff”

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach   “The way I see it, being dead is not terribly far off from being on a cruise ship. Most of your time is spent lying on your back.”—The opening sentence … Continue reading

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Adult Books for Adults and Teens: The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains

The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr   –“Intensive multitakers are ‘suckers for irrelevancy,’ commented Clifford Nass, the Stanford professor who led the research. ‘Everything distracts them.’” The Shallows, p. 142 People have long felt … Continue reading

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