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Edmund Soon-Weng Yong is a Malaysian-born British science journalist. He is a permanent staff member at The Atlantic, which he joined in 2015. His work has also been published by Nature, Scientific American, the BBC, Slate, The Guardian, The Times, New Scientist, Wired, The New York Times, and The New Yorker.
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Lessons from Plants
Beronda L. Montgomery - 2021-04-06
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An exploration of how plant behavior and adaptation offer valuable insights for human thriving.We know that plants are important. They maintain the atmosphere by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. They nourish other living organisms and supply psychological benefits to humans as well, improving our moods and beautifying the landscape ar...
Ed Yong
2022-06-21T17:16:43.000Z
And if you want to read the kind of nature books that I enjoy, here are some recommendations: - WILD SOULS by Emma Marris - BELOVED BEASTS by Michelle Nijhuis - LESSONS FROM PLANTS by Beronda Montgomery      source
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Wild Souls
Freedom and Flourishing in the Non-Human World
Emma Marris - 2021-06-29
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From an acclaimed environmental writer, a groundbreaking and provocative new vision for our relationships with-and responsibilities toward-the planet's wild animals.Protecting wild animals and preserving the environment are two ideals so seemingly compatible as to be almost inseparable. But in fact, between animal welfare and conservation science t...
Ed Yong
2021-07-16T20:29:02.000Z
These are both fantastic books.      source
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Beloved Beasts
Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction
Michelle Nijhuis - 2021-03-09
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A vibrant history of the modern conservation movement—told through the lives and ideas of the people who built it.In the late nineteenth century, as humans came to realize that our rapidly industrializing and globalizing societies were driving other animal species to extinction, a movement to protect and conserve them was born. In Beloved Beasts, a...
Ed Yong
2021-07-16T20:29:02.000Z
These are both fantastic books.      source
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Our Biggest Experiment
An Epic History of the Climate Crisis
Alice Bell - 2021-09-21
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Traversing science, politics, and technology, Our Biggest Experiment shines a spotlight on the little-known scientists who sounded the alarm to reveal the history behind the defining story of our age: the climate crisis. In 1856, American scientist and women's rights activist Eunice Newton Foote first warned the world that an atmosphere heavy with ...
Ed Yong
2021-06-14T13:28:29.000Z
Good morning! Let me recommend some books. First, @alicebell's OUR BIGGEST EXPERIMENT--an epic narrative about climate change, and how we came to understand it. It's astonishing in its scope and ambition. Out Sept 21.      source
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Fathoms
The World in the Whale
Rebecca Giggs - 2020-07-28
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When writer Rebecca Giggs encountered a humpback whale stranded on her local beachfront in Australia, she began to wonder how the lives of whales shed light on the condition of our seas. Fathoms: The World in the Whale blends natural history, philosophy, and science to explore: How do whales experience ecological change? Will our connection to thes...
Ed Yong
2020-07-28T16:26:18.000Z
YES!! I’m so excited for you all to read this! Rebecca Giggs is absolutely going to cement her position in the highest echelons of nature writers. This book is magic and wonder in every page.      source
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Exit West
A Novel
Mohsin Hamid - 2018-02-27 (first published in 2017)
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In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, t...
Ed Yong
2018-09-01T23:04:56.000Z
This is an astonishing book. The sentences unfurl like maps; entire lives, and profound wisdom, are captured in the short spaces between commas.      source
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The Dinosaur Artist
Obsession, Science, and the Global Quest for Fossils
Paige Williams - 2019-09-10
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In this 2018 New York Times Notable Book, Paige Williams "does for fossils what Susan Orlean did for orchids" (Book Riot) in her account of one Florida man's reckless attempt to sell a dinosaur skeleton from Mongolia--a story "steeped in natural history, human nature, commerce, crime, science, and politics" (Rebecca Skloot). In 2012, a New York auc...
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2018-06-05T20:41:12.000Z
The four books I recommended at the end were: - She Has Her Mother's Laugh by Carl Zimmer - The Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris - Unthinkable by Helen Thomson (out June) - The Dinosaur Artist by Paige Williams (out Sept) 2/      source
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Unthinkable
An Extraordinary Journey Through the World's Strangest Brains
Helen Thomson - 2019-06-04 (first published in 2018)
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An Amazon Best Nonfiction Book of the MonthIndiebound Bestseller Award-winning science writer Helen Thomson unlocks the biggest mysteries of the human brain by examining nine extraordinary casesOur brains are far stranger than we think. We take it for granted that we can remember, feel emotion, navigate, empathise and understand the world around us...
Ed Yong
2018-06-05T20:41:12.000Z
The four books I recommended at the end were: - She Has Her Mother's Laugh by Carl Zimmer - The Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris - Unthinkable by Helen Thomson (out June) - The Dinosaur Artist by Paige Williams (out Sept) 2/      source
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She Has Her Mother's Laugh
The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity
Carl Zimmer - 2019-06-04
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Carl Zimmer presents a history of our understanding of heredity in this sweeping, resonating overview of a force that shaped human society--a force set to shape our future even more radically.She Has Her Mother's Laugh presents a profoundly original perspective on what we pass along from generation to generation. Charles Darwin played a crucial par...
Ed Yong
2018-06-05T20:41:12.000Z
The four books I recommended at the end were: - She Has Her Mother's Laugh by Carl Zimmer - The Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris - Unthinkable by Helen Thomson (out June) - The Dinosaur Artist by Paige Williams (out Sept) 2/      source
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Butchering Art
Lindsey Fitzharris - 2018-10-01
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In The Butchering Art, the historian Lindsey Fitzharris reveals the shocking world of nineteenth-century surgery on the eve of profound transformation. She conjures up early operating theaters--no place for the squeamish--and surgeons, working before anesthesia, who were lauded for their speed and brute strength. These medical pioneers knew that th...
Ed Yong
2018-06-05T20:41:12.000Z
The four books I recommended at the end were: - She Has Her Mother's Laugh by Carl Zimmer - The Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris - Unthinkable by Helen Thomson (out June) - The Dinosaur Artist by Paige Williams (out Sept) 2/      source
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The Immortalists
Chloe Benjamin - 2019-02-05
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
A Burglar's Guide to the City by Geoff Manaugh
H Is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
The Lagoon by Armand Marie Leroi
The Forest Unseen by David George Haskell
Beyond the Brain by Louise Barrett
The Song of the Dodo by David Quammen