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Staff Picks, Non-Fiction

Here is our list of suggestions based on what we've read, listened to, and the store's best sellers.

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Charles Darwin's Barnacle and David Bowie's Spider

How Scientific Names Celebrate Adventurers, Heroes, and Even a Few Scoundrels
By Stephen B. Heard, PhD
Narrated by Jonathan Todd Ross /  7 hours 17 minutes

Charles Darwin's Barnacle and David Bowie's Spider

“What's in a name? I mean, does a "rosa minutifolia" smell any sweeter than a "rosa stellata?" Heard's history of the naming of species through Linnaeus' system certainly doesn't cover all species, but provides a fun and cultural look at what goes into the process. Species bear the names they are given whether they come from celebrities, scientists, lovers, enemies, or even an auction to the highest bidder in the hope to raise money for scientific endeavors. "Charles Darwin's Barnacle and David Bowie's Spider" not only delves into the origins of names, some more scandalous than others, but it also points out the importance of this research and what it means for planet Earth and all its inhabitants.”

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Empire

A New History of the World: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Civilizations
By Paul Strathern
Narrated by Elliot Fitzpatrick /  6 hours 12 minutes

A dazzling new history of the world told through the ten major empires of human civilization. Eminent historian Paul Strathern opens the story of Empire with the Akkadian civilization, which ruled over a vast expanse of the region of ancient Mesopotamia, then turns to the immense Roman Empire, where we trace back our Western and Eastern... Read more »

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Tyrant

Shakespeare on Politics
By Stephen Greenblatt
Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini /  5 hours 26 minutes

World-renowned Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt explores the playwright's insight into bad (and often mad) rulers. As an aging, tenacious Elizabeth I clung to power, a talented playwright probed the social causes, the psychological roots, and the twisted consequences of tyranny. In exploring the psyche (and psychoses) of the likes of... Read more »

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Mythos

By Stephen Fry
Narrated by Stephen Fry /  15 hours 24 minutes

Mythos

“Stephen Fry has dusted off the Greek myths. Starting with the creation and going through all the infights, back-stabbings, and just plain stupid mistakes of the Greek pantheon, he breaths new life into these tales with his characteristic wry humor and witty asides. A great added feature of the video book is that Fry himself reads it, so sit back, turn on your LibroFM-playing device, close your eyes and be prepared to be entertained while learning or relearning the ins and outs of Greek mythology.”

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White Like Me

By Tim Wise
Narrated by Tim Wise /  11 hours 5 minutes

With a new preface and updated chapters, White Like Me is one-part memoir, one-part polemical essay collection. It is a personal examination of the way in which racial privilege shapes the daily lives of white Americans in every realm: employment, education, housing, criminal justice, and elsewhere.

Using stories from his own life, Tim Wise... Read more »

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Heroes

The Greek Myths Reimagined
By Stephen Fry
Narrated by Stephen Fry /  15 hours 1 minute

In this sequel to the bestselling Mythos, legendary author and actor Stephen Fry moves from the exploits of the Olympian gods to the deeds of mortal heroes.

Perseus. Jason. Atalanta. Theseus. Heracles. Rediscover the thrills, grandeur, and unabashed fun of the Greek myths. Whether recounting a tender love affair or a heroic triumph, Fry deftly... Read more »

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Galileo

And the Science Deniers
By Mario Livio
Narrated by Jonathan Davis /  8 hours 47 minutes

A fresh interpretation of the life of Galileo Galilei, one of history’s greatest and most fascinating scientists, that sheds new light on his discoveries and how he was challenged by science deniers. “We really need this story now, because we’re living through the next chapter of science denial” (Bill McKibben).

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