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"Braiding Sweetgrass" by Robin Wall Kimmerer - highly recommended!

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I couldn't agree more!

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An Immense World by Ed Yong

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I, too, was coming to recommend anything by Ed Yong. An Immense World and The Multitudes Within Us are in my reading stack!

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Agreed, it’s a magical book and great for taking your mind off work!

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I second this! Delightful research well-told.

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LOL I was just going to enter this book. Great read, also available in audio (for the long car ride). Fascinating to learn more about the other complex species we share the planet with.

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Me, too. It is a wonderful book. He wrote it as an antidote to his pandemic reporting.

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I love this book!

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Enjoy your well-deserved break! I am a big non-fiction fan so I will try to keep my list short:

Anything by Mary Roach but her most recent title “Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law” might be particularly appropriate during a national park stay.

Randall Munroe’s “What If?” made me laugh out loud multiple times and since each question is a few pages, it’s perfect for when you’ll have frequent kid interruptions.

And while it is sort of health related, Atul Gawande’s “Being Mortal” remains one of my top 5 books ever.

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I would also highly recommend "Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law" - excellent and thought provoking book on how we treat animals who come into contact with humans.

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Team of Rivals. An all time fave.....

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One of my lifetime favorites!! Highly recommended. Always relevant.

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Yes!

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This is the best thread! I'm jotting down so many titles!

I recently read and loved "Nature's Best Hope," by Douglas Tallamy.

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Ditto

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The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker - amazing.

Invisible Women: data bias in a world designed for men by Caroline Criado Perez (some PH discussion, but much, much more!)

Enjoy the break!

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Great books!

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I am reading the Art of Gathering now. Good ideas and things to think about, but so daunting. I am not creative enough to implement some of the ideas she suggests!

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Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee; H is For Hawk by Helen McDonald; Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller

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Dinners with Ruth by Nina Totenburg - about RBG abut mostly about the power of friendship.

The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moss - about Elizabeth Packard, an amazingly smart and brave woman who was an advocate for women’s rights in late 1800s America

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I just finished Dinners with Ruth. Enjoyed it very much.

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I'm currently reading/loving "I'll Show Myself Out: Essays on Midlife and Motherhood" by Jessi Klein. So insightful and hilarious!

And, at the risk of being totally shameless, my memoir of mother-daughter military service came out this spring with an indie publisher: The Fine Art of Camouflage https://a.co/d/dAC5yLf

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Here for the comments...lots of Googling to do now! What to do with my precious Audible credit....

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For audio I loved Viola Davis’ memoir Finding Me. and I’m Glad My mom died.

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I did listen to Finding Me and it absolutely floored me. Unforgettable. I have considered I'm Glad My Mom Died, but fear that it might hit me too hard in my sensitivities. Currently taking a break from non-fiction to give my mind a rest and I'm enjoying Gabrielle Zevin and some others.

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Totally get that. I loved tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow!

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Non-fiction book recommendation: "Children of Ash and Elm," by Neil Price. Fascinating up-to-date scientifically-based study of the Viking derivation, history, culture - and dare I say, to some degree, epidemiological factoids. Extremely well-written; takes one away from the modern day.

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"The Invention of Nature: Alexander Humboldt's New World" by Andrea Wulf

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I'm reading Bittersweet by Susan Cain at the moment

moment. Enjoy!

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Book recs: The Warmth of Other Suns; The Turnaway Study; Good for a Girl: A Woman Running in a Man’s World; Killers of the Flower Moon; and for lighter fare John Green’s The Anthropocene Reviewed.

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I’m late to this party. however, you cannot go wrong visiting the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. If you’re still around Teton, Jackson Lake Lodge, the Pioneer Grill, which has a long continuous counter is wonderful for kids -- if you’re comfortable dining indoors. And if you have time consider visiting Glacier, see the glaciers while the glaciers are still there to be seen. And, try to take some hikes. Some are suitable for younger children. We did them with toddlers and with a baby backpack. Getting away from the visitor areas on a hike is well worth it. Feel free to message me with any questions.

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All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot. It's sort of a memoir, but I believe the author merged his personal experiences with those of people he knew. It's a touching, lovely book.

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