Inyo County Free Library - New Acquisitions

These are books and media new to the library and cataloged by the Inyo County Free Library.

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A grand and bold thing: an extraordinary new map of the universe ushering in a new era of discovery

By Finkbeiner, Ann K.

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 500

Call Number: 520.223 FIN

Finkbeiner tells the extraordinary story of a group of astronomers that decides to create an enormous map of the universe, an extremely detailed computerized observatory.

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Flat earth: the history of an infamous idea

By Garwood, Christine

Publishing Date: 2008

Classification: 500

Call Number: 525.1 GAR

A high-energy chronicle of the belief about a flat earth challenges popular conceptions to reveal how flat-earth beliefs were prevalent throughout the nineteenth century as well as ancient civilizations, in an account that reveals the cultural and religious sources of flat-earth belief systems. 25,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)

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The dance of time: the origins of the calendar : a miscellany of history and myth, religion and astronomy, festivals and feast days

By Judge, Michael

Publishing Date: c2004

Classification: 500

Call Number: 529.3 JUD

Traces the mythology, superstitions, and events that influenced the creation of the modern calendar, discussing such informative facts as the Roman avoidance of even numbers that caused most months to be set at odd-numbered lengths, the inspirations behind the names of the days of the week, and the origins of the Easter Bunny. 25,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)

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Always, Rachel: the letters of Rachel Carson and Dorothy Freeman, 1952-1964

By Carson, Rachel

Publishing Date: c1995

Classification: 500

Call Number: 574.092 CAR

"What is revealed in this selection of letters is the extraordinary, private person of Carson and her relationship with Freeman, the nature-loving, homebody friend of her later years. . . . It is not often that a collection of letters reveals character, emotional depth, personality, indeed intellect and talent, as well as a full biography might; these letters do all that." -Doris Grumbach, The New York Times Book Review

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Global climate change

Publishing Date: 2013

Classification: 500

Call Number: 577.27

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Tales of a shaman's apprentice: an ethnobotanist searches for new medicines in the Amazon rain forest

By Plotkin, Mark J.

Publishing Date: 1993

Classification: 500

Call Number: 581.634 PLO

"Fascinating and highly readable account of an ethnobotanist's research on medicinal plants and hallucinogens among the Trio and Oyana of Suriname/Brazil and the Yanomamo of Venezuela. In view of the declining importance of shamanism and loss of plant knowledge due to rapid cultural change, author encourages research promoting the patenting of indigenous knowledge of medicinal plants, which may also serve as an important revenue source for indigenous-based cultural survival programs"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.

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Tahoe wildflowers ; a month-by-month guide to wildflowers in the Tahoe Basin and surrounding areas

By Blackwell, Laird R.

Publishing Date: c2007

Classification: 500

Call Number: 582.13 BLA

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Zoo story: life in the garden of captives

By French, Thomas

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 500

Call Number: 590.73 FRE

Behind the scenes at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, based on six years of research.

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Moth catcher: an evolutionist's journey through canyon and pass

By Collins, Michael M.

Publishing Date: c2007

Classification: 500

Call Number: 595.7809 COL

Biologist Michael Collins has been studying wild silk moths since he was a boy. This family--which includes the largest and most colorful of the North American moths--led Collins into a long career as a scientist, and has provided him with significant insights into the process by which new species evolve. Moth Catcher is Collins's engaging account of his development as a scientist and of his groundbreaking research. The canyon and pass environments of the American West offer a setting in which, since the last Ice Age, organisms have adapted to new surroundings and where many have formed new species. Collins has discovered in the Sierra Nevada what geneticists call a "hybrid zone" where two species interbreed. This hybrid zone is unusual because both sexes are fertile, unlike lab-bred hybrids between the same silk moth species. Collins explains how such hybrid populations serve as laboratories in nature where the process of speciation can be observed and studied. This book offers a fascinating view into the work of a field scientist and the ways that evolution continues to operate around us. Collins's colorful accounts of his fieldwork will delight any reader who loves the outdoors and is captivated by the diversity and interrelations of the life forms found there. And his passion for his research and the fragile, exquisite creatures that he studies will inspire a new appreciation of the wonders of the natural world and the myriad life forms that occupy it.

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Garden butterflies of North America: a gallery of garden butterflies & how to attract them

By Mikula, Rick

Publishing Date: c1997

Classification: 500

Call Number: 595.789 MIK

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The gardener's bird book: a guide to identifying, understanding, and attracting garden birds

By Carpenter, Tom

Publishing Date: c1999

Classification: 500

Call Number: 598.0973 CAR

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Birds: the plant- and seed-eaters

By Bailey, Jill

Publishing Date: 1989

Classification: 500

Call Number: 598.253 BAI

Provides brief descriptions of birds that eat plants or seeds.

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Birdscaping your garden: a practical guide to backyard birds and the plants that attract them

By Adams, George Martin

Publishing Date: 2000, c1998

Classification: 500

Call Number: 598.2973 ADA

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A bird watcher's adventures in tropical America

By Skutch, Alexander Frank

Publishing Date: 1987, c1977

Classification: 500

Call Number: 598.298 SKU

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The aerial hunters: birds

By Bramwell, Martyn

Publishing Date: 1989

Classification: 500

Call Number: 598.91 BRA

Provides brief descriptions of predatory birds.

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Manatees and dugongs

By Reynolds, John Elliott

Publishing Date: c1991

Classification: 500

Call Number: 599.55 REY

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