The Bluebird Effect - Julie Zickefoose

Artist, writer, naturalist, and wildlife rehabilitator Julie Zickefoose’s incredible avian encounters might border on magical were they not meticulously recorded in her sketchbook with a scientist’s attention to detail. A lifetime of observing and caring for wild birds has given Zickefoose much more than scientific insight into their behaviors; years later, her curiosity and wonder, even for the most familiar species, remain unceasing and infectious. She has welcomed birds as members of the family, often into her home, detailing the reciprocal “getting-to-know-you” process and the unique connections she has forged with each individual. The Bluebird Effect (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28) is glowingly illustrated with watercolor paintings and captivating pencil sketches from the field; each chapter is devoted to a separate species, from the much-maligned European starling to the feisty ruby-throated hummingbird.

Barack Obama: The Story - David Maraniss

From the biographer of Bill Clinton, Vince Lombardi and Roberto Clemente, Barack Obama: The Story (Simon & Schuster, $32.50) is David Maraniss’s best and most ambitious work yet. The book tells the story of the forces that shaped America’s first black president. Maraniss writes with a historical sweep and sense of generational roots unmatched by previous accounts of Obama’s life. He captures Obama in very formative years trying to establish an identity and preparing for a political future.

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ISBN: 9781439160404
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 19th, 2012

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ISBN: 9781439160411
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 15th, 2013

God's Hotel - Victoria Sweet

In God’s Hotel (Riverhead, $27.95), her evocative, unvarnished, and brilliant writing debut, doctor and medical historian Victoria Sweet traces her evolution as a medical practitioner caring for society’s poorest and most downtrodden. Her experiences as a physician at one of America’s last almshouses, along with her studies of pre-modern medicine, challenge us to consider more honestly how the essence of diagnosing, treating, and caring for patients is too often devalued by modern medicine. Told through the stories of her patients, God’s Hotel is at once deeply personal, highly entertaining, and above all, important.

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ISBN: 9781594486548
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 2nd, 2013