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A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent
Author: Marie Brennan
Macmillan Genre: Fantasy
335 pp. 
Lady Trent is a bookish young woman who nurtures a passion for learning and natural history, and who defies the stifling conventions of her day as the world's first dragon naturalist. Ecology
Natural history
Nature of discovery
Scientific inquiry 
Endangered
Author: Eliot Schrefer
Scholastic
Genre: Social issues
288 pp. 
When an armed revolution leads to an attack on a bonobo sanctuary, Sophie and an infant bonobo, Otto, must escape into the jungle. Caught in the crosshairs of conflict, they must struggle to keep safe, to eat, and to live. Animal behavior
Bioethics
Ecology
Environment 
Ishmael
Author: Daniel Quinn
Bantam
Genre: Contemporary literature
274 pp. 
When a disillusioned writer answers a personal ad from a teacher, he discovers that the teacher is a gorilla named Ishmael, who poses deep questions about the history and future of life on Earth. Evolution
Human ecology
Nature of discovery
Philosophy of science 
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Author: Annie Dillard
Harper Perennial
Genre: Natural history essays
304 pp. 
A personal narrative of a year's exploration of Virginia's Roanoke Valley, depicting the nuances of wildlife along Tinker Creek; an exhilarating tale of nature and its seasons. Biodiversity
Ecology
Nature of discovery
Natural history 
Remarkable Creatures
Author: Tracy Chevalier
Penguin Group, USA
Genre: Historical women's literature
320 pp. 
Mary Anning discovers ancient marine reptiles, such as the ichthyosaur. This, along with her gender and working-class background, shakes the scientific community and leads to new ways of thinking about the creation of the world. Archaeology
Evolution
Nature of discovery
Women in science 
State of Wonder
Author: Ann Patchett
Harper Collins
Genre: Contemporary literature
401 pp. 
Pharmaceutical researcher Dr. Marina Singh sets off into the Amazon jungle to find the remains of a colleague who recently died under mysterious circumstances. Bioethics
Ecology
Environment
Physiology
Scientific inquiry
Women in science 
The Martian
Author: Andy Weir
Broadway Books
Genre: Science fiction
385 pp. 
Mark Watney is part of a team sent to the red planet. Stranded and facing certain death, he makes a remarkable effort to survive: constructing a livable habitat, finding a way to grow food, making water, and getting himself off the planet. Agriculture
Horticulture
Botany
Engineering
Geology
Physics 
The Prodigal Summer
Author: Barbara Kingsolver
Harper Perennial
Genre: Contemporary literature
464 pp. 
Three stories of love are woven within a larger tapestry of lives in the forested mountains and struggling small farms of southern Appalachia. Conservation
Ecology
Environment
Wildlife biology 
The Signature of All Things
Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
Penguin Group, USA
Genre: Historical women's literature
513 pp. 
Alma Whittaker is a clear-minded scientist focused on botany and evolution. She falls in love with Ambrose Pike, a utopian artist who ponders the spiritual, divine, and magical. They each pursue their desperate need to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all life. Botany
Environment
Evolution
Scientific inquiry
Women in science 
The Speed of Dark
Author: Elizabeth Moon
Ballantine
Genre: Medical science fiction
378 pp. 
Lou Arrendale is living a low-key, independent life as a high-functioning autistic adult, when he is offered a chance to try a brand-new experimental “cure” for his condition. Bioethics
Scientific inquiry
Genetic engineering
Medicine 
BookSummaryConnections
A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent
Author: Marie Brennan
Macmillan Genre: Fantasy
335 pp. 
Lady Trent is a bookish young woman who nurtures a passion for learning and natural history, and who defies the stifling conventions of her day as the world's first dragon naturalist. Ecology
Natural history
Nature of discovery
Scientific inquiry 
Endangered
Author: Eliot Schrefer
Scholastic
Genre: Social issues
288 pp. 
When an armed revolution leads to an attack on a bonobo sanctuary, Sophie and an infant bonobo, Otto, must escape into the jungle. Caught in the crosshairs of conflict, they must struggle to keep safe, to eat, and to live. Animal behavior
Bioethics
Ecology
Environment 
Ishmael
Author: Daniel Quinn
Bantam
Genre: Contemporary literature
274 pp. 
When a disillusioned writer answers a personal ad from a teacher, he discovers that the teacher is a gorilla named Ishmael, who poses deep questions about the history and future of life on Earth. Evolution
Human ecology
Nature of discovery
Philosophy of science 
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Author: Annie Dillard
Harper Perennial
Genre: Natural history essays
304 pp. 
A personal narrative of a year's exploration of Virginia's Roanoke Valley, depicting the nuances of wildlife along Tinker Creek; an exhilarating tale of nature and its seasons. Biodiversity
Ecology
Nature of discovery
Natural history 
Remarkable Creatures
Author: Tracy Chevalier
Penguin Group, USA
Genre: Historical women's literature
320 pp. 
Mary Anning discovers ancient marine reptiles, such as the ichthyosaur. This, along with her gender and working-class background, shakes the scientific community and leads to new ways of thinking about the creation of the world. Archaeology
Evolution
Nature of discovery
Women in science 
State of Wonder
Author: Ann Patchett
Harper Collins
Genre: Contemporary literature
401 pp. 
Pharmaceutical researcher Dr. Marina Singh sets off into the Amazon jungle to find the remains of a colleague who recently died under mysterious circumstances. Bioethics
Ecology
Environment
Physiology
Scientific inquiry
Women in science 
The Martian
Author: Andy Weir
Broadway Books
Genre: Science fiction
385 pp. 
Mark Watney is part of a team sent to the red planet. Stranded and facing certain death, he makes a remarkable effort to survive: constructing a livable habitat, finding a way to grow food, making water, and getting himself off the planet. Agriculture
Horticulture
Botany
Engineering
Geology
Physics 
The Prodigal Summer
Author: Barbara Kingsolver
Harper Perennial
Genre: Contemporary literature
464 pp. 
Three stories of love are woven within a larger tapestry of lives in the forested mountains and struggling small farms of southern Appalachia. Conservation
Ecology
Environment
Wildlife biology 
The Signature of All Things
Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
Penguin Group, USA
Genre: Historical women's literature
513 pp. 
Alma Whittaker is a clear-minded scientist focused on botany and evolution. She falls in love with Ambrose Pike, a utopian artist who ponders the spiritual, divine, and magical. They each pursue their desperate need to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all life. Botany
Environment
Evolution
Scientific inquiry
Women in science 
The Speed of Dark
Author: Elizabeth Moon
Ballantine
Genre: Medical science fiction
378 pp. 
Lou Arrendale is living a low-key, independent life as a high-functioning autistic adult, when he is offered a chance to try a brand-new experimental “cure” for his condition. Bioethics
Scientific inquiry
Genetic engineering
Medicine 
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