The Story of Life in 10 1/2 Species

The Story of Life in 10 1/2 Species

The Story of Life in 10 1/2 Species
Marianne Taylor
$29.95

If an alien visitor were to collect ten souvenir life forms to represent life on earth, which would they be? This is the thought-provoking premise of Marianne Taylor’s The Story of Life in 10 and a Half Species. Each life forms explains a key aspect about life on Earth. From the sponge that seems to be a plant but is really an animal to the almost extinct soft-shelled turtle deemed extremely unique and therefore extremely precious, these examples reveal how life itself is arranged across time and space, and how humanity increasingly dominates that vision.

Taylor, a prolific science writer, considers the chemistry of a green plant and ponders the possibility of life beyond our world; investigates the virus in an attempt to determine what a life form is; and wonders if the human—“a distinct and very dominant species with an inevitably biased view of life”— could evolve in a new direction. She tells us that the giraffe was one species, but is now four; that the dusky seaside sparrow may be revived through “re-evolution,” or cloning; explains the significance of Darwin’s finch to evolution; and much more. The “half” species is artificial intelligence. Itself an experiment to understand and model life, AI is central to our future—although from the alien visitor’s standpoint, unlikely to inherit the earth in the long run.

Cats in Art: A Pop-Up Book

Cats in Art: A Pop-Up Book

Cats in Art: A Pop-Up Book
Susan Herbert
$19.95

Cats in Art celebrates the work of Susan Herbert, whose paintings have been delighting cat fans and culture buffs for decades. Her trademark blend of humor and feline enthusiasm makes her art instantly recognizable to cat lovers everywhere. Since her first collection, The Cats Gallery of Art, was published in 1990, her work has appeared in numerous books that feature cats in iconic works of art, scenes from operas, Shakespearean plays, and movies.

In this new compilation of her work, renowned paper engineer Corina Fletcher has transformed six of Herbert’s most-loved paintings into three- dimensional works of art, including Herbert’s interpretations of classic paintings by Jan van Eyck, Sandro Botticelli, Diego Velázquez, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, John Everett Millais, and Édouard Manet. Each of these clever and charming feline portraits is accompanied by engaging and lively text, which illuminates the drama unfolding on the page.

Charming and fun, this book of pop-ups will delight fans of Susan Herbert as well as those encountering her work for the first time.

Incredible Animals

Incredible Animals

Incredible Animals
Dunia Rahwan, Illustrated by Paola Formica
$19.99

“In this … illustrated guide, discover fascinating and unusual information about animals from all around the world. A delightfully quirky system of organization introduces the reader to the superlatives of the animal kingdom, from ‘super predators’ to ‘expert architects”–Provided by publisher.

Resident Dog: Incredible Homes and the Dogs That Live There

Motown: The Sound of Young America
By Nicole England

Stylish, aspirational homes and the dogs that live in them in a beautifully photographed celebration of style and canines.

Just as every home is different, so is every dog.

In this stunningly photographed book of architecturally superb houses―many of them architects’ own homes―we see how the presence of a dog brings warmth and life to the most dramatic spaces. From mid-century raw brick to a penthouse apartment, gracious Edwardian to Scandinavian modern, from beach house to country retreat, there is always room for a dog or two. They trot, nap, and sniff through every page, at times more rambunctious than their surroundings, and at others perfectly in tune with the setting.

Peek inside the most breathtaking homes that feature French bulldogs, golden retrievers, Labradoodles, and more as your guides. Oblivious to designer furniture, heritage considerations, or serious design aesthetics, dogs can make themselves at home anywhere. In fact, the homes in this book are all the more appealing because of their resident dogs.

300 color illustrations