Staff Picks: April 2011

Our Man in Havana

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This quick, suspenseful, and at times humorous book is about a vacuum-cleaner salesman in Havana recruited by the British Secret Service to work as a secret agent; in need of money he reluctantly agrees. Things are going fine until the phony reports he has been filling to keep his job start becoming true. Similarly engaging is The Quiet American.

The Future of Life

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Considered his most personal and timely book to date, biologist E.O.Wilson assesses the precarious state of our environment. He examines the mass extinctions occurring now and provides a specific plan to save our world. He has a vision that is as economically sound as it is environmentally necessary. The current scientific information he presents is written in an engaging and persuasive style that is easily understood by everyone. An elegant manifesto of why biodiversity matters.