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Review: 'The Uninhabitable Earth' explores climate doomsday

"The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming" (Tim Duggan Books), by David-Wallace-Wells. The science is clear: Massive fossil fuel use by humans is raising temperatures in the ocean...

Review: 'Seeds of Science' explores GMO crop debates

"Seeds of Science: Why we got it so wrong on GMOs" (Bloomsbury), by Mark Lynas. Mark Lynas has written a timely and important book about changing sides on the controversial topic of ...

Ancient churches and origins of wine in Republic of Georgia

Want to learn about the origins of winemaking? You'll have to go about 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) east of Bordeaux, France, to the Republic of Georgia, in the Caucasus Mountains. ...

Review: 19th-century plant pioneer changed how America eats

"The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats" (Dutton), by Daniel Stone. Who knew avocados, citrus and cherry blossoms had...

'Ancient Brews' reveals tasty history of alcohol

"Ancient Brews: Rediscovered & Re-created" (W.W. Norton & Co.), by Patrick E. McGovern It's easy to find cold brews on summer days, but here's a twist: a journey back to the ...

Review: 'Daring to Drive' illuminates Saudi woman's life

"Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening" (Simon & Schuster)), by Manal Al-Sharif Beset by traffic, smog and other distractions, it's easy to forget that driving a car is an a...

Review: 'Cork Dork' celebrates wine, sommeliers

"Cork Dork" (Penguin Books), by Bianca Bosker Sommelier is a simple yet mysterious job title. The most basic translation from the French might be wine expert, but then how exactly do...