Hal Herzog’s Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard To Think Straight About Animals is a departmental favorite. We admire this book because Hal is thoughtful, rational, and often funny—and he shows us how illogical we are in our relationships with animals. It’s not a polemic. It’s a book that truly fosters debate and conversation. It’s already been adopted in all sorts of courses from ethics to anthropology. And, we're not the only ones who admire it: Robert M. Sapolsky of Stanford University said, “It's a wonderful book—wildly readable, funny, scientifically sound, and with surprising moments of deep, challenging thoughts.” The book will be available in paperback in August.
Eels: An Exploration, from New Zealand to the Sargasso, of the World’s Most Amazing and Mysterious Fish by James Prosek—not only has one of my favorite jackets of the year—the beauty continues inside with Prosek’s black-and-white illustrations. According to the New York Times Book Review, “Eels [is] more than a fish book. It is an impassioned defense of nature itself. . . . In Eels, he passes on the truth that the often disdained eel, like all migratory fish, is vital and mysterious and worthy of our full effort to bring it back.”