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As frequently as Darwin and his theory of evolution are referenced, does everyone who uses the terms—whether to support or to challenge them—understand what they mean? To make sure we all not only get it but appreciate the scope of Darwin’s work, Richard Dawkins wrote The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution to explain the science behind the theory. In prose as lucid as it is passionate, Dawkins looks at fossils, molecular genetics, plate tectonics, and a host of other natural phenomena to leave no doubt that Darwin’s descriptions of the course of life on Earth are accurate—and amazing. Available in paperback, $7.98.

Write what you know; good advice? For Dani Shapiro, who has spent two decades writing novels and memoirs as well as teaching creative writing, the truism has resulted in the sparkling Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life. Like the craft itself, this book on working with words is part memoir, part meditation, and part how-to. There are words of wisdom and moments of despair, lessons in patience and discipline, and celebrations of discovery. It’s a tough life, but Shapiro wouldn’t trade it. Available in hardcover, $7.98.

Set in 1612, Jeanette Winterson’s most recent novel, The Daylight Gate, is a deft mix of history and imagination. The Lancashire Witch Trial is fact, as is the perfectly-named Alice Nutter. Was there really a coven of witches at work, or was it the ordinary distortion of class and gender bias? As Winterson delves into the lives of the accused women, she exposes poverty and abuse, not magic. Yet led by the stalwart—and not incidentally, wealthy—Alice, these women are not helpless, and they learn to use their passion to defy the powers-that-be. Available in hardcover, $7.98.

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- Laurie Greer