Staff Pick

Kelli Anderson is a graphic designer whose works on paper don’t stay flat on a table. Previously she’s made, among other things, a paper record player and a paper camera. Her newest project, This Book Is a Planetarium (Chronicle, $40), is not so much a pop-up book as it is a book of pop-up mechanisms. In addition to being a planetarium that can project the autumn night sky on your ceiling, it’s also a decoder ring to encrypt secret messages, a spiralgraph to create unique designs, a smart phone speaker, a perpetual calendar, and a paper lyre. Each contraption is accompanied by easy-to-understand explanations of why and how they work. In addition to its contents, the book itself is a stunningly engineered object and beautiful, too. As you open each page, the colors pop at the same time the gadget unfurls. The sturdy cardboard construction will hold up well to repeated use and two elastic bands are cleverly positioned to hold the book open when investigating each device. Get ready to be amazed and delighted.

This Book Is a Planetarium: And Other Extraordinary Pop-Up Contraptions (Popup Book for Kids and Adults, Interactive Planetarium Book, Cool Books for Adults) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452136219
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - October 3rd, 2017

Staff Pick

On August 21st, 2017, a total solar eclipse will pass over the continental US. Author David Baron chronicles a similar rare eclipse from 1878, whose path crossed the untamed American West.  The result is a wonderful blend of history, science, biography and western narrative in this thrilling race to capture the corona and study the sun. Baron follows scientists, astronomers and inventors as they attempt to finally put America on the intellectual map alongside Europe.                                 

American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631490163
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Liveright - June 6th, 2017

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It's a time-honored book-selling tradition. Every year when summer rolls around, customers scour the travel section to find the perfect guidebook for their adventures near and far. This year brought a travel guide that is truly out of this world, pun intended! This is the travel guide to the solar system that will be the standard for years to come. A must-read for the daring and the curious alike, this book makes our stellar neighborhood come alive with fun and exciting details on nearly every page. Move over Captain Picard. Olivia Koski and Jana Grcevich are on the scene.

Vacation Guide to the Solar System: Science for the Savvy Space Traveler! Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143129776
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Books - June 6th, 2017