Staff Picks from 2016
Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, The Discreet Charm of Snails, and Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness, by Nathanael Johnson
It's basically an non-scientist, urban person's guide to the nature stuff we see everyday and don't think about (or think badly of). Like pigeons and weeds and ants. Laugh out loud funny in parts. It was written by a guy in San Francisco, with visits to Berkeley and West Oakland and more, so it's very local. Also featured on the 99% Invisible podcast if you don't feel like reading a whole book and just want a 25 minute audio highlights tour.
"A Harvard sociologist examines the challenge of eviction as a formidable cause of poverty in America, revealing how millions of people are wrongly forced from their homes and reduced to cycles of extreme disadvantage that are reinforced by dysfunctional legal systems." -- Publisher summary.
"Heartbreaking and revelatory." Recommended by Gina Kessler Lee