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Book Summary: The Nature of Oaks by Douglas Tallamy

My Personal Summary This book is about the importance of oak trees. Oak trees support arguably more species than any other tree and they’re known as a “keystone” species because without them an entire ecosystem is not the same. Book Notes After their first year, a seedling oak may have up to 10 times more …

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Book Summary: Mamba Mentality by Kobe Bryant

My Personal Summary This book is about the inner thoughts of Kobe Bryant along with stories told by coaches and teammates around him on his basketball journey. Kobe is blessed with being tall and having a father who played in the NBA, which gave him a competitive advantage. However, much of his success can be …

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Book Summary: Eight Bears by Gloria Dickie

My Personal Summary This book is about the history and current situation of the eight bear species on planet Earth. The two big takeaways from this book are that (1) climate change, deforestation and clearing of land for agricultural purposes is directly affecting the life of most bear species in negative ways and (2) whenever …

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Book Summary: King of Fish by David R. Montgomery

My Personal Summary This book is about the history of salmon runs and why salmon populations have decreased dramatically over time. The main reasons for the decrease in salmon populations has been due to dams being built in rivers that block salmon’s ability to travel upstream to spawn along with industrial waste making its way …

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Book Summary: Sea People by Christina Thompson

My Personal Summary This book is about how the Polynesian Islands were first settled. “Polynesia” is the region in the Pacific Ocean that ranges from Easter Island to Hawaii to New Zealand. Evidence has shown that the people of Polynesia came from the Indonesian islands who progressively ventured further out into the Pacific using only …

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Book Summary: Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin

My Personal Summary This book is about how all living organisms are structurally related. Even as humans, we have an “inner fish” in which we share many anatomical parts with fish. The fossil record proves time and time again that all living organisms have evolved from the same ancestor. Book Notes For billions of years, …

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Book Summary: The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan

My Personal Summary This book is about the Dust Bowl, a period in the 1930’s in which the Great Depression occurred and excessive cultivation of the Great Plains region lead to dust storms – storms that would literally rip up the Earth. American meteorologists rated the Dust Bowl the number one weather event of the …

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Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson

My Personal Summary This book is a biography of Elon Musk, CEO currently of Tesla, SpaceX, Twitter, Neuralink and The Boring Company. Elon has arguably done more than any other human in history to push humanity forward technologically. He is known to be a nightmare to work for because he demands that employees put their …

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