1. Primeval Kinship: How Pair-Bonding Gave Birth to Human Society

    by Bernard Chapais, Harvard Univ. Press, 2008, 349 p., $39.95.

  2. The Future of the Internet — And How to Stop It

    by Jonathan Zittrain, Yale Univ. Press, 2008, 342 p., $30.

  3. One Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Science!

    Eric Yoder and Natalie Yoder, Science, Naturally!, 2008, 176 p., $9.95.

  4. Year of the Fires: The Story of the Great Fires of 1910

    by Stephen J. Pyne, Mountain Press Publishing Company, 2008, 325 p., $16.

  5. The Encyclopedia of Earth: A Complete Visual Guide

    by Michael Allaby, Robert Coenraads, Stephen Hutchinson, Karen McGhee and John O’Byrne, Univ. of California Press, 2008, 608 p., $39.95.

  6. Reframing Scopes: Journalists, Scientists, and Lost Photographs from the Trial of the Century

    Review by Amy Maxmen.

  7. Astronomy

    The Universe in a Mirror

    The Saga of the Hubble Space Telescope and the Visionaries Who Built It.

  8. Rebels, Mavericks, and Heretics in Biology

    edited by Oren Harman and Michael R. Dietrich, Yale Univ. Press, 2008, 416 p., $40.

  9. Agriculture

    Starved for Science: How Biotechnology is Being Kept Out of Africa

    by Robert Paarlberg, Harvard Univ. Press, 2008, 235 p., $24.95.

  10. Life

    The Rhino with Glue-On Shoes: And Other Surprising True Stories of Zoo Vets and Their Patients

    Lucy H. Spelman and Ted Y. Mashima (eds.), Delacorte Press, 2008, 312 p., $22.

  11. Health & Medicine

    The Woman Who Can’t Forget

    Jill Price, Simon & Schuster, 2008, 263 p., $26.

  12. Health & Medicine

    The Handy Anatomy Answer Book

    Naomi E. Balaban and James E. Bobick, Visible Ink Press, 2008, 376 p., $21.95.