1. A purple octopus as it sits on the ocean floor.
    Science & Society

     Sea life offers a lens for self-exploration in ‘How Far the Light Reaches’

    In a collection of essays profiling 10 marine animals, author Sabrina Imbler mixes in stories of their own family, self-discovery, sexuality and healing.
  2. A photo of Joseph L. Graves Jr., the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology.
    Science & Society

     Meet the first Black American to earn an evolutionary biology Ph.D.

    In ‘A Voice in the Wilderness,’ Joseph L. Graves Jr. discusses his scientific journey, how he debates racists, and more.
  3. Science & Society

     These are our favorite science books of 2022

    Books about dinosaurs, the Milky Way and the coronavirus are among the Science News staff’s picks for must-read books of the year.

  4. An elephant seen behind an electric fence

     A new book asks: What makes humans call some animals pests?

    In an interview with Science News, science journalist Bethany Brookshire discusses her new book, Pests, and why humans vilify certain animals.

  5. Electron micrograph of a macrophage
    Health & Medicine

    Need a fall read? ‘The Song of the Cell’ offers tales from biology and history

    Siddhartha Mukherjee’s new book, The Song of the Cell, explores the world of cell biology through the lens of scientists, doctors and patients.

  6. Microscope image of a cell infected with SARS-CoV-2
    Health & Medicine

     ‘Breathless’ explores COVID-19’s origins and other pandemic science

    In his new book, David Quammen examines what we’ve learned about SARS-CoV-2 and puts the pandemic in the context of previous coronavirus scares.
  7. Photo of a swamp

    ‘Fen, Bog & Swamp’ reminds readers why peatlands matter

    In her latest book, author Annie Proulx chronicles people’s long history with peatlands and examines the ecological value of these overlooked places.
  8. Photo of blue cheese

     Meet the fungal friends and foes that surround us

    Keith Seifert’s book The Hidden Kingdom of Fungi explores how microfungi shape our world.

  9. image of the milky way

     ‘The Milky Way’ wants you to get to know your home in the universe

    In a new ‘autobiography,’ the Milky Way tells its own story with the help of astrophysicist Moiya McTier.
  10. a grayscale drawing of native Hawaiians rowing long boats, one of which has a sail

    ‘The Five-Million-Year Odyssey’ reveals how migration shaped humankind

    A globe-trotting trek through history shows how past population migrations changed the course of human biology and culture.
  11. Lindy Elkins-Tanton wears clean room attire and stands in front of the spacecraft for NASA’s Psyche mission

     Two new books show how sexism still pervades astronomy

    In A Portrait of the Scientist as a Young Woman and The Sky Is for Everyone, female astronomers recount how sexism has affected their careers.

  12. Flood after Hurricane Sandy
    Science & Society

     In the battle of human vs. water, ‘Water Always Wins’

    In her new book, environmental journalist Erica Gies follows people who are looking for better solutions to extreme droughts and floods.