"Birds of Kansas" by Max C. Thompson, Charles A. Ely, Bob Gress, Chuck Otte, Sebastian T. Patti, David Seibel, and Eugene A. Young (University Press of Kansas, $39.95)
This team of authors, all recognized avian authorities, has compiled a remarkable full-color book depicting every one of the state's now- documented 473 species. This stunning guide features 47 more species than the previous two- volume field guide.
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"In the Garden of the Beasts" by Erik Larson (Crown, $26)
From the author of "The Devil in the White City," this new narrative nonfiction tackles the story of William E. Dodd, America's first ambassador to Hitler's Germany, and the first year he and his family spent there, experiencing excitement, intrigue, romance — and eventually horror.
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