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Eaarth, by Bill McKibben     Photo: Courtesy of Henry Holt

Environmental author emeritus Bill McKibben's Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet (Henry Holt, $24) makes a provocative case for smaller appetites in the climate-changed era, but read it for the first few chapters—the most (depressingly) powerful rebuttal of the global-warming-skeptic argument we've seen.

Anonymous blogger Bike Snob NYC busts out of cyberspace in Bike Snob: Systematically & Mercilessly Realigning the World of Cycling (Chronicle Books, $17), less manifesto than highly entertaining guide to finding your way on two wheels.

Mark Sundeen gives Captain Sig Hansen, of Deadliest Catch fame, a literary helping hand in North by Northwestern: A Seafaring Family on Deadly Alaskan Waters (Thomas Dunne Books, $26), a chronicle that reads like a collection of your crazy buddy's bar stories about his crazier old man.

And Donovan Webster, inspired by a DNA test, searches for his identity from warthog-hunting grounds in Tanzania to circus tents in Uzbekistan in Meeting the Family: One Man's Journey Through His Human Ancestry (National Geographic Books, $26).

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