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LA Times Book Prize Nominees: How We Think, How We Speak & How We Know What We Know

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LA Times Book Prize Science & Technology Nominees

As the LA Times Book Prize award ceremony looms ever-closer, we're taking a look at the books nominated in each category. As we mentioned last week, unlike other big literary awards, the LA Times Book Prize winners are never a sure thing, which is what makes following them all the more fun.

The nominees in the Science & Technology category this year are:

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Here's the thing: we're so annoyed that The Canon: A Whirlgig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science by Natalie Angier didn't get nominated that we aren't invested in the actual nominees for this category.

If we had to narrow it down, we'd say that while Animal Architects offers an interesting look at how animals know how to build their homes - how spiders spin webs and beavers build dams - it isn't our first pick. We'll admit that the title of I Am a Strange Loop got us excited, but we didn't wholly buy into the notion that the soul can arise out of...well...nothing. Smail's On Deep History and the Brain explores both how "I" came to be and how history came to be, wrapping it up in the neat little package of neuroscience. For brainy history buffs, this may be a favorite, but it isn't ours.