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By Jeffery Robichaud

If you have kids like me and my wife, Spring Break is probably coming up.

COD - Sorry video gamers, this does not stand for "Call of Duty", rather Cod as in the book's subtitle, A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World. I was born on the seacoast of New Hampshire and remembered visiting the Isles of Shoals, so named because in the 1600s monster schools of cod frequented the islands churning up so much water that the entire area looked like waves were breaking on shallow rocks. How can you pass up the book about history, economics, science, and VIKINGS. Long before Deadliest Catch and Lobster Wars there was Cod Wars. I do not eat fish, but an extra bonus there are recipes for Cod-lovers.

Where Underpants Come From - Think Bill Bryson meets Milton Friedman. I always enjoy chuckling while I'm learning something, and this book weaves (poor pun intended) to tale the global economy from a pair of underpants back through the supply chain to China.

Live from Cape Canaveral: Covering the Space Race, from Sputnik to Today -This may not be the most in-depth history of the space program, but it was written by the only correspondent who has covered every manned space mission and is an extremely quick read. As we approach Earth Day, it is easy to forget that just 50 years ago, when John Glenn circled the Earth, we still had no idea what it looked like. Thanks to NASA our first full picture of Earth was one for the ages.

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In 2006 I participated in a scenarios planning exercise with 40 Nigerians from government, civil society and religious groups. In less than a year, we produced Naija Junction, four creative stories about plausible futures that the country could live.

I am still trying to work through a backlog on my e-reader, but any recommendations that you Care for Share?

About the author: Jeffery Robichaud is Deputy Director of EPA's Environmental Services Division in Kansas City. He is a second-generation scientist with EPA, who began his career in Washington, DC in 1998.

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