One of our favorite subjects to read about is the natural world. What’s more mysterious, more captivating, more visceral than, say, the sound of a snail eating or the seizing grip of an octopus? We’re thankful that some of the most inquisitive authors of our day have taken it upon themselves to investigate nature’s wonders. We also love that oftentimes, these inquiries reveal just as much about the author as they do about the subject matter. Here we’ve pulled together some of the best narrative nonfiction showcasing nature and our reverence for it.