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When Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice
When Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice
by Terry Tempest Williams
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"This poetic memoir continues the work Williams began in Refuge....Williams explores her mothers identity — woman, wife, mother, and Mormon — as she continues to honor her memory....A lyrical and elliptical meditation on women, nature, family,... (read more)

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The Mismeasure of Man
The Mismeasure of Man
by Stephen Jay Gould
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When published in 1981, The Mismeasure of Man was immediately hailed as a masterwork, the ringing answer to those who would classify people, rank them according to their supposed genetic gifts and limits. Yet the idea of biology as destiny dies hard, as... (read more)

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Last Child in the Woods : Saving Our Children From Nature-deficit Disorder (Rev 08 Edition)
Last Child in the Woods : Saving Our Children From Nature-deficit Disorder (Rev 08 Edition)
by Richard Louv
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At no time in human history have we been more disconnected with what lies outside our front doors. Within just a century, our relationship with our surroundings has transformed from one of exploration to one of disassociation. In This Book Was a Tree... (read more)

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Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout
Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout
by Philip Connors
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Every summer Philip Connors runs away from home. He spends half the year in a remote fire lookout savoring the solitude and the joy of monotasking. His wonderful book, Fire Season, will make you want to quit your job, sell the house, and find your own... (read more)

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Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place
Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place
by Terry Tempest Williams
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As Utah-born naturalist Terry Tempest Williams records the simultaneous tragedies of her mother's death of cancer and the flooding of the Bear River Migratory Bird Sanctuary, she creates a document of renewal and spiritual grace destined to become a... (read more)

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Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature
Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature
by Kathleen Dean Moore
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In an effort to make sense of the deaths in quick succession of several loved ones, Kathleen Dean Moore turned to the comfort of the wild, making a series of solitary excursions into ancient forests, wild rivers, remote deserts, and windswept islands to... (read more)

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Coming Into the Country
Coming Into the Country
by John McPhee
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Coming into the Country is an unforgettable account of Alaska and Alaskans. It is a rich tapestry of vivid characters, observed landscapes, and descriptive narrative, in three principal segments that deal, respectively, with a total wilderness, with... (read more)

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Never Cry Wolf
Never Cry Wolf
by Farley Mowat
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By enquiring into the puzzle of sibling relations, Frank J. Sulloway pioneers a new view of how family affects individual development. He shows that birth-order is so fundamental to the family that it transcends gender, class and nationality.... (read more)

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The Control of Nature
The Control of Nature
by John Mcphee
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The Control of Nature is John McPhee's bestselling account of places where people are locked in combat with nature. Taking us deep into these contested territories, McPhee details the strageties and tactics through which people attempt to control nature.... (read more)

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Desert Notes: Reflections in the Eye of a Ravens and River Notes: The Dance of Herons
Desert Notes: Reflections in the Eye of a Ravens and River Notes: The Dance of Herons
by Barry Holstun Lopez
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Here, for the first time in one volume, are two of Lopez's masterpieces, "River Notes and "Desert Notes. From the thundering power of the river's swift current, to the stillness of clear freshwater pools; to desert springs, birds and wind, and... (read more)

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Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival
Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival
by Bernd Heinrich
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From award-winning writer and biologist Bernd Heinrich, an intimate, accessible and eloquent illumination of animal survival in Winter. From flying squirrels to grizzly bears, torpid turtles to insects with antifreeze, the animal kingdom relies on some... (read more)

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My First Summer in the Sierra (Penguin Nature Classics)
My First Summer in the Sierra (Penguin Nature Classics)
by John Muir
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The famous conservationist's lyrical, exuberant observations of the awe-inspiring beauty of the Sierra Nevada. Introduction by Gretel Ehrlich. Penguin Nature Library.... (read more)

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Where the Wild Things Were: Life, Death, and Ecological Wreckage in a Land of Vanishing Predators
Where the Wild Things Were: Life, Death, and Ecological Wreckage in a Land of Vanishing Predators
by William Stolzenburg
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“Big, fierce animals have a noble champion in William Stolzenburg.”—Edward O. Wilson, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University Wildlife journalist William Stolzenburg follows in the wake of natures topmost carnivores and finds chaos in... (read more)

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The Secret Knowledge of Water: Discovering the Essence of the American Desert
The Secret Knowledge of Water: Discovering the Essence of the American Desert
by Craig Childs
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Like the highest mountain peaks, deserts are environments that can be inhospitable even to the most seasoned explorers. As Craig Childs makes clear in this highly praised book, there are two easy ways to die in the desert: thirst or drowning. His... (read more)

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Life Everlasting: The Animal Way of Death
Life Everlasting: The Animal Way of Death
by Bernd Heinrich
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“Bernd Heinrich is one of the finest naturalists of our time. Life Everlasting shines with the authenticity and originality that are unique to a life devoted to natural history in the field.”—Edward O. Wilson, author of The Future of... (read more)

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Riverwalking: Reflections on Moving Water (Harvest Book)
Riverwalking: Reflections on Moving Water (Harvest Book)
by Kathleen Dean Moore
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In these twenty elegant essays, a philosopher and amateur naturalist meanders along the rivers and streams of the american West-and muses on love, loss, aging, motherhood, happiness, the art of poking around, and other important matters. “A smart... (read more)

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Oranges
Oranges
by John Mcphee
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A classic of reportage, Oranges was first conceived as a short magazine article about oranges and orange juice, but the author kept encountering so much irresistible information that he eventually found that he had in fact written a book. It contains... (read more)

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Monster of God
Monster of God
by David Quammen
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For millennia, lions, tigers, and their man-eating kin have kept our dark, scary forests dark and scary, and their predatory majesty has been the stuff of folklore. But by the year 2150 big predators may only exist on the other side of glass barriers and... (read more)

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Hawks Rest: A Season in the Remote Heart of Yellowstone
Hawks Rest: A Season in the Remote Heart of Yellowstone
by Gary Ferguson
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“ Wildness is something best measured in the dark. On black, moonless nights when the horizon goes limp, and every scratch and thud and snap of branch outside the tent touches off spot fires in your brain. Sort of like now. The sow grizzly is... (read more)

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Tropical Nature: Life and Death in the Rain Forest of Central and South America
Tropical Nature: Life and Death in the Rain Forest of Central and South America
by Adrian Forsyth
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Scientific American In 17 chapters, each a brief essay on tropical nature observed, these two young field biologists have made a model of contemporary natural history, cheerfully speculative, concerned as much with large pattern as with diversity... (read more)

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