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  • Coming into the Countryby John McPhee

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 18.99

    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 urban Alaska, and with life in the remoteness of the bush. Readers of McPhee?s earlier books will... more...

  • The Essays of Henry D. Thoreauby Henry David Thoreau; Lewis Hyde

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2002; US$ 16.99

    Thoreau's major essays annotated and introduced by one of our most vital intellectuals. With The Essays of Henry D. Thoreau , Lewis Hyde gathers thirteen of Thoreau's finest short prose works and, for the first time in 150 years, presents them fully annotated and arranged in the order of their composition. This definitive edition includes Thoreau's... more...

  • The Meadowby James Galvin

    Henry Holt and Co. 2014; US$ 17.99

    An American Library Association Notable Book In discrete disclosures joined with the intricacy of a spider's web, James Galvin depicts the hundred-year history of a meadow in the arid mountains of the Colorado/Wyoming border. Galvin describes the seasons, the weather, the wildlife, and the few people who do not possess but are themselves possessed... more...

  • Salt Marsh Diaryby Mark Seth Lender

    St. Martin's Press 2011; US$ 8.99

    NPR contributor and nature writer Mark Seth Lender chronicles the daily life of a salt marsh near his home Mark Seth Lender?s home is on the edge of a salt marsh. From his front porch and back yard he is witness to an astonishing array of wildlife, but nothing he sees is more beautiful and inspiring than the birds that fill the air, perch on... more...

  • The Second John McPhee Readerby John McPhee; David Remnick

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1996; US$ 22.99

    This second volume of The John McPhee Reader includes material from his eleven books published since 1975, including Coming into the Country, Looking for a Ship, The Control of Nature , and the four books on geology that comprise Annals of the Former World . more...

  • The Big Yearby Mark Obmascik

    Transworld 2011; US$ 10.53

    Each year, hundreds of people set out across North America determined to set a new record in a spectacularly competitive event. Is it tennis? Golf? Racing? Poker perhaps? No, it's bird-watching, and a contest known as the Big Year - a grand, gruelling, expensive (and occasionally vicious) 365-day marathon to identify the most species. THE BIG... more...

  • Nature's Chaosby James Gleick; Eliot Porter

    Grand Central Publishing 2001; US$ 9.99

    With 102 spectacular full-color photos, this fascinating "field guide" explores the world's natural disorder. more...

  • Winter Signby Jim dale Huot-Vickery

    University of Minnesota Press 1998; US$ 51.00

    The locus of Jim dale Huot-Vickery?s life is a remote cabin in the northern wilderness of Minnesota?s Boundary Waters region. More often than not, it is winter here, a fierce, beautiful season that dominates all living things with its relentless cold grip. This is the inspiration for Winter Sign, the profound story of fifteen years of surviving the... more...

  • A Conservationist Manifestoby Scott Russell Sanders

    Indiana University Press 2009; US$ 16.99

    As an antidote to the destructive culture of consumption dominating American life today, Scott Russell Sanders calls for a culture of conservation that allows us to savor and preserve the world, instead of devouring it. How might we shift to a more durable and responsible way of life? What changes in values and behavior will be required? Ranging geographically... more...

  • Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continentby Lyanda Lynn Haupt

    Little, Brown and Company 2009; US$ 12.99

    By focusing mostly on the birds Charles Darwin observed, and by brilliantly mining his lesser-known writings, Haupt pens a startlingly fresh exploration of the man's genius that invites readers to look at the world with new eyes. more...