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  • The Rural Lifeby Verlyn Klinkenborg

    Little, Brown and Company 2007; US$ 20.00

    The hugely admired author of "The Last Fine Time" preserves and makes new the sights, smells, sounds, and poetry of country living. Klinkenborg reveals the beauty of the American landscape, not from a scenic overlook, but through a screened-in porch or from the window of a pickup driving down an empty highway in the teeth of an approaching storm. more...

  • Pilgrimage to Vallombrosaby John Elder

    University of Virginia Press 2012; US$ 19.95

    "Set aside your Bella Tuscanys and Year in Provences for a different kind of travel book. Pilgrimage to Vallombrosa puts a walking stick in your hand and Marsh’s Man and Nature in your knapsack, exploring how Italians have managed their natural and cultural heritage in ways that sustain both. John Elder’s poetic meditations on land and life... more...

  • Zoologiesby Alison Hawthorne Deming

    Milkweed Editions 2014; US$ 17.99

    Humans were surrounded by other animals from the beginning of time: they were food, clothes, adversaries, companions, jokes, and gods. And yet, our companions in evolution are leaving the world both as physical beings and spiritual symbols and not returning. In this collection of linked essays, Alison Hawthorne Deming asks, and seeks to answer:... more...

  • The Curious Naturalistby Sy Montgomery

    Down East Books 1991; US$ 9.99

    Our lives are surrounded by ordinary miracles, everyday mysteries. To find them, all you need to do is indulge your senses. Follow the scent of earth outdoors on a cool, wet morning in spring. On a hot August afternoon, go down to the local pond and watch dragonfly larvae crawl out of their skins. more...

  • Savage Graceby Jay Griffiths

    Counterpoint 2015; US$ 17.99

    Jay Griffiths is a tour guide for anyone who has ever wished to commune with the side of our human psyche that remains in touch with the wild. Equally at home among the sea gypsy” Bajo people who live off the coast of Thailand and forage their food from the ocean floor, drinking the psychedelic ayahuasca plant with Amazonian shamans, or joining... more...

  • Springby Melissa Harrison

    Elliott & Thompson 2016; US$ 9.99

    It is a time of awakening. In our fields, hedgerows and woodlands, our beaches, cities and parks, an almost imperceptible shift soon becomes a riot of sound and colour: winter ends, and life surges forth once more. Whether in town or country, we all share in this natural rhythm, in the joy and anticipation of the changing year. In prose and poetry... more...

  • Aliens in the Backyardby John Leland

    University of South Carolina Press 2012; US$ 20.99

    A fresh look at the origins of our iconic immigrant flora and fauna, revealed with wit and reverence for nature more...

  • Learning the Valleyby John Leland

    University of South Carolina Press 2012; US$ 18.99

    Meanderings through a storied Virginia region with a look at its significance from prehistory to the present more...

  • The Great Clodby Gary Snyder

    Counterpoint 2016; US$ 25.00

    For the full course of his remarkable career, Gary Snyder has continued his study of Eastern culture and philosophies. From the Ainu to the Mongols, from Hokkaido to Kyoto, from the landscapes of China to the backcountry of contemporary Japan, from the temples of Daitokoji to the Yellow River Valley, it is now clear how this work has influenced his... more...

  • In Pursuit of Wild Ediblesby Jeffrey Greene

    University of Virginia Press 2016; US$ 24.95

    Today we care about the source of our food as much as the preparation, so it is no surprise that foodies have discovered wild edibles. From the most upscale restaurants in New York to humble farm stays in Europe, chefs and restaurant-goers alike are seeking pleasure in food found in the wild. In Pursuit of Wild Edibles: A Forager’s Tour tells... more...