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  • Autumnby Melissa Harrison

    Elliott & Thompson 2016; US$ 9.99

    Autumn is a time of transformation. Crisp, clear days mark summer?s close and usher in a new season with its rich scents and vivid palette, leaves flaming red and gold by day, bonfires and fireworks lighting up the lengthening nights. There is abundance, as humans and animals make stores for the winter; and there is decay, which gives rise to the next... more...

  • Winterby Melissa Harrison

    Elliott & Thompson 2016; US$ 9.99

    Winter is a withdrawal: quiet and dark and cold. But in the dim light frost shimmers, stars twinkle and hearths blaze as we come together to keep out the chill. In spite of the season, life persists: visiting birds fill our skies, familiar creatures find clever ways to survive, and the world reveals winter riches to those willing to venture outdoors.... more...

  • Summerby Melissa Harrison

    Elliott & Thompson 2016; US$ 9.99

    Summer is a season of richness: gold against blue; sun dazzle on water; sweet fragrance, and the sound of insects, filling the air. We feel the sand between our toes, or the grass beneath our feet. In these long, warm days, languid and sensual, we reconnect with the natural world, revelling in light and scent and colour once more. Capturing the high... more...

  • New Wilderness Voicesby Christine Woodside; Amy Seidl

    University Press of New England 2017; Not Available

    A literary celebration of the Northeast?s wild places more...

  • The Best Read Naturalist"by Ralph Waldo Emerson; Michael P. Branch; Clinton Mohs

    University of Virginia Press 2017; US$ 65.00

    Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of the most important figures in American nature writing, yet until now readers have had no book devoted to this central theme in his work. "The Best Read Naturalist" fills this lacuna, placing several of Emerson?s lesser-known pieces of nature writing in conversation with his canonical essays. Organized chronologically,... more...

  • The Big Yearby Mark Obmascik

    Atria Books 2008; US$ 15.00

    Every year on January 1, a quirky crowd of adventurers storms out across North America for a spectacularly competitive event called a Big Year -- a grand, grueling, expensive, and occasionally vicious, "extreme" 365-day marathon of birdwatching. For three men in particular, 1998 would be a whirlwind, a winner-takes-nothing battle for a new North... more...

  • Hunting for Frogs on Elston, and Other Tales from Field & Streetby Jerry Sullivan; Victor M. Cassidy; Bobby Sutton

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 25.00

    A selection of savvy observations on urban ecology from one of the Midwest's foremost authorities on the subject, Hunting for Frogs on Elston collects the best of naturalist Jerry Sullivan's weekly Field & Street columns, originally published in the Chicago Reader . Engaging, opinionated, inspiring, and occasionally irreverent, Hunting for... more...

  • Of Woodland Pools, Spring-Holes and Ditchesby Henry David Thoreau; Abigail Rorer; Bradley P. Dean

    Counterpoint 2010; US$ 18.99

    Henry David Thoreau has long been revered for his writings and observations on the natural world. His words evoke his environment with stunning clarity as well as his own innate sense of wonder. His journal, from which the text of Of Woodland Pools, Spring-Holes and Ditches is drawn, shares these strengths, providing an intimate view of Thoreau?s... more...

  • Where the Water Lilies Growby R.D. Lawrence

    Dundurn 1999; US$ 7.99

    A sequel to The Place in the Forest, this book conjures up the sounds, the smells, and the very feel of water-based life over every season. more...

  • Salt Marsh Diaryby Mark Seth Lender

    St. Martin's Press 2011; US$ 6.79

    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,... more...