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  • 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...

  • John Muir: Nature Writingsby John Muir; William Cronon

    Library of America 1997; US$ 35.00

    In a lifetime of exploration, writing, and passionate political activism, John Muir became America's most eloquent spokesman for the mystery and majesty of the wilderness. A crucial figure in the creation of our national parks system and a far-seeing prophet of environmental awareness who founded the Sierra Club in 1892, he was also a master of natural... 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Zooburbiaby Tai Moses; Dave Buchen

    Parallax Press 2010; US$ 12.99

    To be alienated from animals is to live a life that is not quite whole, contends nature writer Tai Moses in Zooburbia: Meditations On The Wild Animals Among Us . Urban and suburban residents share their environment with many types of wildlife: squirrels, birds, spiders, and increasingly lizards, deer, and coyote. Many of us crave more contact with... more...

  • Letters from the Hiveby Stephen Buchmann; Banning Repplier

    Random House Publishing Group 2005; US$ 15.00

    They work hard, are devoted to family, love sex, and know the importance of a good piece of real estate. Honey bees, and the daily workings of their close-knit colonies, are one of nature's great miracles. And they produce one of nature's greatest edible bounties: honey. More than just a palate pleaser, honey was once an offering to the gods, a preservative,... more...