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  • Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continentby Lyanda Lynn Haupt

    Little, Brown and Company 2009; Not Available

    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...

  • The Rural Lifeby Verlyn Klinkenborg

    Little, Brown and Company 2007; Not Available

    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...

  • A Gathering of Birdsby Donald Culross Peattie

    Trinity University Press 2013; US$ 24.95

    A Gathering of Birds is an anthology containing selected prose about birds by nineteen famous authors, such as Hudson, Audubon, and Thoreau, and includes brief biographical information about each. The New York Times called the collection “a delightful ‘gathering? that Mr. Peattie has presented, and his own contributions to the book make it something... more...

  • Green Laurelsby Donald Culross Peattie

    Trinity University Press 2013; US$ 24.95

    In Green Laurels , Donald Culross Peattie combines his extensive knowledge of history's foremost naturalists with his personal observations about the subject to form what the New York Herald Tribune calls "a delightful book...one would not wish to miss on any account." This piece is accurate and precise but according to Nation, "there is not a line... more...

  • An Almanac for Modernsby Donald Culross Peattie

    Trinity University Press 2013; US$ 19.95

    An Almanac for Moderns contains a short essay for each day of the year that contemplates a unique but factual aspect of unbridled nature. According to a review in Nation, this collection of essays manages to “appeal to the ordinary lover of nature . . . but the turn of Peattie?s mind is poetic and speculative.? The New York Times calls this book... more...

  • Pilgrimage to Vallombrosaby John Elder

    University of Virginia Press 2012; US$ 17.95

    "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... more...

  • The Land of Little Rainby Walter Feller; Mary Hunter Austin

    Counterpoint 2014;

    Mary Austin?s Land of Little Rain , first published in 1903, is considered by many to be one of the foundational texts in environmental writing, now studied as a classic in the literature that sought to describe the complexity of the American continent. Like John Muir, who wrote so intimately of the High Sierra that vast acreages have been preserved... more...

  • Zoologiesby Alison Hawthorne Deming

    Milkweed Editions 2014;

    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...

  • A Book of Hoursby Donald Culross Peattie

    Trinity University Press 2013; US$ 17.95

    A Book of Hours contains 24 essays, one for each hour of the day, that seek to bridge the gap between definitive scientific philosophy and the sheer unadulterated beauty that Donald Culross Peattie envisioned within everyday life. The Boston Transcript referred to this collection as “science, in sheer poetry,? and the Chicago Daily Tribune mused... more...

  • Crossing Open Groundby Barry Lopez

    Open Road Media 2013; US$ 9.99

    National Book Award?winning author Barry Lopez explores the challenges and joys of the human experience through the frame of the natural world in fourteen arresting and extraordinary essays In Crossing Open Ground , award-winning literary writer Barry Lopez offers prescient, beautiful, and thought-provoking reflections on how the natural world... more...