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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...

  • Listening to Cougarby Marc Bekoff; Cara Blessley Lowe

    University Press of Colorado 2011; US$ 13.95

    This spellbinding tribute to Puma concolor honors the big cat's presence on the land and in our psyches. In some essays, the puma appears front and center: a lion leaps over Rick Bass's feet, hurtles off a cliff in front of J. Frank Dobie, gazes at Julia Corbett when she opens her eyes after an outdoor meditation, emerges from the fog close enough... 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 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 Pine Barrensby John McPhee; James Graves

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 15.99

    Most people think of New Jersey as a suburban-industrial corridor that runs between New York and Philadelphia. Yet in the low center of the state is a near wilderness, larger than most national parks, which has been known since the seventeenth century as the Pine Barrens. The term refers to the predominant trees in the vast forests that cover the... more...

  • About This Lifeby Barry Lopez

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 16.00

    The acclaimed National Book Award winner gives us a collection of spellbinding new essays that, read together, form a jigsaw-puzzle portrait of an extraordinary man. With the publication of his best-selling Of Wolves and Men, and with the astonishing originality of Arctic Dreams, Barry Lopez established himself as that rare writer whose every... more...

  • Walks in the Wheat-fieldsby Richard Jefferies

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; US$ 7.04

    The countryside is filled with beauty and wonder in these imaginative, idiosyncratic writings, but also cruelty and hardship. They describe the texture of an owl's feather, the colours of autumn and the sound of rooks' wings sweeping across the sky. Yet here too is the grinding toil of reaping the harvest, and the discovery of a gamekeeper's bloody... more...

  • Natureby Ralph Emerson

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; US$ 5.63

    Originally published anonymously, Nature was the first modern essay to recommend the appreciation of the outdoors as an all-encompassing positive force. Emerson?s writings were recognized as uniquely American in style and content, and launched the idea of going for a walk as a new way of looking at the world. Throughout history, some books have... more...

  • The Greatest Lakeby Conor Mihell

    Dundurn 2012; US$ 4.99

    By exploring the connection between people and place on the rugged coastline of Lake Superior, the world's largest freshwater lake, Conor Mihell weaves first-hand experiences as an outdoor adventurer with compelling character studies of cottagers and entrepreneurs, personal essays, and investigative environmental reporting. more...

  • Settled in the Wildby Susan Hand Shetterly

    Algonquin Books 2010; US$ 14.95

    Whether we live in cities, suburbs, or villages, we are encroaching on nature, and it in one way or another perseveres. Naturalist Susan Shetterly looks at how animals, humans, and plants share the land?observing her own neighborhood in rural Maine. She tells tales of the locals (humans, yes, but also snowshoe hares, raccoons, bobcats, turtles, salmon,... more...