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  • 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$ 5.63

    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$ 7.04

    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...

  • Beyond the Wallby Edward Abbey

    Henry Holt and Co. 1984; US$ 19.99

    In this wise and lyrical book about landscapes of the desert and the mind, Edward Abbey guides us beyond the wall of the city and asphalt belting of superhighways to special pockets of wilderness that stretch from the interior of Alaska to the dry lands of Mexico. more...

  • The Wisdom of John Muirby Anne Rowthorn; Bill McKibben

    Wilderness Press 2012; US$ 13.99

    The Wisdom of John Muir marries the best aspects of a Muir anthology with the best aspects of a Muir biography. The fact that it is neither, and yet it is both, distinguishes this book from the many extant books on John Muir. Building on her lifelong passion for the work and philosophy of John Muir, author Anne Rowthorn has created this entirely... more...

  • Lonely Landby Sigurd F Olson

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 24.95

    The author of The Singing Wilderness and Listening Point begins this grand adventure: ?There are few places left on the North American continent where men can still see the country as it was before Europeans came and know some of the challenges and freedoms of those who saw it first, but in the Canadian Northwest it can still be done. A thousand... more...

  • Wilderness Daysby Sigurd F. Olson

    University of Minnesota Press 2012; US$ 18.00

    A selection of Sigurd F. Olson?s finest writing on the splendor of the great outdoors, hand-picked by the master himself more...