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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...

  • 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...

  • The Greatest Lakeby Conor Mihell

    Dundurn 2012; US$ 11.99

    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...

  • Beyond the Wallby Edward Abbey

    Henry Holt and Co. 1984; US$ 17.99

    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...

  • 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...

  • The Wisdom of John Muirby Anne Rowthorn; Bill McKibben

    Wilderness Press 2012; US$ 13.95

    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...