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  • The Hour of Landby Terry Tempest Williams

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2016; US$ 27.99

    America?s national parks are breathing spaces in a world in which such spaces are steadilydisappearing, which is why more than 300 millionpeople visit the parks each year. Now TerryTempest Williams, the author of the environmentalclassic Refuge and the beloved memoir When Women Were Birds , returns with The Hour of Land , aliterary celebration... more...

  • Henry David Thoreau: Waldenby Henry David Thoreau; Edward Hoagland

    Library of America 2016; US$ 11.95

    "Perhaps the most remarkable book in the American canon. As dense as scripture, crowded with aphorism, Walden is full enough of ideas for a score of ordinary books." -Bill McKibben In 1845 Henry David Thoreau left his pencil-manufacturing business and began building a cabin on the shore of Walden Pond near Concord, Massachusetts. This lyrical... 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...

  • Holy the Firmby Annie Dillard

    Canongate Books 2016; US$ 8.29

    In 1975 Annie Dillard took up residence on an island in Puget Sound in a wooden room - one enormous window, one cat, one spider and one person. For the next two years she asked herself questions about time, reality, sacrifice and death. In Holy the Firm she writes about a moth consumed in a candle flame, about a seven-year-old girl burned in an aeroplane... more...

  • Teaching a Stone to Talkby Annie Dillard

    Canongate Books 2016; US$ 8.29

    In this dazzling collection, Annie Dillard explores the world over, from the Arctic to the Ecuadorian jungle, from the Galapagos to her beloved Tinker Creek. With her entrancing gaze she captures the wonders of natural facts and human meanings: watching a sublime lunar eclipse, locking eyes with a wild weasel, or beholding mirages appearing over Puget... more...

  • The Abundanceby Annie Dillard; Geoff Dyer

    Canongate Books 2016; US$ 19.13

    Annie Dillard has spent a lifetime examining the world around her with eyes wide open, drinking in all things intensely and relentlessly. She conjures currents of magic and wisdom, illuminating the seemingly ordinary moments of a life lived fearlessly - as a breathless teenager, as a roving young adult and as a writer - with her unique wit, boundless... more...

  • Unseen Cityby Nathanael Johnson

    Rodale 2016; US$ 19.99

    It all started with Nathanael Johnson’s decision to teach his daughter the name of every tree they passed on their walk to day care in San Francisco. This project turned into a quest to discover the secrets of the neighborhood’s flora and fauna, and yielded more than names and trivia: Johnson developed a relationship with his nonhuman neighbors.... more...

  • The Sky of Our Manufactureby Jesse Oak Taylor; SueEllen Campbell

    University of Virginia Press 2016; US$ 29.50

    The smoke-laden fog of London is one of the most vivid elements in English literature, richly suggestive and blurring boundaries between nature and society in compelling ways. In The Sky of Our Manufacture, Jesse Oak Taylor uses the many depictions of the London fog in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century novel to explore the emergence... more...

  • The Abundanceby Annie Dillard

    HarperCollins 2016; US$ 14.99

    In recognition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author?s long and lauded career as a master essayist, a landmark collection, including her most beloved pieces and some rarely seen work, rigorously curated by the author herself. ?A writer who never seems tired, who has never plodded her way through a page or sentence, Dillard can only be enjoyed by a... more...

  • A Sugar Creek Chronicleby Cornelia F. Mutel

    University of Iowa Press 2016; US$ 16.00

    In 2010, while editing a report on the effects of climate change in Iowa, ecologist Cornelia Mutel came to grips with the magnitude and urgency of the problem. She already knew the basics: greenhouse gas emissions and global average temperatures are rising on a trajectory that could, within decades, propel us beyond far-reaching, irreversible atmospheric... more...