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  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creekby Annie Dillard

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 12.99

    Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is the story of a dramatic year in Virginia's Blue Ridge valley. Annie Dillard sets out to see what she can see. What she sees are astonishing incidents of "mystery, death, beauty, violence." more...

  • Holy the Firmby Annie Dillard

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 9.99

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

  • Aliens in the Backyardby John Leland

    University of South Carolina Press 2012; US$ 20.99

    A fresh look at the origins of our iconic immigrant flora and fauna, revealed with wit and reverence for nature 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...

  • Animal, Mineral, Radicalby BK Loren

    Counterpoint 2013; US$ 16.95

    “Radical, before it meant a person who advocates strong political reform, meant getting to the root of things, the origin. It comes from the Latin radix , radicis ,, meaning radish, a root vegetable.?—BK Loren These meditative essays range in subjects from a transcendental encounter with a pack of coyotes ironically juxtaposed with her neighbor?s... 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...

  • The Curious Naturalistby Sy Montgomery

    Down East Books 1991; US$ 9.99

    Our lives are surrounded by ordinary miracles, everyday mysteries. To find them, all you need to do is indulge your senses. Follow the scent of earth outdoors on a cool, wet morning in spring. On a hot August afternoon, go down to the local pond and watch dragonfly larvae crawl out of their skins. more...

  • A Garlic Testamentby Stanley Crawford

    University of New Mexico Press 1998; US$ 9.99

    Meditations on growing garlic and on the farming way of life. "To dream a garden and then to plant it is an act of independence and even defiance to the greater world."--Stan Crawford 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...