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  • A Walk in the Woodsby Bill Bryson

    Crown/Archetype 2010; US$ 7.99

    A CLASSIC FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF ONE SUMMER Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The AT offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes —... more...

  • Encounters with the Archdruidby John McPhee

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1977; US$ 11.20

    The narratives in this book are of journeys made in three wildernesses - on a coastal island, in a Western mountain range, and on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The four men portrayed here have different relationships to their environment, and they encounter each other on mountain trails, in forests and rapids, sometimes with reserve, sometimes... more...

  • Landmarksby Robert Macfarlane

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; US$ 28.19

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE 2015 SHORTLISTED FOR THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE 2016 Landmarks is Robert Macfarlane's joyous meditation on words, landscape and the relationship between the two. Words are grained into our landscapes, and landscapes are grained into our words. Landmarks is about the power of language to shape our sense... more...

  • A Year in the Woodsby Colin Elford; Craig Taylor

    Penguin Books Ltd 2010; US$ 12.68

    Colin Elford's A Year in the Woods is an enthralling journey into the heart of the English countryside - with a preamble by Craig Taylor. Colin Elford spends his days alone - alone but for the deer, the squirrels, the rabbits, the birds, and the many other creatures inhabiting the woods. From the crisp cold of January, through the promise of... more...

  • Wild Momentsby Ted Williams; Verlyn Klinkenborg; Connie Isbell

    Storey Publishing, LLC 2010; US$ 14.95

    For more than 30 years Ted Williams has been hailed as one of the foremost nature writers in the United States. Wild Moments is a collection of Williams's beautifully crafted seasonal observation columns complemented by the illustrations of award-winning artist John Burgoyne. Williams explains the weather conditions that bring out the brightest... more...

  • In Defense of Natureby John Hay

    University of Iowa Press 2007; US$ 19.95

    Originally published in 1969, In Defense of Nature is an eloquent and prescient plea on behalf of the natural world. Devoid of sentimentality yet lyrical and deeply moving in its portrayals of our despoliation of nature, Hay’s classic work is now available to a new generation of readers. more...

  • When the Wild Comes Leaping Upby David Suzuki

    Greystone Books 2003; US$ 16.99

    In this eloquent collection, writers from the United States, Canada, the U.K., and Australia describe a personal encounter with the natural world that moved them, enhanced their understanding of nature, changed them, or was in some other way of prime importance to them. These essays describe childhood memories, everyday walks transformed into life-changing... more...

  • Stories From Under The Skyby John Madson

    University of Iowa Press 1998; US$ 16.00

    In Stories from under the Sky , John Madson salutes the outdoor life. These thirty-six essays display his healthy respect for the forces of nature, without diminishing his wry awareness of the foibles of beast, bird, fish, and human. In sections on mammals, the river, and birds, Madson acquaints readers with some real characters—not all of them... more...

  • Animal, Mineral, Radicalby BK Loren

    Counterpoint 2013; US$ 16.99

    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...

  • Swampwalker's Journalby David M. Carroll

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2001; US$ 14.16

    David Carroll has dedicated his life to art and to wetlands. He is as passionate about swamps, bogs, and vernal ponds and the creatures who live in them as most of us are about our families and closest friends. He knows frogs and snakes, muskrats and minks, dragonflies, water lilies, cattails, sedges--everything that swims, flies, trudges, slithers,... more...