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Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon

Bronwen Dickey · Alfred A. Knopf
Pages: 330
Format: Print book

The hugely illuminating story of how a popular breed of dog became the most demonized and supposedly the most dangerous of dogs - and what role humans have played in the transformation.

When Bronwen Dickey brought her new dog home, she saw no traces of the infamous viciousness...
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Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver

Frances Backhouse · ECW Press
Pages: 261
Format: Print book

Beavers, those icons of industriousness, have been gnawing down trees, building dams, shaping the land, and creating critical habitat in North America for at least a million years. Once one of the continent's most ubiquitous mammals, they ranged from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and from...
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The Total Skywatcher's Manual: 275+ Skills and Tricks for Exploring Stars, Planets, and Beyond

Linda Shore · Weldon Owen
Pages: 272
Format: Print book

For stargazers, comet-spotters and planet-seekers looking to enhance your deep sky knowledge and observations - this is your quintessential guide. The Total Skywatcher's Manual will help you choose the best telescope, identify constellations and objects in the night sky, search for extraterrestrial...
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Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight over Controlling Nature

Jordan Fisher Smith · Crown
Pages: 384
Format: Print book

The fascinating story of a trial that opened a window onto the century-long battle to control nature in the national parks.

When twenty-five-year-old Harry Walker was killed by a bear in Yellowstone Park in 1972, the civil trial prompted by his death became a proxy for bigger...
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Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality: On Care for Our Common Home 

Catholic Church. Pope · Melville House Publishing
Pages: 165
Format: Print book

The complete text of Laudato Si', the landmark encyclical letter from Pope Francis that, as Time magazine reported, "rocked the international community"

In the Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality, the beloved Pope exhorts the world...
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National Geographic Pocket Guide to the Mammals of North America

Catherine Howell · National Geographic Soc, 2016.
Pages: 184
Format: Print book

This field guide combines spot-on descriptive information, definitive photography, animal track silhouettes, and key facts in a handy, easy-to-reference volume. Including selected photography and newly commissioned art and graphics to help identify each mammal species, this book includes...
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Baby Birds: An Artist Looks into the Nest

Julie Zickefoose · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 333
Format: Print book

If you've ever wondered what goes on in bird nests, or what happens after a fledgling leaves the nest, come along on Julie's sensitive exploration of often-uncharted ornithological ground.

This beautiful book is as much an art book as it is a natural history, something readers...
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A Naturalist Goes Fishing: Casting in Fragile Waters from the Gulf of Mexico to New Zealand's South Island

James McClintock · St. Martin's Press
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

In the tradition of fishing classics, A Naturalist Goes Fishing combines elements of the triumph between fisher and fish, humor and wit, and a passionate concern for the natural environment. James McClintock takes us to some of the most breathtaking waters the world has to offer while capturing...
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This Gulf of Fire: The Destruction of Lisbon, or Apocalypse in the Age of Science and Reason

Mark Molesky · Knopf Publishing Group
Pages: 512
Format: Hardcover

The captivating and definitive account of the most consequential natural disaster of modern times.On All Saints' Day 1755, tremors from an earthquake measuring perhaps 9.0 (or higher) on the moment magnitude scale swept furiously from their origin along the Atlantic seabed toward...
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Stories in the Stars: An Atlas of Constellations

Susanna Hislop · Penguin Books
Pages: 224
Format: Hardcover

A beautifully illustrated Penguin Hardcover that invites readers to travel the night sky and discover the universe of stories in the stars To those who can decipher it, the night sky is alive with gods and goddesses, animals and mythical creatures - an endless carnival played out in shining...
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