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Diamonds: An Early History of the King of Gems

Jack Ogden · Yale University Press
Pages: 388
Format: Hardcover

A lavishly illustrated, in-depth early history covering two thousand years of diamond jewelry and commerce, from the Indian mines to European merchants, courts, and workshops This richly illustrated history of diamonds illuminates myriad facets of the "king of gems," including...
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Dollar Bill Animals in Origami

John Montroll · Dover Publications
Pages: 128
Format: Paperback

John Montroll has consistently expanded the limits of the ancient art of paper folding. Now in this exciting volume of more than 30 original models, the world-renowned origami master departs from the traditional square form and crafts each creation from an ordinary dollar bill.Using the familiar...
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The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization

Vince Beiser · Riverhead Books
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

The gripping story of the most important overlooked commodity in the world--sand--and the crucial role it plays in our lives.After water and air, sand is the natural resource that we consume more than any other--even more than oil. Every concrete building and paved road on Earth, every...
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Darwin's Fossils: The Collection That Shaped the Theory of Evolution

ADAM LISTER · Smithsonian Books
Pages: 160
Format: Paperback

Reveals how Darwin's study of fossils shaped his scientific thinking and led to his development of the theory of evolution.Darwin's Fossils is an accessible account of Darwin's pioneering work on fossils, his adventures in South America, and his relationship with the scientific...
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The Underdogs: Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love

Melissa Fay Greene · Harpercollins
Pages: 352
Format: Print book

THE UNDERDOGS tells the story of Karen Shirk: felled at age 24 by a neuromuscular disease and facing life as an immobile, deeply isolated and depressed, ventilator-dependent patient, she was rejected by every service dog agency in the country as "too disabled." Her nurse encouraged...
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The Man Who Caught the Storm: The Life of Legendary Tornado Chaser Tim Samaras

Brantley Hargrove · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

A tale of obsession and daring. A contest between humankind and nature's fiercest phenomenon. The saga of the greatest storm chaser who ever lived.At the turn of the twenty-first century, the tornado was one of the last true mysteries of the modern world. It was a monster that ravaged the American...
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The Delightful Horror of Family Birding: Sharing Nature with the Next Generation

Eli J. Knapp · Torrey House Press
Pages: 200
Format: Paperback

"Eli J. Knapp has done a marvelous job capturing a balance of science and humor in his latest collection of essays. The Delightful Horror of Family Birding eminently burnishes birding's reputation, making the science accessible ... Knapp gives the reader plenty of detail to appreciate...
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National Geographic The Photo Ark: One Man's Quest to Document the World's Animals

Joel Sartore · National Geographic
Pages: 399
Format: Hardcover

The lush and unique photography in this book represents National Geographic's Photo Ark, a major initiative and lifelong project by photographer Joel Sartore to make portraits of the world's animals - especially those that are endangered. His powerful message, conveyed with humor, compassion,...
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Pandora's Garden: Kudzu, Cockroaches, and Other Misfits of Ecology

Clinton Crockett Peters · University of Georgia Press
Pages: 176
Format: Paperback

Pandora's Garden profiles invasive or unwanted species in the natural world and examines how our treatment of these creatures sometimes parallels in surprising ways how we treat each other. Part essay, part nature writing, part narrative nonfiction, the chapters in Pandora's Garden...
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Adventures of a Young Naturalist: The Zoo Quest Expeditions

David Attenborough · Quercus
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

In 1954, David Attenborough, a young television presenter, was offered the opportunity of a lifetime--to travel the world finding rare and elusive animals for the London Zoo's collection, and to film the expedition for the BBC for a new show called Zoo Quest.This is the story of those...
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Wild Horse Country: The History, Myth, and Future of the Mustang, Americas Horse

DAVID PHILIPPS · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter's history of wild horses in America -- and an eye-opening story on their treatment in our time.Wild horses -- also known as mustangs -- live in a strange twilight. They are deeply American but not native; they are free-born symbols of liberty but tightly...
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A Song for the River

Philip Connors · Cinco Puntos Press
Pages: 246
Format: Hardcover

From one of the last working fire lookouts comes this sequel to the award-winning Fire Season -- a story of calamity and resilience in the world's first Wilderness.A dozen years into his dream job keeping watch over the Gila National Forest of New Mexico, Philip Connors bore witness...
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Amazing Arachnids

Jillian Cowles · Princeton University Press
Pages: 328
Format: Hardcover

A richly illustrated and up-close look at the secret lives of spiders and other arachnidsThe American Southwest is home to an extraordinary diversity of arachnids, from spitting spiders that squirt silk over their prey to scorpions that court one another with kissing and dancing. Amazing...
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On the Ganges: Encounters with Saints and Sinners on India's Mythic River

GEORGE BLACK · St. Martin's Press
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

Journey along one of the world's greatest rivers and catch a glimpse into the lives and cultures of the people who live along its banksThe Ganges flows through northern India and Bangladesh for more than 1,500 miles before emptying into the Bay of Bengal. It is sacred to Hindus who worship...
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