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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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Happily Ever Esther: Two Men, a Wonder Pig, and Their Life-Changing Mission to Give Animals a Home

Steve Jenkins · Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover

Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter, had their lives turned upside down when they adopted their pig-daughter Esther--the so-called micro pig who turned out to be a full-sized commercial pig growing to a whopping 600 pounds--as they describe in their bestselling memoir Esther the Wonder Pig....
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The Promise of the Grand Canyon: John Wesley Powell's Perilous Journey and His Vision for the American West

JOHN F ROSS · Viking
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

A timely, thrilling account of a man who, as an explorer, dared to lead the first successful expedition down the Colorado through the Grand Canyon--and, as an American visionary, waged a bitterly-contested campaign for environmental sustainability in the American West.When John Wesley Powell...
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Autumn

Karl Ove Knausgaard · Penguin Press
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover

From the author of the monumental My Struggle series, Karl Ove Knausgaard, one of the masters of contemporary literature and a genius of observation and introspection, comes the first in a new autobiographical quartet based on the four seasons28 August. Now, as I write this, you know nothing...
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Papa Goose: One Year, Seven Goslings, and the Flight of My Life

Michael Quetting · Greystone Books
Pages: 248
Format: Hardcover

"Papa Goose is destined to become a classic. This book has everything in it I love: great animals beautifully portrayed as individuals; cool science; drama, discovery, and personal transformation." - Sy Montgomery, author of Birdology and The Soul of An OctopusThe charming true...
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John James Audubon: The Nature of the American Woodsman

Gregory H Nobles · University of Pennsylvania Press
Pages: 330
Format: Hardcover

John James Audubon's The Birds of America stands as an unparalleled achievement in American art, a huge book that puts nature dramatically on the page. With that work, Audubon became one of the most adulated artists of his time, and America's first celebrity scientist.In this fresh...
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Being Salmon, Being Human: Encountering the Wild in Us and Us in the Wild

Martin Lee Mueller · Chelsea Green Publishing
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback

In search of a new story for our place on earth Being Salmon, Being Human examines Western culture's tragic alienation from nature by focusing on the relationship between people and salmon -- weaving together key narratives about the Norwegian salmon industry as well as wild salmon...
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The Source: How Rivers Made America and America Remade Its Rivers

MARTIN DOYLE · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

How rivers have shaped American politics, economics, and society from the beginnings of the Republic to today. In this fresh and powerful work of environmental history, Martin Doyle explores how rivers have often been the source of arguments at the heart of the American experiment -- over...
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The Fruit Forager's Companion: Ferments, Desserts, Main Dishes, and More from Your Neighborhood and Beyond

Sara Bir · Chelsea Green Publishing
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback

From apples and oranges to pawpaws and persimmons Half of the fruit that grows in yards and public spaces is never picked or eaten. Citrus trees are burdened with misshapen lemons, berries grow in tangled thickets on the roadside, and the crooked rows of abandoned orchards fill with fallen...
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Winter

Karl Ove Knausgaard · Penguin Press
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

The second volume in his autobiographical quartet based on the seasons, Winter is an achingly beautiful collection of daily meditations and letters addressed directly to Knaugsaard's unborn daughter 2 December - It is strange that you exist, but that you don't know anything about what the world...
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Path of the Puma: The Remarkable Resilience of the Mountain Lion

JIM WILLIAMS · Patagonia
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

During a time when most wild animals are experiencing decline in the face of development and climate change, the intrepid mountain lion -- also known as a puma, a cougar, and by many other names - has experienced reinvigoration as well as expansion of territory. What makes this cat, the fourth...
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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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Brilliance and Fire: A Biography of Diamonds

Rachelle Bergstein · Harper
Pages: 375
Format: Print book

From the author of Women from the Ankle Down comes a lively cultural biography of diamonds, which explores our society's obsession with the world's most brilliant gemstone and the real-world characters who make them shine."A diamond is forever." Who among us doesn't recognize...
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The Complete Mushroom Hunter, Revised: Illustrated Guide to Foraging, Harvesting, and Enjoying Wild Mushrooms - Including new sections on growing your own incredible edibles and off-season collecting

GARY LINCOFF · Quarry Books
Pages: 208
Format: Flexibound

Do you know your mushrooms?This is the only mushrooming book that will introduce you safely and with confidence to the not-so underground hobby of mushroom hunting and gathering. Gathering edible wild food is a lovely way to forge a connection to the earth. Mushrooms are the ultimate local...
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Drawing Wild Animals: Essential Techniques and Fascinating Facts for the Curious Artist

Oana Befort · Quarry Books
Pages: 144
Format: Flexibound

Featuring the delightful and informative illustrations of artist Oana Befort and the inspiring expertise of conservation educator Maggie Reinbold, Drawing Wild Animals guides artists at all skill levels as they learn about, observe, and draw animals in a whole new light. To feed your curiosity,...
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