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In the Shadow of the Moon: The Science, Magic, and Mystery of Solar Eclipses

Anthony Aveni · Yale University Press
Pages: 328
Format: Hardcover

In anticipation of solar eclipses visible in 2017 and 2024, an exploration of the scientific and cultural significance of this mesmerizing cosmic display Since the first humans looked up and saw the sun swallowed by darkness, our species has been captivated by solar eclipses. Astronomer...
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Backpacker's The National Parks Coast to Coast: 100 Best Hikes

Backpacker magazine · Falcon Guides
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback

With expert content and beautiful photos provided by Backpacker magazine, this treasured collector's item belongs as much on the coffee table as does in the backpack. Released in time for the National Park Service's 100th anniversary, Backpacker's The National Parks Coast to Coast...
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What Stands in a Storm: Three Days in the Worst Superstorm to Hit the South's Tornado Alley

Kim Cross · Atria Books
Format: Hardcover

Immersive reporting and dramatic storytelling set you right in the middle of the horrific superstorm of April 2011, a weather event that killed 348 people.April 27, 2011, marked the climax of a superstorm that saw a record 358 tornadoes rip through twenty-one states in three days, seven...
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Elephant Don: The Politics of a Pachyderm Posse

Caitlin O'Connell · University Of Chicago Press
Format: Hardcover

Meet Greg. Hes a stocky guy with an outsized swagger. Hes been the intimidating yet sociable don of his posse of friends—including Abe, Keith, Mike, Kevin, Torn Trunk, and Willie. But one arid summer the tide begins to shift and the third-ranking Kevin starts to get ambitious, seeking...
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The Book of Beetles: A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred of Nature's Gems

Patrice Bouchard · University Of Chicago Press
Format: Hardcover

When renowned British geneticist J. B. S. Haldane was asked what could be inferred about God from a study of his works, Haldane replied, An inordinate fondness for beetles. With 350,000 known species, and scientific estimates that millions more have yet to be identified, their abundance...
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The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

Florence Williams · W.W. Norton & Company
Pages: 288
Format: Print book

An intrepid investigation into nature's restorative benefits by a prize-winning author.For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees; Wordsworth composed while tromping over the heath; and Nikola Tesla...
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A Matter of Breeding: A Biting History of Pedigree Dogs and How the Quest for Status Has Harmed Man's Best Friend

Michael Brandow · Beacon Press
Format: Paperback

A provocative look at the "cult of pedigree" and an entertaining social history of purebred dogs In this illuminating and entertaining social history, social critic Michael Brandow probes the "cult of pedigree" and traces the commercial rise of the purebred dog. Combining...
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Wolf Nation: The Life, Death, and Return of Wild American Wolves

Brenda Peterson · Da Capo Press
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

In the tradition of Peter Matthiessen's Wildlife in America or Aldo Leopold, Brenda Peterson tells the 300-year history of wild wolves in America. It is also our own history, seen through our relationship with wolves. The earliest Americans revered them. Settlers zealously exterminated...
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Bees: A Natural History

Christopher O'Toole · Firefly Books; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

The vital role of bees in human ecology is underlined by the estimate that every third mouthful of human food is dependent on the pollinating services of bees. Only recently have biologists discovered that human survival is inextricably linked to the survival of insects, specifically,...
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Note to Self

Connor Franta · Atria/Keywords Press
Pages: 320
Format: Print book

In his New York Times bestselling memoir, A Work in Progress, Connor Franta shared his journey from small-town Midwestern boy to full-fledged Internet sensation. Exploring his past with humor and astounding insight, Connor reminded his fans of why they first fell in love with him on YouTube...
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Every Dog: A Book of Over 450 Breeds

Nancy J Hajeski · Firefly Books
Pages: 536
Format: Paperback

Every Dog: A Book of Over 450 Breeds packs in a lot of information. Illustrations, text, charts, tables and icons make it an ideal reference for all dog lovers, who will enjoy flipping through the pages. The over 450 breeds are thoroughly researched and represent canines from around...
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No Better Friend: One Man, One Dog, and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in WWII

Robert Weintraub · Little
Pages: 387
Format: Print book

The extraordinary tale of survival and friendship between a man and a dog in war Flight technician Frank Williams and Judy, a purebred pointer, met in the most unlikely of places: a World War II internment camp in the Pacific. Judy was a fiercely loyal dog, with a keen sense for who was friend...
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The Living Bird: 100 Years of Listening to Nature

Gerrit Vyn · Mountaineers Books
Pages: 201
Format: Hardcover

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERForeword by Barbara KingsolverOver 250 images by acclaimed wildlife photographer Gerrit VynEssays by Jared Diamond, John W. Fitzpatrick, Lyanda Lynn Haupt, and Scott Weidensaul
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The Melting World: A Journey Across America's Vanishing Glaciers

Christopher White · St. Martin's Press
Format: Hardcover

Global warming usually seems to happen far away, but one catastrophic effect of climate change is underway right now in the Rocky Mountains. In The Melting World, Chris White travels to Montana to chronicle the work of Dan Fagre, a climate...
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