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The Wonder of Birds: What They Tell Us About Ourselves, the World, and a Better Future

Jim Robbins · Spiegel & Grau
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

A fascinating investigation into the miraculous world of birds and the powerful - and surprising - ways they enrich our lives and sustain the planet

Our relationship to birds is different from our relationship to any other wild creatures. They are found virtually everywhere and we love...
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Darwin's Unfinished Symphony: How Culture Made the Human Mind

Kevin N Laland · Princeton University Press
Pages: 450
Format: Print book

Humans possess an extraordinary capacity for cultural production, from the arts and language to science and technology. How did the human mind--and the uniquely human ability to devise and transmit culture--evolve from its roots in animal behavior? Darwin's Unfinished Symphony...

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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...

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Nature's Giants: The Biology and Evolution of the World's Largest Lifeforms

Graeme D. Ruxton · Yale University Press
Pages: 224
Format: Hardcover

A beautifully illustrated exploration of the science behind the awe-inspiring giants of past and present The colossal plants and animals of our world - dinosaurs, whales, and even trees - are a source of unending fascination, and their sheer scale can be truly impressive. Size is integral...
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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 Water-Wise Home: How to Conserve, Capture, and Reuse Water in Your Home and Landscape

Laura Allen · Storey Publishing, LLC
Format: Print book

Are you looking for ways to save water -- or money? This accessible guide by Laura Allen, founder of Greywater Action, explains how to use water smartly and efficiently, increasing supply, saving money, reducing wear on your septic system, and filling your home and garden needs. She describes...
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Anywhere That Is Wild: John Muir's First Walk to Yosemite

JOHN MUIR · Yosemite Conservancy
Pages: 64
Format: Hardcover

John Muir wrote many wonderful books about his travels, but one story -- about his long walk from San Francisco to Yosemite -- is one book he did not author himself. In April 1868, a very young John Muir stepped off a boat in San Francisco and inquired about the quickest way out of town....
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A Dog Called Hope: A Wounded Warrior and the Service Dog Who Saved Him

Jason Morgan · Atria Books
Pages: 336
Format: Print book

Lone Survivor meets Marley & Me in this inspiring buddy memoir of an extraordinary service dog whose enduring love brought a wounded soldier back to life.

A decade ago, Special Forces warrior Jason Morgan parachuted into the Central American jungle on an anti-narcotics...
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The Dogs of Camelot: Stories of the Kennedy Canines

Margaret Reed · Lyons Press
Pages: 176
Format: Hardcover

Before that tragic day on November 22, 1963, the Kennedy years were filled with hope and promise. As the White House gardener put it, they were also filled with children and dogs. The Dogs of Camelotilluminates the inside story of the Kennedys' lifelong love of dogs and the unparalleled...
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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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