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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...

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The Little Book of Cacti and Other Succulents

Quadrille Publishing. · Quadrille Publishing
Pages: 144
Format: Hardcover

Cacti and succulents are a trendy and low maintenance way to bring nature into your home, and this book is an essential user-friendly guide to the most popular 60 varieties. The book focuses on their propagation and care. As well as a section of handy tips, there will be a ready reference...
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Holding Fast to Dreams: Empowering Youth from the Civil Rights Crusade to STEM Achievement

Freeman A. Hrabowski III · Beacon Press
Format: Hardcover

An education leader relates how his experiences with the civil rights movement led him to develop programs promoting educational success in science and technology for African Americans and others. When Freeman Hrabowski was twelve years old, a civil rights leader visited his Birmingham,...
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Last Chance Mustang: The Story of One Horse, One Horseman, and One Final Shot at Redemption

Mitchell Bornstein · St. Martin's Press
Pages: 300
Format: Print book

Last Chance Mustang is the story of Samson, a formerly free-roaming, still wild-at-heart American mustang that was plucked from his mountainous Nevada home and thrown into the domestic horse world where he was brutalized and victimized. After years of abuse, Samson had evolved...

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Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell

Alexandra Horowitz · Scribner
Pages: 336
Format: Print book

Alexandra Horowitz, the author of the lively, highly informative New York Times bestselling blockbuster Inside of a Dog, explains how dogs perceive the world through their most spectacular organ - the nose - and how we humans can put our under-used sense of smell to work in surprising...
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Skeletons: The Extraordinary Form & Function of Bones

Andrew Kirk · Wellfleet Press
Pages: 256
Format: Print book

Everything you need to know about the framework of the body - our bones!Bone is one of the most extraordinary materials in the natural world-flexible, strong, and available in a number of types and densities. Yet we can only absorb quite how amazing it is when we look at the range of different...
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The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2016

Amy Stewart · Mariner Books
Pages: 320
Format: Print book

"Science writers get into the game with all kinds of noble, high-minded ambitions. We want to educate. To enlighten," notes guest editor Amy Stewart in her introduction to The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2016. "But at the end of the day, we're all writers...
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Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird

Katie Fallon · Foreedge
Pages: 248
Format: Hardcover

Turkey vultures, the most widely distributed and abundant scavenging birds of prey on the planet, are found from central Canada to the southern tip of Argentina, and nearly everywhere in between. In the United States we sometimes call them buzzards; in parts of Mexico the name is aura cabecirroja,...
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Irrationally Yours: On Missing Socks, Pickup Lines, and Other Existential Puzzles

Dan Ariely · Harper Perennial
Format: Print book

Three-time New York Times bestselling author Dan Ariely teams up with legendary The New Yorker cartoonist William Haefeli to present an expanded, illustrated collection of his immensely popularWall Street Journal advice column, Ask Ariely.Behavioral economist Dan Ariely revolutionized...
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Cattail Moonshine & Milkweed Medicine: The Curious Stories of 43 Amazing North American Native Plants

Tammi Hartung · Storey Publishing
Pages: 256
Format: Print book

History, literature, and botany meet in this charming tour of how humans have relied on plants to nourish, shelter, heal, clothe, and even entertain us. Did you know that during World War II, the US Navy paid kids to collect milkweed's fluffy white floss, which was then used as filling...
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Of Orcas and Men: What Killer Whales Can Teach Us

David Neiwert · Overlook
Pages: 305
Format: Print book

A celebrated journalist's eye-opening history of orcas, and an exploration of their relationship with human beings, Of Orcas and Men does for whales what Barry Lopez did for wolves

The orca -- otherwise known as the killer whale -- is one of earth's most intelligent animals. Remarkably...
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The Shepherd's Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape

James Rebanks · Flatiron Books
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

The New York Times bestseller and International Phenomenon"It's bloody marvelous." - Helen Macdonald, New York Times bestselling author of H IS FOR HAWK"Captivating... A book about continuity and roots and a sense of belonging in an age that's increasingly about mobility...
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Adapt: How Humans Are Tapping into Nature's Secrets to Design and Build a Better Future

Amina Khan · St. Martin's Press
Pages: 352
Format: Print book

Amina Khan believes that nature does it best. In Adapt, she presents fascinating examples of how nature effortlessly solves the problems that humans attempt to solve with decades worth of the latest and greatest technologies, time, and money. Humans are animals too, and animals are incredibly...
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Sharing the Common Pool: Water Rights in the Everyday Lives of Texans

Charles R Porter Jr. · Texas A&M University Press
Pages: 247
Format: Print book

If all the people, municipalities, agencies, businesses, power plants, and other entities that think they have a right to the water in Texas actually tried to exercise those rights, there would not be enough water to satisfy all claims, no matter how legitimate. In Sharing the Common...
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This Phenomenal Life: The Amazing Ways We Are Connected with Our Universe

Misha Blaise · Lyons Press
Pages: 144
Format: Hardcover

Entertaining, colorful, and deceptively full of facts, This Phenomenal Life tells the story of the wondrous ways that humans are always completely at one with our surrounding world. From the vast galaxies above to the miniature microbes within, humans are organically connected to the complex...
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