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War Animals: The Unsung Heroes of World War II

Robin Hutton · Regnery History
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

America's highest military award, the Congressional Medal of Honor, was awarded to four-hundred-forty deserving members of "The Greatest Generation" that served in World War II. But in 1943, before the war was even over, Allied leaders realized they needed another kind of award...
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Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology

Lisa Margonelli · Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

The award-winning journalist Lisa Margonelli, national bestselling author of Oil on the Brain: Petroleum's Long, Strange Trip to Your Tank, investigates the environmental and economic impact termites inflict on human societies in this fascinating examination of one of nature's most misunderstood...
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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 ways.To...
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Dogtology: A Humorous Exploration of Man's Fur-ocious Devotion to Dogs

Jeff Lazarus · Skyhorse Publishing
Pages: 184
Format: Hardcover

Chew on this. As humans, we have a deep need to believe . . . a need to relate to something greater and more ideal than ourselves. Perhaps that's why so many millions believe in Dog. Man's devotion to Dog has come to rival the great -isms and -ologies of the world. This thing has gone...
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End of the Megafauna: The Fate of the World's Hugest, Fiercest, and Strangest Animals

R D E MacPhee · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

The fascinating lives and puzzling demise of some of the largest animals on earth.Until a few thousand years ago, creatures that could have been from a sci-fi thriller -- including gorilla-sized lemurs, 500-pound birds, and crocodiles that weighed a ton or more -- roamed the earth. These...
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Animal: Exploring the Zoological World

Phaidon Editors · Phaidon Press
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

Explore the beauty and diversity of the animal world through more than 300 captivating images from across time and from every corner of the globeAnimal: Exploring the Zoological World is a visually stunning and broad-ranging survey that explores and celebrates humankind's ongoing fascination...
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Innumerable Insects: The Story of the Most Diverse and Myriad Animals on Earth

Michael S. Engel · Sterling
Pages: 232
Format: Hardcover

A fascinating look at the world's most numerous inhabitants, illustrated with stunning images from the American Museum of Natural History's Rare Book Collection. To date, we have discovered and described or named around 1.1 million insect species, and thousands of new species are added...
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Fire in the Heart: A Memoir of Friendship, Loss, and Wildfire

Mary Emerick · Arcade Publishing
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

FIRE IN THE HEART is a powerful memoir by a woman, once a shy, insecure schoolgirl, who reinvented herself as a professional wildland fire fighter. Determined to forge herself into a stronger, braver person, Mary climbs to heights she never imagined for herself, eventually directing blazes...
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Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore

ELIZABETH RUSH · Milkweed Editions
Pages: 312
Format: Hardcover

Harvey. Maria. Irma. Sandy. Katrina. We live in a time of unprecedented hurricanes and catastrophic weather events, a time when it is increasingly clear that climate change is neither imagined nor distant -- and that rising seas are transforming the coastline of the United States in irrevocable...
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Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness

QING LI · Viking
Pages: 300
Format: Hardcover

The definitive guide to the therapeutic Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, or the art and science of how trees can promote health and happinessNotice how a tree sways in the wind. Run your hands over its bark. Take in its citrusy scent. As a society we suffer from nature deficit disorder,...
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Animals Strike Curious Poses

Elena Passarello · Sarabande Books
Pages: 200
Format: Print book

Beginning with Yuka, a 39,000 year old mummified woolly mammoth recently found in the Siberian permafrost, each of the 16 essays in Animals Strike Curious Poses investigates a different famous animal named and immortalized by humans. Modeled loosely after a medieval bestiary, these witty,...
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Being a Beast: Adventures Across the Species Divide

Charles Foster · Metropolitan Books
Pages: 256
Format: Print book

A passionate naturalist explores what it's really like to be an animal -- by living like themHow can we ever be sure that we really know the other? To test the limits of our ability to inhabit lives that are not our own, Charles Foster set out to know the ultimate other: the non-humans,...
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Bolt and Keel: The Wild Adventures of Two Rescued Cats

Kayleen VanderRee · Countryman Press
Pages: 128
Format: Hardcover

Stunning photographs of two adorable cats -- Instagram stars -- who hike, paddle, and snowshoe through the wilderness.Two kittens were abandoned in a park. The women who found them were about to head off on a mountain trek. And the animal shelter was closed. The cats seemed game so their...
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Kings of the Yukon: One Summer Paddling Across the Far North

ADAM WEYMOUTH · Little, Brown and Company
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

One man's thrilling and transporting journey by canoe across Alaska in search of the king salmonThe Yukon river is 2,000 miles long, the longest stretch of free-flowing river in the United States. In this riveting examination of one of the last wild places on earth, Adam Weymouth canoes...
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