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Scott of the Antarctic
A Biography
Written by David Crane


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 6, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3141-2 (1-4000-3141-9)

Historian David Crane, with full access to the explorer’s papers, diaries, and expedition records, gives us an illuminating portrait of Robert Falcon Scott that is more nuanced and balanced than any we have had before.

In reassessing Scott’s life, Crane is able to provide a fresh perspective on not only the... Read more >
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Beyond Growth
The Economics of Sustainable Development
Written by Herman E. Daly


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 14, 1997
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4709-5 (0-8070-4709-0)

Named one of a hundred “visionaries who could change your life” by the Utne Reader, Herman Daly has probably been the most prominent advocate of the need for a change in economic thinking in response to environmental crisis. An iconoclast economist who has worked as a renegade insider at the World... Read more >
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Gene Wars
The Politics of Biotechnology
Written by Kristin Dawkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 88 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: December 3, 2002
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-420-5 (1-58322-420-3)

Despite technological advances, an alarming number of people in the world go hungry. Even more chilling is the fact that in the future that number will likely increase. In this book, Kristin Dawkins discusses the international policies that are shaping this future, including those that govern the genetic engineering of plants... Read more >
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An Atlas of Recycled Landscapes

Written by Michela De Poli and Guido Incerti


Format: Trade Paperback, 270 pages
Publisher: Skira
On Sale: October 21, 2014
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-88-572-1079-7 (88-572-1079-0)

The book examines remediated sites, reclaimed quarries, former landfills, terrains vagues, and unused spaces that have been recognized in the last twenty years as potential venues for the development of new social, economic, and environmental assets. It provides a ‘map’ of the state of the art internationally and describes what has... Read more >

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Biocidal
Confronting the Poisonous Legacy of PCBs
Written by Theodore Michael Dracos


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0632-0 (0-8070-0632-7)

Whether or not you’ve heard of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), it’s likely that this toxic chemical can be found in your cells. PCBs were invented in 1920 for the electronics industry, fueled the WWII military machine, then were put to domestic uses, and finally came to be present in every corner of... Read more >

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The End of the Long Summer
Why We Must Remake Our Civilization to Survive on a Volatile Earth
Written by Dianne Dumanoski


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: July 13, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39609-9 (0-307-39609-6)

For the past twelve thousand years, Earth’s stable climate has allowed human civilization to flourish. But this long benign summer is an anomaly in the Earth’s history and one that is rapidly coming to a close. The radical experiment of our modern industrial civilization is now disrupting our planet’s very metabolism... Read more >
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The National Parks
America's Best Idea
Written by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns


Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 8, 2009
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26896-9 (0-307-26896-9)

The companion volume to the twelve-hour PBS series from the acclaimed filmmaker behind The Civil War, Baseball, and The War

America’s national parks spring from an idea as radical as the Declaration of Independence: that the nation’s most magnificent and sacred places should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but... Read more >

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The Hidden Life of Wolves

Written by Jim Dutcher and Jamie Dutcher
Foreword by Robert Redford


Format: Hardcover, 216 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: February 5, 2013
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-1012-9 (1-4262-1012-4)

Delve into amazingly intimate wolf photography by Jim and Jamie Dutcher, a couple who spent many years living with a pack of wolves at the edge of Idaho’s Sawtooth Wilderness, observing their complex social hierarchy. Here is the alpha pair, leaders of the pack, often the only couple that mate. Here... Read more >

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Facing the Wave
A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami
Written by Gretel Ehrlich


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-94927-1 (0-307-94927-3)

Kirkus Best Books of the Year • Kansas City Star Best Books of the Year

A passionate student of Japanese poetry, theater, and art for much of her life, Gretel Ehrlich felt compelled to return to the earthquake-and-tsunami-devastated Tohoku coast to bear witness, listen to survivors, and experience their terror and exhilaration in... Read more >
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Facing the Wave
A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami
Written by Gretel Ehrlich


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: February 12, 2013
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-90731-8 (0-307-90731-7)

A passionate student of Japanese poetry, theater, and art for much of her life, Gretel Ehrlich felt compelled to return to the earthquake-and-tsunami-devastated Tohoku coast to bear witness, listen to survivors, and experience their terror and exhilaration in villages and towns where all shelter and hope seemed lost. In an eloquent... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Demon Fish
Travels Through the Hidden World of Sharks
Written by Juliet Eilperin


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: June 14, 2011
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-42512-7 (0-375-42512-8)

A group of traders huddles around a pile of dried shark fins on a gleaming white floor in Hong Kong. A Papua New Guinean elder shoves off in his hand-carved canoe, ready to summon a shark with ancient magic. A scientist finds a rare shark in Indonesia and forges a deal... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Nature and Walking

Written by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: July 1, 1994
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1419-6 (0-8070-1419-2)

Together in one volume, Emerson’s Nature and Thoreau’s Walking, is writing that defines our distinctly American relationship to nature. Read more >
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Ten Billion

Written by Stephen Emmott


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80647-5 (0-345-80647-6)

Deforestation. Desertification. Species extinction. Global warming. Growing threats to food and water. The driving issues of our times are the result of one huge problem: Us.

Just over two hundred years ago, there were one billion humans on Earth.

There are now over seven billion of us.

And, sometime this century, the world population... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Home Gardens and Agrobiodiversity

Edited by Pablo B. Eyzaguirre and Olga F. Linares


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-288-1 (1-58834-288-3)

Focusing on peoples throughout the tropical world, and including case studies from Cuba, Ethiopia, Ghana, Venezuela, and Vietnam, Home Gardens and Agrobiodiversity explains how both rural and urban households manage home garden diversity in ways that enable them to cope with change, and adapt their crops to new situations.

After introducing theoretical... Read more >

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Toms River
A Story of Science and Salvation
Written by Dan Fagin


Format: Hardcover, 560 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: March 19, 2013
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-80653-3 (0-553-80653-X)

Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize (General Nonfiction)

The riveting true story of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, Toms River melds hard-hitting investigative reporting, a fascinating scientific detective story, and an unforgettable cast of characters into a sweeping narrative in the tradition of A Civil Action, The Emperor of All... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Cabin Fever
A Suburban Father's Search for the Wild
Written by Tom Montgomery Fate


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 17, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0098-4 (0-8070-0098-1)

Try to imagine Thoreau married, with a job, three kids, and a minivan. This is the sensibility–serious yet irreverent–that suffuses Cabin Fever, as the author seeks to apply the hermit-philosopher’s insights to a busy modern life. Tom Montgomery Fate lives in a Chicago suburb, where he is a husband, father, professor... Read more >
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Farewell, My Subaru
An Epic Adventure in Local Living
Written by Doug Fine


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Villard
On Sale: March 24, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7789-9 (0-8129-7789-0)

Selected for Common Reading at Western Connecticut State University


Like many Americans, Doug Fine enjoys his creature comforts, but he also knows full well they keep him addicted to oil. So he wonders: Is it possible to keep his Netflix and his car, his Wi-Fi and his subwoofers, and still reduce his... Read more >
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Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms
The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind
Written by Richard Fortey


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 11, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27553-0 (0-307-27553-1)

From one of the world’s leading natural scientists and the acclaimed author of Trilobite!, Life: A Natural History of Four Billion Years of Life on Earth and Dry Storeroom No. 1 comes a fascinating chronicle of life’s history told not through the fossil record but through the stories of organisms that... Read more >
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Radiation
What It Is, What You Need to Know
Written by Robert Peter Gale and Eric Lax


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-95020-8 (0-307-95020-4)

The universe was born in a nuclear explosion. We live on a radioactive planet. Without radiation there would be not life. And yet radiation remains deeply misunderstood and often mistakenly feared. Now Dr. Robert Peter Gale—one of the world’s leading experts on the subject—and Eric Lax set the record straight about... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Rare Birds
The Extraordinary Tale of the Bermuda Petrel and the Man Who Brought It Back from Extinction
Written by Elizabeth Gehrman


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 9, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1076-1 (0-8070-1076-6)

The inspiring story of David Wingate, a living legend among birders, who brought the Bermuda petrel back from presumed extinction.

David Wingate is known in Bermuda as the birdman and in the international conservation community as a living legend for single-handedly bringing back the cahow, or Bermuda petrel–a seabird that flies... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Wild Coast
Travels on South America's Untamed Edge
Written by John Gimlette


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47362-2 (0-307-47362-7)

Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana are among the least-known places in South America: nine hundred miles of muddy coastline giving way to a forest so dense that even today there are virtually no roads through it; a string of rickety coastal towns situated between the mouths of the Orinoco and Amazon... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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My Name is Chellis and I'm in Recovery from Western Civilization

Written by Chellis Glendinning


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: May 24, 1994
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-87773-996-8 (0-87773-996-X)

Glendinning goes beyond the personal to the heart of western civilization to answer the question of how we can use the lessons of individual recovery to address our collective need to heal society and the Earth. She shows how we can use trauma recovery and deep ecology, along with the wisdom... Read more >

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Ecological Intelligence
The Hidden Impacts of What We Buy
Written by Daniel Goleman


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: March 30, 2010
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-0-385-52783-5 (0-385-52783-7)

Virginia Tech has selected Ecological Intelligence for its 2009-2010 Common Book Project.

“The theme of ecological awareness and environmental sustainability emerged as we considered a variety of books. The selection committee felt that such a theme would offer many options for engagement and use of the book across all colleges and disciplines... Read more >
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The Smithsonian Atlas of the Amazon

Written by Michael Goulding, Ronaldo Barthem and Efrem Ferreira


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: March 17, 2003
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-135-8 (1-58834-135-6)

The Amazon River flows more than 4,000 miles through the world’s greatest rainforest, into the Amazon delta, and finally into the Atlantic Ocean. This extraordinary atlas is the first comprehensive view of not only the Amazon River but also its thirteen major tributaries. More than 150 color maps and nearly 300... Read more >

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Earth Calling
A Climate Change Handbook for the 21st Century
Written by Ellen Gunter and Ted Carter
Foreword by Caroline Myss


Format: Trade Paperback, 408 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: April 22, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-767-8 (1-58394-767-1)

Our earliest mythologies tell us we all start as a little bit of dirt. These stories carry a profound message: each of us is born with a deep and abiding connection to the earth, one that many of us have lost touch with. The Silent Spring for today's environmental activists, this... Read more >
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