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Providence of a Sparrow
Lessons from a Life Gone to the Birds
Written by Chris Chester


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3385-0 (1-4000-3385-3)

“There’s a special providence in the fall of a sparrow.” —William Shakespeare, Hamlet

B fell twenty-five feet from his nest into the life of Chris Chester. The encounter was providential for both of them.

B and Chester spent hours together playing games like bottle-cap fetch or hide-and-seek. They learned “words” in each... Read more >

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Apocalyptic Planet
A Field Guide to the Future of the Earth
Written by Craig Childs


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 2, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47681-4 (0-307-47681-2)

2013 Orion Book Award Winner
2013 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award Winner

Ours is not a stable planet. It is prone to sudden, violent natural disasters and extremes of climate. In this exhilarating exploration of our globe, Craig Childs goes to where the apocalypse can be seen now. From the driest deserts... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Agnes Chase's First Book of Grasses
The Structure of Grasses Explained for Beginners, Fourth Edition
Written by Lynn G. Clark and Richard W. Pohl


Format: Trade Paperback, 152 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 1996
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-656-0 (1-56098-656-5)

For almost seventy-five years, Agnes Chase’s First Book of Grasses has been the classic guide to the structure of this complex group of plants. Clearly written and copiously illustrated with line drawings, the book is accessible to those with little or no botanical training, yet it also is respected by botanists... Read more >

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Grayson

Written by Lynne Cox


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 1, 2006
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26454-1 (0-307-26454-8)

In Grayson Lynne Cox tells the story of a miraculous ocean encounter that happened to her when she was seventeen and in training for a big swim (she had already swum the English Channel, twice, and the Catalina Channel).

It was the dark of early morning; Lynne was in 55-degree water as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Poetry for the Earth

Written by Sara Dunn


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Fawcett
On Sale: March 17, 1992
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-90599-9 (0-449-90599-3)

The poetic concern for nature has been, in the words of Anna Akhmatova, "wild in our breast for centuries." Poetry for the Earth collects an astonishing diversity of poetic response to the environment, from eras and places as diverse as classical Greece, Elizabethan England, 17th century Japan, contemporary Africa, and modern... 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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Lasso the Wind
Away to the New West
Written by Timothy Egan


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 26, 1999
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-78182-0 (0-679-78182-X)

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

Winner of the Mountains and Plains Book Seller's Association Award

"Sprawling in scope. . . . Mr. Egan uses the past powerfully to explain and give dimension to the present." --The New York Times

"Fine reportage . . . honed and polished until it reads... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Future of Ice
A Journey Into Cold
Written by Gretel Ehrlich


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 8, 2005
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3435-2 (1-4000-3435-3)

This book was written out of Gretel Ehrlich’s love for winter—for remote and cold places, for the ways winter frees our imagination and invigorates our feet, mind, and soul—and also out of the fear that our “democracy of gratification” has irreparably altered the climate.

Over the course of a year, Ehrlich... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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This Cold Heaven
Seven Seasons in Greenland
Written by Gretel Ehrlich


Format: Trade Paperback, 402 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 7, 2003
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75852-5 (0-679-75852-6)

For the last decade, Gretel Ehrlich has been obsessed by an island, a terrain, a culture, and the treacherous beauty of a world that is defined by ice. In This Cold Heaven she combines the story of her travels with history and cultural anthropology to reveal a Greenland that few of... Read more >

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On Thin Ice
The Changing World of the Polar Bear
Written by Richard Ellis


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 7, 2010
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45464-5 (0-307-45464-9)

Polar bears–fierce and majestic–have captivated us for centuries. Feared by explorers, revered by the Inuit, and beloved by zoo goers everywhere, they are a symbol for the harsh beauty and muscular grace of the Arctic. But as global warming threatens the ice caps’ integrity, the polar bear has also come to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Tuna
Love, Death, and Mercury
Written by Richard Ellis


Format: Trade Paperback, 372 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 14, 2009
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38710-3 (0-307-38710-0)

Famed marine researcher and illustrator Richard Ellis brings us a work of scientific achievement that will forever change the way we think about fish, fishing, and the dangers inherent in the seafood we eat.

The bluefin tuna is one of the world's biggest, fastest, and most highly evolved marine animals, as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Snakes of the United States and Canada

Written by Carl H. Ernst and Evelyn M. Ernst


Format: Hardcover, 680 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 2003
Price: $70.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-019-1 (1-58834-019-8)

World-renowned snake expert Carl Ernst and coauthor Evelyn Ernst reveal the unusual lifestyles of these fascinating creatures, describing every known aspect of each of the 131 species found in the United States and Canada. From the venomous rattlers to the docile garter snakes, each species is shown to display a unique... Read more >

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Man Who Walked Through Time
The Story of the First Trip Afoot Through the Grand Canyon
Written by Colin Fletcher


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 14, 1989
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72306-6 (0-679-72306-4)

The remarkable classic of nature writing by the first man ever to have walked the entire length of the Grand Canyon. Read more >

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Foxfire 12

Written by Foxfire Fund, Inc.


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 14, 2004
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3261-7 (1-4000-3261-X)

In 1966, in the Appalachian Mountains of Northeast Georgia, a group of teachers and their students founded a quarterly magazine that they named Foxfire, after a phosphorescent lichen. In 1972, several articles from the magazine were published in book form and the acclaimed Foxfire series began. Almost forty years later, the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Planetwalker
22 Years of Walking. 17 Years of Silence.
Written by John Francis, Ph.D.


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: April 8, 2008
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0275-9 (1-4262-0275-X)

2008 Freshman English Common Reading Selection for University of South Carolina Upstate

When the struggle to save oil-soaked birds and restore blackened beaches left him feeling frustrated and helpless, John Francis decided to take a more fundamental and personal stand—he stopped using all forms of motorized transportation. Soon after embarking on this... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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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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Bald Eagle
Haunts and Habits of a Wilderness Monarch
Written by Jon M. Gerrard and Gary R. Bortolotti


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 1988
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-87474-451-4 (0-87474-451-2)

The Bald Eagle is a comprehensive description of the morphology, behavior, flight patterns, hunting, migration, nesting, development, and growth of bald eagles.

“A gold mine of information on the bald eagle. It is well written and discusses many aspects of the bald eagle’s life lacking or barely mentioned in other works.”–Audubon Naturalist... 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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Goodbye to a River
A Narrative
Written by John Graves


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 9, 2002
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72778-8 (0-375-72778-7)

In the 1950s, a series of dams was proposed along the Brazos River in north-central Texas. For John Graves, this project meant that if the stream’s regimen was thus changed, the beautiful and sometimes brutal surrounding countryside would also change, as would the lives of the people whose rugged ancestors had... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Four Wings and a Prayer
Caught in the Mystery of the Monarch Butterfly
Written by Sue Halpern


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 9, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70194-8 (0-375-70194-X)

Every autumn, the monarch butterflies east of the Rockies migrate from as far north as Canada to Mexico. Memory is not their guide — no one butterfly makes the round trip — but each year somehow find their way to the same fifty acres of forest on the high slopes of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Stranger in the Forest
On Foot Across Borneo
Written by Eric Hansen


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 14, 2000
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72495-4 (0-375-72495-8)

Eric Hansen was the first westerner ever to walk across the island of Borneo. Completely cut off from the outside world for seven months, he traveled nearly 1,500 miles with small bands of nomadic hunters known as Penan. Beneath the rain forest canopy, they trekked through a hauntingly beautiful jungle where... Read more >

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Recovering a Lost River
Removing Dams, Rewilding Salmon, Revitalizing Communities
Written by Steven Hawley


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0473-9 (0-8070-0473-1)

A powerful argument for why dam removal makes good scientific, economic, and environmental sense–and requires our urgent attention

The Snake River, flowing through the Northwest, was once one of the world’s greatest salmon rivers. As recently as a hundred years ago, it retained some of its historic bounty with seven million fish... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Hell or High Water
Surviving Tibet's Tsango River
Written by Peter Heller


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 6, 2014
Price: $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-101-87204-8 (1-101-87204-7)

From the bestselling author of The Dog Stars, the true story of an elite kayaking team's heroic conquest of the world’s last great adventure prize: Tibet's Tsangpo River.

The Tsangpo Gorge in southeastern Tibet has lured explorers and adventurers since its discovery. Sacred to the Buddhists, the inspiration for Shangri La, the... Read more >
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