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Red Fox
The Catlike Canine
Written by J. David Henry


Format: Trade Paperback, 174 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 17, 1996
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-635-5 (1-56098-635-2)

In this engaging introduction to the red fox (Vulpes vulpes), J. David Henry recounts his years of field research on this flame-colored predator. With its catlike whiskers, teeth, and paws, as well as vertical-slit pupils, the North American red fox not only resembles but often behaves like a feline, especially when... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

GIFT OF DEER

Written by Helen Hoover


Format: eBook, 160 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 28, 2013
Price: $10.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-83135-4 (0-307-83135-3)

In the farthest wilds of northeastern Minnesota, back in the Gunflint Range, the author of this book and her artist-husband have a two-room cabin home in the bush country. Beginning one Christmas Day when they first watched the starving deer they later named Peter, the Hoovers had many opportunities, a passionate... Read more >

A PLACE IN THE WOODS

Written by Helen Hoover


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 28, 2013
Price: $10.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-83144-6 (0-307-83144-2)

To escape the city, to live close to nature in the beauty and quiet of the wilderness, to try to find within oneself a pioneer resourcefulness of spirit, mind, and hand—it is an almost universal dream. Helen Hoover and her husband made it come true for themselves, and this is the... Read more >

YEARS OF THE FOREST

Written by Helen Hoover


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 28, 2013
Price: $13.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-83149-1 (0-307-83149-3)

This is a book that takes us inside the Hoovers’ wilderness home during those sixteen Years of the Forest and lets us experience not only the joys and the techniques but also the challenges and travails of going it alone in the beautiful but not always accommodating wilderness, far from the... Read more >

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Totem Salmon
Life Lessons from Another Species
Written by Freeman House


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 12, 2000
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8549-3 (0-8070-8549-9)

Part lyrical natural history, part social and philosophical manifesto, Totem Salmon tells the story of a determined band of locals who’ve worked for over two decades to save one of the last purely native species of salmon in California. The book-call it the zen of salmon restoration-traces the evolution of the... Read more >

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The White Death
Tragedy and Heroism in an Avalanche Zone
Written by Mckay Jenkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 13, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72077-9 (0-385-72077-7)

In 1969, five young men from Montana set out to accomplish what no one had before: to scale the sheer north face of Mt. Cleveland, Glacier National Park's tallest mountain, in winter. Two days later tragedy struck: they were buried in an avalanche so deep that their bodies would not be... Read more >
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Dreams

Written by Derrick Jensen


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 5, 2011
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-930-9 (1-58322-930-2)

Jensen’s furthest-reaching book yet, Dreams challenges the “destructive nihilism” of writers like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris who believe that there is no reality outside what can be measured using the tools of science. He introduces the mythologies of ancient cultures and modern indigenous peoples as evidence of alternative ways of... Read more >
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The Pheasants of the World
Biology and Natural History, Second Edition
Written by Paul Johnsgard


Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: August 17, 1999
Price: $55.00
ISBN: 978-1-56098-839-7 (1-56098-839-8)

Among the most important of all bird groups, pheasants account for the most abundant domesticated species (the domestic fowl), the most extensively hunted upland game bird (the common pheasant), and some of the most spectacularly beautiful of all large birds (the giant argus). This lavishly illustrated volume gives up-to-date information on... Read more >

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Cycads of the World
Ancient Plants in Today's Landscape, Second Edition
Written by David L. Jones


Format: Hardcover, 456 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 2002
Price: $70.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-043-6 (1-58834-043-0)

Cycads superficially resemble palms and are often misidentified as such. However, cycads are actually a unique assemblage of primitive plants that have been around for at least 250 million years. They have become highly sought after for gardens, both private and public, and their present status as endangered plants has engendered... Read more >

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Palms Throughout the World

Written by David L. Jones


Format: Hardcover, 410 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 17, 1995
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 978-1-56098-616-4 (1-56098-616-6)

Presenting an up-to-date introduction to this complex group of plants, Palms Throughout the World describes 800 species in 123 genera and discusses the distribution, biology, propagation, cultivation, and economic importance of palms. The individual species descriptions are arranged in alphabetical order and include common synonyms and references to origin and distribution... Read more >

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American Bamboos

Written by Emmet J. Judziewicz, Lynn G. Clark, Ximena Londono and Margaret Stern


Format: Hardcover, 392 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: January 17, 1999
Price: $49.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-569-3 (1-56098-569-0)

Drawing on two decades of fieldwork in the United States and fifteen Latin American countries, the authors bring together current knowledge of the structure, ecology, human uses, conservation value, evolution, and diversity of the forty-one genera of American woody and herbaceous bamboos. They also discuss three genera of basal grasses that... Read more >

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Pilgrim's Wilderness
A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier
Written by Tom Kizzia


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: July 15, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-58783-1 (0-307-58783-5)

When Papa Pilgrim appeared in the Alaska frontier outpost of McCarthy with his wife and fifteen children in tow, his new neighbors had little idea of the trouble to come. The Pilgrim Family presented themselves as a shining example of the homespun Christian ideal, with their proud piety and beautiful old-timey... Read more >

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Pilgrim's Wilderness
A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier
Written by Tom Kizzia


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: July 16, 2013
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-58782-4 (0-307-58782-7)

When Papa Pilgrim appeared in the Alaska frontier outpost of McCarthy with his wife and fifteen children in tow, his new neighbors had little idea of the trouble to come. The Pilgrim Family presented themselves as a shining example of the homespun Christian ideal, with their proud piety and beautiful old-timey... Read more >

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The Earth Knows My Name
Food, Culture, and Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic Americans
Written by Patricia Klindienst


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 2007
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8571-4 (0-8070-8571-5)

Patricia Klindienst crossed the country to write this book, inspired by a torn and faded photograph that shed new light on the story of her Italian immigrant family’s struggle to adapt to America. She gathered the stories of urban, suburban, and rural gardens created by people rarely presented in books about... Read more >

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Timothy, or Notes of an Abject Reptile

Written by Verlyn Klinkenborg


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 9, 2007
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73753-7 (0-679-73753-7)

Few writers have attempted to explore the natural history of a particular animal by adopting the animal’s own sensibility. But Verlyn Klinkenborg has done just that in Timothy: an insightful and utterly engaging story of the world’s most famous tortoise, whose real life was observed by the eighteenth-century English curate and... Read more >

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Into the Wild

Written by Jon Krakauer


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 20, 1997
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-48680-4 (0-385-48680-4)

Jon Krakauer tells the haunting true story of Chris McCandless, who after graduating from college in 1991, walked deep into the widerness of Alaska on a fatal odyssey. Krakauer explores the ideas of spiritual want, the fear of intimacy, and rejection of privilege. Students gain bold insights into the Zeitgeist of... Read more >

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Into Thin Air
A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
Written by Jon Krakauer


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 19, 1999
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49478-6 (0-385-49478-5)

A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that “suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down.” He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more—including Krakauer’s—in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide... Read more >

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Near Death in the Arctic

Edited by Cecil Kuhne


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 10, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27937-8 (0-307-27937-5)

“The fine snow choked his eyes, ears, and throat, and he did not hear his own smothered death cry. Down in cold blackness, 150 feet down, his falling body smashed into a projecting ledge of ironclad ice. With the shattered remains of his sledge, with the doomed dogs, Belgrave Ninnis plunged... Read more >
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Near Death in the Mountains
True Stories of Disaster and Survival
Edited by Cecil Kuhne


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 8, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27935-4 (0-307-27935-9)

“He wrapped the rope around his body, got ready to rappel and leaned back. Standing about five feet from him, I heard a sharp scraping, Suddenly Ed was flying. I could see him fall, wordless, fifty feet free, then strike the steep ice below…he was sliding and bouncing down. He passed... Read more >
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Birds of Paradise
Revealing the World's Most Extraordinary Birds
Written by Tim Laman and Edwin Scholes


Format: Hardcover, 228 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: October 23, 2012
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0958-1 (1-4262-0958-4)

Eight years. Eighteen expeditions. Fifty-one field sites. Thirty-nine unique species of birds-of-paradise, all photographed in the wild for the first time in history.

“We turned our passion for science, photography, and media documentation into a comprehensive vision to share an unparalleled treasure of Earth’s biodiversity with the world,” write biologists and explorers... Read more >

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Before They're Gone
A Family's Year-Long Quest to Explore America's Most Endangered National Parks
Written by Michael Lanza


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 9, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0184-4 (0-8070-0184-8)

A longtime backpacker, climber, and skier, Michael Lanza knows the United States’ national parks like the back of his hand. As a father, he hopes to share these places with his two young children. But he has seen firsthand the changes wrought by the warming climate and understands what lies ahead... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Before They're Gone
A Family's Year-Long Quest to Explore America's Most Endangered National Parks
Written by Michael Lanza


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 3, 2012
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0119-6 (0-8070-0119-8)

A lifelong backpacker, Michael Lanza knows our national parks like the back of his hand. As a father of two, he hopes to share these special places with his kids. But he has seen firsthand the changes wrought by global warming and understands what lies ahead: melting glaciers, disappearing species, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Butterfly People
An American Encounter with the Beauty of the World
Written by William R. Leach


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 28, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7692-5 (1-4000-7692-7)

With 32 pages of full-color inserts and black-and-white illustrations throughout.

From one of our most highly regarded historians, here is an original and engrossing chronicle of nineteenth-century America's infatuation with butterflies—“flying flowers”—and the story of the naturalists who unveiled the mysteries of their existence. A product of William Leach's lifelong love of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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About This Life
Journeys on the Threshold of Memory
Written by Barry Lopez


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 27, 1999
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75447-3 (0-679-75447-4)

The acclaimed National Book Award winner gives us a collection of spellbinding new essays that, read together, form a jigsaw-puzzle portrait of an extraordinary man.

With the publication of his best-selling Of Wolves and Men, and with the astonishing originality of Arctic Dreams, Barry Lopez established himself as that rare writer... Read more >
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Arctic Dreams

Written by Barry Lopez


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 2, 2001
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72748-1 (0-375-72748-5)

Barry Lopez’s National Book Award-winning classic study of the Far North is widely considered his masterpiece.

Lopez offers a thorough examination of this obscure world–its terrain, its wildlife, its history of Eskimo natives and intrepid explorers who have arrived on their icy shores. But what turns this marvelous work of natural history... Read more >
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