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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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Crossing Open Ground

Written by Barry Lopez


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 14, 1989
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72183-3 (0-679-72183-5)


Barry Lopez, winner of the 1996 American Book Award for Arctic Dreams, weaves the same invigorating spell in Crossing Open Ground as he travels through the American Southwest and Alaska, discussing endangered wildlife and forgotten cultures. Through his crystalline vision, Lopez urges us toward a new attitude, a re-enchantment with the... Read more >

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Field Notes
The Grace Note of the Canyon Wren
Written by Barry Lopez


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 8, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7512-6 (1-4000-7512-2)

In this collection of twelve stories, Barry Lopez—the National Book Award–winning author of Arctic Dreams and one of our most admired writers—evokes the longing we feel for beauty in our relationships with one another, with the past, and with nature.

An anthropologist traveling with an aboriginal people finds that, because of his... Read more >
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Winter Count

Written by Barry Lopez


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 2, 1999
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-78141-7 (0-679-78141-2)

Aflock of great blue herons descending through a snowstorm to the streets of New York. . . . A river in Nebraska disappearing mysteri-ously. . . . A ghostly herd of buffalo that sings a song of death. . . . A mystic who raises constellations of stones from the desert... Read more >

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Mountains of the Mind
Adventures in Reaching the Summit
Written by Robert Macfarlane


Format: Trade Paperback, 324 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 13, 2004
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71406-1 (0-375-71406-5)

Three centuries ago, mountains were considered forbidding and forbidden—the abodes of dragons and other ill-tempered grotesque beasts. But with the growing recognition that the Earth’s surface had not been created once and for all but was slowly evolving, mountains came to be seen as the unexplored text of the Earth’s story—a... Read more >
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Whales and Dolphins in Question
The Smithsonian Answer Book
Written by James G. Mead and Joy P. Gold


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: February 17, 2002
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-980-6 (1-56098-980-7)

How many fingers do whales have? Why do whales strand on beaches? Do dolphins protect humans from sharks? What does DNA reveal about the ancestry of cetaceans? This comprehensive book is a collective response to thousands of letters and phone calls received annually by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History... Read more >

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The Anthropology of Turquoise
Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone, and Sky
Written by Ellen Meloy


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 8, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70813-8 (0-375-70813-8)

Pulitzer Prize Finalist

In this invigorating mix of natural history and adventure, artist-naturalist Ellen Meloy uses turquoise—the color and the gem—to probe deeper into our profound human attachment to landscape.

From the Sierra Nevada, the Mojave Desert, the Yucatan Peninsula, and the Bahamas to her home ground on the high plateaus and deep... Read more >
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Eating Stone
Imagination and the Loss of the Wild
Written by Ellen Meloy


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 17, 2006
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3177-1 (1-4000-3177-X)

An inspired reflection on the bond between wild creatures and the human imagination, told as a chronicle of four seasons with a band of rare desert bighorn sheep.

Among the steep cliffs of Utah’s canyonlands a band of rare desert bighorn sheep simply vanished. Although the word “extinct” was bandied about, their... Read more >
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Among Chimpanzees
Field Notes from the Race to Save Our Endangered Relatives
Written by Nancy J. Merrick
Foreword by Jane Goodall


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 17, 2014
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8490-8 (0-8070-8490-5)

Unbeknownst to much of the public, chimps are in trouble: censuses show them to be extinct in four African countries and nearly so in ten others. A large percentage of the remaining populations live in unprotected, increasingly fragmented forests.
 
When Nancy Merrick learned these startling facts in 2009, she decided it... Read more >
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The River of Doubt
Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
Written by Candice Millard


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1373-7 (0-7679-1373-6)

At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt’s harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

The River of Doubt—it is a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most... Read more >

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The Mountains of California

Written by John Muir
Introduction by Bill McKibben


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 11, 2001
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75819-5 (0-375-75819-4)

When John Muir traveled to California in 1868, he found the pristine mountain ranges that would inspire his life’s work. The Mountains of California is the culmination of the ten years Muir spent in the Sierra Nevadas, studying every crag, crook, and valley with great care and contemplation.

Bill McKibben writes in... Read more >
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Travels in Alaska

Written by John Muir
Introduction by Edward Hoagland


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: June 11, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76049-5 (0-375-76049-0)

In the late 1800s, John Muir made several trips to the pristine, relatively unexplored territory of Alaska, irresistibly drawn to its awe-inspiring glaciers and its wild menagerie of bears, bald eagles, wolves, and whales. Half-poet and half-geologist, he recorded his experiences and reflections in Travels in Alaska, a work he was... Read more >
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The Yosemite

Written by John Muir
Introduction by Gretel Ehrlich


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 14, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6701-2 (0-8129-6701-1)

In the spring of 1869, John Muir was looking for means of support to fund his explorations of California’s Central Valley region. A ranch owner offered him a job herding sheep in the Sierra Nevada. As he explored the region, he jotted down his keen observations of the scenic countryside, and... Read more >
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Komodo Dragons
Biology and Conservation
Edited by James B. Murphy


Format: Hardcover, 324 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 2002
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-073-3 (1-58834-073-2)

More than twenty years have passed since Walter Auffenberg’s monumental The Behavioral Ecology of the Komodo Monitor. In the intervening years the populations of Komodo dragons–native only to a handful of islands in southeast Indonesia–have dwindled, sparking intensive conservation efforts. During the last two decades new information about these formidable predators... Read more >

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The Geography of Childhood
Why Children Need Wild Places
Written by Gary Nabhan and Stephen Trimble


Format: Trade Paperback, 216 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 30, 1995
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8525-7 (0-8070-8525-1)

In this unique collaboration, two naturalists ask what may happen now that so many more children are denied exposure to wildness than at any other time in human history.

“This thoughtful presentation, testifying to children’s need for direct contact with nature, has value for parents and those who work with children.”... Read more >

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The Good Life

Written by Scott Nearing and Helen Nearing


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 3, 1990
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-0970-9 (0-8052-0970-0)

This edition of Living the Good Life and Continuing the Good Life brings together in one volume the Nearings' classic guides to the theory and practice of rural homesteading. With a 1989 Preface by Helen Nearing.

"Helen and Scott Nearing are the great-grandparents of the back-to-the-land movement, having abandoned the city... Read more >

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The Island Within

Written by Richard Nelson


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 23, 1991
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73239-6 (0-679-73239-X)

Winner of the John Burroughs Medal for Outstanding Natural History Writing

Richard Nelson's uninhabited and unnamed island is the setting and subject of this luminous book; all we know is that the island is somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. What Nelson does tell, is what it's like to share a pristine ecosystem... Read more >

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Blue Iris
Poems and Essays
Written by Mary Oliver


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 15, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6883-0 (0-8070-6883-7)

A rich collection of ten poems, two essays, and two dozen of Mary Oliver’s classic works on flowers, trees, and plants of all sorts, elegantly illustrated, Blue Iris is the essential companion to Owls and Other Fantasies, one of the best-selling volumes of poetry of 2003.

Blue Iris fortuitously offers an extended... Read more >
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Owls and Other Fantasies
Poems and Essays
Written by Mary Oliver


Format: Trade Paperback, 88 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 2006
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6875-5 (0-8070-6875-6)

Within these pages Mary Oliver collects twenty-six of her poems about the birds that have been such an important part of her life-hawks, hummingbirds, and herons; kingfishers, catbirds, and crows; swans, swallows, and, of course, the snowy owl; among a dozen others-including ten poems original to this volume. She adds two... Read more >
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Taking on Water
How One Water Expert Challenged Her Inner Hypocrite, Reduced Her Water Footprint (Without Sacrificing a Toasty Shower), and Found Nirvana
Written by Wendy J. Pabich


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
On Sale: September 18, 2012
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-57061-831-4 (1-57061-831-3)

When Wendy Pabich received a monthly water bill for 30,000 gallons (for a household of two people and one dog), she was chagrined. After all, she is an expert on sustainable water use. So she set out to make a change. Taking on Water is the story of the author’s personal... Read more >
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The Botany of Desire
A Plant's-Eye View of the World
Written by Michael Pollan


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 28, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76039-6 (0-375-76039-3)

Selected for Common Reading at Chaffey College

Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers’ genes far and wide. In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated... Read more >
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Lichens

Written by William Purvis


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-879-3 (1-56098-879-7)

From the rain forests of Costa Rica to the frozen deserts of Antarctica, lichens are a familiar part of the landscape. Widespread and long-lived, yet vulnerable to environmental disturbance, lichens are useful to scientists in assessing the effects of air pollution, ozone depletion, and metal contamination. Illustrated with more than 150... Read more >

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Coasting
A Private Voyage
Written by Jonathan Raban


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 4, 2003
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72593-7 (0-375-72593-8)

Put Jonathan Raban on a boat and the results will be fascinating, and never more so than when he’s sailing around the serpentine, 2,000-mile coast of his native England. In this acutely perceived and beautifully written book, the bestselling author of Bad Land turns that voyage—which coincided with the Falklands war... Read more >
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Starlight and Storm

Written by Gaston Rebuffat
Translated by John Hunt and Wilfried Noyce
Introduction by David Roberts


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 7, 1999
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75506-4 (0-375-75506-3)

Known for his lyrical writing and his ability to convey not only the dangers of mountaineering but the pure exaltation of the climb, Gaston Rébuffat is among the most well-known and revered Alpinists of all time. He rose to international prominence in 1950 as one of the four principal stalwarts in... Read more >

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Traplines
Coming Home to Sawtooth Valley
Written by John Rember


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 7, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3111-5 (1-4000-3111-7)

In 1987, John Rember returned home to Sawtooth Valley, where he had been brought up. He returned out of a homing instinct: the same forty acres that had sustained his family’s horses had sustained a vision of a place where he belonged in the world, a life where he could get... Read more >
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