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Hunting Trips of a Ranchman & The Wilderness Hunter

Written by Theodore Roosevelt
Introduction by Stephen E. Ambrose


Format: Trade Paperback, 832 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 12, 1998
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75152-3 (0-375-75152-1)

"Those who love the outdoors will feast on Roosevelt's wildly enthusiastic sketches of America before highways and self-consciousness."--Time Out New York

Written during his days as a ranchman in the Dakota Bad Lands, these two wilderness tales by Theodore Roosevelt endure today as part of the classic folklore of the West... Read more >

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Rattlesnake
Portrait of a Predator
Written by Manny Rubio


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: August 17, 1998
Price: $49.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-808-3 (1-56098-808-8)

Illustrated with more than 250 dramatic original color photographs depicting not only fangs and rattles but also intricate patterns and extraordinary camouflage, Rattlesnake traces the evolution and behavior of the more than eighty living species and subspecies of rattlesnakes–from East Coast timber rattlesnakes to California’s desert-dwelling sidewinders to South America’s neotropical... Read more >

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Staying Put
Making a Home in a Restless World
Written by Scott Russell Sanders


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 1994
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6341-5 (0-8070-6341-X)

In the tradition of Wendell Berry, Sanders champions fidelity to place, informed by ecological awareness, arguing that intimacy with one’s home region is the grounding for global knowledge.

“Reflective, rhapsodic, luminous essays. . . . A wise and beautifully written book.” -Publishers Weekly, starred review Read more >

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Cats in Question
The Smithsonian Answer Book
Written by John Seidensticker and Susan Lumpkin
Photographed by Art Wolfe


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2004
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-126-6 (1-58834-126-7)

What are cats? How do cats hunt? Do wild cats like catnip? Do cats dream? Cats in Question, a new book in Smithsonian’s highly successful “In Question” series, offers authoritative and engaging answers to the thousands of questions about cats that Smithsonian scientists receive annually. All of the world’s cats are... Read more >

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Early Spring
An Ecologist and Her Children Wake to a Warming World
Written by Amy Seidl
Introduction by Bill McKibben


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 1, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8597-4 (0-8070-8597-9)

With an engaging mix of memoir and science, Amy Seidl brings the reality of global warming to a personal level. As a mother, Seidl demonstrates how climate change has altered her daughters’ experiences of their woods and garden, and the seasonal community events of her small New England town. As an... Read more >

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Finding Higher Ground
Adaptation in the Age of Warming
Written by Amy Seidl


Format: Trade Paperback, 216 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 1, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8499-1 (0-8070-8499-9)

While much of the global warming conversation rightly focuses on reducing our carbon footprint, the reality is that even if we were to immediately cease emissions, we would still face climate change into the next millennium. In Finding Higher Ground, Amy Seidl takes the uniquely positive–yet realistic–position that humans and animals... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Amphibian Conservation

Written by Raymond D. Semlitsch
Foreword by David B. Wake


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 17, 2003
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-119-8 (1-58834-119-4)

From deep in the rain forests of Central America to the backyard ponds of Minnesota, alarming accounts of disappearing and deformed populations of amphibians keep surfacing in the media. The amphibian crisis has been headline news from New York to Europe to Australia, featuring pictures of grotesque frogs and reports from... Read more >

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Owls Aren't Wise & Bats Aren't Blind
A Naturalist Debunks Our Favorite Fallacies About Wildlife
Written by Warner Shedd


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: July 31, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-80797-2 (0-609-80797-8)

Have you ever seen a flying squirrel flapping through the air, watched a beaver carrying a load of mud on its tail, or ducked when a porcupine started throwing its quills? Probably not, says Warner Shedd, debunking these and many more popular myths about our animal friends in Owls Aren't Wise... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Primates in Question
The Smithsonian Answer Book
Written by Robert W. Shumaker and Benjamin B. Beck
Photographed by Gerry Ellis


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: November 17, 2003
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-176-1 (1-58834-176-3)

The mysterious and often unpredictable world of primates is explained by Smithsonian scientists in a question-and-answer format. Primates in Question, part of the Smithsonian’s popular “In Question” series, is a comprehensive response to the many thousands of calls and letters the Smithsonian receives regarding questions related to monkeys, apes, lemurs, tamarins... Read more >

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The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior

Written by David Allen Sibley


Format: Hardcover, 608 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: July 28, 2009
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4386-6 (1-4000-4386-7)

“Once in a great while, a natural history book changes the way people look at the world. In 1838, John ames Audubon’s Birds of America was one...In 1934, Roger Tory Peterson produced Field Guide to the Birds...Now comes The Sibley Guide to Birds.”

Thus did The New York Times, in 1999, greet... Read more >

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Sibley's Birding Basics

Written by David Allen Sibley


Format: Trade Paperback, 168 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 1, 2002
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70966-1 (0-375-70966-5)

“I wrote and illustrated this book to help every inquisitive birder, from novice to expert. Whether you can identify six birds or six hundred, you’ll be a better birder if you have a grounding in the real nuts and bolts of what birds look like, and your skills will be even... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Yearning for the Land
A Search for Homeland in Scotland and America
Written by John W. Simpson


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72547-0 (0-375-72547-4)

A beautiful, meditative memoir mixed with travel and history, this unique book is the story of one American’s search for a deeper connection to the land. Drawn by a sense that he is missing a critical link to his home in suburban Ohio, John W. Simpson heads for rural Scotland, where... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Year at the Races
Reflections on Horses, Humans, Love, Money, and Luck
Written by Jane Smiley


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 19, 2005
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3317-1 (1-4000-3317-9)

“Every horse story is a love story,” writes Jane Smiley, who has loved horses for most of her life and owned and bred them for a good part of it. To love something is to observe it with more than usual attention, and that is precisely what Smiley does in this... Read more >

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Sharks in Question

Written by V. G. Springer


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: February 17, 1989
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-87474-877-2 (0-87474-877-1)

Sharks in Question is a collective response to the thousands of questions about sharks received annually by scientists at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Written in a question-and-answer format accompanied by more than 100 photographs and illustrations, the book provides knowledge for a general audience as well as students of... Read more >

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North American Tree Squirrels

Written by Michael A. Steele and John L. Koprowski


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2003
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-100-6 (1-58834-100-3)

Written with clarity and wit by two top scientists, North American Tree Squirrels illuminates the everyday lives of gray and fox squirrels, the two most dominant types of tree squirrels of the eastern United States.

Drawing on more than twenty years of research, Michael A. Steele and John L. Koprowski detail the... Read more >

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Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs
Living and Writing in the West
Written by Wallace Stegner
Afterword by T.H. Watkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 9, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75932-1 (0-375-75932-8)

Nominated for a National Book Critics Circle award, Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs gathers together Wallace Stegner’s most important and memorable writings on the American West: its landscapes, diverse history, and shifting identity; its beauty, fragility, and power. With subjects ranging from the writer’s own “migrant childhood” to... Read more >

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The Company of Wolves

Written by Peter Steinhart


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 25, 1996
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74387-3 (0-679-74387-1)

As wolves return to their old territory in Yellowstone National Park, their presence is reawakening passions as ancient as their tangled relations with human beings. This authoritative and eloquent book coaxes the wolf out from its camouflage of myth and reveals the depth of its kinship with humanity, which shares this... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Nature Wars
The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds
Written by Jim Sterba


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-34196-9 (0-307-34196-8)

For 400 years, explorers, traders, and settlers plundered North American wildlife and forests in an escalating rampage that culminated in the late 19th century’s “era of extermination.” By 1900, populations of many wild animals and birds had been reduced to isolated remnants or threatened with extinction, and worry mounted that we... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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On the Wing
To the Edge of the Earth with the Peregrine Falcon
Written by Alan Tennant


Format: Trade Paperback, 328 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 11, 2005
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3182-5 (1-4000-3182-6)

In this extraordinary journey, Alan Tennant recounts his attempt to track the transcontinental migration of the majestic peregrine falcon—an investigation no one before him had ever taken to such lengths. From the windswept flats of the Texas barrier islands to the Artic and then south again into the Caribbean, On the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Consolations of the Forest
Alone in a Cabin on the Siberian Taiga
Written by Sylvain Tesson
Translated by Linda Coverdale


Format: Hardcover, 244 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli Ex Libris
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8478-4127-1 (0-8478-4127-8)

Winner-Prix Médicis for nonfiction
No stranger to inhospitable places, Sylvain Tesson exiles himself to a wooden cabin on Siberia’s Lake Baikal, a full day’s hike from any “neighbor,” with his thoughts, his books, a couple of dogs, and many bottles of vodka for company. Writing from February to July, he shares his... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Seaweeds

Written by David N. Thomas


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 2002
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-050-4 (1-58834-050-3)

From microscopic organisms on tidal rocks to dense marine forests, seaweeds vary widely in size and are amazingly well adapted to both the Arctic and the tropics. David Thomas presents a detailed look at what seaweeds are, how they live, and why humans value them.

Thomas describes the red, brown, and green... Read more >

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Walden
Introduction and Annotations by Bill McKibben
Written by Henry David Thoreau
Introduction by Bill McKibben


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: July 15, 2004
Price: $10.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1425-7 (0-8070-1425-7)

First published in 1854, Henry David Thoreau’s groundbreaking book has influenced generations of readers and continues to inspire and inform anyone with an open mind and a love of nature. With Bill McKibben providing a newly revised Introduction and helpful annotations that place Thoreau firmly in his role as cultural and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, hardcover and a hardcover.

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Bayou Farewell
The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana's Cajun Coast
Written by Mike Tidwell


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72517-3 (0-375-72517-2)

Mike Tidwell knew nothing of the disappearing bayou country when he first visited the Cajun coast of Louisiana, but the evidence was all around him: the skeletons of oak trees killed by the salinity of the groundwater, whole cemeteries sinking into swampland and out of sight, telephone poles in deep, standing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dangerous Games
Ice Climbing, Storm Kayaking, and Other Adventures from the Extreme Edge of Sports
Written by Andrew Todhunter


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 6, 2001
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-48644-6 (0-385-48644-8)

In this elegant and exciting collection Andrew Todhunter, himself an extreme sportsman and the author of the critically acclaimed Fall of the Phantom Lord, takes readers along as men and women push themselves to their limits in the world’s riskiest sports.

In several of these essays Todhunter writes from personal... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Opportunity, Montana
Big Copper, Bad Water, and the Burial of an American Landscape
Written by Brad Tyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 25, 2014
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3325-8 (0-8070-3325-1)

In 2002, Texas journalist Brad Tyer strapped a canoe on his truck and moved to Montana, a state that has long exerted a mythic pull on America’s imagination as an unspoiled landscape. The son of an engineer who reclaimed wastewater, Tyer was looking for a pristine river to call his own... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.
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