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Written by HOPE JAHREN

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/28/2017

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-87372-4

National Bestseller

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography

New York Times Notable Book
 
Winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Science Books & Film Prize for Excellence in Science Books 

One of the Best Books of the Year: The Washington Post, TIME.com, NPR, Slate,Entertainment WeeklyNewsdayMinneapolis Star Tribune, Kirkus Reviews

Geobiologist Hope Jahren has spent her life studying trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Lab Girl is her...

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THE EXTRAORDINARY LANDSCAPES OF NEW YORK CITY AS NATURE, HISTORY, AND DESIGN
Written by ELIZABETH BARLOW ROGERS
Preface by TONY HISS

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 04/19/2016

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-87553-7

Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, the woman who launched the restoration of Central Park in the 1980s, now introduces us to seven remarkable green spaces in and around New York City, giving us the history—both natural and human—of how they have been transformed over time.

Here we find: The greenbelt and nature refuge that runs along the spine of Staten Island on land once intended for a highway, where mushrooms can be gathered and, at the right moment, seventeen-year locusts viewed. Jamaica Bay, near...

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Written by HOPE JAHREN

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 04/05/2016

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-87493-6

An illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a longtime friendship; and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see the natural world
 
Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she’s studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Her first book is a revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also so much more. 

Lab Girl
 is a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together....

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Written by DAVID SIBLEY

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 03/29/2016

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-95791-7

Flexibound

Now completely revised and updated--the indispensable resource for all birders seeking an authoritative guide to the birds of the East in a portable format they will want to carry into the field. 

Compact and comprehensive, this guide features 650 bird species, plus regional populations, found east of the Rocky Mountains. Entries include stunningly accurate illustrations--more than 4,601 in total--with descriptive captions pointing out the most important field marks. Each entry has...

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Written by DAVID SIBLEY

Format: Trade Paperback, 504 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 03/29/2016

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-95792-4

Flexibound

Now completely revised and updated--the indispensable resource for all birders seeking an authoritative guide to the birds of the West in a portable format they will want to carry into the field.  

Compact and comprehensive, this guide features 715 bird species, plus regional populations, found west of the Rocky Mountains. Entries include stunningly accurate illustrations--more than 5,046 in total--with descriptive captions pointing out the most important field marks. Each entry has...

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WEATHER PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE
Written by LAUREN REDNISS

Format: Hardcover, 272 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 10/27/2015

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-99317-2

From the National Book Award finalist Lauren Redniss, author ofRadioactive, comes a dazzling fusion of storytelling, visual art, and reportage that grapples with weather in all its dimensions: its danger and its beauty, why it happens and what it means.
 
Weather is the very air we breathe—it shapes our daily lives and alters the course of history. In Thunder & Lightning, Lauren Redniss tells the story of weather and humankind through the ages.
 
This wide-ranging work roams from the driest...

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Written by FREDRIK SJöBERG
Translator THOMAS TEAL

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 06/02/2015

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-87015-0

A Nature Book of the Year, The Times (London)

“The hoverflies are only props. No, not only, but to some extent. Here and there, my story is about something else.”

A mesmerizing memoir of extraordinary brilliance by an entomologist, The Fly Trap chronicles Fredrik Sjöberg’s life collecting hoverflies on a remote island in Sweden. Warm and humorous, self-deprecating and contemplative, and a major best seller in its native country, The Fly Trap is a meditation on the unexpected beauty of small...

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A STORY OF CONSPIRACY, GREED, AND THE BATTLE TO SAVE A MAGNIFICENT SPECIES
Written by J. A. MILLS

Format: Hardcover, 296 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 01/06/2015

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-0-807-07496-1

There may be only three thousand wild tigers left in the entire world. More shocking is the fact that twice that many—some six thousand—have been bred on farms, not for traditional medicine but to supply a luxury-goods industry that secretly sells tiger-bone wine, tiger-skin décor, and exotic cuisine enjoyed by China’s elite.
 
Two decades ago, international wildlife investigator J. A. Mills went undercover to expose bear farming in China and discovered the plot to turn tigers into nothing...

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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: 07/15/2014

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-58783-1

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 music, but their true story ran dark and deep. Within weeks, Papa had bulldozed a road through the mountains to the new family home at an abandoned copper mine, sparking a tense...

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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: 06/17/2014

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-0-807-08490-8

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 was past time to discover the extent to which chimpanzees are at risk across Africa and what can be done. Merrick had begun working with primates in 1972 as a young field...

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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: 03/25/2014

Price: $19.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-03325-8

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. What he found instead was a century’s worth of industrial poison clotting the Clark Fork River, a decades-long engineering project to clean it up, and a forgotten town named Opportunity.
 
At the turn of the...

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AN AMERICAN ENCOUNTER WITH THE BEAUTY OF THE WORLD
Written by WILLIAM R. LEACH

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/28/2014

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-1-400-07692-5

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 butterflies, this engaging and elegantly illustrated history shows how Americans from all walks of life passionately...

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