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Written by JOHN MUIR
Introduction by TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS

Format: Hardcover, 824 pages

Publisher: Everyman's Library

On Sale: 04/04/2017

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-90762-7

A new collection of the seminal writings of America's first naturalist and the founder of the modern conservation movement. AN EVERYMAN'S LIBRARY ORIGINAL. 

This volume of John Muir's selected writings chronicles the key turning points in his life and study of the American wilderness. The Story of My Boyhood and Youth is Muir's account of his childhood on a Wisconsin farm, where his interest in nature was first piqued; in The Mountains of California, The Yosemite, and Travels in Alaska, we...

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ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT'S NEW WORLD
Written by ANDREA WULF

Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 10/04/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-80629-1

Finalist for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction
Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 
New York Times Best Book of 2015
Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015
Winner of The Royal Geographical Society Ness Award 
Winner of Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize
Winner of the James Wright Award for Nature Writing
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Science & Technology

The acclaimed author of Founding Gardeners reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the...

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A JOURNEY INTO THE WILD AND HAUNTING WORLD OF DOLPHINS
Written by SUSAN CASEY

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 06/28/2016

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-80484-6

New York Times Bestseller

Inspired by a profound experience swimming with wild dolphins off the coast of Maui, Susan Casey set out on a quest to learn everything she could about these creatures. Her journey takes her from a community in Hawaii known as “Dolphinville,” where the animals are seen as the key to spiritual enlightenment, to the dark side of the human-cetacean relationship at marine parks and dolphin-hunting grounds in Japan and the Solomon Islands, to the island of Crete, where...

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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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ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT'S NEW WORLD
Written by ANDREA WULF

Format: Hardcover, 496 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 09/15/2015

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-35066-2

Finalist for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction
Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 
A New York Times Best Book of 2015
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015

The acclaimed author of Founding Gardeners reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world—and in the process created modern environmentalism.

Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859) was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age....

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A JOURNEY INTO THE WILD AND HAUNTING WORLD OF DOLPHINS
Written by SUSAN CASEY

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: Doubleday

On Sale: 08/04/2015

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-53730-8

Since the dawn of recorded history, humans have felt a kinship with the sleek and beautiful dolphin, an animal whose playfulness, sociability, and intelligence seems like an aquatic mirror of mankind. In recent decades, scientists have discovered dolphins recognize themselves in reflections, count, feel despondent, adorn themselves, rescue one another (and humans), deduce, infer, form cliques, throw tantrums, gossip, scheme.

Several native peoples trace their lineage to dolphins. They are the...

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ONE ENGINEERING MARVEL, FIVE MEN, AND A DISASTER TEN MILES INTO THE DARKNESS
Written by NEIL SWIDEY

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 02/17/2015

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-88673-6

The harrowing story of five men who were sent into a dark, airless, miles-long tunnel, hundreds of feet below the ocean, to do a nearly impossible job—with deadly results
 
A quarter-century ago, Boston had the dirtiest harbor in America. The city had been dumping sewage into it for generations, coating the seafloor with a layer of “black mayonnaise.” Fisheries collapsed, wildlife fled, and locals referred to floating tampon applicators as “beach whistles.”
 
In the 1990s, work began on a...

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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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Format: Trade Paperback, 270 pages

Publisher: Skira

On Sale: 10/21/2014

Price: $45.00

ISBN: 978-8-857-21079-7

The book examines remediated sites, reclaimed quarries, former landfills, terrains vagues, and unused spaces that have been recognized in the last twenty years as potential venues for the development of new social, economic, and environmental assets. It provides a ‘map’ of the state of the art internationally and describes what has been achieved to date, opening a window onto possible scenarios for the future.

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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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ENDING THE WAR WITH WOLVES, BEARS, COUGARS, AND COYOTES
Written by JOHN SHIVIK

Format: Hardcover, 208 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 05/13/2014

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-807-08496-0

As carnivore populations increase, their proximity to people, pets, and livestock leads to more conflict, and we are once again left to negotiate the uneasy terrain between elimination and conservation. In The Predator Paradox, veteran wildlife management expert John Shivik argues that we can end the war while still preserving and protecting these key species as fundamental components of healthy ecosystems. By reducing almost sole reliance on broad scale “death from above” tactics and by...

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A CLIMATE CHANGE HANDBOOK FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Written by ELLEN GUNTER, TED CARTER
Foreword by CAROLINE MYSS

Format: Trade Paperback, 408 pages

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

On Sale: 04/22/2014

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-583-94767-8

Our earliest mythologies tell us we all start as a little bit of dirt. These stories carry a profound message: each of us is born with a deep and abiding connection to the earth, one that many of us have lost touch with. The Silent Spring for today's environmental activists, this book offers an invitation to reestablish our relationship with nature to repair our damaged environment.

Praise for Earth Calling:
 

“If I could, I would make Earth Calling required reading for every single person...

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