Nature - Essays

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Desert Cabal: A New Season in the Wil...

Amy Irvine

"With humor, wisdom and a sense of urgency, Irvine uses Desert Solitaire as a jumping off point to assess the current state of the world, to expose the very human error of the literary heroes on dusty pedestals, and to reinsert m...

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Published: Nov 2018

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us H...

Florence Williams

“Highly informative and remarkably entertaining.”―Elle From forest trails in Korea, to islands in Finland, to eucalyptus groves in California, Florence Williams investigates the science behind nature’s positive effects on the ...

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Published: Feb 2018

Seasons

"This cinematically vivid collection feeds both intellect and soul, and shows that Meloy possessed the brevity and vision of a poet, and the coy sass of an understated comedian." —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY"Ellen Meloy just mi...

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Published: Apr 2019

The World-Ending Fire: The Essential ...

Now available in paperback, the most comprehensive―and only author-authorized―Wendell Berry reader."America's greatest philosopher on sustainable life and living." ―Chicago Tribune In a time when our relationship to th...

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Published: May 2019

Sermons in Stones: Tales of family, f...

David Ammons

There are ghosts in the mountains, and whispers in the wind. Voices from the river are an invitation to journey through woods and canyons etched by time, to connect to purpose and truth and meaning.Sermons in Stones is a collection o...

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Published: Nov 2019

The Best American Science and Nature ...

Dan Ariely

The Best American Series® First, Best, and Best-Selling The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume's series editor selects notable works from hundr...

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Published: Oct 2012

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

Elisabeth Tova Bailey

In a work that beautifully demonstrates the rewards of closely observing nature, Elisabeth Tova Bailey shares an inspiring and intimate story of her encounter with a Neohelix albolabris—a common woodland snail. While an illness keep...

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Published: Sep 2016

The Unsettling of America: Culture & ...

Wendell Berry

Since its publication by Sierra Club Books in 1977, The Unsettling of America has been recognized as a classic of American letters. In it, Wendell Berry argues that good farming is a cultural development and spiritual discipline. Toda...

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Published: Sep 2015

Think Little: Essays

Wendell Berry

First published in A Continuous Harmony in 1972, "Think Little" is cultural critic and agrarian Wendell Berry at his best: prescient about the dire environmental consequences of our mentality of greed and exploitation, yet hopeful tha...

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Published: Nov 2019

Virga & Bone: Essays from Dry Places

Craig Childs

From the author of The Secret Knowledge of Water and Atlas of a Lost World comes a deeply felt essay collection focusing upon a vivid series of desert icons—a sheet of virga over Monument Valley, white seashells in dry desert sand, ...

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Published: Oct 2019

Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilde...

Philip Connors

"Fire Season both evokes and honors the great hermit celebrants of nature, from Dillard to Kerouac to Thoreau—and I loved it."—J.R. Moehringer, author of The Tender Bar"[Connors's] adventures in radical solitude mak...

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Published: Feb 2012

Out of the Woods: Seeing Nature in th...

Julia Corbett

Have you ever wondered about society's desire to cultivate the perfect lawn, why we view some animals as "good" and some as "bad," or even thought about the bits of nature inside everyday items–toothbrushes, cell...

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Published: Sep 2018

Zoologies: On Animals and the Human S...

Alison Hawthorne Deming

Humans were surrounded by other animals from the beginning of time: they were food, clothes, adversaries, companions, jokes, and gods. And yet, our companions in evolution are leaving the world — both as physical beings and spiritua...

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Published: Oct 2014

Never Cry Halibut: And Other Alaska H...

Bjorn Dihle

From the sharp, comic voice of Haunted Inside Passage, Never Cry Halibut is a collection of humorous and thoughtful short essays about hunting and fishing in Alaska.Accompanied by photographs, each story reflects the author's three-de...

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Published: Apr 2018

The Solace of Open Spaces

Gretel Ehrlich

A stunning collection of personal observations that uses images of the American West to probe larger concerns in lyrical, evocative prose that is a true celebration of the region.

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Published: Dec 1986

The Wilder Muir: The Curious Nature o...

Bonnie J. Gisel

Whether he is cheering for untamed mountain sheep or braving a high-country storm that would sweep away lesser mortals, John Muir-naturalist, author, and advocate-is forever passionate, often droll, and always inspirational. This coll...

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Published: Apr 2017

The Second Body

Daisy Hildyard

Every living thing has two bodies. To be an animal is to be in possession of a physical body, a body which can eat, drink and sleep; it is also to be embedded in a worldwide network of ecosystems. When every human body has an uncanny ...

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Published: Jul 2018

Air Mail: Letters of Politics, Pandem...

Amy Irvine

\"This book is fierce love in motion.\"\r\n \r\n—LIDIA YUKNAVITCH\r\n \r\n\r\nWhen the state of Colorado ordered its residents to shelter in place in response to the spread of coronavirus, writers Pam Houston and Amy Irvine&mdas...

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Published: Oct 2020

Nature as Measure: The Selected Essay...

Wes Jackson

Wes Jackson can teach us many things about the land, soil, and conservation, but what most resonates is this: The ecosphere is self-regulating, and as often as we attempt to understand it, we are not its builders, and our manuals will...

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Published: Jan 2011

Surfacing

Kathleen Jamie

"[Kathleen Jamie's] essays guide you softly along coastlines of varying continents, exploring caves, and pondering ice ages until the narrator stumbles over — not a rock on the trail, but mortality, maybe the earth's, maybe our...

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Published: Sep 2019

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdo...

Robin Wall Kimmerer

Called the work of "a mesmerizing storyteller with deep compassion and memorable prose" (Publishers Weekly) and the book that, "anyone interested in natural history, botany, protecting nature, or Native American culture...

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Published: Sep 2014

Things That Are: Essays

Amy Leach

From the cosmic to the quotidian, this collection of essays by Amy Leach asks us to reconsider our kinship with the wild world.The debut collection of a writer whose accolades precede her: a Whiting Award, a Rona Jaffe Award, a Best A...

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Published: May 2014

A Sand County Almanac: And Sketches H...

Aldo Leopold

Few books have had a greater impact than A Sand County Almanac, which many credit with launching a revolution in land management. Written as a series of sketches based principally upon the flora and fauna in a rural part of Wisconsin,...

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Published: Apr 2020

The Snow Leopard: (Penguin Orange Col...

Peter Matthiessen

Part of the Penguin Orange Collection, a limited-run series of twelve influential and beloved American classics in a bold series design offering a modern take on the iconic Penguin paperback  For the seventieth anniversary of Penguin...

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Published: Sep 2016

Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature

Kateleen Dean Moore

In an effort to make sense of the deaths in quick succession of several loved ones, Kathleen Dean Moore turned to the comfort of the wild, making a series of solitary excursions into ancient forests, wild rivers, remote deserts, and w...

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Published: Mar 2010

Zooburbia: Meditations on the Animals...

Tai Moses

To be alienated from animals is to live a life that is not quite whole, contends nature writer Tai Moses in Zooburbia. Urban and suburban residents share our environments with many types of wildlife: squirrels, birds, spiders, and inc...

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Published: May 2014

My First Summer in Sierra

John Muir

Influential naturalist, author, and co-founder of the Sierra Club, John Muir loved the outdoors. His writings and advocacy for protection of the pristine wilderness of the American west were vital in helping to preserve noted sites of...

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Published: Jun 2018

Coast Range: A Collection from the Pa...

Nick Neely

"Finely tuned essays that vary intriguingly in form and tone . . . Neely capably explores the complexity of his subjects with polish and finesse, looking carefully and thinking deeply." ―Kirkus Reviews, starred reviewCOAST: the edge...

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Published: Nov 2017

Good Pasture: Short & Shorter Stories...

Annie Oliverio

Divided into months, Good Pasture: Short & Shorter Stories from Rural Oklahoma is a compilation of mostly true tales of everyday life on a ranch in the Midwest. It’s all about small towns, dirt roads, coyotes, fields strung with spi...

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Published: Sep 2016

Nature Matrix: New and Selected Essay...

Robert Michael Pyle

Nature Matrix is a gathering of some of Robert Michael Pyle’s most significant, original, and timely expressions of a life immersed in the natural world, in all its splendor, power, and peril\r\n \n\nNature Matrix: New and S...

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Published: Jan 2020
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