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Moon Tucson

Moon Tucson

by Tim Hull

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

A great resource for the independent traveler, this guidebook features a good introduction to land, history and culture, as well as practical detail on getting around, where to go, and where to stay. With personality, detailed local maps, a glossary and suggested itineraries. (USW622, $17.95)

The Night Sky

The Night Sky

by Raymond Leung | James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2001
  • PLASTIC CARD

A guide to the major constellations in the Northern Hemisphere featuring color photographs and glow-in-the-dark star charts. (SCI49, $6.95)

National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Night Sky

National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Night Sky

by Mark R. Chartrand

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 714 PAGES

This concise guide to the cosmos includes essays on celestial phenomena, monthly sky charts and constellation charts for both the Northern and Southern skies. (SCI48, $21.95)

Tucson Southeast Arizona Map

Tucson Southeast Arizona Map

by North Star Maps

  • MAP

A map of Southeast Arizona covering Saguaro National Park, Tucson and the Chiricahua Mountains. (USW123, $3.95)

 
Eyewitness Guide Arizona & the Grand Canyon

Eyewitness Guide Arizona & the Grand Canyon


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES

A comprehensive guide to Arizona, complete with over 500 photographs, illustrations and maps, as well as plenty of travel information. (SWU173, $20.00)

Arizona, A Cavalcade of History


by Marhsall Trimble

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

A delightful collection of stories about Arizona's rugged history, both informative and entertaining. (USW274, $15.95)

The Laughing Boy

The Laughing Boy


by Oliver La Farge

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 193 PAGES

An ethnographer and archaeologist, La Farge captures the flavor of the landscapes and ways of life in Northern Arizona in the early 20th century in this Pulitzer Prize-winning short novel. (USW240, $14.95)

A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert

A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert


by Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 650 PAGES

A comprehensive natural history with 35 color illustrations, 25 black and white photographs, and 450 line drawings. (BJA26, $36.95)

An Intimate Look at the Night Sky

An Intimate Look at the Night Sky


by Chet Raymo

  • SCIENCE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 242 PAGES
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A personal, appreciative guide to star-gazing and amateur astronomy by an enthusiastic scientist. With 24 northern hemisphere star maps. (SCI98, $16.00)

Blind Watchers of the Sky, The People and Ideas That Shaped Our View of the Universe

Blind Watchers of the Sky, The People and Ideas That Shaped Our View of the Universe


by Rocky Kolb

  • SCIENCE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

A popular history of astronomy, focusing on ideas and personalities of Tycho Brache, Kepler, Galileo and other great scientists in the field. (SCI10, $18.00)

Origins, Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution

Origins, Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution


by Neil deGrasse Tyson | Donald Goldsmith

  • SCIENCE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

A lively, illustrated primer on astrophysics and cosmology, published in conjunction with the NOVA series of the same name. (SCI94, $22.95)

Our Sonoran Desert

Our Sonoran Desert


by Bill Broyles

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 80 PAGES

Broyles showcases the diverse landscapes, plants and animals of the Sonoran from its rugged mountains, sand dunes and lava flows to its cactus, horned lizards and bighorn sheep in this compact introduction. (USW567, $14.95)

Planets, Stars, and Galaxies: A Visual Encyclopedia of Our Universe


by David Aguilar

  • SCIENCE
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 192 PAGES
  • MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)

The farthest reaches of the universe are captured in atlas form for readers ages 9 and up, with vivid illustrations, engaging text and color photography. (SCI286, $24.95)

Sonoran Desert Summer


by John Alcock

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 187 PAGES

Alcock evokes the plants, animals, ecology and terrain of the Sonoran desert in this extended natural history essay. (BJA21, $17.95)

Star Maps for Beginners

Star Maps for Beginners


by I.M. Levitt | Roy K. Marshall

  • SCIENCE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 64 PAGES

A brief guide to viewing and understanding the heavens, originally published in 1942 and a perennial favorite among budding astronomers. (SCI02, $14.00)

When the Rains Come, A Naturalist's Year in the Sonoran Desert

When the Rains Come, A Naturalist's Year in the Sonoran Desert


by John Alcock

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Combining scientific observation with a personal perspective and color photographs, longtime Sonoran resident John Alcock tracks the changes in plant and animal life over the course of a drought year, offering new insights into the desert's natural history, conservation and astonishing diversity. (SWU471, $21.95)

A Field Guide to the Stars and Planets, revised 4th ed.

A Field Guide to the Stars and Planets, revised 4th ed.


by Jay M. Pasachoff

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 578 PAGES

The fourth edition of this best-selling field guide is now updated and revised, with new and valid information through 2017. A guided tour of the heavens in the Peterson series equally useful in Des Moines or Montevideo. With an atlas of the sky, detailed moon maps and an overview of the science of astronomy. (SCI01, $19.00)

A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians

A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians


by Robert Stebbins

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 533 PAGES

The definitive field guide, with a special section on Baja's endemic species. (FG08, $22.00)

National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Southwestern States: Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah

National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Southwestern States: Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah


by Peter Alden

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

A compact photographic guide to the wildflowers, trees, mosses, butterflies, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals of the American Southwest. (SWU14, $22.00)

Southwestern Desert Birds

Southwestern Desert Birds


by Raymond Leung | James Kavanaugh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2001
  • PLASTIC CARD

A fold-out, laminated guide to the birds of the desert Southwest, with illustrations of almost 150 species. Kids will enjoy this identification guide, too. (SWU42, $6.95)

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America


by David Sibley

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 474 PAGES

A compact, geographically specific version of the Sibley Guide with all new range maps, the same glorious illustrations and expanded, extremely valuable descriptions of each bird. (USW418, $19.95)

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