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A Natural History of North American Trees

A Natural History of North American Trees

by Donald Culross Peattie | Verlyn Klinkenborg

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

Culross Peattie's graceful essays on America and its forests, originally published in the 1950s, with black-and-white etchings, feature the finest writing ever on the mighty oak, stately birch, magnificent beech and other native trees. (NAM40, $18.95)

Travels in Alaska

Travels in Alaska

by John Muir

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 248 PAGES

The centerpiece of this beloved classic is Muir's wide-eyed account of the discovery of Glacier Bay. (ALA16, $16.00)

Walden and Other Writings

Walden and Other Writings

by Henry David Thoreau

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • HARD COVER
  • 432 PAGES

The 150th anniversary illustrated edition of the Thoreau's musings on nature, the simple life, self-reliance and the value of freedom. (GEN183, $40.00)

A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There

A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There

by Aldo Leopold

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1968
  • PAPER
  • 228 PAGES

Leopold memorably opens this much-loved, essential collection of essays on land, nature and his farm in Wisconsin, first published in 1948, with the statement: "there are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot." The book has lost none of its power or beauty over the years. The book is also available in a commemorative hard cover gift edition (NAT111, $40.00) with 85 color photographs. (NAT02, $15.95)

Desert Solitaire

Desert Solitaire

by Edward Abbey

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 303 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

One of the great works on the value of the desert, eloquent and laugh-out-loud funny. Although Abbey writes specifically about his experiences as a ranger at Arches National Park outside Moab, Utah, his message is universal. (DES02, $16.00)

Wilderness and the American Mind

Wilderness and the American Mind

by Roderick Nash

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 440 PAGES

A classic essay on changing American attitudes toward wilderness and the environment, including an enlightening discussion on western expansion. With chapters on Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, Aldo Leopold, Alaska and wilderness preservation. (USW97, $25.00)

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

by Annie Dillard

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Dillard's exhilarating meditation on nature and its seasons in her own backyard in Tinker Creek, Virginia won the Pulitzer Prize in 1975. (NAT112, $15.99)

Under the Sea-Wind

Under the Sea-Wind

by Rachel Carson

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES

Carson's luminous portrait of sea and shore creatures, a classic of nature writing and the first of her many books. Centennial edition. (OCE109, $17.00)

The Practice of the Wild

The Practice of the Wild

by Gary Snyder

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER

"Nature is not a place to visit, t is home," suggests Snyder in these nine captivating essays on the experience of place, ways of Buddhist belief, wildness, wildlife and the world. (NAT252, $15.95)

Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac & Other Writings on Conservation and Ecology

Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac & Other Writings on Conservation and Ecology

by Aldo Leopold

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 832 PAGES

Featuring not just the groundbreaking A Sand County Almanac -- as vivid and persuasive as it was when first published more than 60 years ago -- this handsome Library of America edition, edited by Leopold's biographer, also includes more than 100 letters and Aldo Leopold's sharp-eyed, often humorous journals -- illustrated with his original photographs, drawings, and maps. (CON69, $40.00)

 
Claiming Ground

Claiming Ground


by Laura Bell

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 241 PAGES

Looking back at 30 years in the mountain west, Bell writes lyrically of the rangelands and high sagebrush benches of remote Wyoming. (RKY120, $16.00)

The Abstract Wild

The Abstract Wild


by Jack Turner

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 136 PAGES

How wild is wilderness and how wild are our experiences in it? asks Jack Turner in these eight eloquent essays. (NAT251, $19.95)

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