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By Scott Nearing, Helen Nearing. 1989
Describes how in 1932 a married couple left New York City for the backwoods of Vermont in search of a… life of "simplicity, serenity, utility, and harmony." This account of their pioneering venture tells how they built a house, worked a self-sufficient farm, and lived a satisfying life in nature. c1989. Uniform title: Living the good life
By Stephen Jay Gould. 1985
Ten essays investigating curiosities and oddities in natural history. A research physician presents his findings on real phenomena, such as… odd showers of fish or frogs falling with rain; and unreal specimens, such as the Feejee mermaid--a fraudulent creature assembled from fish and animal parts. 1999.
By Pete Dunne. 1992
This book chronicles a year spent birding. The author and his wife embarked on their adventure before dawn on New… Year's Day, crossing North America and joining the Christmas Bird Count twelve months hence. Dunne keeps an eye on more than birds; he observes humans and the world at large. Brief foreword contributed by Roger Tory Peterson. 1992.
By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence. 2009
When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of 'rogue' elephants on his reserve at Thula… Thula, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival - notorious escape artists, they would all be killed if Lawrence wouldn't take them. 2009.
By Kevin Callan. 2007
A compendium of basic wilderness instruction and well-tested campsite advice from one of North America's top canoeing and outdoors experts.… Learn how to plan your trip, pack only what's needed, and beat the bugs, stake a tent, build a fire, ward off unwanted wildlife, and paddle a canoe. Also includes using maps and a compass, camp cooking, camping with dogs and kids, bruises, blisters and Band-Aids, and cold-weather camping. 2007, c2005.
The author began a quest to find out more about an artist from the Cariboo named Sonia Cornwall (1919-2006). Through… interviews, letters, original artworks, articles, exhibition catalogues, imaginings of conversations and occurrences, along with her own reflections on the experience, she pieced together a story of pioneering, love and the pursuit of art. But in searching for Sonia, the author found an unanticipated new friend in Sonia's mother, Vivien Cowan (1893-1990), who became a larger part of the story than she could possibly have imagined. 2013.
By Anne Newlands. 1995
By Adam Begley. 2017
The first great portrait photographer, a pioneering balloonist, the first person to take an aerial photograph, and the prime mover… behind the first airmail service, Nadar was one of the original celebrity artist-entrepreneurs. A kind of 19th-century Andy Warhol, he knew everyone worth knowing and photographed them all, conferring on posterity psychologically compelling portraits of Manet, Sarah Bernhardt, Delacroix, Daumier and countless others - a priceless panorama of Parisian celebrity. 2017.
By Peter Steinhart. 1995
Explores the relationship between humans and wolves. Steinhart shows that, like humans, wolves have calculating minds, live within highly developed… social systems, claim and defend territories, use complex forms of communication, and are predators. The author draws upon the experiences and views of people whose lives have been touched by wolves. 1995.
By F. B. M. de Waal, Paul Chemla, Lise Chemla. 2016
Qu'est-ce qui distingue votre esprit de celui d'un animal ? Vous vous dites peut-être : la capacité de concevoir des… outils ou la conscience de soi pour citer des traits qui ont longtemps servi à nous définir comme l'espèce dominante de la planète. Dirons-nous que nous sommes plus stupides qu'un écureuil parce que nous sommes moins aptes à nous souvenir des caches de centaines de glands enterrés ? Ou que nous avons une perception de notre environnement plus fine qu'une chauve-souris dotée de lécholocalisation ? De Waal retrace l'ascension et la chute de la vision mécaniste des animaux et ouvre notre esprit à l'idée d'un esprit animal bien plus raffiné et complexe que nous ne l'imaginions Frans de Waal nous emmène à la découverte de pieuvres qui se servent de coques de noix de coco comme outils ; déléphants qui classent les humains selon lâge, le sexe et la langue ; ou dAyumu, jeune chimpanzé mâle dont la mémoire fulgurante humilie celle des humains. Sur la base de travaux de recherche effectués avec des corbeaux, des dauphins, des perroquets, des moutons, des guêpes, des chauves-souris, des baleines et, bien sûr, des chimpanzés et des bonobos, Frans de Waal explore létendue et la profondeur de lintelligence animale. Il révèle à quel point les animaux sont en réalité intelligents et à quel point, trop longtemps, nous avons sous-estimé leurs aptitudes. 2016. Titre uniforme: Are we smart enough to know how smart animals are?
By Theodore Taylor, Tippi Hedren. 1985
Actress Tippi Hedren and her husband, director Noel Marshall, decided to make a film about lions. To closely study the… behaviour of these animals, they acquired more than 100 lions, leopards, tigers and cheetahs, and lived among them for 10 years. 1985.
By William Beebe. 1988
This collection of writings on natural history includes essays by Aristotle, Pliny, Carl Linnaeus, Antony van Leeuwenhoek, Gilbert White, John… James Audubon, Henry David Thoreau, Charles Darwin, Thomas Henry Huxley, W.H. Hudson, John Muir, Jean Henri Fabre, Theodore Roosevelt, and Rachel L. Carson. 1988.
By Richard Dawkins. 1986
A controversial book which contends that evolution by natural selection - as originally outlined by Darwin - is the only… answer to the biggest question of all: why do we exist? 1986.
By Peter Matthiessen. 2001
Cranes, the largest flying birds on earth, are held near-sacred in many lands. The author chronicles his journeys in search… of the world's fifteen species to Siberia, India, China, Japan, Australia, Africa, Europe, and America. He joins both scientists and peoples of these lands to portray the tenacious cranes' beauty and their struggle to survive. 2001.
By Jerry Dennis. 1996
Explores the subject of water in nature and the history of rivers, lakes, and oceans. Delves into underground, surface, and… sky waters and their properties, dynamics, and effects. Discusses related phenomena such as waves, tides, beaches, and waterfalls. 1996.
By Jeanne Champion. 1984
By Mary Rose O'Reilley. 2000
O'Reilley embarked on a year of tending sheep. In this often hilarious book, she describes her work in an agricultural… barn and her extended visit to a Buddhist monastery in France. She seeks in both places a spirituality based not in "climbing out of the body" but rather in existing fully in the world. 2000.
By Jonathan Weiner. 1994
Discusses the work of Peter and Rosemary Grant, who spent more than twenty years in the Galapagos Islands researching Charles… Darwin's finches to confront Darwin's notion of evolution as a time-suspended process. Weiner incorporates research from other scientists to assert that evolution is dynamic, involving constant, even observable, change. L.A. Times Book Prize for Science and Technology. Winner of the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction. 1994.
By John Bradshaw. 2017
Anthrozoologist John Bradshaw argues that pet-keeping is nothing less than an intrinsic part of human nature. An affinity for animals… drove our evolution and now, without animals around us, we risk losing an essential part of ourselves. 2017.