Massive, beautiful, clever, and deadly, the tiger has long been an object of fascination, fixed in our collective imagination. In THE TIGER (Vintage, $15), John Vaillant captures this primal awe and brings you into the minds of both a tiger and the hunters who subsist alongside it on the taiga. The book takes place in the village of Sobolonye in the southeastern Primorye region of Russia, which, though bounded by Russia, China, North Korea, and the Sea of Japan, has remained an island of wilderness.  In recounting the gripping saga of one tiger’s devastating effect on the people of that region, Vaillant has crafted the perfect nonfiction book—a seamless blend of fact, masterful descriptions of the land and the people, and elegant storytelling.

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$16.95
ISBN: 9780307389046
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Published: Vintage Departures - May 3rd, 2011

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“I care to live only to entice people to look at Nature’s loveliness,” said John Muir in 1874. Born in Scotland, reared in rural Wisconsin; resistant to industrial and agricultural life, yet a talented carpenter, engineer, and fruit rancher; an autodidact of botany and geology; and given to taking walks—long walks, of, say 1,000 miles or so, Muir, the founder of the Sierra Club, indeed exhibited A PASSION FOR NATURE (Oxford Univ., $24.95). Until discovering the beauty of the Sierra Nevada and falling in love with California in general, Muir felt restless and alienated from both farming and urban life. Donald Worster’s biography sets Muir within the currents of his time, showing his struggles to harmonize scientific views of nature with spiritual belief, and to advocate wilderness preservation in the face of civilization’s relentless expansion. Generous quotations from Muir’s letters and sketches from his notebooks bring the man to life.

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$24.95
ISBN: 9780199782246
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - May 6th, 2011

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