Staff Pick

In The Secret Wisdom of Nature, natural storyteller Peter Wohlleben takes readers on a heartfelt, personal and thought-provoking exploration of the vast natural systems that make life on Earth possible. By introducing us to the latest scientific discoveries and telling his own insights from decades of observing nature, one of the world’s most renowned foresters shows us how to recapture our sense of awe so we can see the world around us with completely new eyes. This is a book we’ve needed for a long time. Don’t miss it.  

The Secret Wisdom of Nature: Trees, Animals, and the Extraordinary Balance of All Living Things --- Stories from Science and Observation Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781771643887
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Published: Greystone Books - March 5th, 2019

Staff Pick

Writing from the Utah desert, Meloy broached subjects as diverse as elections, the dietary habits of snakes, lawn maintenance, the effect of Mozart on sheep, and lost city slickers as terrified of the wild as she would be if “lost at night in Brooklyn.”  She presents every subject with both a wry wit and an uncommon common sense, crafting pieces that make you laugh, think, and feel in equal measure.  It’s impossible not to be charmed by her description of the cricket in a closet singing nightly “love songs” to her husband’s boots or to regret the romanticism that makes visitors miss the best of Montana’s complicated, feral beauty. And her report that “the nightly news dumps an avalanche of misery and terror into my living room but says nothing about how I am to endure it,” is as true today as it was in 1996. But unlike the news, Meloy does tell us how to endure: recognize that “relation to the land is the core of home,” be attentive to “the contours that make the place somewhere, not just anywhere,” and “don’t carry a map to the mall, carry a bird book.”

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By Ellen Meloy, Annie Proulx (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781948814010
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Published: Torrey House Press - April 16th, 2019

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Since discovering in college that “traveling…assuaged something in me,” Lopez has gone all over the world; in his extraordinary memoir he revisits places that have meant the most to him in North and South America, Africa, Australia, and both poles. This is not merely travel writing. As he’s done in previous work, notably his classic Arctic Dreams, Lopez not only writes brilliantly about the natural world, he also reflects on what life really means in particular locales. He considers everything from an anthropological perspective, asking how the earliest native peoples might have experienced their land, sky, and sea, then struggles to do likewise. He combines his insatiable curiosity—which ranges to retracing the paths of Captain Cook and other explorers to joining the Leakeys’ excavations in Africa to helping collect meteorites in Antarctica—with a profoundly moral sensibility, looking to ancient cultures for answers to today’s greatest challenges, especially climate change, violence, and human rights. He deeply believes that the answers are there, and that if we can listen carefully enough to our own and the planet’s past, we can rediscover what the elders of traditional cultures knew: “the wisdom of what works.” If this sounds naïve or superficial, read this book. All Lopez’s ideas are grounded in specific places, and his descriptions of these deserts, seas, jungles, and coasts—and especially his near-mystical experiences while watching flamingos on the Galápagos  and penguins on the Ross Ice Shelf--are heartstoppingly lucid and beautiful, and there’s no better definition of truth than that.

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780394585826
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Published: Knopf - March 19th, 2019

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