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Virga & Bone

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ISBN: 9781948814188
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Published: Torrey House Press - October 1st, 2019

 

Few books capture the spirit of the desert southwest--my homeland!--quite like this collection of essays from Craig Childs. His prose finds both the stillness & the shimmer of heat rising over stone. If you're cold, restless, or longing for summer days under the sun & stars, pick this one up. It'll stick in your soul long after you read it, like the red dust of the canyonlands.

Kate


Salt on Your Tongue

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ISBN: 9781786891198
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Published: Canongate Books - March 5th, 2019

 

Charlotte Runcie’s SALT ON YOUR TONGUE is an artfully woven tapestry of history, mythology, personal essay, and reflection that dives into the historical and literary ties between women and the sea. The book is framed by Runcie’s pregnancy with her first child and her own obsession with the ocean. As her child grows, Runcie visits the weathered seascapes and portside ruins of Scotland, while revisiting the importance of sirens, and fishwives, ancient saints, and seabirds. This book is a calm in the storm of womanhood, a peaceful place to contemplate all that that means. 

Meaghan


Horizon

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

 

This book is not for everyone though it is my kind of Summer reading. Its length and rich prose requires close and patient attention. In a sense it’s a summation of Lopez’s lifetime of travels to the distant corners of our planet documenting the interactions of myriad human cultures and the natural world. Terry Tempest Williams recently called it “a masterpiece”. Indeed.

Dale


The Farmer’s Son

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ISBN: 9781328577993
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - May 7th, 2019

 

The Farmer’s Son is an unflinching yet tender memoir about small livestock farming way of life in rural Ireland that almost disappeared if not in Ireland than certainly in our own country. While there’s nothing romantic about such a hardscrabble life Connell’s account of his careful and humane husbandry is profoundly moving.

Dale


Seasons: Desert Sketches

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

 

Short, sweet, and bitingly funny, this collection--originally recorded as audio essays for NPR--will have you raring get outside and enjoy the spring weather! This is some of the best work I've read about the red rock deserts of Utah (my home country!), besieged by oil & mineral leases and left with diminished protections under the current Department of Interior. It might inspire a trip to Bears Ears or Canyonlands as well. ;)

Kate


Unnatural Selection

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ISBN: 9780691157061
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Published: Princeton University Press - July 31st, 2018

 

This book is mesmerizing. Unnatural Selection is about the ways humans have affected evolution in bizarrely short periods of time through selective breeding. Beautifully illustrated and fascinating in content, you won't be able to look away.

Matthew


How to Be a Good Creature

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By Sy Montgomery, Rebecca Green (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780544938328
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 25th, 2018

 

Sy Montgomery, in her utterly charming new memoir, attempts to answer the question “What have animals taught me about life”. Her life’s work and passion has brought her into contact with creatures as varied as tarantulas and hyenas, emus and octopus, each in their own way a marvel and each with something to teach about how to make one’s way in this wondrous world

Dale


Eager

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ISBN: 9781603587396
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - July 5th, 2018

 

The near eradication of the beaver in Europe and North America has had profound implications for the environment that are finally being recognized. Goldfarb reports on the alliance of scientists, environmentalists, ranchers, and concerned citizens organizing to restoring beaver populations in an effort to solve a host of environmental problems their absence exasperated. Read this book and you will look at our contemporary landscapes in an entirely new way and you may become a Beaver Believer too.

Dale


Seaweed Chronicles

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ISBN: 9781616205744
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Published: Algonquin Books - August 7th, 2018

 

Don't be fooled - this book is about seaweed but it's really about the whole Gulf of Maine ecosystem - the plants and animals that make it up and the people and corporations who farm, protect, fish, conserve and love this extraordinary and increasingly threatened habitat. And a special bonus - the author will be speaking at PSB on October 9.

 

David


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