Our favorite Nature books!
The classic key to identifying native trees of the Pacific Coast, updated to reflect changes in the names of trees since publication of the first edition. Identifies native trees, and some widely introduced or naturalized species, of the Pacific Coast region, from British Columbia to Baja California.
The story of Native peoples’ resistance to environmental injustice and land incursions, and a call for environmentalists to learn from the Indigenous community’s rich history of activism
Sand and stone are Earth's fragmented memory. Each of us, too, is a landscape inscribed by memory and loss. One life-defining lesson Lauret Savoy learned as a young girl was this: the American land did not hate.
This little book is big fun.--Michael PollanAn illustrated mini-encyclopedia of fungal lore, from John Cage and Terence McKenna to mushroom sex and fairy rings
“[Kathleen Jamie’s] essays guide you softly along coastlines of varying continents, exploring caves, and pondering ice ages until the narrator stumbles over — not a rock on the trail, but mortality, maybe the earth’s, maybe our own, pointing to new paths forward through the forest.” —Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing, “By t
A New York Times Bestseller
A Washington Post Bestseller
Named a "Best Essay Collection of the Decade" by Literary Hub
Wind is everywhere and nowhere. Wind is the circulatory system of the earth, and its nervous system, too. Energy and information flow through it. It brings warmth and water, enriches and strips away the soil, aerates the globe. Wind shapes the lives of animals, humans among them. Trade follows the path of the wind, as empire also does.
An inspiring story about what happens when 3,500 acres of land, farmed for centuries, is left to return to the wild, and about the wilder, richer future a natural landscape can bring.
Gretel Van Wieren’s family cabin, the Cedar Shack, in northwest Michigan’s Manistee National Forest, is where she learned to fish and wade in rivers, build fires, send smoke signals, and distinguish false from true morels. It’s where she came to love the water and woods, and where she is now trying to teach her children to do the same.$22.00ISBN: 9781786897350Availability: ON HAND in at least ONE of our stores. Click through or call for up-to-the-minute availability.Published: Canongate Books - October 1st, 2019
Nan Shepherd describes her journeys into the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland. There she encounters a world that can be breathtakingly beautiful at times and shockingly harsh at others. Her intense, poetic prose explores and records the rocks, rivers, creatures and hidden aspects of this remarkable landscape.$22.00ISBN: 9781571313195Availability: ON HAND in at least ONE of our stores. Click through or call for up-to-the-minute availability.Published: Milkweed Editions - February 1st, 2011
From African American to Asian American, indigenous to immigrant, "multiracial" to "mixedblood," the diversity of cultures in this world is matched only by the diversity of stories explaining our cultural origins: stories of creation and destruction, displacement and heartbreak, hope and mystery.$27.95ISBN: 9780393242140Availability: ON HAND in at least ONE of our stores. Click through or call for up-to-the-minute availability.Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 4th, 2019
National Bestseller • New York Times “100 Notable Books of the Year” • NPR “Favorite Books of 2019” • Guardian “100 Best Books of the 21st Century” • Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award
From the best-selling, award-winning author of Landmarks and The Old Ways, a haunting voyage into the planet’s past and future.$30.00ISBN: 9780316509435Availability: NOT on our shelves now. Usually ships from warehouse in several days.Published: Little, Brown Spark - July 23rd, 2019A "powerful and indispensable" look at the devastating consequences of environmental racism (Gerald Markowitz) -- and what we can do to remedy its toxic effects on marginalized communities.Did you know...$30.00ISBN: 9780226514963Published: University of Chicago Press - November 11th, 2019Although Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick is beloved as one of the most profound and enduring works of American fiction, we rarely consider it a work of nature writing—or even a novel of the sea.$45.00ISBN: 9781597144025Published: Heyday Books - September 5th, 2017
" A] gorgeously illustrated compendium."--Sunset
This lavishly illustrated atlas takes readers off the beaten path and outside normal conceptions of California, revealing its myriad ecologies, topographies, and histories in exquisite maps and trail paintings.$28.00ISBN: 9781984823540Published: Crown - April 7th, 2020
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A delightful sampler plate of our national parks, written with charisma and erudition.”—Nick Offerman, author of Paddle Your Own Canoe$16.00ISBN: 9780802124739Published: Grove Press - March 8th, 2016
One of the New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the YearOne of Slate's 50 Best Nonfiction Books of the Last 25 Years$18.65ISBN: 9780201149371Availability: NOT on our shelves now. Usually ships from warehouse in several days.Published: Counterpoint LLC - March 4th, 1997
Ceremonial time is the moment when past, present, and future can be perceived simultaneously. Usually experienced only during ancient dances or rituals, this escape from time is the theme of this book, which traces the life on a single spot in New England from the last ice age through years of Indians, shamans, and bears, to the colonists, witches and farmers, and now the encroaching parks.$16.00ISBN: 9781571313508Availability: NOT on our shelves now. Usually ships from warehouse in several days.Published: Milkweed Editions - June 13th, 2017
From the fertile soils of love, land, identity, family, and race emerges The Home Place, a big-hearted, unforgettable memoir by ornithologist J. Drew Lanham.$17.00ISBN: 9780375708473Published: Vintage - January 7th, 2020
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR:
THE NEW YORK TIMES • NPR • THE GUARDIAN$16.95ISBN: 9781640090415Published: Counterpoint LLC - June 12th, 2018
"Tracks Along the Left Coast more than accomplishes its self-appointed task of celebrating de Angulo’s legacy." —Rain Taxi$27.00ISBN: 9780374280062Published: Sarah Crichton Books - October 8th, 2019
Fierce, timely, and unsettling essays from an important and beloved writer and conservationist$16.00ISBN: 9781786891587Published: Canongate Books - October 5th, 2017
Over sixty years after Virginia Woolf drowned in the River Ouse, Olivia Laing set out one midsummer morning to walk its banks, from source to sea. Along the way, she explores the roles that rivers play in human lives, tracing their intricate flow through literature, mythology and folklore.$16.00ISBN: 9780735216082Availability: NOT on our shelves now. Usually ships from warehouse in several days.Published: Riverhead Books - January 9th, 2018
“An in-depth and compelling account of diverse Americans living off the grid.” —Los Angeles Times
The radical search for the simple life in today’s America.$33.68ISBN: 9781469614489Published: University of North Carolina Press - June 1st, 2014
Why are African Americans so underrepresented when it comes to interest in nature, outdoor recreation, and environmentalism? In this thought-provoking study, Carolyn Finney looks beyond the discourse of the environmental justice movement to examine how the natural environment has been understood, commodified, and represented by both white and black Americans.