The Feather Thief

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The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America

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Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel

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The Outrun: A Memoir

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The Penguin Lessons

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Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens

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The Shepherd's Life: A People's History of the Lake District

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Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss

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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural HistoryOver the last half billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impac

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New WorldThe acclaimed author of Founding Gardeners reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world and in the process created modern environmentalism n nAlexander von Humboldt 1769 1859 was an intrepid explorer an

The Origin of Species

The Origin of SpeciesDarwin s theory of natural selection issued a profound challenge to orthodox thought and belief no being or species has been specifically created all are locked into a pitiless struggle for existence, with extinction looming for those not fitted for the task n nYet The Origin of Species 1859 is

H is for Hawk

H is for HawkObsession, madness, memory, myth, and history combine to achieve a distinctive blend of nature writing and memoir from an outstanding literary innovator n nWhen Helen Macdonald s father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated An experienced falconer Helen had been captivated by hawks si