The natural history and preternatural beauty of clouds.



The Invention of Clouds

By Richard Hamblyn


A fascinating study of the amateur meteorologist who, in the early 19th century, "forged the language of the skies." Creating the classifications -- cirrus, stratus, cumulus, nimbus -- which are now familiar, Luke Howard captured the imagination of contemporary artists and scientists, as well as generations of their heirs.




The Book of Clouds

By John A. Day


A spectacular portfolio of pictures from John Day -- who has a PhD in cloud physics and is known around the world as "The Cloudman." Introducing us to Earth's great sky-scape, Day explains how and why clouds form and offers tips on observing, interpreting, and photographing them.




Cloud Dance

By Thomas Locker


A picture book mesmerizing in its imagery, Cloud Dance is a marvelous way to wander among the clouds with your favorite young readers. Adding some basic scientific information and a poetic text to his luminous paintings, Thomas Locker has created a lovely celebration of the sky's floating inspirations.



The Weather Wizard's Cloud Book

By Louis D. Rubin, Sr. & Jim Duncan


This remarkable little book teaches how to forecast the weather from the evidence presented by the different kinds of clouds and their many combinations. The authors' self-taught method is simple and accurate, and this useful guide provides more than 120 color photographs to help us identify and interpret the clouds we see.




The Cloudspotter's Guide 

By Gavin Pretor-Pinney


Starting from the ground up, Pretor-Pinney takes readers on an entertaining, ascending tour of clouds, from low-hanging cumulus to high-flying, puffy cirrostratus. Along the way, he shares an array of valuable, instructive, and diverting facts about clouds in history, mythology, pop culture, and the arts.


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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.


When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).