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Relics: Travels in Nature's Time Machine

By Piotr Naskrecki


"The past is never dead," William Faulkner famously wrote. "It's not even past." Zoologist and photographer Piotr Naskrecki offers an eye-opening perspective on that statement through living creatures who closely resemble their ancestors of millions of years ago. From the humble horseshoe crab to the majestic forests of New Guinea and Guyana, Naskrecki unveils a timeless world that flourishes around us, if we only have eyes to see it.



The Birds of America

By John James Audubon


No artist has more definitively captured the variety of the avian world than John James Audubon, the painter and naturalist whose landmark work, The Birds of America, included 435 life-size prints -- each of which, in his original edition, had to be hand-colored by a team of assistants. This slipcased facsimilie of a set held by the Natural History Museum of London makes it possible, for the first time, for ordinary readers to experience the grandeur of Audubon's vision.



Field Notes on Science and Nature

Edited by Michael R. Canfield


In this unique sampling of the diaries and field notebooks of working natural scientists, we're privileged to see first-hand how knowledge about our planet and its inhabitants is made. As our reviewer, Tess Taylor, wrote, its "lush facsimiles" of scientific notebooks offer a wealth of detail in words and pictures: "sketches of butterflies, charts of soil strata, or memories of weather and light. In the era of the laptop and iPhone, readers can see what the Moleskine can still accomplish."



Visions of Earth: Beauty, Majesty, Wonder

By National Geographic


Justly celebrated as a showcase for the world's most talented nature photographers, National Geographic magazine has offered particularly memorable images through its "Visions of Earth" feature, which contain some of the most arresting and even moving representations of sheer wonder to be found anywhere -- ranging from confrontations with the silent majesty of landscape to captivating encounters with people around the globe. This collection brings together highlights from the series, along with photographs appearing here for the first time.



The Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing Environment

Edited by Anne M. Wolfe


Photography of the natural world often keeps human encroachment discretely out of the picture. But this fascinating and challenging volume does the opposite. Anne M. Wolfe has here collected the work of one hundred contemporary photographers who set out to record the effects of artifice on landscapes. Parking lots and coal mines become revelatory backdrops for compositions of destruction and beauty.

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.