The roots and branches of their natural wonder.



Remarkable Trees of the World

By Thomas Pakenham


Thomas Pakenham -- historian of Africa and arboreal enthusiast -- leads us around the globe, traveling from Martha's Vineyard to New Zealand, Madagascar to Japan, on the trail of remarkable trees. His fascinating text deftly accompanies his scores of stunning color photographs. It's a marvelous armchair journey.



The Trees in My Forest

By Bernd Heinrich


It started when Heinrich's old college roommate talked him into buying 300 logged-over acres in Maine. Deciding to let nature reclaim the land, he found his forest becoming an "intimate companion" as he watched trees sprout, grow, and mature. His book is a long walk in the deep woods with an observant, lyrical writer.




The Wild Trees

By Richard Preston


The most adventurous explorers of our age may well be the tree climbers -- botanists and amateur naturalists -- who have discovered the unexpectedly rich ecosystem (to say nothing of the awe-inspiring beauty) suspended in the canopy at the tops of Californian redwoods. Preston tells their exciting and surprising story.





A Natural History of North American Trees

By Donald Culross Peattie


Peattie's erudite, entertaining essays provide an extraordinary education in the matter of our native trees, informing us of their botanical qualities and geographical ranges, and tracing relations between trees and people over the course of American history. You'll never look at any tree in the same way again.





The Golden Spruce 

By John Vaillant


There was only one giant golden spruce in the world, and it had survived for three centuries before an angry survivalist named Grant Hadwin took a chainsaw to it in 1997. John Vaillant delivers a compelling account of the unique tree, the Haida tribe who worshipped it as a deity, and the enigmatic man who destroyed it.


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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.