Sylvan reading for the season of changing leaves.



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 an oak or a maple 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 worshiped it as a deity, and the enigmatic man who destroyed it.

July 28: Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin eloped on this day in 1814.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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).