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Mother of God

At just 18, Paul Rosolie left behind his suburban New Jersey life for the remote region of Peru where the Amazon begins. His education included giant snakes, tribespeople hostile and friendly, and the incalculable, threatend beauty of the rainforest. This is nature -- and adventure --  unfettered and wild.

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The Once and Future World

Award-winning ecology writer J.B. MacKinnon encourages the practice of "rewilding," or restoring nature to what it once was, in a hopeful treatise on reversing the human impact on the environment.

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Animal Wise

You've probably heard that dolphins communicate in a rich language of their own and that elephants display emotional bonds.  But Virginia Morrell's engaging new book offers some real surprises from the field of animal intelligence: creative ants, suffering fish, and the astonishing capacity of some bird brains. 

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Relics

The enthusiasm Piotr Naskrecki, an entomologist at Harvard University's Museum of Comparative Zoology, feels for visible, tangible signs of Earth's prehistoric past is irresistibly infectious. Combining lively first-person narrative with his own breathtakingly beautiful photographs, the author reveals the holdovers from a lost world (from horseshoe crab to horsetail ferns) that can be found across the globe or right in our own backyards.

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Swamplife

America's long fascination with the Everglades, a twisted chronicle of preservation and exploitation, is recounted here in perspiration-inducing detail by Laura A. Ogden, an anthropologist intimate with the welands' iconic nooks and crannies. Bringing alive the complex interactions of animals, people, geology, and government, this book serves as a corrective to common myths concerning the exotic tropical ecosystem.

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The Book of Leaves

Just what its subtitle advertises: a leaf-by-leaf guide to six hundred of the world's great trees. From alder to ash, birch to beech, maple to oak, and scores more both familiar and exotic, Allen J. Coombes's illustrated guide helps us indentify and appreciate the character and variety of nature's leafy wonder.

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The Six-Cornered Snowflake

A delightfully ingenious scientific, literary, and philosophical meditation on the most majestic and ephemeral of natural wonders, by the great 17th-century astronomer Johannes Kepler. Read more...

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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