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Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World...
by Irene Pepperberg

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English

Pages

244

Publication Date

October 16, 2008

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<p>On September 6, 2007, an African Grey parrot named Alex died prematurely at age thirty-one. His last words to his owner, Irene Pepperberg, were "You be good. I love you."</p><p>What would normally be a quiet, very private event was, in Alex's case, headline news. Over the thirty years they had worked together, Alex and Irene had become famous—two pioneers who opened an unprecedented window into the hidden yet vast world of animal minds. Alex's brain was the size of a shelled walnut, and when Irene and Alex first met, birds were not believed to possess any potential for language, consciousness, or anything remotely comparable to human intelligence. Yet, over the years, Alex proved many things. He could add. He could sound out words. He understood concepts like bigger, smaller, more, fewer, and none. He was capable of thought and intention. Together, Alex and Irene uncovered a startling reality: We live in a world populated by thinking, conscious creatures.</p><p>The fame that resulted was extraordinary. Yet there was a side to their relationship that never made the papers. They were emotionally connected to one another. They shared a deep bond far beyond science. Alex missed Irene when she was away. He was jealous when she paid attention to other parrots, or even people. He liked to show her who was boss. He loved to dance. He sometimes became bored by the repetition of his tests, and played jokes on her. Sometimes they sniped at each other. Yet nearly every day, they each said, "I love you." </p><p>Alex and Irene stayed together through thick and thin—despite sneers from experts, extraordinary financial sacrifices, and a nomadic existence from one univer­sity to another. The story of their thirty-year adventure is equally a landmark of scientific achievement and of an unforgettable human-animal bond.</p>
The Truth About Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Othe...
by Lucy Cooke

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

April 17, 2018

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<div><b>Mary Roach meets Bill Bryson in this "surefire summer winner" (Janet Maslin, <i>New York Times</i>), an </b><b >uproarious tour of the basest instincts and biggest mysteries of the animal world</b></div><div><br /></div><div>Humans have gone to the Moon and discovered the Higgs boson, but when it comes to understanding animals, we've still got a long way to go. Whether we're seeing a viral video of romping baby pandas or a picture of penguins "holding hands," it's hard for us not to project our own values--innocence, fidelity, temperance, hard work--onto animals. So you've probably never considered if moose get drunk, penguins cheat on their mates, or worker ants lay about. They do--and that's just for starters. In <i>The Truth About Animals</i>, Lucy Cooke takes us on a worldwide journey to meet everyone from a Colombian hippo castrator to a Chinese panda porn peddler, all to lay bare the secret--and often hilarious--habits of the animal kingdom. Charming and at times downright weird, this modern bestiary is perfect for anyone who has ever suspected that virtue might be unnatural.</div><div><br /></div>
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
by Nathaniel Philbrick

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English

Pages

338

Publication Date

May 01, 2001

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<b>From the author of the forthcoming book, <i>Valiant Ambition</i>, the riveting and critically acclaimed bestseller, soon to be a major motion picture starring Chris Hemsworth, directed by Ron Howard, premiering on December 11, 2015<br /><br /></b>Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson will star in a new film based on this National Book Award–winning account of the true events behind <i>Moby Dick</i>.<br /><br />In 1820, the whaleship <i>Essex </i>was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale, leaving the desperate crew to drift for more than ninety days in three tiny boats. Nathaniel Philbrick uses little-known documents and vivid details about the Nantucket whaling tradition to reveal the chilling facts of this infamous maritime disaster. <i>In the Heart of the Sea</i>—and now, its epic adaptation for the screen—will forever place the <i>Essex </i>tragedy in the American historical canon.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last Tr...
by Michael Finkel

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English

Pages

225

Publication Date

March 07, 2017

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<b>Many people dream of escaping modern life, but most will never act on it. This is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years, making this dream a reality—not out of anger at the world, but simply because he preferred to live on his own.</b> <br /><br /><b>A <i>New York Times</i> bestseller</b><br /><br />In 1986, a shy and intelligent twenty-year-old named Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the forest. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later, when he was arrested for stealing food. Living in a tent even through brutal winters, he had survived by his wits and courage, developing ingenious ways to store edibles and water, and to avoid freezing to death. He broke into nearby cottages for food, clothing, reading material, and other provisions, taking only what he needed but terrifying a community never able to solve the mysterious burglaries. Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself, this is a vividly detailed account of his secluded life—why did he leave? what did he learn?—as well as the challenges he has faced since returning to the world. It is a gripping story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude, community, and what makes a good life, and a deeply moving portrait of a man who was determined to live his own way, and succeeded.
Flat Broke with Two Goats: A Memoir
by Jennifer McGaha

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English

Pages

370

Publication Date

January 23, 2018

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<p><strong>When life gets your goat, bring in the herd</strong></p><p>Jennifer McGaha never expected to own a goat named Merle. Or to be setting Merle up on dates and naming his doeling Merlene. She didn't expect to be buying organic yogurt for her chickens. She never thought she would be pulling camouflage carpet off her ceiling or rescuing opossums from her barn and calling it "date night." Most importantly, Jennifer never thought she would only have $4.57 in her bank account.</p><p>When Jennifer discovered that she and her husband owed back taxes—a lot of back taxes—her world changed. Now desperate to save money, they foreclosed on their beloved suburban home and moved their family to a one-hundred-year-old cabin in a North Carolina holler. Soon enough, Jennifer's life began to more closely resemble her Appalachian ancestors than her upper-middle-class upbringing. But what started as a last-ditch effort to settle debts became a journey that revealed both the joys and challenges of living close to the land.</p><p>Told with bold wit, unflinching honesty, and a firm foot in the traditions of Appalachia, <em>Flat Broke with Two Goats</em> blends stories of homesteading with the journey of two people rediscovering the true meaning of home.<br /></p>
Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food
by Paul Greenberg

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English

Pages

302

Publication Date

July 08, 2010

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<b>"A necessary book for anyone truly interested in what we take from the sea to eat, and how, and why." -Sam Sifton, <i>The New York Times Book Review</i>. </b> <br /><br /><b>Acclaimed author of <i>American Catch</i> and <i>The Omega Princple</i> and life-long fisherman, Paul Greenberg takes us on a journey, examining the four fish that dominate our menus: salmon, sea bass, cod, and tuna</b>.<br /><br /> Investigating the forces that get fish to our dinner tables, Greenberg reveals our damaged relationship with the ocean and its inhabitants. Just three decades ago, nearly everything we ate from the sea was wild. Today, rampant overfishing and an unprecedented biotech revolution have brought us to a point where wild and farmed fish occupy equal parts of a complex marketplace.<br /><br /> <i>Four Fish</i> offers a way for us to move toward a future in which healthy and sustainable seafood is the rule rather than the exception.
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder ...
by Sy Montgomery

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English

Pages

273

Publication Date

July 12, 2016

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<b>Finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction</b><BR> <BR> <b><i>New York Times </i></b><b>Bestseller</b><BR> <BR> <b>“Sy Montgomery’s <i>The Soul of an Octopus</i> does for the creature what Helen Macdonald’s <i>H Is for Hawk</i> did for raptors.” —<i>New Statesman</i>, UK</b><BR> <BR> <b>Starred <i>Booklist</i> and <i>Library Journal </i>Editors’ Spring Pick</b><BR> <BR> <b>“One of the best science books of the year” —<i>Science Friday</i>, NPR</b><BR> <BR> <b>A <i>Huffington Post</i> Notable Nonfiction Book of the Year</b><BR> <BR> <b>One of the Best Books of the Month on <i>Goodreads</i></b><BR> <BR> <b><i>Library Journal </i></b><b>Best Sci-Tech Book of 2015</b><BR> <BR> <b>An American Library Association Notable Book of the Year</b><BR> <BR> Another <i>New York Times</i> bestseller from the author of <i>The Good Good Pig</i>, this “fascinating…touching…informative…entertaining” (<i>Daily Beast</i>) book explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus—a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature—and the remarkable connections it makes with humans.<BR><BR>In pursuit of the wild, solitary, predatory octopus, popular naturalist Sy Montgomery has practiced true immersion journalism. From New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, she has befriended octopuses with strikingly different personalities—gentle Athena, assertive Octavia, curious Kali, and joyful Karma. Each creature shows her cleverness in myriad ways: escaping enclosures like an orangutan; jetting water to bounce balls; and endlessly tricking companions with multiple “sleights of hand” to get food.<BR> <BR>Scientists have only recently accepted the intelligence of dogs, birds, and chimpanzees but now are watching octopuses solve problems and are trying to decipher the meaning of the animal’s color-changing techniques. With her “joyful passion for these intelligent and fascinating creatures” (<i>Library Journal</i> Editors’ Spring Pick), Montgomery chronicles the growing appreciation of this mollusk as she tells a unique love story. By turns funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, <i>The Soul of an Octopus </i>reveals what octopuses can teach us about the meeting of two very different minds.
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit ...
by Richard Louv

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English

Pages

414

Publication Date

April 22, 2008

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<DIV><B>“The children and nature movement is fueled by this fundamental idea: the child in nature is an endangered species, and the health of children and the health of the Earth are inseparable.” —Richard Louv, from the new edition</B><BR /><BR /> In his landmark work <I>Last Child in the Woods, </I>Richard Louv brought together cutting-edge studies that pointed to direct exposure to nature as essential for a child’s healthy physical and emotional development. Now this new edition updates the growing body of evidence linking the lack of nature in children’s lives and the rise in obesity, attention disorders, and depression. Louv’s message has galvanized an international back-to-nature campaign to “Leave No Child Inside.” His book will change the way you think about our future and the future of our children.<BR /><BR /> “[The] national movement to ‘leave no child inside’ . . . has been the focus of Capitol Hill hearings, state legislative action, grass-roots projects, a U.S. Forest Service initiative to get more children into the woods and a national effort to promote a ‘green hour’ in each day. . . . The increased activism has been partly inspired by a best-selling book, <I>Last Child in the Woods,</I> and its author, Richard Louv.” —<I>The Washington Post</I><BR /><BR /> “<I>Last Child in the Woods,</I> which describes a generation so plugged into electronic diversions that it has lost its connection to the natural world, is helping drive a movement quickly flourishing across the nation.” —<I>The Nation’s Health</I><BR /><BR />  “This book is an absolute must-read for parents.” —<I>The Boston Globe</I><BR />  </DIV><DIV>Now includes<BR /><B>A Field Guide with 100 Practical Actions We Can Take <BR /> Discussion Points for Book Groups, Classrooms, and Communities <BR /> Additional Notes by the Author <BR /> New and Updated Research from the U.S. and Abroad</B></DIV>
Hunt for the Skinwalker: Science Confronts the Unexplained at a R...
by , George Knapp

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

December 06, 2005

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The author of the controversial bestseller <I>Brain Trust</I> brings his scientific expertise to the chilling true story of unexplained phenomena on Utah's Skinwalker Ranch -- and challenges us with a new vision of reality.<BR><BR>For more than fifty years, the bizarre events at a remote Utah ranch have ranged from the perplexing to the wholly terrifying. Vanishing and mutilated cattle. Unidentified Flying Objects. The appearance of huge, otherworldly creatures. Invisible objects emitting magnetic fields with the power to spark a cattle stampede. Flying orbs of light with dazzling maneuverability and lethal consequences. For one family, life on the Skinwalker Ranch had become a life under siege by an unknown enemy or enemies. Nothing else could explain the horrors that surrounded them -- perhaps science could.<BR> <BR> Leading a first-class team of research scientists on a disturbing odyssey into the unknown, Colm Kelleher spent hundreds of days and nights on the Skinwalker property and experienced firsthand many of its haunting mysteries. With investigative reporter George Knapp -- the only journalist allowed to witness and document the team's work -- Kelleher chronicles in superb detail the spectacular happenings the team observed personally, and the theories of modern physics behind the phenomena. Far from the coldly detached findings one might expect, their conclusions are utterly hair-raising in their implications. Opening a door to the unseen world around us, <I>Hunt for the Skinwalker</I> is a clarion call to expand our vision far beyond what we know.
The Beekeeper's Lament: How One Man and Half a Billion Honey Bees...
by Hannah Nordhaus

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English

Pages

291

Publication Date

May 24, 2011

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<p>“You’llnever think of bees, their keepers, or the fruits (and nuts) of their laborsthe same way again.” —Trevor Corson, author of <em>The Secret Life of Lobsters</em><p>Award-winning journalist Hannah Nordhaus tells the remarkable story of John Miller, one of America’s foremost migratory beekeepers, and the myriad and mysterious epidemics threatening American honeybee populations. In luminous, razor-sharp prose, Nordhaus explores the vital role that honeybees play in American agribusiness, the maintenance of our food chain, and the very future of the nation. With an intimate focus and incisive reporting, in a book perfect for fans of Eric Schlosser’s <em>Fast Food Nation</em>, Michael Pollan’s <em>The Botany of Desire</em>,and John McPhee’s <em>Oranges,</em> Nordhaus’s stunning exposé illuminates one the most critical issues facing the world today,offering insight, information, and, ultimately, hope.

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