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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.
Inside Animal Hearts and Minds: Bears That Count, Goats That Surf...
by Belinda Recio

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English

Pages

178

Publication Date

August 01, 2017

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<div>As Charles Darwin suggested more than a century ago, the differences between animals and humans are “of degree and not of kind.” Not long ago, ethologists denied that animals had emotions or true intelligence. Now, we know that rats laugh when tickled, magpies mourn as they cover the departed with greenery, female whales travel thousands of miles for annual reunions with their gal pals, seals navigate by the stars, bears hum when happy, and crows slide down snowy rooftops for fun.<BR><br /><BR>In engaging text, photographs, and infographics, <I>Inside Animal Hearts and Minds</I> showcases fascinating and heart-warming examples of animal emotion and cognition that will foster wonder and empathy. Learn about an orangutan who does “macramé,” monkeys that understand the concept of money, and rats that choose friendship over food. Even language, math, and logic are no longer exclusive to humans. Prairie dogs have their own complex vocabularies to describe human intruders, parrots name their chicks, sea lions appear capable of deductive thinking akin to a ten-year-old child’s, and bears, lemurs, parrots, and other animals demonstrate numerical cognition.<br /><br /><BR>In a world where a growing body of scientific research is closing the gap between the human and non-human, <I>Inside Animal Hearts and Minds</I> invites us to change the way we view animals, the world, and our place in it.<BR><br /></div>
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>
The Death and Life of the Great Lakes
by Dan Egan

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English

Pages

381

Publication Date

March 07, 2017

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<p><em>New York Times</em> Bestseller<br /><br />Winner of the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> Book Prize<br /><br />Winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Award<br /><br /><br /><br />"Nimbly splices together history, science, reporting and personal experiences into a taut and cautiously hopeful narrative.… Egan’s book is bursting with life (and yes, death)." —Robert Moor, <em>New York Times Book Review</em></p><br /><p>The Great Lakes—Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario, and Superior—hold 20 percent of the world’s supply of surface fresh water and provide sustenance, work, and recreation for tens of millions of Americans. But they are under threat as never before, and their problems are spreading across the continent. <em>The Death and Life of the Great Lakes</em> is prize-winning reporter Dan Egan’s compulsively readable portrait of an ecological catastrophe happening right before our eyes, blending the epic story of the lakes with an examination of the perils they face and the ways we can restore and preserve them for generations to come.</p>
Run the Storm: A Savage Hurricane, a Brave Crew, and the Wreck of...
by George Michelsen Foy

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English

Pages

273

Publication Date

May 01, 2018

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“<b>The most insightful exploration of this unthinkable disaster.”</b><b> —<i>Outside</i></b><BR> <BR><b>“Here is the pitch-perfect pairing of subject and author, a gripping deconstruction of one of recent history’s most terrible and vexing sea tragedies…A meticulous forensic study that, in Foy’s able hands, rises to the level of literature.”</b> <b>—Hampton Sides</b><BR> <BR> <b>“Fans of <i>The Perfect Storm</i> and <i>Into Thin Air</i> will love this exquisitely written and dramatic book. George Foy has an action story that doesn’t quit.” —Doug Stanton</b><BR> <BR>In the bestselling tradition of <i>The Perfect Storm</i> and <i>The Finest Hours</i>, a harrowing true account of the mysterious disappearance of the SS <i>El Faro</i>, a gigantic American cargo ship that sank in the Bermuda Triangle, taking with it thirty-three lives.<BR><BR>On October 1, 2015, the SS <i>El Faro</i>, a massive American cargo ship that made regular runs between Jacksonville, Florida and Puerto Rico, delivering everything from deodorant to new Chevrolets, disappeared in Hurricane Joaquin, a category 4 storm. The ship, its hundreds of shipping containers, and its entire crew plummeted to the bottom of the ocean, three miles down. The sinking was the greatest seagoing US merchant marine shipping disaster since World War II. The massive ship had a seasoned crew, state-of-the-art navigation equipment, and advance warning of the storm. It seemed incomprehensible that such a ship could sink so suddenly. How, in this day and age, could something like this happen?<BR> <BR>The answer is that a ship as large as the <i>El Faro</i> doesn’t vanish for just one reason; it vanishes because many factors intersect—everything from hurricane-tracking algorithms to the decay of rubber gaskets on hatches to the arcane science of loading cargo containers to the psychology of a powerful ship’s captain. All of these factors and more came into play in the sinking of the <i>El Faro</i>.<BR> <BR>Relying on Coast Guard inquest hearings as well as on numerous interviews, George Michelsen Foy has crafted a brilliant account that brings to life the final voyage of <i>El Faro</i>, a story that lasts only a few days but which grows almost intolerably suspenseful as deep-rooted flaws leading to the disaster inexorably link together and worsen. We see captain, engineers, and crew fight for their lives, and hear their actual words (as recorded on the ship’s black box) while the hurricane relentlessly tightens its noose around the ship. We watch, minute by minute, all that is happening on board—the ship’s mysterious tilt to one side, worried calls to the engine room, ship-to-shore reports, the courage of the men and women as they fight to survive, and the berserk ocean’s savage consumption of the massive hull. And through it all, the pain and ultimate resilience of the families of <i>El Faro</i>’s crew. Meticulous and absolutely thrilling, <i>Run the Storm</i> is a masterwork of stunning power.
The Story of Sushi: An Unlikely Saga of Raw Fish and Rice
by Trevor Corson

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English

Pages

388

Publication Date

July 01, 2009

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<blockquote><p>Everything you never knew about sushi—its surprising origins, the colorful lives of its chefs, and the bizarre behavior of the creatures that compose it</p></blockquote><p>Trevor Corson takes us behind the scenes at America's first sushi-chef training academy, as eager novices strive to master the elusive art of cooking without cooking. He delves into the biology and natural history of the edible creatures of the sea, and tells the fascinating story of an Indo-Chinese meal reinvented in nineteenth-century Tokyo as a cheap fast food. He reveals the pioneers who brought sushi to the United States and explores how this unlikely meal is exploding into the American heartland just as the long-term future of sushi may be unraveling. </p><p><em>The Story of Sushi</em> is at once a compelling tale of human determination and a delectable smorgasbord of surprising food science, intrepid reporting, and provocative cultural history.</p>
Best Friends: The True Story of the World's Most Beloved Animal S...
by Samantha Glen

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English

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284

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February 01, 2001

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<DIV><B>Discover a place where every creature is safe and loved in the inspiring true story of Best Friends, the no-kill animal sanctuary in Angel Canyon, Utah.</B><BR />  <BR /> In the summer of 1982, a group of young men and women pooled every penny they had and bought three thousand acres of desert in Utah. It was to become the most famous no-kill animal sanctuary in the world—a haven for over two thousand furry and feathered friends, including:<BR />  <BR /> Sinjin, the badly burned black cat who survived to welcome others home; Victor, the abandoned Australian Shepherd mix who became the Godfather of dogs; Sparkles, the broken-down pack horse who comforts humans and animals; and then there’s Tyson and Tommy, two tiny black kittens who have something to teach us all . . .<BR />  <BR /> In <I>Best Friends</I>, you’ll fall in love with the animals and the people who share a special bond, whose enchanting adventures together will touch your heart with the true meaning of friendship.<BR />  <BR /><B>Includes an introduction by Mary Tyler Moore</B></DIV>
438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea
by Jonathan Franklin

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English

Pages

289

Publication Date

November 17, 2015

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“The best survival book in a decade” (<i>Outside</i> magazine), <i>438 Days</i> is the true story of the fisherman who survived fourteen months in a small boat drifting seven thousand miles across the Pacific Ocean.<BR><BR>On November 17, 2012, a pair of fishermen left the coast of Mexico for a weekend fishing trip in the open Pacific. That night, a violent storm ambushed them as they were fishing eighty miles offshore. As gale force winds and ten-foot waves pummeled their small, open boat from all sides and nearly capsized them, captain Salvador Alvarenga and his crewmate cut away a two-mile-long fishing line and began a desperate dash through crashing waves as they sought the safety of port.<BR> <BR>Fourteen months later, on January 30, 2014, Alvarenga, now a hairy, wild-bearded and half-mad castaway, washed ashore on a nearly deserted island on the far side of the Pacific. He could barely speak and was unable to walk. He claimed to have drifted from Mexico, a journey of some seven thousand miles.<BR> <BR><i>438 Days</i> is the first-ever account of one of the most amazing survival stories in modern times. Based on dozens of hours of exclusive interviews with Alvarenga, his colleagues, search-and-rescue officials, the remote islanders who found him, and the medical team that saved his life, <i>438 Days</i> is an unforgettable study of the resilience, will, ingenuity and determination required for one man to survive more than a year lost and adrift at sea.
The Egg and I
by Betty MacDonald

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English

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288

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November 01, 2016

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<p>When Betty MacDonald married a marine and moved to a small chicken farm on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, she was largely unprepared for the rigors of life in the wild. With no running water, no electricity, a house in need of constant repair, and days that ran from four in the morning to nine at night, the MacDonalds had barely a moment to put their feet up and relax. And then came the children. Yet through every trial and pitfall—through chaos and catastrophe—this indomitable family somehow, mercifully, never lost its sense of humor.</p><p>A beloved literary treasure for more than half a century, Betty MacDonald's <em>The Egg and I</em> is a heartwarming and uproarious account of adventure and survival on an American frontier.</p>
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>

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