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A new book from Connors is always welcome, and A Song for the River--both an elegy for lost friends and a biography of New Mexico's beautiful Gila river--delivers more of what made his previous efforts so compelling: humanity, lyricism, and top-notch nature writing. --Jon Foro, Amazon Book Review Best Nonfiction ...
A Song for the River
A new book from Connors is always welcome, and A Song for the River--both an elegy for lost friends and a biography of New Mexico's beautiful Gila river--delivers more of what made his previous efforts so compelling: humanity, lyricism, and top-notch nature writing. --Jon Foro, Amazon Book Review Best Nonfiction of 2018 From one of the last fire lookouts in America comes this sequel to the award-winning Fire Season--a story of calamity and resilience in the world's first Wilderness. A dozen years into his dream job keeping watch over the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico, Philip Connors bore witness to the wildfire he had always feared: a conflagration that forced him off his mountain by helicopter, and changed forever the forest and watershed he loved. It was merely one of many transformations that arrived in quick succession, not just fire and flood but illness, divorce, the death of a fellow lookout in a freak accident, and a tragic plane crash that rocked the community he called home. At its core an elegy for a friend he cherished like a brother, A Song for the River opens into celebration of a landscape redolent with meaning--and the river that runs through it. Connors channels the voices of the voiceless in a praise song of great urgency, and makes a plea to save a vital piece of our natural and cultural heritage: the wild Gila River, whose waters are threatened by a potential dam. Brimming with vivid characters and beautiful evocations of the landscape, A Song for the River carries the story of the Gila Wilderness forward to the present precarious moment, and manages to find green shoots everywhere sprouting from the ash. Its argument on behalf of things wild and free could not be more timely, and its goal is nothing less than permanent protection for that rarest of things in the American West, a free-flowing river--the sinuous and gorgeous Gila. It must not perish.
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24.100000 USD

A Song for the River

by Philip Connors
Hardback
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Have you ever wondered about society's desire to cultivate the perfect lawn, why we view some animals as good and some as bad, or even thought about the bits of nature inside everyday items-toothbrushes, cell phones, and coffee mugs? In this fresh and introspective collection of essays, Julia Corbett examines ...
Out of the Woods: Seeing Nature in the Everyday
Have you ever wondered about society's desire to cultivate the perfect lawn, why we view some animals as good and some as bad, or even thought about the bits of nature inside everyday items-toothbrushes, cell phones, and coffee mugs? In this fresh and introspective collection of essays, Julia Corbett examines nature in our lives with all of its ironies and contradictions by seamlessly integrating personal narratives with morsels of highly digestible science and research. Each story delves into an overlooked aspect of our relationship with nature-insects, garbage, backyards, noise, open doors, animals, and language-and how we cover our tracks. With a keen sense of irony and humor and an awareness of the miraculous in the mundane, Corbett recognizes the contradictions of contemporary life. She confronts the owner of a high-end market who insists on keeping his doors open in all temperatures, and takes us on a trip to a new mall with a replica of a trout stream that once flowed nearby. The phrase out of the woods guides us through layers of meaning to a contemplation of grief, remembrance, and resilience. Out of the Woods leads to surprising insights into the products, practices, and phrases we take for granted in our everyday encounters with nature and encourages us all to consider how we might revalue or reimagine our relationships with nature in our everyday lives.
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18.850000 USD

Out of the Woods: Seeing Nature in the Everyday

by Julia Corbett
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In his latest book, Mesquite, Gary Paul Nabhan employs humor and contemplative reflection to convince readers that they have never really glimpsed the essence of what he calls arboreality. As a Franciscan brother and ethnobotanist who has often mixed mirth with earth, laughter with landscape, food with frolic, Nabhan now ...
Mesquite: An Arboreal Love Affair
In his latest book, Mesquite, Gary Paul Nabhan employs humor and contemplative reflection to convince readers that they have never really glimpsed the essence of what he calls arboreality. As a Franciscan brother and ethnobotanist who has often mixed mirth with earth, laughter with landscape, food with frolic, Nabhan now takes on a large, many-branched question: What does it means to be a tree, or, accordingly, to be in a deep and intimate relationship with one? To answer this question, Nabhan does not disappear into a forest but exposes himself to some of the most austere hyper-arid terrain on the planet the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts along the US/Mexico border where even the most ancient perennial plants are not tall and thin, but stunted and squat. There, in desert regions that cover more than a third of our continent, mesquite trees have become the staff of life, not just for indigenous cultures, but for myriad creatures, many of which respond to these nurse plants in wildly intelligent and symbiotic ways. In this landscape, where Nabhan claims that nearly every surviving being either sticks, stinks, stings, or sings, he finds more lives thriving than you could ever shake a stick at. As he weaves his arid yarns, we suddenly realize that our normal view of the world has been turned on its head: where we once saw scarcity, there is abundance; where we once perceived severity, there is whimsy. Desert cultures that we once assumed lived in food deserts are secretly savoring a most delicious world. Drawing on his half-century of immersion in desert ethnobotany, ecology, linguistics, agroforestry, and eco-gastronomy, Nabhan opens up for us a hidden world that we had never glimpsed before. Along the way, he explores the sensuous reality surrounding this most useful and generous tree. Mesquite is a book that will delight mystics and foresters, naturalists and foodies. It combines cutting-edge science with a generous sprinkling of humor and folk wisdom, even including traditional recipes for cooking with mesquite.
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28.99 USD

Mesquite: An Arboreal Love Affair

by Gary Paul Nabhan
Hardback
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For thirty years, Brian Brett shared his office and his life with Tuco, a remarkable parrot given to asking such questions as Whaddya know? and announcing Party time! when guests showed up at Brett's farm. Although Brett bought Tuco on a whim as a pet, he gradually realizes the enormous ...
Tuco and the Scattershot World: A Life with Birds
For thirty years, Brian Brett shared his office and his life with Tuco, a remarkable parrot given to asking such questions as Whaddya know? and announcing Party time! when guests showed up at Brett's farm. Although Brett bought Tuco on a whim as a pet, he gradually realizes the enormous obligation he has to the bird and learns that the parrot is a lot more complex than he thought. Simultaneously a biography of this singular bird and a history of bird/dinosaurs and the human relationship with birds, Tuco also explores how we other the world--abusing birds, landscapes, and each other--including Brett's own experience with a rare genetic condition that turned his early years into an obstacle course of bullying and nurtured his affinity for winged creatures. The book also provides an in-depth examination of our ideas about knowledge, language, and intelligence (including commentary from Tuco himself) and how as we learn more about animal languages and intelligence we continually shift our definitions of them in order to retain our superiority. As Brett says, Whaddya know? Not much. I don't even know what knowledge is. I know only the magic . . . and the mysteries. By turns provocative, profound, hilarious, and deeply moving, this fascinating memoir will remain with the reader long after the last page has been turned.
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17.05 USD

Tuco and the Scattershot World: A Life with Birds

by Brian Brett
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Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses
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26.240000 USD

Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses

by Robin Wall Kimmerer
CD-Audio
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One Man's Wilderness, 50th Anniversary Edition: An Alaskan Odyssey
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20.990000 USD

One Man's Wilderness, 50th Anniversary Edition: An Alaskan Odyssey

by Sam Keith, Richard Louis Proenneke
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First Wilderness, Revised Edition: My Quest in the Territory of Alaska
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20.990000 USD

First Wilderness, Revised Edition: My Quest in the Territory of Alaska

by Sam Keith
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About Orchids
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13.640000 USD

About Orchids

by Frederick Boyle
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Business Hints for Men and Women
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12.590000 USD

Business Hints for Men and Women

by Alfred Rochefort Calhoun
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Treatises on Friendship and Old Age
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8.390000 USD

Treatises on Friendship and Old Age

by Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Table-Talk
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34.060000 USD

Table-Talk

by William Hazlitt
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Walden
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24.140000 USD

Walden

by Henry David Thoreau
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The Federalist Papers
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49.340000 USD

The Federalist Papers

by Alexander Hamilton
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About London
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13.640000 USD

About London

by James Ewing Ritchie
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2019 Pink Floral Planner: Daily Weekly Monthly Calendar Planner 12 Months Jan - Dec 2019 for Academic Agenda Schedule Organizer Logbook and Journal Notebook Planners with to Do List Flowers Cover
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7.340000 USD

2019 Pink Floral Planner: Daily Weekly Monthly Calendar Planner 12 Months Jan - Dec 2019 for Academic Agenda Schedule Organizer Logbook and Journal Notebook Planners with to Do List Flowers Cover

by Cynthia T Nicholson
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Strong Hills: Tales from the Mountains
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10.500000 USD

Strong Hills: Tales from the Mountains

by Mac Griffith
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Adventures of a Wandering Naturalist
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14.690000 USD

Adventures of a Wandering Naturalist

by Peter D Capen
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Walden
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16.790000 USD

Walden

by Henry David Thoreau
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Walden
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7.340000 USD

Walden

by Henry David Thoreau
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Wonderful Dog: Journal, Planner, Notebook to Keep Your Dog's Life Records in One Place
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8.400000 USD

Wonderful Dog: Journal, Planner, Notebook to Keep Your Dog's Life Records in One Place

by Mary Hirose
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Wonderful Dog: Journal, Planner, Notebook to Keep Your Dog's Life Records in One Place
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8.400000 USD

Wonderful Dog: Journal, Planner, Notebook to Keep Your Dog's Life Records in One Place

by Mary Hirose
Paperback / softback
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Wonderful Dog: Journal, Planner, Notebook to Keep Your Dog's Life Records in One Place
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8.400000 USD

Wonderful Dog: Journal, Planner, Notebook to Keep Your Dog's Life Records in One Place

by Mary Hirose
Paperback / softback
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Wonderful Dog: Journal, Planner, Notebook to Keep Your Dog's Life Records in One Place
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8.400000 USD

Wonderful Dog: Journal, Planner, Notebook to Keep Your Dog's Life Records in One Place

by Mary Hirose
Paperback / softback
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Wonderful Dog: Journal, Planner, Notebook to Keep Your Dog's Life Records in One Place
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8.400000 USD

Wonderful Dog: Journal, Planner, Notebook to Keep Your Dog's Life Records in One Place

by Mary Hirose
Paperback / softback
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Wonderful Dog: Journal, Planner, Notebook to Keep Your Dog's Life Records in One Place
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8.400000 USD

Wonderful Dog: Journal, Planner, Notebook to Keep Your Dog's Life Records in One Place

by Mary Hirose
Paperback / softback
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