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Salt: A World History
by Mark Kurlansky

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English

Pages

494

Publication Date

January 28, 2003

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<p><b>An unlikely world history from the bestselling author of <i>Cod </i> and <i>The Basque History of the World<br /><br /></i></b>In his fifth work of nonfiction, Mark Kurlansky turns his attention to a common household item with a long and intriguing history: salt. The only rock we eat, salt has shaped civilization from the very beginning, and its story is a glittering, often surprising part of the history of humankind. A substance so valuable it served as currency, salt has influenced the establishment of trade routes and cities, provoked and financed wars, secured empires, and inspired revolutions.聽 Populated by colorful characters and filled with an unending series of fascinating details, <b><i>Salt</i>聽</b>is a supremely entertaining, multi-layered masterpiece.</p>
Cry of the Kalahari
by , Delia Owens

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English

Pages

384

Publication Date

April 22, 2014

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<p><b>鈥淎 remarkable story beautifully told鈥mong such classics as Goodall鈥檚 <i>In the Shadow of Man </i>and Fossey鈥檚 <i>Gorillas in the Mist</i>.鈥濃€?lt;i>Chicago Tribune</i></b><br /><br /> Carrying little more than a change of clothes and a pair of binoculars, two young Americans, Mark and Delia Owens, caught a plane to Africa, bought a thirdhand Land Rover, and drove deep into the Kalahari Desert. There they lived for seven years, in an unexplored area with no roads, no people, and no source of water for thousands of square miles. In this vast wilderness the Owenses began their zoology research, working along animals that had never before been exposed to humans.<br /><br /> An international bestseller, Cry of the Kalahari is the story of the Owenses鈥檚 life with lions, brown hyenas, jackals, giraffes, and the many other creatures they came to know. It is also a gripping account of how they survived the dangers of living in one of the last and largest pristine areas on Earth.</p>
Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers...
by , Amanda Padoan

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English

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321

Publication Date

June 11, 2012

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<p><strong>Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award and the Banff Mountain Book Award for Mountain Literature<br /><br /><br /><br />"Gripping, intense鈥?lt;em>Buried in the Sky</em> will satisfy anyone who loved [<em>Into Thin Air</em>]." 鈥擪ate Tuttle, <em>Boston Globe</em></strong></p><br /><p>When eleven climbers died on K2 in 2008, two Sherpas survived. Their astonishing tale became the stuff of mountaineering legend. This white-knuckle adventure follows the Sherpas from their remote villages in Nepal to the peak of the world鈥檚 most dangerous mountain, recounting one of the most dramatic disasters in alpine history from a fascinating new perspective.</p><br /><p>Winner of the NCTE George Orwell Award and an official selection of the American Alpine Club Book Club.</p>
Primitive Technology: A Survivalist's Guide to Building Tools, Sh...
by John Plant

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English

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164

Publication Date

October 29, 2019

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<b>From the craftsman behind the popular YouTube channel聽<i>Primitive Technology</i>聽comes a practical guide to building huts and tools using only natural materials from the wild.<br /><br /> </b>John Plant, the man behind the channel,聽<i>Primitive Technology</i>, is a bonafide YouTube star. With almost 10 million subscribers and an average of 5 million views per video, John's channel is beloved by a wide-ranging fan base, from campers and preppers to hipster woodworkers and craftsmen. Now for the first time, fans will get a detailed, behind-the-scenes look into John's process. Featuring 50 projects with step-by-step instructions on how to make tools, weapons, shelters, pottery, clothing, and more,聽<i>Primitive Technology聽</i>is the ultimate guide to the craft. Each project is accompanied by illustrations as well as mini-sidebars with the history behind each item, plus helpful tips for building, material sourcing, and so forth. Whether you're a wilderness aficionado or just eager to spend more time outdoors,聽<i>Primitive Technology</i>聽has something for everyone's inner nature lover.
The Facts of the Matter: Looking Past Today's Rhetoric on the Env...
by David Parish

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English

Pages

200

Publication Date

August 31, 2018

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<div><b>Amazon Best Seller and #1 New Release in Green Business</b></div><div><b>Amazon Best Seller in Conservation</b></div><b>Amazon Best Seller in Energy Policy</b><div></div><div><b><br />Too Green to Be True?</b><br /><br />Does all the positive press about hybrid cars, alternative fuels, and the next ''green'' must-have product sound too good to be true? Well, maybe it is.<br /><br />In The Facts of the Matter, Alaskan author David Parish provides a clear explanation of the environmental, technology, energy, and resources issues we face and shows how readers can move politicians, regulators, environmental groups, media, and businesses to truly take the action society needs to prosper.<br /><br />Parish helps readers cut through the noise and focus on an optimistic approach to green issues. He argues that the best way to conserve the planet and ourselves is the natural convergence of smart natural resource development with improving the lives of the growing population. The Facts of the Matter is the basis for a conversation, based on solutions rather than rhetoric, and will cause a rethinking of our biases--to the benefit of the greater good. </div>
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit ...
by Richard Louv

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English

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414

Publication Date

April 22, 2008

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聽<b>The Book That Launched an International Movement</b><br /> 聽<br /><b>鈥淎n absolute must-read for parents.鈥?鈥?lt;i>The Boston Globe</i></b><br /> 聽<br /><b>鈥淚t rivals Rachel Carson鈥檚聽<i>Silent Spring</i>.鈥?鈥?lt;i>The Cincinnati Enquirer</i></b><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淚 like to play indoors better 鈥檆ause that鈥檚 where all the electrical outlets are,鈥?reports a fourth grader. But it鈥檚 not only computers, television, and video games that are keeping kids inside. It鈥檚 also their parents鈥?fears of traffic, strangers, Lyme disease, and West Nile virus; their schools鈥?emphasis on more and more homework; their structured schedules; and their lack of access to natural areas. Local governments, neighborhood associations, and even organizations devoted to the outdoors are placing legal and regulatory constraints on many wild spaces, sometimes making natural play a crime.<br /><br /> As children鈥檚 connections to nature diminish and the social, psychological, and spiritual implications become apparent, new research shows that nature can offer powerful therapy for such maladies as depression, obesity, and attention deficit disorder. Environment-based education dramatically improves standardized test scores and grade-point averages and develops skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and decision making. Anecdotal evidence strongly suggests that childhood experiences in nature stimulate creativity.<br /><br /> In <i>Last Child in the Woods</i>, Louv talks with parents, children, teachers, scientists, religious leaders, child-development researchers, and environmentalists who recognize the threat and offer solutions. Louv shows us an alternative future, one in which parents help their kids experience the natural world more deeply鈥攁nd find the joy of family connectedness in the process.<br /> 聽Now includes<br /><b>A Field Guide with 100 Practical Actions We Can Take鈥?lt;br /> Discussion Points for Book Groups, Classrooms, and Communities鈥?lt;br /> Additional Notes by the Author鈥?lt;br /> New and Updated Research from the U.S. and Abroad</b><br /> 聽聽
Eating Animals
by Jonathan Safran Foer

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English

Pages

353

Publication Date

October 14, 2009

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<b>Part memoir and part investigative report, <i>Eating Animals </i>is a groundbreaking moral examination of vegetarianism, farming, and the food we eat every day that inspired the documentary of the same name.</b><br /><br />Bestselling author Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his life oscillating between enthusiastic carnivore and occasional vegetarian. For years he was content to live with uncertainty about his own dietary choices-but once he started a family, the moral dimensions of food became increasingly important.<br /><br />Faced with the prospect of being unable to explain why we eat some animals and not others, Foer set out to explore the origins of many eating traditions and the fictions involved with creating them. Traveling to the darkest corners of our dining habits, Foer raises the unspoken question behind every fish we eat, every chicken we fry, and every burger we grill.<br /><br />A must-read for anyone who cares about building a more humane and healthy world, <i>Eating Animals</i> is a book that, in the words of the <i>Los Angeles Times</i>, places Jonathan Safran Foer "at the table with our greatest philosophers."
DANCING WITH DEATH: An Epic and Inspiring Travel Adventure
by Jean-Philippe Soul茅

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English

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398

Publication Date

January 14, 2019

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鈥淎n unforgettable escapade of ultimate danger and discovery鈥︹€?lt;br />- Readers' Favorite <br /><br />Fans of Jon Krakauer will devour this gripping tale of adventure, <br />survival, and a search for life鈥檚 deeper meaning.<br /><br />Two men, three years, seven countries, 3000 miles鈥?lt;br /><br />The Central American Sea Kayak Expedition 2000 is an inspiring journey of exploration, endurance, and self-discovery that takes Jean-Philippe Soul茅 and his traveling partner Luke Shullenberger from Baja California all the way to Panama.<br /><br />During this unfathomably grueling expedition, they face every manner of threat, from sharks, crocodiles, and bandits to stormy seas, malaria, and their own mortality鈥攁ll in search of a deeper connection to Mother Nature and the indigenous people who revere her most.<br /><br />This riveting memoir of physical and emotional endurance will leave you breathless as you experience their victories, misfortunes and sacrifices. An evocative, gripping narrative coupled with award-winning photographs that is a must-read for those who love travel, outdoor adventure, and cultural exploration鈥攁nd for the dreamers who've been told they can't, but stubbornly refuse to listen.
Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consci...
by Peter Godfrey-Smith

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English

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271

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December 06, 2016

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<p>Although mammals and birds are widely regarded as the smartest creatures on earth, it has lately become clear that a very distant branch of the tree of life has also sprouted higher intelligence: the cephalopods, consisting of the squid, the cuttlefish, and above all the octopus. In captivity, octopuses have been known to identify individual human keepers, raid neighboring tanks for food, turn off lightbulbs by spouting jets of water, plug drains, and make daring escapes. How is it that a creature with such gifts evolved through an evolutionary lineage so radically distant from our own? What does it mean that evolution built minds not once but at least twice? The octopus is the closest we will come to meeting an intelligent alien. What can we learn from the encounter? </p><p>In <i>Other Minds</i>, Peter Godfrey-Smith, a distinguished philosopher of science and a skilled scuba diver, tells a bold new story of how subjective experience crept into being鈥攈ow nature became aware of itself. As Godfrey-Smith stresses, it is a story that largely occurs in the ocean, where animals first appeared. Tracking the mind鈥檚 fitful development, Godfrey-Smith shows how unruly clumps of seaborne cells began living together and became capable of sensing, acting, and signaling. As these primitive organisms became more entangled with others, they grew more complicated. The first nervous systems evolved, probably in ancient relatives of jellyfish; later on, the cephalopods, which began as inconspicuous mollusks, abandoned their shells and rose above the ocean floor, searching for prey and acquiring the greater intelligence needed to do so. Taking an independent route, mammals and birds later began their own evolutionary journeys. </p><p>But what kind of intelligence do cephalopods possess? Drawing on the latest scientific research and his own scuba-diving adventures, Godfrey-Smith probes the many mysteries that surround the lineage. How did the octopus, a solitary creature with little social life, become so smart? What is it like to have eight tentacles that are so packed with neurons that they virtually 鈥渢hink for themselves鈥? What happens when some octopuses abandon their hermit-like ways and congregate, as they do in a unique location off the coast of Australia?</p><p>By tracing the question of inner life back to its roots and comparing human beings with our most remarkable animal relatives, Godfrey-Smith casts crucial new light on the octopus mind鈥攁nd on our own.</p>
Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country
by Pam Houston

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English

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302

Publication Date

January 29, 2019

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<p><strong>"How do we become who we are in the world? We ask the world to teach us."</strong></p><br /><p>On her 120-acre homestead high in the Colorado Rockies, beloved writer Pam Houston learns what it means to care for a piece of land and the creatures on it. Elk calves and bluebirds mark the changing seasons, winter temperatures drop to 35 below, and lightning sparks a 110,000-acre wildfire, threatening her century-old barn and all its inhabitants. Through her travels from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska, she explores what ties her to the earth, the ranch most of all. Alongside her devoted Irish wolfhounds and a spirited troupe of horses, donkeys, and Icelandic sheep, the ranch becomes Houston鈥檚 sanctuary, a place where she discovers how the natural world has mothered and healed her after a childhood of horrific parental abuse and neglect.</p><br /><p>In essays as lucid and invigorating as mountain air, <em>Deep Creek</em> delivers Houston鈥檚 most profound meditations yet on how "to live simultaneously inside the wonder and the grief鈥o love the damaged world and do what I can to help it thrive."</p>

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