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The Twenty-Ninth Day: Surviving a Grizzly Attack in the Canadian ...
by Alex Messenger

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English

Pages

272

Publication Date

November 12, 2019

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<p><b>Finalist for the 2020 Minnesota Book Award <br />An Outside Magazine Pick of Best Winter Books<br />A Midwest Indie Bestseller</b></p><br /><br /><p>A six-hundred-mile canoe trip in the Canadian wilderness is a seventeen-year-old鈥檚 dream adventure, but after he is mauled by a grizzly bear, it鈥檚 all about staying alive.</p><br /><br /><p>This true-life wilderness survival epic recounts seventeen-year-old Alex Messenger鈥檚 near-lethal encounter with a grizzly bear during a canoe trip in the Canadian tundra. The story follows Alex and his five companions as they paddle north through harrowing rapids and stunning terrain. Twenty-nine days into the trip, while out hiking alone, Alex is attacked by a barren-ground grizzly. Left for dead, he wakes to find that his summer adventure has become a struggle to stay alive. Over the next hours and days, Alex and his companions tend his wounds and use their resilience, ingenuity, and dogged perseverance to reach help at a remote village a thousand miles north of the US-Canadian border.</p><br /><br /><p><i>The Twenty-Ninth Day</i> is a coming-of-age story like no other, filled with inspiring subarctic landscapes, thrilling riverine paddling, and a trial by fire of the human spirit.</p>
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and ...
by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Language

English

Pages

410

Publication Date

September 16, 2013

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As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In <i>Braiding Sweetgrass</i>, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on 鈥渁 journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise鈥?(Elizabeth Gilbert).<br /><br /> Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings鈥攁sters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass鈥攐ffer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices. In reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return.
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate-Di...
by Peter Wohlleben

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English

Pages

290

Publication Date

September 13, 2016

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<p><strong>The first book in <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author Peter Wohlleben鈥檚 The Mysteries of Nature Trilogy. Book two, <em>The Inner Life of Animals</em>, is available now, and the third book, <em>The Secret Wisdom of Nature</em>, is coming in Spring 2019.</strong></p><br /><p>Are trees social beings? In this international bestseller, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland.<br /><br />After learning about the complex life of trees, a walk in the woods will never be the same again.<br /><br /><em>Includes a Note From a Forest Scientist, by Dr.Suzanne Simard</em></p><p><em>Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Institute.</em></p>
The Utterly, Completely, and Totally Useless Fact-O-Pedia: A Star...
by Charlotte Lowe

Language

English

Pages

321

Publication Date

January 17, 2011

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Did you know that cats were once used to deliver mail in Belgium? That the 鈥渉uddle鈥?in football became popular after a deaf player began using it to prevent other teams from reading his sign language? That the average American eats 30 pounds of cheese in a year? Organized from A to Z, there are over 1,000 trivia tidbits for you to peruse. <br /><br /> Start off with little-known facts about Aristotle and Barbie, and continue until you鈥檝e discovered hidden gems about zombies, zippers, and more! Did you know that Levi Strauss originally intended to sell canvas tents to miners in California but ended up using the fabric to make what the prospectors really needed鈥攑ants? Or that a chicken in Colorado had its head cut off and managed to live for another two years? Did you know that if Americans were to switch just 10 percent of their total mileage to scooters, we would consume 14 million gallons less fuel and reduce CO2 emissions by 324 million pounds in just one day? Or that on May 15th, 1950, Coca-Cola became the first product ever to appear on the cover of <i>Time</i> magazine?
Long Range Shooting Handbook: Complete Beginner's Guide to Long R...
by Ryan Cleckner

Language

English

Pages

250

Publication Date

February 01, 2016

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25% of this book's proceeds will be donated to two military charities: the Special Operation Warrior Foundation and the Sua Sponte Foundation.<br /><br />This book is the complete beginner's guide to long range shooting written in simple every-day language so that it's easy to follow. Included are personal tips and best advice from my years of special operations sniper schooling and experience, and as a sniper instructor.<br /><br />If you are an experienced shooter, this guide will be a resource covering the principles and theory of long range shooting. This is the preliminary book to help you understand fundamental concepts such as MOA vs Mils and external ballistics, that can be like a trusted resource at the range.<br /><br />Learning to shoot long range isn t that difficult. Once you understand the basics, you can start to master your technique and you ll be hitting targets in no time.<br /><br />The author has a series of online instructional videos known for their ability to take seemingly complex areas of long range shooting and breaking them down so that they're easy to understand. This book was motivated by the feedback from those videos.<br /><br />This book is the complete beginner's guide to long range shooting written in simple every-day language so that it's easy to follow. Included are personal tips and best advice from my years of special operations sniper schooling and experience, and as a sniper instructor. <br /><br />If you are an experienced shooter, this guide will be a resource covering the principles and theory of long range shooting. This is the preliminary book to help you understand fundamental concepts such as MOA vs Mils and external ballistics, that can be like a trusted resource at the range.<br /><br />Learning to shoot long range isn鈥檛 that difficult. Once you understand the basics, you can start to master your technique and you鈥檒l be hitting targets in no time. <br /><br />The author has a series of online instructional videos known for their ability to take seemingly complex areas of long range shooting and breaking them down so that they're easy to understand. This book was motivated by the feedback from those videos. <br /><br />The handbook is broken down into three main categories: What it is/How it works, Fundamentals, and How to use it. "What it is/How it works" covers equipment, terminology, and basic principles. "Fundamentals" covers the theory of long range shooting. "How to use it" gives you practical advice on how to implement what you've learned so far to make you a long range shooter.<br /><br />"Whether you're looking to dip a toe into the complex world of long range shooting, or you're a seasoned shooter with years of trigger time, Ryan Cleckner's book will prove to be excellent reference material. Well written and easy to understand, it covers all the essential topics that a well rounded shooter needs to master." --Iain Harrison, Editor, Recoil Magazine<br />
The Disaster Preparedness Handbook: A Guide for Families
by Arthur T. Bradley

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English

Pages

544

Publication Date

July 20, 2011

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<b>Let survival expert, Army veteran, NASA scientist help you and your family prepare for any kind of disaster鈥攆lood, civil unrest, hurricane, fire, war, earthquake.</b><br /><br />Ninety-nine percent of the time, the world spins like a top, the skies are clear, and your refrigerator is full of good food. But the world is a volatile place鈥攕torms rage, fires burn, and diseases spread. No one is ever completely safe. Humans live as part of a very complex ecosystem that is unpredictable and merciless. Could you protect your family in the case of an emergency鈥攄omestic or global?<br /><br />The <i>Disaster Preparedness Handbook</i> will help you to establish a practical disaster plan for your entire family (covering all fourteen basic human needs) in case the unpredictable happens. Additional information is also presented for those with special needs, including the elderly and disabled, children, pregnant women, and even pets.<br /><br />Well-researched by an army veteran and current NASA engineer, this is the essential guide every family should have, study, and keep handy, in case the unthinkable should occur.
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Tra...
by Bill Bryson

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English

Pages

305

Publication Date

September 08, 2010

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</b><br />Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The AT offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes<b>鈥?lt;/b>and to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings.<br /><br />For a start there's the gloriously out-of-shape Stephen Katz, a buddy from Iowa along for the walk. Despite Katz's overwhelming desire to find cozy restaurants, he and Bryson eventually settle into their stride, and while on the trail they meet a bizarre assortment of hilarious characters. But <i>A Walk in the Woods</i> is more than just a laugh-out-loud hike. Bryson's acute eye is a wise witness to this beautiful but fragile trail, and as he tells its fascinating history, he makes a moving plea for the conservation of America's last great wilderness. An adventure, a comedy, and a celebration, <i>A Walk in the Woods</i> has become聽a modern classic of travel literature.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder ...
by Sy Montgomery

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English

Pages

273

Publication Date

May 12, 2015

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<b>Finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction * <i>New York Times </i>Bestseller * Starred <i>Booklist</i> and <i>Library Journal </i>Editors鈥?Spring Pick * A <i>Huffington Post</i> Notable Nonfiction Book of the Year * One of the Best Books of the Month on <i>Goodreads * Library Journal </i>Best Sci-Tech Book of the Year * An American Library Association Notable Book of the Year</b><br /> <br /> <b>鈥淪y Montgomery鈥檚 <i>The Soul of an Octopus</i> does for the creature what Helen Macdonald鈥檚 <i>H Is for Hawk</i> did for raptors.鈥?鈥?lt;i>New Statesman</i>, UK</b><br /> <br /> <b>鈥淥ne of the best science books of the year.鈥?鈥?lt;i>Science Friday</i>, NPR</b><br /> <br /> Another <i>New York Times</i> bestseller from the author of <i>The Good Good Pig</i>, this 鈥渇ascinating鈥ouching鈥nformative鈥ntertaining鈥?(<i>Daily Beast</i>) book explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus鈥攁 surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature鈥攁nd 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鈥攇entle 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 鈥渟leights of hand鈥?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鈥檚 color-changing techniques. With her 鈥渏oyful passion for these intelligent and fascinating creatures鈥?(<i>Library Journal</i> Editors鈥?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.
The Big, Bad Book of Beasts: The World's Most Curious Creatures
by Michael Largo

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English

Pages

467

Publication Date

April 16, 2013

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<p>The world's wildest collection of animal knowledge and lore!</p><p><em>Lions, and tigers, and bears . . . and dinosaurs, dragons, and monsters. Oh my!</em></p><p>For hundreds of years, the most popular books in the Western world next to the Bible were "bestiaries," fanciful encyclopedias collecting all of human knowledge and mythology about the animal kingdom. In these pages, eagles and elephants lived next to griffins and sea monsters. Now, in <em>The Big, Bad Book of Beasts</em>, award-winning author Michael Largo has updated the medieval bestsellers for the twenty-first century, illuminating little-known facts, astonishing secrets, and bizarre superstitions about the beasts that inhabit our world鈥攁nd haunt our imaginations. You'll learn about the biggest bug ever, the smallest animal in the world, and the real creatures that inspired the fabled unicorns. You'll discover how birds learned to fly, why cats rub against your legs, and a thousand other facts that will make you look at nature in a wonderfully new way.</p><p>Did you know?</p><p>The fastest animal in the world is the peregrine falcon, which reaches speeds of over 200 miles per hours.</p><p>Circus ringmaster P.T. Barnum fooled many when he displayed a "mermaid" carcass that was later proved to be monkey bones sewed together with the body of a fish.</p><p>Discovered in a remote volcanic crater in New Guinea, the Bosavi wolly rat grows to the size of a cat.</p><p>President Andrew Jackson bought an African gray parrot to keep his wife company. The bird outlived them both and was removed from Jackson's funeral for cussing in both English and Spanish.</p><p>A to Z: From Aardvark to Zooplankton!</p><p>For all ages!</p><p>Includes 289 illustrations!</p>
Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss
by Margaret Renkl

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English

Pages

240

Publication Date

July 09, 2019

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From <i>New York Times</i> opinion writer Margaret Renkl comes an unusual, captivating portrait of a family鈥攁nd of the cycles of joy and grief that inscribe human lives within the natural world.<br /><br /><br /><br />Growing up in Alabama, Renkl was a devoted reader, an explorer of riverbeds and red-dirt roads, and a fiercely loved daughter. Here, in brief essays, she traces a tender and honest portrait of her complicated parents鈥攈er exuberant, creative mother; her steady, supportive father鈥攁nd of the bittersweet moments that accompany a child鈥檚 transition to caregiver.<br /><br /><br /><br />And here, braided into the overall narrative, Renkl offers observations on the world surrounding her suburban Nashville home. Ringing with rapture and heartache, these essays convey the dignity of bluebirds and rat snakes, monarch butterflies and native bees. As these two threads haunt and harmonize with each other, Renkl suggests that there is astonishment to be found in common things: in what seems ordinary, in what we all share. For in both worlds鈥攖he natural one and our own鈥斺€渢he shadow side of love is always loss, and grief is only love鈥檚 own twin.鈥?lt;br /><br /><br /><br />Gorgeously illustrated by the author鈥檚 brother, Billy Renkl, <i>Late Migrations</i> is an assured and memorable debut.

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