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Keeping a Nature Journal: Discover a Whole New Way of Seeing the World Around You
Clare Walker Leslie, Charles E. Roth
1580174930
September 1, 2003
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Book Description
From the day it was released in 2000, Keeping a Nature Journal has struck a profound chord among professional, casual, and occasional naturalists of all ages. In response to this groundswell of enthusiasm, we have revised KEEPING A NATURE JOURNAL, updated the interior design, and created a new cover. Undoubtedly the most exciting new element in this second edition is a portfolio of 32 illustrated pages from Clare Walker Leslie's most recent journals, reproduced in full color. What makes KEEPING A NATURE JOURNAL so popular? It is inspiring and easy to use. Clare and co-author Charles Chuck E. Roth offer simple techniques to give first-time journal-keepers the confidence to go outside, observe the natural world, and sketch and write about what they see. At the same time, they motivate long-time journal-keepers to...


Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World
Mark Kurlansky
0140275010
June 1998
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Book Review
You probably enjoy eating codfish, but reading about them? Mark Kurlansky has written a fabulous book--well worth your time--about a fish that probably has mattered more in human history than any other. The cod helped inspire the discovery and exploration of North America. It had a profound impact upon the economic development of New England and eastern Canada from the earliest times. Today, however, overfishing is a constant threat. Kurlansky sprinkles his well-written and occasionally humorous history with interesting asides on the possible origin of the word codpiece and dozens of fish recipes. Sometimes a book on an offbeat or neglected subject really makes the grade. This is one of them. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal


The Best American Science and Nature Writing
Jonathan Weiner
0618273433
Sept 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Best-of collections are like boxes of chocolates: they're ideally consumed in sittings, and the mystery of what's next adds to the enjoyment. So it is with this volume. Under the editorial guidance of Pulitzer-winning science writer Weiner (The Beak of the Finch), it tips several sacred cows, including a handful from the field of mental health. Malcolm Gladwell has two pieces, one on the insufficiencies of personality tests, another on what he argues is a thoroughly modern preoccupation with post-trauma stress. Frederick Crews's scorn isn't quite concealed as he tackles the shaky scientific evidence for Rorschach blots, while Natalie Angier's brief essayon the incompatibilities—establishment denials notwithstanding—of religious faith and science will please atheists and irk deists. William Speed...


Nature and Other Writings
Ralph Waldo Emerson
1590300998
Sept 2003
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Book Description
“The mind of Emerson,” literary critic Harold Bloom once wrote, “is the mind of America.” Indeed, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essays contain some of the most memorable and important expressions of American thought. Generations of readers have been stirred by Emerson’s ideal of self-reliance, and his vision of nature as a manifestation of the divine spirit has profoundly influenced American naturalists and environmentalists from Thoreau’s time to the present. Poets as diverse as Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and Allen Ginsberg were inspired by the transcendental flavor of Emerson’s work.
This volume brings together selections from Emerson’s best-loved writings, particularly drawing upon his early work, which is some of his most poignant. Included are excerpts from...


The Nature of Personal Reality: Specific, Practical Techniques for Solving Everyday Problems and Enriching the Life You Know (A Seth Book)
Jane Roberts, Robert F. Butts (Commentary)
1878424068
June 1994
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A Republic of Rivers
John A. Murray
0195076052
Jan 1992
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From Library Journal
Murray has produced an exceptional compendium of nature writing about Alaska, a total of 48 selections. It is arranged in chronological order from 1741 to 1989 and includes such well-known authors as John Muir, Jack London, and Barry Lopez. The writing encompasses geographical descriptions and animal accounts, as well as human encounters with the environment and themselves. This remarkable collection of stories will be a good purchase for public libraries with a need for a collection of stories about this region.- Mary J. Nickum, Fish and Wildlife Reference Svc., Bethesda, Md.Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Book Description
"The spell of Alaska," Ella Higginson wrote in 1908, "falls upon every lover...


Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod
Gary Paulsen
0156001454
February 1995
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Amazon.com
Fueled by a passion for running dogs, Gary Paulsen entered the Iditarod--the 1150-mile winter sled-dog race between Anchorage and Nome-- in dangerous ignorance and with a fierce determination. Winterdance is his account of this seventeen-day battle against Nature's worst elements and his own frailty.

From Publishers Weekly
Acclaimed children's book author Paulsen offers a gripping account of his experience running the 1180 mile Iditarod dogsled race. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events (A Seth Book)
Seth, et al
1878424211
November 1995
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The Koran for Dummies
Sohaib Sultan
0764555812
June 4, 2004
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Review
“…I was quickly humbled by this guide, which showed me how much I had misunderstood.  I would recommend this to anyone interested in Islam…”  (Catholic Herald, 26 November 2004)

The Qur'an's overall context of hostility to those who disbelieve in Mohammed's prophecy is downplayed in one forthcoming book, The Koran for Dummies by Sohaid Sultan. Under the heading "Discovering the Basic Messages of the Koran," Sultan lists as Mohammed's basic themes "The unity of God," "Worship and service to God," "Prophets to teach and guide," "Completion of past revelations," "Guidance to a spiritual path," "Movement for social change," "Accountability of deeds." All of which sounds pretty harmless—nothing about making war on unbelievers. (Publishers Weekly, May 10, 2004) ...



Writing Nature
Sharon Cameron
0226092283
Jan 1989
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Book Description
At his death, Henry Thoreau left the majority of his writing unpublished. The bulk of this material is a journal that he kept for twenty-four years. Sharon Cameron's major claim is that this private work (the Journal) was Thoreau's primary work, taking precedence over the books that he published in his lifetime. Her controversial thesis views Thoreau's Journal as a composition that confounds the distinction between public and private—the basis on which our conventional treatment of discourse depends.



The Control of Nature
John A. McPhee
0374522596
September 1990
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Book Review
Master how-it-works writer John McPhee has instructed his readers in the arcana of how oranges are commercially graded, how mountains form, how canoes are built and oceans crossed. In The Control of Nature he turns his attention once more to geology and the human struggle against nature. In one sketch, he explores the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' unrealized plan to divert the flow of the Mississippi River into a tributary, the Atchafalaya, for flood control; in another, he looks at the ingenious ways in which an Icelandic engineer saved a southern harbor on that island from being destroyed by a lava flow; in a third, he examines a complex scheme to protect Los Angeles from boulders ejected from mountains by compression and tectonic movement. As always, McPhee combines a deep knowledge of his subject with a narrative...


The Secret Garden (Collector's Library)
Frances Burnett Hodgson
0760750890
March 2004
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Book Description
Collectors Libary. For ages 9-12. High-Quality Paper, Bound in Real cloth. Gold Embossed Edges.


Nature Revealed : Selected Writings, 1949-2006
Edward O. Wilson
0801883296
February 17, 2006
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Review
"Showcases the biologist's special talents for extrapolating global theories from arcane and detailed research... Enlightening and thought-provoking." -- Library Journal
"Nature Revealed demonstrates, again and again Wilson's endless capacity to put scientific findings into a broader context and to bridge gaps between disciplines. " -- Nature

Review
"A fascinating collection from one of the most influential thinkers of our time."--Steven Pinker, author of How the Mind Works and The Blank Slate
"A wonderful sample of the writings of one of our most distinguished evolutionists and a great champion of biodiversity. Wilson is also one of the broadest thinkers on the intellectual stage today. This is an especially important book for a time when science in the United States is under...


The Death and Life of Drama
Lance Lee
0292705328
Sept 2005
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Review
Robert Foshko, Head of Screenwriting, Department of Radio-TV-Film, University of Texas at Austin : This is an intelligent, practical, and interesting study of the screenwriting art and craft. . . . Lee's explorations into underlying philosophy and the psychological intricacies of character behavior and story consequences are so well developed they could easily be taken as case histories of real people and real events. One can scarcely have higher praise for [this] cogent analysis of the moviemaker's art.
Joanna E. Rapf, Professor of English and Film, University of Oklahoma : Lee presents an intelligent, historically informed discussion of how and why some films are inherently better than others. . . . He gives audiences and those of us who teach film some important ideas about how to evaluate the quality and significance of...


The Nature of the Psyche: Its Human Expression (Seth Book)
Seth, et al
187842422X
February 1, 1996
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Crimes against Nature: How George W. Bush and His Corporate Pals Are Plundering the Country and Hijacking Our Democracy
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
0060746882
July 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
"Of all the debates in the scientific arena… there is none in which the White House has cooked the books more than that of global warming," argues Kennedy in this harsh indictment of what he sees as the Bush administration’s assault on the environment and democracy in general. Kennedy’s investigation focuses on the undue influence of industry lobbyists (read Halliburton) on environmental standards and the government’s alleged suppression of nearly a dozen scientific reports on global warming. He maligns Bush appointees like Interior Secretary Gale Norton ("a champion of corporate welfare for three decades") and offers a cogent analysis of Christine Todd Whitman’s departure from the EPA in 2002. Although Kennedy accuses the Bush administration of using a campaign strategy that revolves...


The Death and Life of Drama
Lance Lee
0292709641
Sept 2005
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Review
Robert Foshko, Head of Screenwriting, Department of Radio-TV-Film, University of Texas at Austin : This is an intelligent, practical, and interesting study of the screenwriting art and craft. . . . Lee's explorations into underlying philosophy and the psychological intricacies of character behavior and story consequences are so well developed they could easily be taken as case histories of real people and real events. One can scarcely have higher praise for [this] cogent analysis of the moviemaker's art.
Joanna E. Rapf, Professor of English and Film, University of Oklahoma : Lee presents an intelligent, historically informed discussion of how and why some films are inherently better than others. . . . He gives audiences and those of us who teach film some important ideas about how to evaluate the quality and significance of...


God's Country or Devil's Playground
Barney Nelson
0292755775
Nov 2002
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Book Description
The dramatic desert landscapes of the Big Bend country along the Texas-Mexico border reminded historian Walter Prescott Webb of "an earth-wreck in which a great section of country was shaken down, turned over, blown up, and set on fire." By contrast, naturalist Aldo Leopold considered the region a mountainous paradise in which even the wild Mexican parrots had no greater concern than "whether this new day which creeps slowly over the canyons is bluer or golder than its predecessors, or less so." Whether it impresses people as God's country or as the devil's playground, the Big Bend typically evokes strong responses from almost everyone who lives or visits there. In this anthology of nature writing, Barney Nelson gathers nearly sixty literary perspectives on the landscape and life of the Big Bend region, broadly...


Walden
Henry David Thoreau
0760750947
March 2004
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Book Description
Henry Thoreau is considered, along with Edgar Allan Poe, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman and Nathaniel Hawthorne, as one of the leading figures in early American literature, and Walden is without doubt his most influential book. It recounts the author's experiences living in a small house in the woods around Walden Pond near Concord in Massachusetts. Thoreau constructed the house himself, with the help of a few friends, and one of the reasons why he moved into it was in an attempt to see if he could live independently and away from society. The result is an intriguing work that blends natural history with philosophical insights and includes many illuminating quotations from other authors. Thoreau's wooden shack has won a place for itself in remarkable achievement for a book with such modest and rustic beginnings. ...


The Craft of Editing
Michael Alley
0387989641
December 21, 1999
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Book Description
The Craft of Editing is about the craft of editing scientific writing. It is designed to help you - and all those who deal with scientific and technical writing by others in universities, government labs, businesses, or engineering firms - become more effective and more efficient at editing the proposals, theses, journal articles, and reports that cross your desk and which you must approve, grade, or review. Unlike other texts that try to present the gamut of all possible editing experiences, this guide focuses on the kind of editing that you as a manager or teacher perform with your pencil (or computer) and someone else's work. Written by the author of the best-selling Craft of Scientific Writing, the book deals with the subject in a refreshing way and includes a large number of enlightening examples and stories. The...


God's Country or Devil's Playground
Barney Nelson
0292755805
Nov 2002
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Book Description
The dramatic desert landscapes of the Big Bend country along the Texas-Mexico border reminded historian Walter Prescott Webb of "an earth-wreck in which a great section of country was shaken down, turned over, blown up, and set on fire." By contrast, naturalist Aldo Leopold considered the region a mountainous paradise in which even the wild Mexican parrots had no greater concern than "whether this new day which creeps slowly over the canyons is bluer or golder than its predecessors, or less so." Whether it impresses people as God's country or as the devil's playground, the Big Bend typically evokes strong responses from almost everyone who lives or visits there. In this anthology of nature writing, Barney Nelson gathers nearly sixty literary perspectives on the landscape and life of the Big Bend region, broadly...


Ernest Hemingway on Writing
Ernest Hemingway
0684854295
June 1999
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Book Review
"Throughout Ernest Hemingway's career as a writer," says Larry W. Phillips in his introduction to Ernest Hemingway on Writing, "he maintained that it was bad luck to talk about writing." Hemingway seems to have courted bad luck. Phillips has amassed a slender book's worth of Hemingway's reflections on writing, culled from letters, books, interviews, speeches, and an unpublished manuscript. These musings are arranged into topics such as "Advice to Writers," "Working Habits," and "Obscenity" (of which there is plenty here). Sometimes ponderous, other times offhand, these thoughts form a portrait of a man driven to create not solely the best writing he could, but the best writing, period. Hemingway craved exactness, both in his work and in the work of others; he strove to make every word necessary. "Eschew the monumental," he...


Nature Noir: A Park Ranger's Patrol in the Sierra
Jordan Fisher Smith
0618224165
February 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Slated to be drowned by a dam, the California state park patrolled by the author of this haunting memoir is a "condemned landscape" of gorgeous river canyons hemmed in by exurban sprawl and peopled by eccentric gold miners, squatting families, drug dealers and miscellaneous drunken, gun-waving rowdies, a place where "turkey vultures floated... savoring the hot air for the inevitable attrition of heat, drought and violence." In his 14 years there, first-time author Smith encountered fights, beatings, suicides, daredevil canyon divers and the corpse of a woman jogger killed and half eaten by a cougar. His conflicted task of facilitating the communion of humans with the wilderness while keeping the humans civilized and the wild places wild becomes a mission against the "half-assed and watered-down... gray area" that...


Creative Power
Ronald L. Cramer
0321049136
Aug 2000
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Book Description
This accessible book examines the nature of children's writing, and helps teachers discover how to best nurture in children's creative potential. A thorough explanation of the practices and strategies needed to understand young writers and their writing, the book provides a wealth of information and ideas about the language, interests, and creative capabilities of today's children. Strong pedagogy offers explicit, practical examples with direct application to instruction. Each chapter begins with a brief vignette that captures the drama and excitement of becoming a writer. Boxed features summarize the best approaches to putting instructional concepts and strategies into practice. For Elementary English Teachers.

From the Back Cover
This accessible book examines the nature...


The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2004 (The Best American Series (TM))
Steven Pinker (Editor), Tim Folger (Series Editor)
0618246983
October 14, 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
Science buffs will find a smorgasbord of lively pieces in this anthology selected by renowned Harvard psychologist Pinker (The Blank Slate; etc.). Many readers will jump straight to Ron Rosenbaum's "Sex Week at Yale," an entertaining exposé of how academics can give their audience a headache when they yammer on about sex. Even the most science-wary readers will enjoy Peggy Orenstein's "Where Have All the Lisas Gone?" about trends in naming babies. Bird lovers (and cat haters) will laugh out loud at the Letters to the Bird Brain collected in Michael O'Connor's "Bird Watcher's General Store." And ailurophiles will be stunned by Robert Sapolsky's report ("Bugs in the Brain") on how the pathogen that causes toxoplasmosis alters its carriers' (rodents) brains so they no longer fear their number one predator...


Moby-Dick (Collector's Library)
Herman Melville
0760757836
August 2004
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Book Description
On board the whaling ship Pequod, a crew of wise men and fools, renegades, and seeming phantoms is hurled through treacherous seas by a crazed captain hell-bent on hunting down the mythic White Whale. As the "great flood-gates of the wonder-world" swing open, Melville transforms the little world of the whale-ship into a crucible where mankind's fears, faith and frailties are pitted against a relentless fate. Teeming with ideas and imagery, and with its extraordinary, compressed intensity sustained by a buoyant, mischievous irony and by moments of exquisite beauty, Melville's masterpiece is both a great American epic and one of the most profoundly imaginative creations in literary history. Herman Melville was born in 1819 in New York City. Both his grandfathers were Revolutionary War heroes but his father, a merchant,...


Theodore Roosevelt: Wilderness Writing (Literature of the American Wilderness)
Theodore Roosevelt
0879052198
February 1986
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Book Description
Theodore Roosevelt, the twenty-sixth president of the United States, was not only the most famous hunter of his generation of Americans, he was among its best informed and popular outdoor writers. Edmund Heller, the well-known Smithsonian biologist who accompanied Roosevelt on the famous African expedition, said that the former president was the world's foremost authority on large mammals. He was also an avid bibliophile, and had what may have been the finest big-game library in North America in the early 1900s. He communicated with authorities-- both sportsmen and scientists-- in all parts of the world. From this lifelong study and enthusiasm for outdoor adventure came a host of durable writings, gathered together here in a collection which celebrates the natural world.


Nature Writing
Robert Finch
0393049663
Feb 2002
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Book Review
This fine, well-annotated anthology offers selections from familiar writers such as Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, Annie Dillard, and Barry Lopez. It contains surprises as well, including George Orwell's little-known essay, "Some Thoughts on the Common Toad" and Herman Melville's musings on how the great white whale came to be so white in the first place, the fruit of the deep natural-historical research that underlies Moby-Dick. At more than 900 pages, The Norton Book of Nature Writing is too hefty to pack into the wild, but every page is an inspiration to take into the world outdoors. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal
YA-- The range of this anthology indicates the breadth of its...

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