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Grow: A Family Guide to Plants and How to Grow Them (In Our Nature) By Riz Reyes, Sara Boccaccini Meadows (Illustrator) Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781419756658
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Magic Cat - March 1st, 2022

This beautiful book is full of cool and useful information about some of our favorite fruits, herbs, veggies, fungi, and flowers! Whether you want to grow your own kale or learn about the history of the pineapple, this is the book for you. 


Review by Alyson

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His Name was Death By Rafael Bernal, Kit Schluter (Translated by) Cover Image
By Rafael Bernal, Kit Schluter (Translated by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811230834
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: New Directions - November 16th, 2021

An alcoholic hermit discovers the truth of power in the world: the flies are actually in control. Bizarre, thrilling, and fast paced, this newly translated novel is worth a read.



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Feral Creatures By Kira Jane Buxton Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781538735251
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 28th, 2022

Feral Creatures--a stupendous sophomore novel for Buxton, and a more sentimental sequel to my favorite adventure story of 2019-- cannot be missed! It's a colorful education in climate change, ecology, and zoology; a tender acknowledgement of the unavoidable  "dark tides" we all sink into; a genuine display of the hopeful, hilarious, and often fearful process of building a family; a true odyssey.  

Oh, and there are  *chilling*  new animal/human/zombie hybrids to war against your favorite profane crow, a wild child, and their quirky cast of comrades...so again I say YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS!! 

 


Review by Katelynn

World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments By Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Fumi Nakamura (Illustrator) Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781571313652
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Milkweed Editions - September 8th, 2020

This is the kind of gentle and lyrical ecotone I wish I could write, and one that everyone on planet Earth should definitely read!  The essays on Fireflies and the Southern Cassowary were my personal favorites, but each animal and anecdote left me with something new: A deep nostalgia for my own mud-caked and grass-coated childhood; An urge to protect the places and creatures that help us find such solace, and to defend the people denied that comfort because of prejudice; A plethora of  Did-you-know's to break out in random conversations and a heightened appreciation for bright colors--the brighter the better! Without a doubt, I will be returning to this collection for the humor, hope, and understanding elicited by Nezhukumatathil's experiences, but also for Fumi Nakamura's original art (which I honestly want to have printed on my walls)!   


Review by Katelynn

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A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings: A Year of Keeping Bees By Helen Jukes Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781501766534
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Comstock Publishing - September 15th, 2022

I have never stayed up late into the night to finish a nonfiction book before, but Helen and her bees has me hooked! The minimal yet poetic attributes prescribed to the friends, locations and actions that intersect with her studies - utterly compelling. The controlled chaos, matriarchy, and environmental significance of a single colony - timely and impactful. Plus, she includes an awesome bibliography that would excite any nature reader! 


Review by Katelynn

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Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants By Robin Wall Kimmerer Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781571313560
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Milkweed Editions - August 11th, 2015

I don't think I could explain the essence of this beautiful book any better than Kimmerer’s own words do: "I lean in close to watch and listen to those who are far wiser than I am. What I share here...are seeds gleaned from the fields of their collective wisdom..." (180). Sweetgrass is her guide, each chapter layered with the same patience, respect, and indigenous knowledge that it takes to sustainably complete the cycle of sweetgrass itself. However, it is with the added help from strawberries, maple trees, cattails, garden vegetables, buffalo and salmon (just to name a few) that Kimmerer teaches readers to live a life led by reciprocity, gratitude, and balance--just as she was taught. Reading the stories is a sweet and slow process, but one that will leave you with a little hope, and much to pass on. 


Review by Katelynn

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The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees By Meredith May Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780778309758
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Park Row - March 17th, 2020

It's difficult to review a memoir like this when the raw act of sharing certain childhood experiences is impactful on its own. However, I will say that this is a book full of lyrical, sensory-based memories; one that will make your heart ache for kids like Meredith and Matthew (and even the kid their mom used to be), but also soar when they succeed; a story that will fill you with gratitude for the family you choose, and for the bees that sustain and educate us along the way. 


Review by Katelynn

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Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives—and Save Theirs By Richard Louv Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781643750842
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Algonquin Books - November 10th, 2020

I love this book because Louv doesn’t lecture the reader. The focus is not on what we might be doing wrong, but on all the ways humans and other animals have done well together—and why. It covers childhood pets, wild encounters, studies of our mutual makeup, ways of communicating, and more! If anything, this combination of diverse anecdotes and research encourages awe  and open observation when we connect with nature, and an acknowledgement of the benefits therein. 


Review by Katelynn

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Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss By Margaret Renkl Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571313836
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Milkweed Editions - March 30th, 2021

Part memoir, part backyard natural history Late Migrations packs a wallop in a tiny package. Renkl treats the lives and deaths she sees in her backyard with the same deference and respect as that of her family. A beautiful study on grief and loss and the importance of living a full life. 


Review by Erin

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The Truth About Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife By Lucy Cooke Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781541674080
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Basic Books - April 30th, 2019

 

With suggestive humor and a bit of orneriness, Cooke clears up crazy misconceptions about some of the world’s more mysterious and underappreciated species. Throughout, she dissects these past theories for signs of human superiority, a binary physical understanding, and a little too much of the woodsy musk from a beaver's “gonads.” What’s left: Hyenas are avid feminists, Eels keep their coitus quiet, and Sloths are pretty much the ultimate survivalists. You can devour this all at once or savor each chapter as an individual essay, but you will be amazed by the truth (and bestiary sketches) either way.


Review by Katelynn

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