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Book Review: Cuckoo: Cheating by Nature

April 24th, 2015
cuckoo cover

Cuckoos use other species of birds to raise the young they abandon, and they’ve been doing it for thousands of years without getting arrested. An absorbing new book isn’t precisely rooting for them, but still …

Book Review: The Cultural Lives of Whales and Dolphins

February 12th, 2015
cultural lives of whales and dolphins cover

In the vastness of the world’s oceans, some mammals have evolved brains and language … and culture? A fascinating new book looks at the inner lives of whales and dolphins

Book Review: Bee Time

November 3rd, 2014

An enjoyable new book draws some unexpected parallels between human society and the world of bees

Book Review: Welcome to Subirdia

September 21st, 2014
jack delap illustration

In cities and suburbs all over the developed world, dozens of species of birds are making sometimes uneasy adaptations to the yards and neighborhoods and suburbs of human habitations – this is “subirdia,” and a spirited new book takes readers on a tour of it

Book Review: Relicts of a Beautiful Sea

September 21st, 2014
relicts of a beautiful sea

A paradox lies at the heart of Christopher Norment’s eloquent new book: the sea life of Death Valley

Book Review: The Birds of Pandemonium

September 8th, 2014
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Spurred by a chance encounter with a wounded bird, Michele Raffin steadily grew her hobby into one of the world’s most successful sanctuaries for rare and threatened birds in need of rehabilitation.

Book Review: A Message from Martha

August 22nd, 2014
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2014 marks the sad centenary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon, whose vast flocks had once darkened the skies of a young America; a new book sounds out the messages of that melancholy anniversary

Book Review: The Cougar

July 27th, 2014
The Cougar

A great new book of natural history focuses on the history, ecology, and behavior of the mountain lion, the fourth largest cat on the planet

Book Review: Bumble Bees of North America

May 21st, 2014
bobmus vosnesenski

A lavishly-illustrated guide book to the bumble bees of North America, in all their busy glory

Book Review: The Homing Instinct

May 3rd, 2014
the homing instinct  cover

Birds, turtles, bees, fish, whales … vast armies of living things traverse vast swatches of distance every year in their migrations. But how do they find their way? And WHY do they find their way? Bernd Heinrich’s new book explores the homing instinct.

Book Review: Hummingbirds

April 23rd, 2014
male thorntail

The world’s smallest and busiest birds are the subject of a pretty new book

Book Review: The Galapagos

April 11th, 2014
the galapagos cover

The beautiful Galapagos islands – home to finches, tortoises, and active magma – are the subject of a delightful new study

Book Review: The Double-Crested Cormorant

April 9th, 2014
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That sleek and elegant diving-bird, the double-crested cormorant, faces deep-seated prejudices – and disastrous legal measures – in North America, its ancestral home

Book Review: The Sixth Extinction

March 25th, 2014
the sixth extinction

Will the latest age of man – dubbed the Anthropocene – be the last? A new book looks at the tremendous toll the human race has taken on its home planet

Book Review: An Explorer’s Notebook

March 5th, 2014
an explorer’s notebook

An exuberant collection of essays and reviews by trailblazing natural historian Tim Flannery

Book Review: Octopus!

October 30th, 2013

The strangest, most alien creatures on the Earth have three hearts and big, unfathomable brains – and, famously, eight arms. It’s the sprawling family of octopus species, and they get a soup-to-nuts examination in Katherine Harmon Courage’s new book

Book Review: Planet Without Apes

August 23rd, 2013
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More than at any point in their collective history, mankind’s great ape cousins face the threat of total extinction. A passionate new book outlines all the threats – and clings to some hope

In Paperback: Life in a Shell

August 20th, 2013
life in a shell

A new paperback explores the mysteries of turtles

Book Review: Narwhals

June 16th, 2013

There’s much more to the narwhal than its legendary corkscrew horn; a new book delves into their fascinating natural history – and the looming threat they face from global warming.

Book Review: Alexander Wilson, the Scot Who Founded American Ornithology

May 2nd, 2013

He was a young immigrant from Scotland who was inspired by one great man and inspired another, but in between, Alexander Wilson did the pioneering work of creating the American discipline of bird-study. A wonderful new book re-examines his legacy

Now in Paperback: The World of the Salt Marsh

April 25th, 2013
the world of the salt marsh

The southeastern coast of the United States is dotted all over with salt marshes, those magical places forever hovering between land and sea. A captivating new book – now in paperback – sings their praises and recounts their perils.

Book Review: The Library of America Aldo Leopold

March 18th, 2013
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The most cherished nature classic since “Walden” gets the sparkling Library of America canonization

Wonders of the Indian Wilderness

November 26th, 2012

The many natural worlds of India – and the variety of striking animals who inhabit those worlds – come alive in this enormous illustrated volume

Book Review: Spillover

October 22nd, 2012
Book Review: Spillover

The burgeoning human population is encountering new and strange pathogens every day – how long until one of them becomes the next HIV … or Black Death?

Book Review: The Lucky Ones

August 22nd, 2012

An emotionally stunning memoir about Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, where animals once fated for the slaughterhouse are given normal, happy lives

From the Archives: Buffalo in the House

August 22nd, 2012
buffalo, in the house

A Buffalo in the House, The Extraordinary story of Charlie and His Family
R. D. Rosen
Random House, 2007
Now out in paperback is R.D. Rosen’s entertaining and enormously moving A Buffalo in the House, the story of …

Now in Paperback: Demon Fish

August 6th, 2012
watson and the shark

Now in paperback: Juliet Eilperin’s gripping and personality-filled study of sharks and the people who study them

Book Review: The Black Rhinos of Namibia

July 29th, 2012
the black rhinos of namibia

A gorgeously-written new book on the vanishing black rhinos of south-western Africa

Book Review: The Last Lost World

June 22nd, 2012

A wonderful new book explores not only the Pleistocene era but the IDEA of the Pleistocene

Book Review: Life Everlasting

June 21st, 2012
life everlasting

A slim, fantastic new book on dead bodies, decay, road kill, and circling vultures! Happy summer!

Book Review: Exposing the Big Game

June 16th, 2012

A fiery new book condemns the evils of hunting

Book Review: Of Moose and Men

May 21st, 2012
moose and man

The closest thing to a genuine ‘moose-whisperer’ finally gets around to writing the Bible on the species!

Book Review: The Sounding of the Whale

May 10th, 2012
Book Review: The Sounding of the Whale

D. Graham Burnett, a young historian of science, produces a fantastic and important encyclopedic history of the long, torturous, often retrograde progress toward “Save the Whales.”

Now in Paperback: The Book of Deadly Animals

April 28th, 2012
the book of deadly animals – april 2012

a fact-filled compendium of killer creatures!

Classics Reissued: The Marsh Lions

April 19th, 2012
zebras drinking

A new reprint of a classic book about a hardscrabble pride of lions in Kenya

Book Review: The Forest Unseen

March 17th, 2012
the forest unseen – march 2012

An enchantingly small focus creates a modern-day masterpiece of natural history

Now in Paperback: The View From Lazy Point

March 5th, 2012

A paperback reprint of a modern nature classic

Classics Reissued: Illumination in the Flatwoods

February 25th, 2012
man and turkey

In conjunction with a recent PBS special, a classic book is re-issued: the story of a man who became the mother, father, and leader to an engaging group of wild turkeys

Book Review: The Oxford Handbook of Animal Ethics

February 12th, 2012

A massive collection of essays examining all aspects of animal rights.

Book Review: The Design in Nature

January 29th, 2012
design in nature

The originator of Constructal Theory writes another book expounding his notion that all things flow against resistance, and that everything flowing is alive.

Now in Paperback: Evolution – The First Four Billion Years

November 3rd, 2011
evolution the first four billion years – tp – 1 nov 2011

A gigantic new paperback examines every nook and cranny of Darwin’s famous theory, still controversial after 150 years.

Book Review: Barn Owl

October 20th, 2011
owl on a fence

A beautiful new book on one of the most recognizable and evocative of all birds, the barn owl

Book Review: The Great Sperm Whale

April 20th, 2011
sperm whale

Prolific author Richard Ellis returns with a gripping new book about the monster from Melville, the mysterious and majestic sperm whale.