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Minding the Earth, Mending the World: Zen and the Art of Planetary Crisis

by Susan Murphy Counterpoint (April 21, 2014)

Shunryu Suzuki Roshi founded the San Francisco Zen Center in 1962, and after fifty years we have seen a fine group of Zen masters trained in the west take up the mantle and extend the practice of Zen in ways...

Field Notes from a Hidden City: An Urban Nature Diary

by Esther Woolfson Counterpoint (February 11, 2014)

Field Notes From a Hidden City is set against the background of the austere, grey and beautiful northeast Scottish city of Aberdeen. In it, Esther Woolfson examines the elements—geographic, atmospheric and...

Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence, and Emperor Penguins

by Gavin Francis Counterpoint (September 16, 2013)

Gavin Francis fulfilled a lifetime's ambition when he spent fourteen months as the basecamp doctor at Halley, a profoundly isolated British research station on the Caird Coast of Antarctica. So remote, it is...

The Etiquette of Freedom: Gary Snyder, Jim Harrison, and The Practice of the Wild

by Gary Snyder, Jim Harrison & Paul Ebenkamp Counterpoint (September 10, 2010)

Gary Snyder joined his old friend, novelist Jim Harrison, to discuss their loves and lives and what has become of them throughout the years. Set amidst the natural beauty of the Santa Lucia Mountains, their...

Early Warming: Crisis and Response in the Climate-Changed North

by Nancy Lord Counterpoint (January 10, 2011)

In Shishmaref, Alaska, new seawalls are constructed while residents navigate the many practical and bureaucratic obstacles to moving their entire island village to higher ground. Farther south, inland hunters...

Animal, Mineral, Radical: Essays on Wildlife, Family, and Food

by BK Loren Counterpoint (February 01, 2013)

“Radical, before it meant a person who advocates strong political reform, meant getting to the root of things, the origin. It comes from the Latin radix, radicis,, meaning radish, a root vegetable.”—BK Loren...

Cascadia's Fault: The Coming Earthquake and Tsunami that Could Devastate North America

by Jerry Thompson & Simon Winchester Counterpoint (March 10, 2012)

There is a crack in the earth’s crust that runs roughly 31 miles offshore, approximately 683 miles from Northern California up through Vancouver Island off the coast of British Columbia. The Cascadia Subduction...

Consulting the Genius of the Place: An Ecological Approach to a New Agriculture

by Wes Jackson Counterpoint (September 01, 2011)

Locavore leaders such as Alice Waters, Michael Pollan, and Barbara Kingsolver all speak of the need for sweeping changes in how we get our food. A longtime leader of this movement is Wes Jackson, who for decades...

A Continuous Harmony: Essays Cultural and Agricultural

by Wendell Berry Counterpoint (April 12, 2012)

The title of this book is taken from an account by Thomas F. Hornbein on his travels in the Himalayas. “It seemed to me,” Horenbein wrote, “that here man lived in continuous harmony with the land, as much...

Round of a Country Year

by David Kline & Wendell Berry Counterpoint (August 15, 2017)

David Kline has been called a “twentieth-century Henry David Thoreau” by his friends and contemporaries; an apt comparison given the quiet exuberance with which he records the quotidian goings-on on his...

Tamed By a Bear

by Priscilla Stuckey Counterpoint (July 01, 2017)

Stuckey is the author of Kissed by a Fox which won the WILLA Award in creative nonfiction in 2013

She has taught in the graduate programs of Naropa University (Boulder, CO) and Prescott College (Prescott, AZ)....

Because It Is So Beautiful

by Robert Leonard Reid Counterpoint (June 01, 2017)

Taking its title from an affecting speech given by renowned author Barry Lopez, Because It Is So Beautiful is a response to desperate questions surrounding the protection and preservation of America’s wildlands....

Where Bigfoot Walks

by Robert Michael Pyle Counterpoint (August 01, 2017)

Where Bigfoot Walks is a spectacular, moving, and witty narrative exploration of not only the phenomenon of Bigfoot, but also the human need to believe that something is out there beyond the campfire, and that...

Practice Resurrection

by Erik Reece Counterpoint (March 01, 2017)

A student of Wendell Berry and Guy Davenport, Erik Reece is a strong and eloquent voice for a new generation of dedicated activists fighting on behalf of the embattled wilderness and the future of our planet....

On Migration

by Ruth Padel Counterpoint (September 01, 2013)

“Life began with migration.” In a magnificent tapestry of life on the move, Ruth Padel weaves poems and prose, science and religion, wild nature and human history, to conjure a world created and sustained...

The Ecology of Wisdom

by Arne Naess, Alan Drengson & Bill Devall Counterpoint (May 01, 2009)

A founder of the Deep Ecology Movement, Arne Naess' has produced articles on environmentalism that have provided unmatched inspiration for ecologists, philosophers, and activists worldwide. This collection amasses...

Deeply Rooted

by Lisa M. Hamilton Counterpoint (March 25, 2009)

A century of industrialization has left our food system riddled with problems, yet for solutions we look to nutritionists and government agencies, scientists and chefs. Lisa M. Hamilton asks: Why not look to...

Shooting in the Wild: An Insider's Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom

by Chris Palmer & Jane Goodall Counterpoint (May 05, 2010)

Wildlife and nature films are a hugely popular entertainment genre: networks such as Animal Planet and Discovery are stars in the cable television universe, viewers flock to IMAX theaters to see jaw-dropping...

Mountains and Marshes: Exploring the Bay Area's Natural History

by David Rains Wallace Counterpoint (December 01, 2015)

Described as “a writer in the tradition of Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and other self-educated seers” by the San Francisco Chronicle, David Rains Wallace turns his attention to one of the most distinctive...

Of Woodland Pools Spring-Holes and Ditches: Excerpts from the Journal of Henry David Thoreau

by Henry David Thoreau, Abigail Rorer & Bradley P. Dean Counterpoint (March 10, 2010)

Henry David Thoreau has long been revered for his writings and observations on the natural world. His words evoke his environment with stunning clarity as well as his own innate sense of wonder. His journal,...

Water and the California Dream: Historic Choices for Shaping the Future

by David Carle Counterpoint (May 01, 2016)

Imported water has transformed the Golden State’s environment and quality of life. Land ownership patterns and real estate boosterism dramatically altered both urban and rural communities across the entire...

The Great Clod: Notes and Memoirs on Nature and History in East Asia

by Gary Snyder Counterpoint (May 01, 2016)

For the full course of his remarkable career, Gary Snyder has continued his study of Eastern culture and philosophies. From the Ainu to the Mongols, from Hokkaido to Kyoto, from the landscapes of China to the...

Nature as Measure: The Selected Essays of Wes Jackson

by Wes Jackson & Wendell Berry Counterpoint (September 01, 2011)

Wes Jackson can teach us many things about the land, soil, and conservation, but what most resonates is this: The ecosphere is self-regulating, and as often as we attempt to understand it, we are not its builders,...

Great Tide Rising: Towards Clarity and Moral Courage in a time of Planetary Change

by Kathleen Dean Moore Counterpoint (February 01, 2016)

Even as seas rise against the shores, another great tide is beginning to rise – a tide of outrage against the pillage of the planet, a tide of commitment to justice and human rights, a swelling affirmation...

The Holy Earth: The Birth of a New Land Ethic

by Liberty Hyde Bailey, John Linstrom & Wendell Berry Counterpoint (December 01, 2015)

The agrarian tradition runs as an undercurrent through the entire history of literature, carrying the age-old wisdom that the necessary access of independent farmers to their own land both requires the responsibility...

The Essential Agrarian Reader: The Future of Culture, Community, and the Land

by Norman Wirzba & Barbara Kingsolver Counterpoint (October 15, 2015)

Agrarian philosophy, a compelling worldview with advocates around the globe, encourages us to develop practices and policies that promote the sustainable health of the land, community, and culture. In this remarkable...

Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage

by Kathleen Winter Counterpoint (October 01, 2015)

In 2010, bestselling author Kathleen Winter (Annabel) embarked on a journey across the storied Northwest Passage, among marine scientists, historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, and curious passengers....

The Oyster War: The True Story of a Small Farm, Big Politics, and the Future of Wilderness in America

by Summer Brennan Counterpoint (August 01, 2015)

It all began simply enough. In 1976 the Point Reyes Wilderness Act was passed with broad support, giving more than 33,000 acres of forest, grassland and shoreline the highest possible environmental protection...

Savage Grace: A Journey in Wildness

by Jay Griffiths Counterpoint (January 01, 2015)

Jay Griffiths is a tour guide for anyone who has ever wished to commune with the side of our human psyche that remains in touch with the wild. Equally at home among the “sea gypsy” Bajo people who live off...

Four Fields

by Tim Dee Counterpoint (January 01, 2015)

In this book, Tim Dee tells the story of four green fields spread around the world: their grasses, their hedges, their birds, their skies, and both their natural and human histories. These four fields—walkable,...

The Age of Consequences: A Chronicle of Concern and Hope

by Courtney White & Wendell Berry Counterpoint (January 01, 2015)

Our planet is approaching a critical environmental juncture. Across the globe we continue to deplete the five pools of carbon – soil, wood, coal, oil, and natural gas – at an unsustainable rate. We’ve burned...