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The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea

Baillie Gifford Prize 2009

by Philip Hoare HarperCollins e-books (March 23, 2010)

“Unpredictable and amusing and informative and original, cavorting between biology, history, travel writing, and memoir.”

—Mark Kurlansky

 

The Whale by Philip Hoare is a enthralling and eye-opening literary...


The Tree

by John Fowles HarperCollins e-books (September 28, 2010)

“For years I have carried this book...with me on travels to reread, ponder, envy. In prose of classic gravity, precision, and delicacy, Fowles addresses matters of final importance.”

Los Angeles Times...


Eels: An Exploration, from New Zealand to the Sargasso, of the World's Most Mysterious Fish

by James Prosek HarperCollins e-books (September 21, 2010)

“This is a delightful work with the urgency of a good detective story.” —Thomas McGuane

“I loved it! A beautiful adventure story of one of the most wide-spread and least-known but ecologically important...


The Hidden Life of Deer

by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas HarperCollins e-books (September 15, 2009)

In The Hidden Life of Deer, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, the New York Times bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Dogs, turns her attention to wild deer, and the many lessons we can learn by observing nature....


The Story of Sushi

by Trevor Corson HarperCollins e-books (July 21, 2009)

Everything you never knew about sushi—its surprising origins, the colorful lives of its chefs, and the bizarre behavior of the creatures that compose it

Trevor Corson takes us behind the scenes at America's...


Condor

by John Nielsen HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

The California condor

has been described as a bird

"with one wing in the grave."

Flying on wings nearly ten feet wide from tip to tip, these birds thrived on the carcasses of animals like woolly mammoths. Then,...


The Geese of Beaver Bog

by Bernd Heinrich HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

When award-winning writer and biologist Bernd Heinrich became the unwitting -- but doting -- foster parent of an adorable gosling named Peep, he was drawn into her world. And so, with a scientist's training...


Crimes Against Nature

by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Crimes against Nature reveals the hidden history behind three of the nation's first parklands: the Adirondacks, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon. Focusing on conservation's impact on local inhabitants, Karl...


The Great Deluge

by Douglas Brinkley HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

In the span of five violent hours on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed major Gulf Coast cities and flattened 150 miles of coastline. But it was only the first stage of a shocking triple tragedy. On...


Modoc: True Story of the Greatest Elephant That

by Ralph Helfer HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Spanning several decades and three continents, Modoc is one of the most amazing true animal stories ever told. Raised together in a small German circus town, a boy and an elephant formed a bond that would last...


Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 1975

by Annie Dillard HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is the story of a dramatic year in Virginia's Blue Ridge valley. Annie Dillard sets out to see what she can see. What she sees are astonishing incidents of "mystery, death, beauty, violence."...


Teaching a Stone to Talk

by Annie Dillard HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Here, in this compelling assembly of writings, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Dillard explores the world of natural facts and human meanings.


Superdove

by Courtney Humphries HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Why do we see pigeons as lowly urban pests and how did they become such common city dwellers? Courtney Humphries traces the natural history of the pigeon, recounting how these shy birds that once made their...


Mind of the Raven

by Bernd Heinrich HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Heinrich involves us in his quest to get inside the mind of the raven. But as animals can only be spied on by getting quite close, Heinrich adopts ravens, thereby becoming a "raven father," as well as observing...


Alaska

by Walter R. Borneman HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

The history of Alaska is filled with stories of new land and new riches -- and ever present are new people with competing views over how the valuable resources should be used: Russians exploiting a fur empire;...


Shell Games: Rogues, Smugglers, and the Hunt for Nature's Bounty

by Craig Welch HarperCollins e-books (April 06, 2010)

A unique blend of natural history and crime drama, Shell Games by Craig Welch is a riveting tale of rogues, scoundrels, and the hunt for nature’s bounty in the tradition of The Orchid Thief. A stranger-than-fiction...


Power Trip

by Amanda Little HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Power Trip is an adventurous, wonk-free, big-picture, solutions-oriented narrative by leading young journalist Amanda Little that maps out the history and future of America’s energy addiction. Infused with...


Biomimicry

by Janine M. Benyus HarperCollins e-books (August 11, 2009)

This profound and accessible book details how science is studying nature’s best ideas to solve our toughest 21st-century problems.

If chaos theory transformed our view of the universe, biomimicry is transforming...


The Trees in My Forest

by Bernd Heinrich HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Ina book destined to become a classic, biologist and acclaimed nature writer Bernd Heinrich takes readers on an eye-opening journey through the hidden life of a forest.


Zamba

by Ralph Helfer HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

When Ralph Helfer, now one of Hollywood's top animal behaviorists, first began working, he was shocked by the cruelty that was accepted practice in the field. He firmly believed in "affection training" -- that...


Plundering Paradise

by Michael D'Orso HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Mention the Galápagos Islands to almost anyone, and the first things that spring to mind are iguanas, tortoises, volcanic beaches, and, of course, Charles Darwin. But there are people living there, too -- nearly...


A Splintered History of Wood

by Spike Carlsen HarperCollins e-books (October 06, 2009)

In a world without wood, we might not be here at all. Without wood, we wouldn't have had the fire, heat, and shelter that allowed us to expand into the colder regions of the planet. If civilization somehow did...


Alex & Me

by Irene Pepperberg HarperCollins e-books (October 06, 2009)

On September 6, 2007, an African Grey parrot named Alex died prematurely at age thirty-one. His last words to his owner, Irene Pepperberg, were "You be good. I love you."

What would normally be a quiet, very...


The Snoring Bird

by Bernd Heinrich HarperCollins e-books (October 06, 2009)

Although Gerd Heinrich, a devoted naturalist, specialized in wasps, Bernd Heinrich tried to distance himself from his "old-fashioned" father, becoming a hybrid: a modern, experimental biologist with a naturalist's...


The Thoreau You Don't Know

by Robert Sullivan HarperCollins e-books (March 17, 2009)

Robert Sullivan, the New York Times bestselling author of Rats and Cross Country, delivers a revolutionary reconsideration of Henry David Thoreau for modern readers of the seminal transcendentalist. Dispelling...


Summer World: A Season of Bounty

by Bernd Heinrich HarperCollins e-books (April 07, 2009)

“Bernd Heinrich is one of our greatest living naturalists in the tradition of Gerald Durrell….A national treasure.”

Los Angeles Times

 

Summer World is an intimate, accessible, and eloquent illumination...


Weeds

by Richard Mabey HarperCollins e-books (June 28, 2011)

“[A] witty and beguiling meditation on weeds and their wily ways….You will never look at a weed, or flourish a garden fork, in the same way again.”

—Richard Holmes, author of The Age of Wonder

“In this...


Last Stand

by Michael Punke HarperCollins e-books (April 21, 2009)

THE EPIC TRUE STORY OF THE AMERICAN BUFFALO—BY MICHAEL PUNKE, THE AUTHOR OF THE REVENANT, NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING LEONARDO DICAPRIO

In the last three decades of the nineteenth century, an American...