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Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football

by Rich Cohen Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 29, 2013)

The gripping account of a once-in-a-lifetime football team and their lone championship season

For Rich Cohen and millions of other fans, the 1985 Chicago Bears were more than a football team: they were the greatest...


My Beloved Brontosaurus

by Brian Switek Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 16, 2013)

A Hudson Booksellers Staff Pick for the Best Books of 2013

One of Publishers Weekly's Top Ten Spring Science Books

A Bookshop Santa Cruz Staff Pick

Dinosaurs, with their awe-inspiring size, terrifying claws and...


My Garden (Book)

by Jamaica Kincaid Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 15, 2001)

One of our finest writers on one of her greatest loves. Jamaica Kincaid's first garden in Vermont was a plot in the middle of her front lawn. There, to the consternation of more experienced friends, she planted...


What a Plant Knows

by Daniel Chamovitz Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 22, 2012)

How does a Venus flytrap know when to snap shut? Can it actually feel an insect's tiny, spindly legs? And how do cherry blossoms know when to bloom? Can they actually remember the weather?

For centuries we have...


Love, Life, and Elephants

by Daphne Sheldrick Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 08, 2012)

Daphne Sheldrick, whose family arrived in Africa from Scotland in the 1820s, is the first person ever to have successfully hand-reared newborn elephants. Her deep empathy and understanding, her years of observing...


Larding the Lean Earth

by Steven Stoll Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 03, 2003)

A major history of early Americans' ideas about conservation

Fifty years after the American Revolution, the yeoman farmers who made up a large part of the new country's voters faced a crisis. The very soil of...


The Sweet Science

by A. J. Liebling & Robert Anasi Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 29, 2004)

A.J. Liebling's classic New Yorker pieces on the "sweet science of bruising" bring vividly to life the boxing world as it once was. It depicts the great events of boxing's American heyday: Sugar Ray Robinson's...


Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning

by Jonathan Mahler Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 21, 2006)

A passionate and dramatic account of a year in the life of a city, when baseball and crime reigned supreme, and when several remarkable figures emerged to steer New York clear of one of its most harrowing periods....


The Gloves

by Robert Anasi Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 05, 2003)

A gritty, spirited inside look at the world of amateur boxing today

The Golden Gloves tournament is center stage in amateur boxing-a single-elimination contest in which young hopefuls square off in steamy gyms...


Roses

by Pamela Stagg & Wayne Winterrowd Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 18, 2003)

Thirty-three eminent gardeners on their favorite rose

Among the plant kingdom, Rosa is a relatively small genus, comprising only about one hundred species around the globe. But as these species intercross, they...


Return to Wild America

by Scott Weidensaul Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 31, 2006)

In 1953, birding guru Roger Tory Peterson and noted British naturalist James Fisher set out on what became a legendary journey-a one hundred day trek over 30,000 miles around North America. They traveled from...


Elements of Garden Design

by Joe Eck Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 01, 2005)

Elements of Garden Design does what few gardening books do--it addresses the process of conceiving a whole garden, as opposed to a single element like color or a particular class of plant. Joe Eck explores the...


Soccerhead

by Jim Haner Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 03, 2007)

A Youth Soccer Coach's Investigation Into The Origins of Soccermainia

On July 10, 1999, 100,000 Americans, mostly women, did something they had not done before, at least not in such numbers. They showed up to...


The Fish's Eye

by Ian Frazier Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 01, 2003)

In The Fish's Eye: Essays about Angling and the Outdoors, Ian Frazier explores his lifelong passion for fishing, fish, and the aquatic world. He sees the angler's environment all around him-in New York's Grand...


The Founding Fish

by John McPhee Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 10, 2003)

John McPhee's twenty-sixth book is a braid of personal history, natural history, and American history, in descending order of volume. Each spring, American shad-Alosa sapidissima-leave the ocean in hundreds...


Embroidered Ground

by Page Dickey & William Atherton Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 15, 2011)

A memorable book about making a renowned garden work

In Embroidered Ground: Revisiting the Garden, the acclaimed author and garden designer Page Dickey writes of the pitfalls, challenges, successes, and myriad...


Aesop's Mirror

by Maryalice Huggins Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 15, 2010)

"Everything I needed to know about Fox and Grapes mirror, I knew the moment I first saw it"

What antiques restorer Maryalice Huggins knew when she stumbled across the mirror at a country auction in Rhode Island...


Deep Water

by Jacques Leslie Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 15, 2007)

"If the wars of the last century were fought over oil, the wars of this century will be fought over water." -Ismail Serageldin, The World Bank

The giant dams of today are the modern Pyramids, colossally expensive...


Our Life in Gardens

by Joe Eck & Wayne Winterrowd Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 22, 2010)

This is the third book we have written together, though separately we have written others . . . But to say ‘written separately' makes no sense, for when two lives have been bent for so many years on one central...


Changes in the Land

by William Cronon Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 01, 2011)

Winner of the Francis Parkman Prize

Changes in the Land offers an original and persuasive interpretation of the changing circumstances in New England's plant and animal communities that occurred with the shift...


The Circuit

by Rowan Ricardo Phillips Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 20, 2018)

Finalist for the 2019 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing

“The Circuit is the best sports book I've read in years, maybe ever.” —Rich Cohen, author of The Chicago Cubs and Monsters

“As sports writing...


Underbug

by Lisa Margonelli Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 21, 2018)

The award-winning journalist Lisa Margonelli, national bestselling author of Oil on the Brain: Petroleum’s Long, Strange Trip to Your Tank, investigates the environmental and economic impact termites inflict...


The Chicago Cubs

by Rich Cohen Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 03, 2017)

A captivating blend of reportage and memoir exploring the history of the Chicago Cubs

When Rich Cohen was eight years old, his father took him to see a Cubs game. On the way out of the park, his father asked...


Fathers Playing Catch with Sons

by Donald Hall Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 08, 2017)

In the pantheon of great sports literature, not a few poets have tried their hand at paying tribute to their love affair with the game -- Walt Whitman, Marianne Moore, and William Carlos Williams among them....


Clearing Land

by Jane Brox Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 14, 2005)

Though few of us now live close to the soil, the world we inhabit has been sculpted by our long national saga of settlement. At the heart of our identity lies the notion of the family farm, as shaped by European...


The Scalpel and the Butterfly

by Deborah Rudacille Farrar, Straus and Giroux (December 15, 2015)

An engrossing and eloquent study of the history and ethics of animal experimentation

The heart of a pig may soon beat in a human chest. Sheep, cattle, and mice have been cloned. Slowly but inexorably scientists...


The Assassins' Gate

by George Packer Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 06, 2014)

THE ASSASSINS' GATE: AMERICA IN IRAQ recounts how the United States set about changing the history of the Middle East and became ensnared in a guerilla war in Iraq. It brings to life the people and ideas that...


Trespass

by Amy Irvine Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 31, 2009)

Trespass is the story of one woman's struggle to gain footing in inhospitable territory. A wilderness activist and apostate Mormon, Amy Irvine sought respite in the desert outback of southern Utah's red-rock...


The White Road

by Edmund De Waal Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 10, 2015)

An intimate narrative history of porcelain, structured around five journeys through landscapes where porcelain was dreamed about, fired, refined, collected, and coveted.

Extraordinary new nonfiction, a gripping...


What a Fish Knows

by Jonathan Balcombe Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 07, 2016)

A New York Times Bestseller

Do fishes think? Do they really have three-second memories? And can they recognize the humans who peer back at them from above the surface of the water? In What a Fish Knows, the...


The Weather Experiment

by Peter Moore Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 02, 2015)

A history of weather forecasting, and an animated portrait of the nineteenth-century pioneers who made it possible

By the 1800s, a century of feverish discovery had launched the major branches of science. Physics,...