Nature Reviews

The Red Caddy

Originally written in 1994, Charles Bowden’s, The Red Caddy, is the first biography of Edward Abbey to appear for some time. Like the stark beauty of the desert Abbey defended, Bowden’s lucid prose tells the truth about the man, whose racist, misogynistic image so many biographers and followers alike have tried to expunge. Instead of trying to make Abbey palatable, Bowden trusts that the power of his friend’s life, warts intact, merits an honest depiction. Caddy is freshly relevant given the recent #metoo movement.

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Published: University of Texas Press - April 25th, 2018

A passionate advocate for preserving wilderness and fighting the bureaucratic and business forces that would destroy it, Edward Abbey (1927-1989) wrote fierce, polemical books such as Desert Solitaire and The Monkey Wrench Gang that continue to inspire environmental activists.


Coyote America: A Natural & Supernatural History

Dan Flores in Coyote America: A Natural & Supernatural History has given us an “illuminating biography of an extraordinary animal.” The coyote has been depicted both in cartoons and as a deity in Native American mythology. Until we began ranching and herding on the plains, they lived alongside humans. After complaints by ranchers, the US. government started eradicating wolves, and when coyotes replaced them, they became the next target.

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Published: Basic Books - June 7th, 2016

The New York Times best-selling account of how coyotes--long the target of an extermination policy--spread to every corner of the United States

Finalist for the
PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award


The Gentle Barn

THE GENTLE BARN, Ellie Laks' memoir, is in part a story of overcoming a difficult childhood through her positive relationship to animals. As an adult, she felt called to rescue animals she found in abusive situations. Her earliest intervention was persuading an uncaring "petting zoo" owner to let Ellie buy a malnourished goat, Mary, after a week of daily visits.

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Published: Harmony - March 25th, 2014

My Gentle Barn is a wonderful book. You'll love Ellie Laks and the animals she rescued--and who rescued her back.” –Sy Montgomery, The Good Good Pig


Cat Sense by John Bradshaw

STAFF REVIEW: Hey all you cat lovers out there. Feline scientist John Bradshaw's book CAT SENSE offers not only intriguing new insights into little understood behavior but also excellent natural history about our little charges. You'll never look at them the same way again. Recommended by Kelly.

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Published: Basic Books (AZ) - September 10th, 2013

Cats have been popular household pets for thousands of years, and their numbers only continue to rise. Today there are three cats for every dog on the planet, and yet cats remain more mysterious, even to their most adoring owners.


The Homing Instinct: Meaning and Mystery in Animal Migration by Bernd Heinrich

Nature-writer Bernd Heinrich has a new book out, a cause for celebration! THE HOMING
INSTINCT reveals not only the often arduous and mysterious natural history of migration of other species, but, in it, Heinrich draws moving parallels between their visceral pull toward home and ours.

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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - April 8th, 2014

Acclaimed scientist and author Bernd Heinrich has returned every year since boyhood to a beloved patch of western Maine woods. What is the biology in humans of this deep-in-the-bones pull toward a particular place, and how is it related to animal homing?


Dirt Work

This is a terrific memoir about a small, hesitant woman who, once she learns her "tools," becomes one of the toughest workers on the trail building crew in Glacier National Park, Montana. With the soul of a poet, Byl writes with an ease and beauty you'll quickly warm to. Recommended by Kelly.

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Published: Beacon Press - March 11th, 2014

A lively and lyrical account of one woman’s unlikely apprenticeship on a national-park trail crew and what she discovers about nature, gender, and the value of hard work
 


Moby Dick, or The Whale by Herman Melville

One of the most captivating, bizarre, and wondrous novels I've ever read. Melville really turns prose into poetry...some passages continue to reverberate in me to this day. Plus, who can resist the line: "They are fighting Quakers; they are Quakers with a vengeance." Worth all of the effort...I'm still rereading it years later. Recommended by Chip.

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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - June 7th, 2011

A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

“Call me Ishmael.”


WILD by Cheryl Strayed

WILD is like the components of a good meal—we relish each part and look forward to the next bite. Following her difficult, challenging, and fulfilling journey on the Pacific Coast Trail (PCT), we look inward and ask "could I do that?" Your answer might surprise you. Recommended by Raven customer Martha.
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Published: Vintage - March 26th, 2013

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GIFTS OF THE CROW: HOW PERCEPTION, EMOTION, AND THOUGHT ALLOW SMART BIRDS TO BEHAVE LIKE HUMANS by John Marzluff and Tony Angell

The subtitle pretty much says it all. If, like many, you’re intrigued by recent information about the intelligence of crows and other members of the corvid family, this book will delight. I particularly enjoyed the passage about how crows have been known to leave "gifts" for those that feed them. The science here is easily digested by a lay audience. Recommended by Kelly.
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Published: Atria Books - February 5th, 2013

Stan Coren’s groundbreaking The Intelligence of Dogs meets Bernd Heinrich’s classic Mind of the Raven in this astonishing, beautifully illustrated look at the uncanny intelligence and emotions of crows.

Playful, social, and passionate, crows have brains that are huge for their body size, which allows them to think, plan, and reconsider their actions.


ANIMAL DIALOGUES by Craig Childs

Throughout his career as a nature writer and anthropologist Childs has had many up-close encounters with iconic animals of the American West. Each portrait, from mountain lion to deer mouse, reveals an openness to surprise and a willingness to think across species barriers. I couldn’t put this book down. Recommended by Kelly.
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Published: Back Bay Books - March 11th, 2009

THE ANIMAL DIALOGUES tells of Craig Childs' own chilling experiences among the grizzlies of the Arctic, sharks off the coast of British Columbia and in the turquoise waters of Central America, jaguars in the bush of northern Mexico, mountain lions, elk, Bighorn Sheep, and others.