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Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780375708275
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Published: Vintage - July 11th, 2000

Eric Larson is one of the best narrative nonfiction writers. He keeps you engaged even while delivering all the facts. This was the first of his books that I've read; I am now fully onboard with him and will be checking out the rest of his works. Perfect introduction to nonfiction, especially for someone who is interested in learning about natural disasters. ~ Reviewed by Cassidy Washburn


A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings: A Year of Keeping Bees by Helen Jukes - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781524747862
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Published: Pantheon - May 5th, 2020

Part memoir, part nature journal. This is a lovely blend of personal narrative, research into the history of beekeeping, and dedicated observation. Jukes has just moved to Oxford and a new job, and there are many parallels and observations of community, through the coming together of a new hive, and those of the human experience. As she takes us through a year of her hive, we witness her growing confidence as a beekeeper, but also as a part of her new environment. It’s an excellent exploration of relationships, especially those between humans and the wild, and I loved it. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


The Falcon Thief: A True Tale of Adventure, Treachery, and the Hunt for the Perfect Bird by Joshua Hammer - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501191886
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 11th, 2020

By the author of the best-selling Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu, this fabulous true tale follows the incredible decades-long story of one of the world’s most notorious smugglers of endangered raptors and the dedicated British detective determined to stop him. Woven in is the history of rare egg collecting and Arab high stakes falcon racing. Fascinating, eye-opening and thrilling from the opening page. A thoroughly enjoyable mix of history, nature, international adventure, and true crime. ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap


Surfacing by Kathleen Jamie - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780143134459
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Published: Penguin Books - September 24th, 2019

Jamie has the most gloriously poetic way of writing, and her books are a constant joy for it. In Surfacing, she takes us to archaeological digs in Orkney and Alaska, with some absolutely stunning nature writing, as well as essays about living in what Jamie calls her “late middle age.” Dealing with the death of her Father, and her own cancer diagnosis, she writes about the layers of memories, experiences and history, connecting the essays in a subtle, cumulative way. Her description of an eagle in flight is worth the price of admission alone, a stunning collection of work. Highly Recommend. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


Out of the Woods by Luke Turner - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781474607162
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Published: Weidenfeld & Nicolson - March 24th, 2020

A haunting and evocative memoir that grips your hand and pulls you through the depths of Turner’s emotions, totally absorbing. He finds himself, after the abrupt end of a defining relationship, once again questioning his place in the world as a bisexual man, especially one
that is further complicated by religion, and revisiting his feelings of guilt and shame. He turns to Epping Forest, once a place of solace and safety, only to find parallels with his own struggle. A beautiful book about coming to peace with oneself, and the places that may help you may find it. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


The Eight Master Lessons of Nature: What Nature Teaches Us About Living Well in the World by Gary Ferguson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781524743383
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Published: Dutton - October 22nd, 2019

This was a very different read for me that opened my eyes to the connections we can make in nature despite the technological world we live in today. Gary Ferguson is a compelling storyteller, weaving his wisdom and thorough research together with elements of history, philosophy, feminism and more. This is a must read nature-literature book for anyone who wishes to rediscover the magic, power and beauty of nature today. ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz


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