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The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa - Book Review

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By Hiro Arikawa, Philip Gabriel (Translated by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780451491336
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Published: Berkley - October 23rd, 2018

Moving tale, told in part by a plucky cat, of a final trip in a silver van through picturesque Japan. The cat's owner is visiting old friends, and as the journey's true purpose is subtly revealed, the bond between man, cat, and reader beautifully, and unforgettably, deepens. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals by Sy Montgomery - Book Review

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By Sy Montgomery, Rebecca Green (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780544938328
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 25th, 2018

Whimsical illustrations accompany this heartfelt collection of essays on life, compassion, love and understanding the world by way of the author’s connections with the animals she has known. I find myself returning to this poetic collection often in quiet moments, contemplating not only how these connections impacted her life and her understanding, but seeing clearer now how my interactions with animals in my life have affected my own perceptions. The author shows us that there is truly a personality and a soul in all beings. A beautiful gift for someone who loves and has been loved by animals. ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap


The Peregrine by J. A. Baker - Book Review

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By J. A. Baker, Robert Macfarlane (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590171332
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Published: NYRB Classics - December 31st, 2004

One man's obsession with peregrines leads him on a ten-year quest to track the incredible predator wherever it goes. This is a work of nonfiction that reads like the greatest novels. It's filled with lyrical, poetic, and haunting prose that at times had me sweating. Baker nearly becomes the beast he hunts, risking his humanity to remain close to his love. ~ Reviewed by Josh Cohen-Peyton


Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter by Ben Goldfarb - Book Review

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$24.95
ISBN: 9781603587396
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - July 11th, 2018

Castor canadensis is a pretty cool animal. We tend to take them for granted because they're fairly common. Nearly trapped to extinction, the lack of beavers had a profound effect on the landscape (not for the better). But they're back and Goldfarb adroitly illuminates how they live and why they are critical to the maintenance of a healthy ecosystem in their native range. ~ Reviewed by Nate George


Common Ground: Encounters with Nature at the Edges of Life by Rob Cowen - Book Review

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$29.00
ISBN: 9780226424262
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Published: University of Chicago Press - November 2nd, 2016

“Our connection to the world is always two things at once: instinctive and augmented.”
An absolutely beautiful book, about the place between our cities and the wild, known as the edge-land. It’s a place mostly forgotten, but one if you choose to, will ease you back into the rhythms of nature, and bring you closer to the wildlife that walk through it everyday. A deeply personal, poetic book about the wild natural places that live beside us, there is no need to hike into wilderness’ or climb mountains to find what is right on our doorstep. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


On Trails: An Exploration by Robert Moor - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781476739236
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 4th, 2017

Are you as fascinated and intrigued as I am by intellectual journeys that are brave enough to explore connections across traditionally insulated intellectual domains of the arts and sciences? Moor takes us on a fascinating trans-disciplinary journey of physical and metaphorical "trails" that taken together help us reconcile and plumb the depths of our narrative, philosophical and scientific understandings of the world.

Recommended book pairing:
The Wander Society by Keri Smith (author of Wreck this Journal)
Art & Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time and Light by Leonard Shlain
~ Reviewed by Sam Baker


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