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Good Husbandry: A Memoir by Kristin Kimball - Book Review

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781501111532
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Published: Scribner - October 15th, 2019

It has been ten years since her first book The Dirty Life was published. In her second long awaited book, the author writes about the daily challenges she and her husband face living and working on their farm in northern New York. This is an honest account of farm life; raising two little girls while working long hours, managing a diverse group of help, and money-always money. Full of grit and humor, this book is well worth the wait! ~ Reviewed by Suzanne Rice


The Hidden World of the Fox by Adele Brand - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062966100
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Published: William Morrow - October 22nd, 2019

What do we know about the Fox?
Fox is a creature that has lived along side us for as long as we can remember, not only in our backyards, but in our myths and stories. Both beloved and mistrusted, both cute woodland animal and evil trickster, our relationship, though long, has been complicated. In this wonderful book, ecologist Adele Brand brings us the truth about this beautiful mammal, dispelling many myths along the way. She paints us a full picture of this iconic edgeland dweller, its habits, relationships, and its ability to adapt successfully to our ever changing environment. I highly recommend this book to anyone with a curiosity for foxes, wildlife and nature. A wonderful addition to the genre. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live by Rob Dunn - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781541618305
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Published: Basic Books - October 1st, 2019

I can’t praise this book enough, and it’s about so much more than it appears.
The research and details that are covered in this book are breathtaking. Rob Dunn is a biologist, as well as Professor of Biology at North Carolina University, and clearly, the things that live in our homes with us are a passion of his. Not only do we learn all about the things we can see; cockroaches, ants, mice, for example, but also the things we can’t see, namely the seemingly endless kinds of bacteria that live on us, as well as around us. We learn the history of our emotions to certain living things, the reasons why we prefer some over others, and the ways they can influence not only our health, but sometimes our personality.
I had so many jaw dropping moments while reading, and I could not wait to share these revelations to anyone who would listen. I can not recommend this highly enough. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk Wallace Johnson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781101981634
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Published: Penguin Books - April 23rd, 2019

This book reads like a novel, and will totally sweep you along with the intrigue and crimes that surround the colorful world of the exotic bird feather collectors, and the people that facilitate them. You will not believe how feathers have been used, and sought after, through history, and Johnson does his subject justice with extensive research. From fly fishing, to high fashion, this gripping true crime heist, and one man’s obsession to solve it, will keep you breathlessly turning pages. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


Wilding: Returning Nature to Our Farm by Isabella Tree - Book Review

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By Isabella Tree, Eric Schlosser (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781681373713
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Published: New York Review Books - September 17th, 2019

This is the story of how a multi-generational intensive-method farm went from the barren desert that that creates, to the lush, thriving, land that it is today, and one family’s incredibly brave decision to see if they could indeed rewild the piece of earth that they are the guardians of.
It is ultimately, a story of hope, but most importantly hope realised.
Faced with economic hardship created by a method of farming that is so expensive to maintain, Charlie Burrell decided to plunge instead into an epic project, called the “Knepp Experiment” to see what would happen if they stepped back from the land, could it rewild itself? To his, and many observers, sheer delight the over 8,000 acres of land, very quickly reestablished itself to a diverse ecosystem, and along with the reinvigoration of plantlife came the increase in native wildlife. Now home to free-roaming cattle, pigs, and deer, as well as the many once-common wild things that witnessed a resurgence, like the turtle doves, nightingales, and purple emperor butterflies to name a few. With globally shocking statistics in biodiversity loss, this is the message we all need, that when the will is there, we can make a difference and bring back health to the nature that sustains us. Such an important book, I cannot recommend it highly enough. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


How to Catch a Mole: Wisdom from a Life Lived in Nature by Marc Hamer - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781771644792
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Published: Greystone Books - October 1st, 2019

An entirely unique book, and one not to be missed. Hamer’s observational skills are second to none, and the quiet, gentle way this book reads is a sheer delight. His life, though at times challenging, has been spent mostly in solitary in the natural world, learning what it means to live a mole’s life. This may well be the most we have ever known about how this small, velvety, creature really lives, in it’s dark underground world. Hamer’s knowledge of the mole’s habits, were learned from many years being paid to catch them, when landowners found them to be undesirable, and he was incredibly successful in his trade, until one day, when he found he no longer wanted to kill these elusive, solitary creatures. Sprinkled throughout the book are the most beautiful illustrations by Joe McLaren, and poems by Hamer himself, making this a total gem of a book. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


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