Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
Bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver returns with her first nonfiction narrative that will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat.
Hang on for the ride: With characteristic poetry and pluck, Barbara Kingsolver and her family sweep readers along on their journey away from the industrial-food pipeline to a rural life in which they vow to buy only food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it. Their good-humored search yields surprising discoveries about turkey sex life and overly zealous zucchini plants, en route to a food culture that’s better for the neighborhood and also better on the table. Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” makes a passionate case for putting the kitchen back at the center of family life and diversified farms at the center of the American diet.
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial, 2008
Familiar Butterflies (National Audubon Society Pocket Guides)
Richard K. Walton and Paul A Opler
Filled with succinct descriptions and dazzling photographs, the National Audubon Society Pocket Guide to Familiar Butterflies in North America is designed to be compact enough for nature-lovers to easily bring along when observing butterflies. This streamlined volume contains: a simple field guide identifying 80 of the most widespread butterflies in North America and a complete overview of observing butterflies, covering basic identifying field marks and practical tips for observing and distinguishing different butterflies.
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, 1990
A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos
In her elegant, compelling style, Dava Sobel chronicles, as nobody has, the conflicting personalities and extraordinary discoveries that shaped the Copernican Revolution. At the heart of the book is her play “And the Sun Stood Still,” imagining Rheticus’s struggle to convince Copernicus to let his manuscript see the light of day. As she achieved with her bestsellers “Longitude” and “Galileo’s Daughter,” Sobel expands the bounds of narration, giving us an unforgettable portrait of scientific achievement, and of the ever-present tensions between science and faith.
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Walker & Company, 2011
Railroads Across North America: An Illustrated History
Claude A. Wiatrowski
From the first steam-powered locomotives of the early nineteenth century to today’s high-speed commuter trains, the North American railroad is a great engine powering growth and industry. In this authoritative volume, rail author and award-winning video producer Claude Wiatrowski offers a celebration befitting that legacy. Railroads Across North America” is an entertaining account of railroading in the United States and Canada lavishly illustrated with vintage and modern photographs, period advertisements, maps, timetables, postcards, brochures, and more–nearly 600 images in all. Wiatrowski leaves no stone unturned, presenting the railroad’s beginnings, its evolving role in daily life, the technological marvels, and intersections with popular culture. An essential volume for hardcore railfans, casual enthusiasts, and those interested in the central role railroads have played in the history of a continent!
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Voyageur Press, 2007
The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World
Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers’ genes far and wide. In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship. He masterfully links four fundamental human desires–sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control–with the plants that satisfy them: the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato. In telling the stories of four familiar species, Pollan illustrates how the plants have evolved to satisfy humankind’s most basic yearnings. And just as we’ve benefited from these plants, we have also done well by them. So who is really domesticating whom?
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Random House, 2002
Hummingbirds and Butterflies
Bill Thompson III and Connie Toops
Hummingbirds and butterflies are some of the most beautiful visitors to a backyard, but they can also be some of the most elusive. Includes tips on how to attract hummingbirds and butterflies to the backyard–and how to identify them once they have arrived.
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011
The Cloud Collector’s Handbook
Throughout, author and cloud expert Gavin Pretor-Pinney catalogs a variety of clouds and gives readers points for spotting them and recording their finds.
Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: Chronicle , 2011
Mollie Katzen’s Vegetable Heaven
Mollie Katzen’s Vegetable Hebaven weaves together culinary styles from around the world and reveals a new simplicity and sophistication that will furher transform vegetarian cooking into the new millennium. Mouthwatering recipies include: Persian Eggplant Dip, Jamaican Salsa-Salad, Tunisian Tomato soup, Asparagus with Warm Tarragon-Pecan Vinaigrette, French Picnic Tart, and Cherry Upside-Down Gingerbread. Gracing the pages are 50 of Katzen’s luminous paintings, richly evocative of the pleasures of cooking and eating.
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Hyperion, 1997
The Sword of Lincoln: The Army of the Potomac
Jeffry D Wert
From Bull Run to Gettysburg to Appomattox, the Army of the Potomac repeatedly fought — and eventually defeated — Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia. Jeffry D. Wert, one of our finest Civil War historians, brings to life the battles, the generals, and the common soldiers who fought for the Union and ultimately prevailed. The Army of the Potomac endured a string of losses under a succession of flawed commanders McClellan, Burnside, and Hooker until at Gettysburg it won a decisive battle under a new commander, General George Meade. Within a year the Army of the Potomac would come under the overall leadership of the Union’s new general-in-chief, Ulysses S. Grant.
Hardcover: 576 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2005
Sweet’s Ready Reckoner
I. D. J. Sweet
Containing the Values of Articles by the pound, ounce, barrel, yard, etc from 1 to 1,000 at from 1/16 of a cent, to a dollar. Also the Methods of Measuring Timber Planks.