The National Book Award-winning author of Arctic Dreams presents a lyrical, intellectual account of his world travels and the extraordinary encounters with people, animals and natural elements that shaped his life
The author of The Moor recounts his travels through eight of the world's most extreme deserts, including the Gobi Desert and the Great Victoria Desert, in a literary tribute to their cultural relevance and timeless, forbidding allure
In a blend of science and personal narrative that takes readers on a fascinating journey through prehistory, the author of Apocalyptic Planet, chronicling the last millennia of the Ice Age and tracing the First People in North America, shows how much has changed since the time of mammoth hunters, and also what hasn't changed.
The author of The Conundrum presents a revelatory account of where our water comes from and where it goes, examining the complicated human-made ecosystem of waterways, reservoirs, power plants, fracking sites and farms that contribute to shortage issues in the western United States.
A passionate tour of the Arctic landscape covers such topics as the aurora borealis, polar bears, killer whales, migrating icebergs, the region's indigenous people, and the author's spiritual experiences there. Winner of the National Book Award.
A profile of Antarctica and its indigenous life traces the history of regional exploration and the science currently being conducted there while evaluating the pursuits of various countries and explaining how Antarctica reveals key insights into the planet's environmental future.
The naturalist author of Refuge and An Unspoken Hunger reflects on what it means to be human, the interconnection between the natural and human worlds, and how they combine to produce both tumult and peace, ugliness and beauty.
A lyric reflection on the nature of landscape and its power to shape the lives and syntax of men and women. Examines the work of American writers Barry Lopez, Peter Matthiessen, Terry Tempest Williams, and James Galvin, looking at how their landscapes--the Cascades, Long Island, the Colorado Plateau, and the high prairies of the Rocky Mountains--have shaped them.
Follows the stories of nine individuals who resist the mainstream only to catch the government's attention, from a traveling carpenter who commits an act of violence to a blind Vietnam veteran's coming to terms with the loss of his innocence.
A collection of fiction and nonfiction writings by the National Book Award-winning author and naturalist includes the prologue from Arctic Dreams, along with such essays as "Landscape and Narrative," "The American Geographies," "Flight," and "Learning to See," and selected short fiction.
Integrating elements of memoir, adventure, and natural history, the author of Raven's Exile explores the mysteries of the natural world, using turquoise, both the color and the gem, as a metaphor, journeying to a rich variety of canyons, deserts, seas, and mountains and the plants and animals that make such habitats their home.
The author of A Match to the Heart describes her seven-year odyssey back and forth to Greenland to explore the culture, society, and lifestyle of the polar Eskimos and to learn about the lives of others who had chosen to live in a land dominated by ice.
The naturalist and explorer shares his love affair with the crane through his many illustrations focusing on the great bird, along with fascinating text about the creature's place in history, myth, and the natural world.