Related to: 'In Search of the Canary Tree'

Little, Brown US

The Sun Is a Compass

Caroline Van Hemert
Authors:
Caroline Van Hemert

During graduate school, as she conducted experiments on the peculiarly misshapen beaks of chickadees, ornithologist Caroline Van Hemert began to feel stifled in the isolated, sterile environment of the lab. Worried that she was losing her passion for the scientific research she once loved, she was compelled to experience wildness again, to be guided by the sounds of birds and to follow the trails of animals.In March of 2012 she and her husband set off on a 4,000-mile wilderness journey from the Pacific rainforest to the Alaskan Arctic. Traveling by rowboat, ski, foot, raft, and canoe, they explored northern landscapes so remote there were no maps or guidebooks to mark them. Together, they survived harrowing dangers while also experiencing incredible moments of joy and grace -- migrating birds silhouetted against the moon, the steamy breath of caribou, and the bond that comes from sharing such experiences. A unique blend of science, adventure, and personal narrative, the book explores the bounds of the physical body and the tenuousness of life in the company of creatures whose daily survival is nothing short of miraculous. It is a journey through the heart, the mind, and some of the wildest places left in North America.In the end, The Sun Is a Compass is a love letter to nature, an inspiring story of endurance, and a beautifully written testament to the resilience of the human spirit

Piatkus

Oestrogen Matters

Dr Avrum Bluming, Carol Tavris PhD
Authors:
Dr Avrum Bluming, Carol Tavris PhD

'I believe it is an ethical imperative for all clinicians who treat women in menopause or women with breast cancer to alert their patients to this book' Michael Baum, MD, Professor Emeritus of Surgery and visiting professor of Medical Humanities, University College London'A thorough, careful and unbiased assessment . . . This extremely valuable message deserves to be widely disseminated' Lord Turnberg, former President of the Royal College of PhysiciansA compelling defence of hormone replacement therapy, exposing the faulty science behind its fall from prominence and empowering readers to make informed decisions about their health. For years, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was hailed as a miracle. Study after study showed that HRT, if initiated at the onset of menopause, could ease symptoms ranging from hot flushes to memory loss; reduce the risk of heart disease, Alzheimer's, osteoporosis, and some cancers; and even extend a woman's overall life expectancy. But when a large study by the Women's Health Initiative announced results showing an uptick in breast cancer among women taking HRT, the winds shifted abruptly, and HRT, officially deemed a carcinogen, was abandoned.Now, sixteen years after HRT was left for dead, Dr Bluming, a medical oncologist, and Dr Tavris, a social psychologist, track its strange history and present a compelling case for its resurrection. They investigate what led the public -- and much of the medical establishment -- to accept the Women's Health Initiative's often exaggerated claims, while also providing a fuller picture of the science that supports HRT. A sobering and revelatory read, Oestrogen Matters sets the record straight on this beneficial treatment and provides an empowering path to wellness for women everywhere.

Moon Travel

Moon British Columbia (Eleventh Edition)

Andrew Hempstead
Authors:
Andrew Hempstead

British Columbia is filled with shining rivers, vibrant cities, and temperate rainforests. Experience the best of this beautiful province with Moon British Columbia.* Strategic itineraries in an easy-to-navigate format, such as "The Best of British Columbia," "The Best of Vancouver & Victoria," "Okanagan Wine Tasting," "Top Ski Resorts," and "Family Fun"* Curated advice from local author Andrew Hempstead* Vibrant, helpful photos* Detailed maps and directions for exploring on your own* Activities and ideas for every traveller:Try to spot bears, moose, and elk on a hike through the verdant wilderness, or go whale-watching on the Pacific. Learn about the First Nations tribes' colourful totem poles and sample indigenous foods. Kayak through icy fjords, ski Whistler's world-class slopes, or admire the colonial architecture of British Columbia's great cities* Background information on the landscape, culture, history, and environment* Essential insight for travellers on recreation, transportation, and accommodations, packaged in a book slim enough to fit in your daypack* In-depth coverage of Vancouver, Victoria and Vancouver Island, The Sunshine Coast, Sea to Sky Highway, Whistler, Gold Nugget Route, the Okanagan Valley, the Kootenays, the Canadian Rockies, Glacier National Park, Revelstoke, Kamloops, Mount Robson, Cariboo Country, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Haida Gwaii, Stewart-Cassar Highway, Alaska Highway, and The YukonWith Moon British Columbia's practical tips and an insider's view on the best things to do and see, you can plan your trip your way.Expanding your trip? Try Moon Vancouver & Canadian Rockies Road Trip. Craving more of Canada's incredible wilderness? Check out Moon Banff National Park.

Basic Books

Coyote America

Dan Flores
Authors:
Dan Flores

With its uncanny night howls, unrivaled ingenuity, and amazing resilience, the coyote is the stuff of legends. In Indian folktales it often appears as a deceptive trickster or a sly genius. But legends don't come close to capturing the incredible survival story of the coyote. As soon as Americans--especially white Americans--began ranching and herding in the West, they began working to destroy the coyote. Despite campaigns of annihilation employing poisons, gases, helicopters, and engineered epidemics, coyotes didn't just survive, they thrived, expanding across the continent from Anchorage, Alaska, to New York's Central Park. In the war between humans and coyotes, coyotes have won hands-down.Coyote America is both an environmental and a deep natural history of the coyote. It traces both the five-million-year-long biological story of an animal that has become the "wolf" in our backyards, as well as its cultural evolution from a preeminent spot in Native American religions to the hapless foil of the Road Runner. A deeply American tale, the story of the coyote in the American West and beyond is a sort of Manifest Destiny in reverse, with a pioneering hero whose career holds up an uncanny mirror to the successes and failures of American expansionism.An illuminating biography of this extraordinary animal, Coyote America isn't just the story of an animal's survival--it is one of the great epics of our time.

Moon Travel

Moon Alaska

Lisa Maloney
Authors:
Lisa Maloney

Discover Alaska in a Whole New WayTravel writer and Alaska local Lisa Maloney shares her expert perspective on The Last Frontier, guiding you on a memorable and unique experience. Whether you're looking to see the northern lights, kayak through the summer seas of the Kenai Peninsula, or take in stunningly wild landscapes, Moon Alaska has activities for every traveler. With itineraries like "Best of Alaska in Two Weeks" and "Bear-Viewing," expertly crafted maps, gorgeous photos, and Maloney's trustworthy advice, Moon Alaska provides the tools for planning your perfect trip!Moon Alaska covers can't-miss sights and the best destinations including:Juneau and the Inside PassageAnchorageThe Kenai Peninsula and Prince William SoundDenali, Fairbanks and the InteriorKodiak and Southwestern AlaskaThe Arctic

Moon Travel

Moon Montana & Wyoming (Third Edition)

Carter G. Walker
Authors:
Carter G. Walker

Moon Montana & Wyoming guides you to the best of America's wild west, revealing the untold adventures that await under the vast country sky. Inside you'll find:*Strategic, flexible itineraries for visiting both states, including Yellowstone, Glacier, and Grand Teton national parks, curated for outdoor adventurers, history buffs, and more*The best road trips in Montana and Wyoming, from a 14-day Greater Yellowstone loop to a 7-day Glacier road trip*Must-see highlights and unique experiences: Hit the road to see the stunning scenery of the national parks and stop in towns where the Old West is alive and well. Spot wildlife like wolves, elk, moose, bison, and black bears, go whitewater rafting or kayaking, or drive the famed Going-to-the-Sun Road. Hike to roaring waterfalls, breathtaking vistas, and secluded lakes. Learn about the region's important Native American history, discover authentic cowboy culture, or sample the best of western cuisine in Jackson Hole, from locally raised bison burgers to huckleberry pie*Honest advice from former wilderness guide and longtime Montana local Carter G. Walker on where to stay, where to eat, and how to get around*Full-colour photos and detailed maps throughout*Accurate, up-to-date information including background on the landscape, wildlife, history, and local culture*Handy tips for families, LGBTQ+ travellers, and travellers with disabilitiesWith Moon Montana & Wyoming's practical advice and local insight on the best things to do and see, you can plan your trip your way.Focusing on U.S. national parks? Try Moon USA National Parks, Moon Glacier National Park or Moon Yellowstone & Grand Teton.

Moon Travel

Moon Big Island of Hawaii (8th ed)

Bree Kessler
Authors:
Bree Kessler

Expert traveller Bree Kessler covers the best sights and adventures that the Big Island has to offer, from soaking up the sun on Kona's iconic white sand beaches to sampling local delicacies at Hilo's popular farmer's market. Kessler also offers one-of-a-kind trip ideas, including Eat Your Way Around the Island, Big Island on a Budget, and Just Leave Me at the Beach,an itinerary for travellers who want to spend their entire vacation relaxing on the sand. Brimming with details on checking out the sea turtles at Punalu'u Beach County Park, tidepooling in Pahoa, and venturing up Saddle Road for the spectacular views at the Mauna Kea observatory, Moon Big Island of Hawai'i gives travellers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience. This full-colour travel guide includes colourful photos and helpful maps throughout.

Moon Travel

Moon Anchorage, Denali & the Kenai Peninsula (Second Edition)

Don Pitcher
Authors:
Don Pitcher

In this full-colour guide, seasoned travel writer Don Pitcher shares the best ways to experience all that Anchorage, Denali, and the Kenai Peninsula have to offer, from Anchorage Museum's fascinating exhibits to the natural splendor of Denali National Park to Resurrection Bay's breathtaking wildlife tours. Pitcher leads travellers to the highlights of the three areas, offering tips on how to make an Anchorage stay enjoyable and affordable, what to bring on a trip to Denali, and which of the Kenai Peninsula's many outdoor recreational opportunities shouldn't be passed up. Complete with information on taking a boat trip to Portage Glacier, stepping into the past in old mining town Hope, and watching for belugas and bore tides on Turnagain Arm, Moon Anchorage, Denali & the Kenai Peninsula gives travellers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

Moon Travel

Moon Northern California (Seventh Edition)

Christopher Arns, Elizabeth Linhart Veneman
Authors:
Christopher Arns, Elizabeth Linhart Veneman
Piatkus

The Quality of Silence

Rosamund Lupton
Authors:
Rosamund Lupton
Basic Books

The Triumph of Seeds

Thor Hanson
Authors:
Thor Hanson

Winner of the 2016 PNBA Book Award A finalist for the 2016 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books, Young Adult Science Book categoryWe live in a world of seeds. From our morning toast to the cotton in our clothes, they are quite literally the stuff and staff of life, supporting diets, economies, and civilizations around the globe. Just as the search for nutmeg and the humble peppercorn drove the Age of Discovery, so did coffee beans help fuel the Enlightenment, and cottonseed help spark the Industrial Revolution. And from the Fall of Rome to the Arab Spring, the fate of nations continues to hinge on the seeds of a Middle Eastern grass known as wheat.In nature and in culture, seeds are fundamental,objects of beauty, evolutionary wonder, and simple fascination. How many times has a child dropped the winged pip of a maple, marveling as it spirals its way down to the ground, or relished the way a gust of wind(or a stout breath) can send a dandelion's feathery flotilla skyward? Yet despite their importance, seeds are often seen as a commonplace, their extraordinary natural and human histories overlooked. Thanks to Thor Hanson and this stunning new book, they can be overlooked no more.What makes The Triumph of Seeds remarkable is not just that it is informative, humane, hilarious, and even moving, just as what makes seeds remarkable is not simply their fundamental importance to life. In both cases, it is their sheer vitality and the delight that we can take in their existence,the opportunity to experience, as Hanson puts it, the simple joy of seeing something beautiful, doing what it is meant to do." Spanning the globe from the Raccoon Shack,Hanson's backyard writing hideout-cum-labouratory,to the coffee shops of Seattle, from gardens and flower patches to the spice routes of Kerala, this is a book of knowledge, adventure, and wonder, spun by an award-winning writer with both the charm of a fireside story-teller and the hard-won expertise of a field biologist. A worthy heir to the grand tradition of Aldo Leopold and Bernd Heinrich, The Triumph of Seeds takes us on a fascinating scientific adventure through the wild and beautiful world of seeds. It is essential reading for anyone who loves to see a plant grow.

Black Dog & Leventhal

Smithsonian Civil War In 3D

Michael Stephenson, Smithsonian Institution
Authors:
Michael Stephenson, Smithsonian Institution

The everyday experiences of Union and Confederate soldiers are vividly captured in historic 3D images, seen through an accompanying stereoscopic viewer, in this unique book-and-box format.The life of a soldier during the Civil War, whether Union or Confederate, was brutally hard and tremendously bleak in ways that are difficult to fathom. Yet, the war also had its moments of heroism, pride, and humanity. The Civil War in 3D transports us to this defining time in our country's history and puts us right in the middle of the battlegrounds.This unique book-and-box format includes 35 stereoscopic photographs, a sturdy metal stereoscopic viewer through which to see them, and a 176-page illustrated paperback book that tells of the war from the soldiers' perspective, including firsthand descriptions in the form of letters and diaries. What they ate, where they slept, how they filled the long hours while waiting for the next battle to start, and other aspects of their gritty existence are presented along with a timeline of the war that puts the experiences described into context.The 35 3D photographs, many culled from the Smithsonian archive, include images of soldiers building winter quarters, preparing food in the mess hall, bathing in a river in Virginia, waiting at the depot to be transported to the front lines, building roads, following the wagon trains from battle to battle, and recuperating from wounds in hospitals. Detailed descriptions of the scenes depicted in the photographs are included on the back of each card.

Twelve

Denial

Ajit Varki
Authors:
Ajit Varki

The history of science abounds with momentous theories that disrupted conventional wisdom and yet were eventually proven true. Ajit Varki and Danny Brower's "Mind over Reality" theory is poised to be one such idea - a concept that runs counter to commonly-held notions about human evolution but that may hold the key to understanding why humans evolved as we did, leaving all other related species far behind.At a chance meeting in 2005, Brower, a geneticist, posed an unusual idea to Varki that he believed could explain the origins of human uniqueness among the world's species: Why is there no humanlike elephant or humanlike dolphin, despite millions of years of evolutionary opportunity? Why is it that humans alone can understand the minds of others?Haunted by their encounter, Varki tried years later to contact Brower only to discover that he had died unexpectedly. Inspired by an incomplete manuscript Brower left behind, DENIAL presents a radical new theory on the origins of our species. It was not, the authors argue, a biological leap that set humanity apart from other species, but a psychological one: namely, the uniquely human ability to deny reality in the face of inarguable evidence-including the willful ignorance of our own inevitable deaths.The awareness of our own mortality could have caused anxieties that resulted in our avoiding the risks of competing to procreate-an evolutionary dead-end. Humans therefore needed to evolve a mechanism for overcoming this hurdle: the denial of reality.As a consequence of this evolutionary quirk we now deny any aspects of reality that are not to our liking we smoke cigarettes, eat unhealthy foods, and avoid exercise, knowing these habits are a prescription for an early death. And so what has worked to establish our species could be our undoing if we continue to deny the consequences of unrealistic approaches to everything from personal health to financial risk-taking to climate change. On the other hand reality-denial affords us many valuable attributes, such as optimism, confidence, and courage in the face of long odds.Presented in homage to Brower's original thinking, DENIAL offers a powerful warning about the dangers inherent in our remarkable ability to ignore reality-a gift that will either lead to our downfall, or continue to be our greatest asset.

Black Dog & Leventhal

Great War In 3D

Jean-Pierre Verney, Michael Stephenson
Authors:
Jean-Pierre Verney, Michael Stephenson

See The Great War in 3D and experience first hand stories as told from the soldiers' perspectivesA BOOK PLUS A STEREOSCOPIC VIEWER AND 35 3D PHOTOS OF MEN IN BATTLE, 1914-1918This innovative package comprises a sturdy metal stereoscopic viewer, 35 stereoscopic photographs of some of the most compelling moments captured on film during World War I, and a 176-page paperback book that provides a brief history of war photography and an overview of the war from 1914 through the Treaty of Versailles. The book covers the European campaigns and naval battles, focusing mainly on the lives of the soldiers. Chapters also cover Christmas on the battlefront; comics from British cartoonist Bruce Bairnsfather, who served during the war; excerpts from letters of POWs; and life in the trenches.Detailed descriptions of the scenes depicted in each stereographic photograph are included on the back of each card, so the viewer will understand exactly what he or she is seeing.

Basic Books

Feathers

Thor Hanson
Authors:
Thor Hanson

Feathers are an evolutionary marvel: aerodynamic, insulating, beguiling. They date back more than 100 million years. Yet their story has never been fully told. In Feathers , biologist Thor Hanson details a sweeping natural history, as feathers have been used to fly, protect, attract, and adorn through time and place. Applying the research of paleontologists, ornithologists, biologists, engineers, and even art historians, Hanson asks: What are feathers? How did they evolve? What do they mean to us? Engineers call feathers the most efficient insulating material ever discovered, and they are at the root of biology's most enduring debate. They silence the flight of owls and keep penguins dry below the ice. They have decorated queens, jesters, and priests. And they have inked documents from the Constitution to the novels of Jane Austen. Feathers is a captivating and beautiful exploration of this most enchanting object.

Hachette Australia

Power Plays

Laurie Oakes
Authors:
Laurie Oakes

Laurie Oakes is the most influential political journalist in Australia - if he says something has happened, the rest of the media (especially the Canberra Press Gallery) believe him, and report it as news. He has worked in Canberra as a political reporter for 39 years and reported on 19 federal elections and regularly finds the big story way ahead of everyone else. Currently the national political editor for the Nine Network he is the man who interviews all the big names. From 1987 to December 2007 he wrote a weekly column for the Bulletin and since its demise he has been writing a column for the Saturday Daily Telegraph in Sydney and the Herald Sun in Melbourne. POWER PLAYS is a selection of 150 of the very best and most timeless of Laurie Oakes's columns - that sum up the important events or people, and that shed light on the past and present. This book is both an examination of the high points (and some of the low ones) of the past 20 years of national politics - and a fascinating look behind the scenes.

Basic Books

The Firecracker Boys

Dan O'Neill
Authors:
Dan O'Neill
Basic Books

A Land Gone Lonesome

Dan O'Neill
Authors:
Dan O'Neill

In his square-sterned canoe, Alaskan author Dan O'Neill set off from Dawson, Yukon Territory, onetime site of the Klondike gold rush, to trace the majestic Yukon River. His journey downriver to Circle City, Alaska, is an expedition into the history of the river and its land, and a record of the inimitable and little known inhabitants of the region. With the distinct perspective of an insider, A Land Gone Lonesome gives us an intelligent, rhapsodic-and ultimately, probably the last-portrait of the Yukon and its authentic inhabitants.

Abacus

A Serpent In Eden

James Owen
Authors:
James Owen

Night comes quickly to the Bahamas. That of 7 July 1943 was unpleasantly close and humid, for though the rains were nearing their end, the air was heavy with an approaching storm. It struck Nassau soon after midnight. By the time it had blown itself out, one of the world's richest men, Sir Harry Oakes, had been murdered in his own bedroom. He had been burned alive, then had his skull broken by four blows to the head. When the body was found at daybreak, bloody handprints marked the walls of the room, while a fan stirred small white feathers that clung to the charred corpse on the bed. Beyond it, the window stood wide open. Even in the middle of wartime, Oakes's death commanded front-page headlines in the world's newspapers, and began a series of events whose protagonists included the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Ernest Hemingway, two French aristocrats, a suspected Nazi and a grey Maltese cat, and which culminated in the sensational trial and acquittal of Oakes's own son-in-law for the crime. Owen's brilliant telling of the story stands alongside James Fox's WHITE MISCHIEF as a true-crime classic as well as an extraordinary portrait of a glamorous and corrupt society.