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April 2013

  • Tropicalia, poems by Emma Trelles

March 2013

  • In the Songbird Laboratory, poems by Lauren Eggert-Crowe
  • Heavenly Bodies, poems, by Cynthia Huntington
  • Diary of the One Swelling Sea, poems by Jill McCabe Johnson
  • Gaining Daylight: Life on Two Islands, by Sara Loewen

February 2013

  • Through the Second Skin, poems by Derek Sheffield**

January 2013

  • The Practice of Poetry: Writing Exercises from Poets Who Teach, edited by Robin Behn and Chase Twichell**

September 2012

  • Dream Cabinet, poems by Ann Fisher-Wirth

June 2012

  • Inheritance, by Christopher Paolini

May 2012

  • The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays, edited by Tara L. Masih

February 2012

  • A Great Aridness: Climate Change and the Future of the American Southwest, by William deBuys

January 2012

  • Survival of the Beautiful: Art, Science, and Evolution, by David Rothenberg

November 2011

  • Bring Down the Sky, poems by Karen Schubert
  • Marlene Dietrich, Rita Hayworth, & My Mother, poems by Rita Maria Magdaleno
  • Because I Said So: Poems on the Happiness and Crappiness of Parenthood, edited by Kevin Patrick Lee
  • Ceremony, by Leslie Marmon Silko**

October 2011

  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses, by Tom Standage
  • The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak**
  • Bloo Meridian, or, The Evening Redeness in the West, by Cormac McCarthy

September 2011

  • The Book of Sleep, poems by Eleanor Stanford
  • Lahaina Noon, poems by Eric Paul Shaffer
  • Praying Up the Sun, poems by David Taylor

August 2011

  • End of American Magic: Poems, by Christopher Locke
  • Kentucky Derby: Poems, by Andrea Cohen**
  • My Green Manifesto: Down the Charles River in Pursuit of a New Environmentalism, by David Gessner
  • Kids are Worth It! Giving Your Child the Gift of Inner Discipline, by Barbara Coloroso**
  • Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins**

July 2011

  • Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins**
  • The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins**
  • Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis, by Sandra Steingraber**
  • Cabin Fever: A Suburban Father's Search for the Wild, by Tom Montgomery Fate

June 2011

  • Thoughts on Landscape: Collected Writings and Interviews, by Frank Gohlke**

April 2011

  • Circling Home, by John Lane

March 2011

  • The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, by Stieg Larsson
  • The Girl who Played with Fire, by Stieg Larsson**
  • How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems, by Joy Harjo

February 2011

  • Preliminary Report, poems by John Davis**
  • The Elements of Editing: A Modern Guide for Editors and Journalists, by Arthur Plotnik

January 2011

  • Wildbranch: An Anthology of Nature, Environmental, and Place-based Writing, edited by Florence Caplow and Susan A. Cohen

December 2010

  • At Home, by Bill Bryson
  • Where Clouds are Formed, poems by Ofelia Zepeda

November 2010

  • The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir, by Bill Bryson
  • Flood Song, poem by Sherwin Bitsui
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson
  • Shapeshift, poems by Sherwin Bitsui
  • The Hermit's Place, poems by Bernard Quetchenbach

October 2010

  • In a Sunburned Country, by Bill Bryson
  • Mister Pip, by Lloyd Jones
  • A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson

September 2010

  • The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, by Stephenie Meyer
  • Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens**
  • Notes from a Small Island, by Bill Bryson
  • The Last Person to Hear Your Voice, poems by Richard Shelton

August 2010

  • Going to Seed: Dispatches from the Garden, by Charles Goodrich
  • The Road, by Cormac McCarthy**
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams

July 2010

  • Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
  • Why People Photograph, by Robert Adams**
  • In the Blast Zone: Catastrophe and Renewal on Mount St. Helens, edited by Charles Goodrich, Kathleen Dean Moore, and Frederick J. Swanson
  • Girl on a Bridge, poems by Suzanne Frischkorn
  • Temporary Homelands, by Alison Hawthorne Deming**

June 2010

  • The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold
  • All the Pretty Horses, by Cormac McCarthy**
  • On the Road, by Jack Kerouac**

May 2010

  • Urchin to Follow, poems by Dorine Jennette
  • A Separate Peace, by John Knowles
  • The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald**

March 2010

  • Breaking Dawn, by Stephenie Meyer

February 2010

  • Eclipse, by Stephenie Meyer
  • New Moon, by Stephenie Meyer
  • Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling* **

January 2010

  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, by Benjamin Franklin**
  • 100 Selected Poems, by E.E. Cummings**

December 2009

  • Starting from Anywhere, poems by Lex Runciman**
  • City of Bridges, poems by Jo Slade
  • Half Wild, poems by Mary Rose O'Reilley
  • Darwin's Ark, poems by Philip Appleman, illustrations by Rudy Pozzatti**
  • The Call of the Wild, by Jack London**

November 2009

  • Story Hunger, poems by Jerah Chadwick
  • Nothing to You, poems by Suzanne Roberts
  • Floating City, poems by Anne Pierson Wiese
  • Ballistics, poems by Billy Collins
  • Rope, poems by Alison Hawthorne Deming**
  • Gold Leaf on Granite, poems by William Keener

October 2009

  • The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
  • Faultdancing, poems by William Pitt Root

September 2009

  • Inkdeath (Inkworld Trilogy, Book Three), by Cornelia Funke

August 2009

  • Crazy Love: New Poems, by Pamela Uschuk**

July 2009

  • A Conservationist Manifesto, by Scott Russell Sanders**

June 2009

  • Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer
  • Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer**
  • Evidence, poems by Mary Oliver

May 2009

  • The Art of Drowning, poems by Billy Collins**
  • While Light is Built, poems in Spanish by Tedi López Mills, translated into English by Wendy Burk**

April 2009

  • Accommodating Nature: The Photographs of Frank Gohlke, by John Rohrbach, with additional essays by Frank Gohlke and Rebecca Solnit
  • The Sudbury River: A Celebration, photographs by Frank Gohlke, contributions by Rachel Rosenfield Lafo, Stephen Johnson, John Hallam, Frank Gohlke, and John Hanson Mitchell
  • The Book of Medicines, poems by Linda Hogan

March 2009

  • Airborne, poems by Mark Granier

February 2009

  • Mountain Home: The Wilderness Poetry of Ancient China, translated by David Hinton**
  • Brisingr (Inheritance Cycle, Book Three), by Christopher Paolini
  • Nine Horses, poems by Billy Collins**
  • Picnic, Lightning, poems by Billy Collins**

January 2009

  • Moy Sand and Gravel, poems by Paul Muldoon
  • The Wellfleet Whale and Companion Poems, by Stanley Kunitz
  • The Wild Iris, poems by Louise Glück**
  • Solace of the Aging Mare, poems by Dan Stryk
  • Halflives, poems by Andrew C. Gottlieb

December 2008

  • Lit Windowpane, poems by Suzanne Frischkorn
  • Naked, by David Sedaris
  • Barrel Fever and Other Stories, by David Sedaris
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris

November 2008

  • Holidays on Ice, by David Sedaris
  • Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, by David Sedaris
  • Lit Windowpane, by Suzanne Frischkorn

October 2008

  • A Private History of Awe, by Scott Russell Sanders**
  • Ptolemy's Gate (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book II), by Jonathan Stroud**

September 2008

  • The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture, by Wendell Berry
  • The Golem's Eye (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book II), by Jonathan Stroud**

August 2008

  • The Amulet of Samarkand (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book I), by Jonathan Stroud**
  • Inkspell, by Cornelia Funke
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, by J.K. Rowling*

July 2008

  • Thousand Mile Song: Whale Music in a Sea of Sound, by David Rothenberg**
  • The World Without Us, by Alan Weisman**

June 2008

  • Staying Put: Making a Home in a Restless World, by Scott Russell Sanders**
  • Morning Poems, by Robert Bly

May 2008

  • Sure Signs: New and Selected Poems, by Ted Kooser
  • What Narcissism Means to Me, by Tony Hoagland
  • Genius Loci, by Alison Hawthorne Deming
  • Legacy, by Jane Levin
  • Here, Bullet, by Brian Turner**
  • Pity the Drowned Horses, by Sheryl Luna
  • Freshly Rooted, by Emily Wall

April 2008

  • A Murmuration of Starlings, by Jake Adam York**
  • Blind Huber, by Nick Flynn**
  • Columbarium, by Susan Stewart
  • Slave Moth, by Thyllias Moss**
  • The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, Book III), by Philip Pullman

March 2008

  • Garbage, by A.R. Ammons**
  • New and Selected Poems: Volume One, by Mary Oliver**
  • Migration: New and Selected Poems, by W.S. Merwin
  • Complete Poems, by Elizabeth Bishop

February 2008

  • Black Mesa Poems, by Jimmy Santiago Baca**
  • The Heights of Macchu Picchu, by Pablo Neruda
  • The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, Book II), by Philip Pullman
  • Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke
  • Selected Poems, by William Carlos Williams
  • Breaking Clean, by Judy Blunt**

January 2008

  • Minka: My Farmhouse in Japan, by John Roderick
  • The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, Book I), by Philip Pullman*
  • Planet Ocean: Voyage to the Heart of the Marine Realm, by Laurent Ballesta and Pierre Descamp

December 2007

  • Phantom Limb: Essays, by Theresa Kishkan**

November 2007

  • Persepolis 2, by Marjane Satrapi
  • Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi**
  • Hunting for Hope: A Father's Journeys, by Scott Russell Sanders**
  • True Story, by Michael Finkel
  • Photocopies, by John Berger**
  • In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
  • This House of Sky, by Ivan Doig

October 2007

  • Notes of a Native Son, by James Baldwin
  • Safekeeping: Some True Stories from a Life, by Abigail Thomas
  • The Periodic Table, by Primo Levi
  • For the Time Being, by Annie Dillard
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, by J.K. Rowling*
  • Geronimo: His Own Story (The Autobiography of a Great Patriot Warrior), by Geronimo, as told to S.M. Barrett, newly revised and edited with an introduction and notes by Frederick Turner (the Turner introduction gets **)

September 2007

  • West with the Night, by Beryl Markham**
  • Tribute to Freud, by H.D.
  • Memories, Dreams, Reflections, by C.G. Jung**

August 2007

  • Speak, Memory, by Vladimir Nabokov

July 2007

  • The Assault on Reason, by Al Gore
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling**
  • The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett*

June 2007

  • Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather**
  • On the Altar of Greece, poems by Donna J. Gelagotis Lee
  • Bird Songs: 250 North American Birds in Song, by Les Beletsky

May 2007

  • Chasing Wildflowers: A Mad Search for Wild Gardens, by Scott Calhoun

April 2007

  • The Devil's Highway: A True Story, by Luis Alberto Urrea**
  • Red, by Terry Tempest Williams
  • The Meadow, by James Galvin**
  • Dragon Rider, by Cornelia Funke*

March 2007

  • Going Back to Bisbee, by Richard Shelton
  • Savage Dreams: A Journey into the Landscape Wars of the American West, by Rebecca Solnit**
  • Yaqui Deer Songs, Maso Bwikam: A Native American Poetry, by Larry Evers and Felipe Molina

February 2007

  • Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness, by Edward Abbey**
  • The Log from the Sea of Cortez, by John Steinbeck**
  • Son of the Morning Star, by Evan S. Connell

January 2007

  • The Exploration of the Colorado River and its Canyons, by John Wesley Powell
  • Adventures in the Unknown Interior of America, by Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca

December 2006

  • The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution, by David Quammen**
  • Thirst, poems by Mary Oliver
  • Camp-Fires on Desert and Lava, by William T. Hornaday

November 2006

  • Why Birds Sing: A Journey into the Mystery of Bird Song, by David Rothenberg
  • Entering the Stone: On Caves and Feeling throught the Dark, by Barbara Hurd**
  • Consider the Oyster, by M.F.K. Fisher
  • Our Inner Ape: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are, by Frans de Waal
  • The End: Book the Thirteenth, by Lemony Snicket*

October 2006

  • Ravens in Winter, by Bernd Heinrich
  • Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior, by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson
  • Waiting for Aphrodite: Jouneys into the Time Before Bones, by Sue Hubbell
  • Having Faith: An Ecologist's Journey to Motherhood, by Sandra Steingraber**

September 2006

  • Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters, by Matt Ridley**
  • The Survival of the Bark Canoe, by John McPhee
  • Tristes Tropiques, by Claude Levi-Strauss
  • Twilight of the Mammoths: Ice Age Extinctions and the Rewilding of America, by Paul S. Martin
  • Joshua Tree: Desolation Tango, text by Deanne Stillman and photographs by Galen Hunt
  • The Land's Wild Music: Encounters with Barry Lopez, Peter Matthiessen, Terry Tempest Williams, & James Galvin, by Mark Tredinnick

August 2006

  • Disturbing the Universe, by Freeman Dyson**

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