Paul McCartney's children's book debut

by Paul McCartney, Geoff Dunbar, Philip Ardagh

Dr. Pitcairn's New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats
by Richard H. Pitcairn, Susan Hubble Pitcairn

A Country Practice : Scenes from the Veterinary Life
by Douglas Whynott

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The Healing Power of Pets : Harnessing the Amazing Ability of Pets to Make and Keep People Healthy
by Marty Becker, Danelle Morton (Contributor)

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"Dr. Becker steps confidently . . . adding a strong voice for the healing powers of animals."

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"For those of us who have always believed that pets . . . drives the lesson home . . . animals never had a better friend."


Among the Bears : Raising Orphan Cubs in the Wild
Benjamin Kilham (Editor), Ed Gray

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This is not just a shaggy bear story: when Kilham raises two orphaned cubs, he discovers that bears, unlike our close relatives, the mean-spirited chimps, help individuals they don't know.

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A first-person account of wild bear behavior that is both a thrilling animal story and a groundbreaking work of science.

In the spring of 1993, Ben Kilham, a naturalist who lives in the woodlands of New Hampshire, began raising a pair of orphaned wild black bears. The experience changed his life.

While spending thousands of hours with the cubs, Kilham discovered unknown facets of bear behavior that have radically revised our understanding of animal behavior.

The Birds of Heaven : Travels With Cranes
by Peter Matthiessen, Robert L. Bateman (Illustrator)

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Acclaimed writer Peter Matthiessen, a self-professed "craniac," has been observing and studying all kinds of birds most of his life, but his pursuit of cranes is closer to a spiritual quest than a naturalist's exercise. These majestic, mythic, and notoriously shy birds, capable of soaring at heights of 20,000 feet, are often fond of remote and rugged places, so just locating the birds can be difficult enough, determining an accurate number often impossible. Some locales, such as the breeding grounds on the Platte River in Nebraska, boast flocks half a million strong--"by far the greatest crane assemblies on earth"; other areas support only a precious few. Matthiessen's search for 15 different species of cranes has taken him to hidden corners of Siberia, China, Mongolia, Tibet, Sudan, and Australia (where Atherton cranes were not even discovered until 1961). Despite his many years of adventure and wide travels, each crane sighting is still a thrill for him, and his curiosity and contagious enthusiasm bring the book alive. But The Birds of Heaven also serves as an ecological warning: "Perhaps more than any other living creatures, they evoke the retreating wilderness, the vanishing horizons of clean water, earth, and air upon which their species--and ours, too, though we learn it very late--must ultimately depend for survival." --Shawn Carkonen

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rolific and gifted novelist and naturalist, National Book Award-winner Matthiessen (The Snow Leopard) provides literally a worldwide tableau in his quest for various subspecies of cranes. These large flying birds celebrated in myth and folklore are found everywhere from Siberia to Australia, sub-Saharan Africa to North America. The author moves through each of these diverse climes as he not only reminds readers of the awesome beauty of the natural world but also introduces them to fascinating...
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5 out of 5 stars Superb account of natural history and conservation efforts., January 7, 2002
Reviewer: Constantino Flores (see more about me) from Athens, GA USA

Mathiessen has masterfully rendered a portrait of the absolute beauty -and at the same time, crystal-like frailty- of the earth's ecosystems, focusing on the natural history of the most graceful of all birds, the cranes. The depiction of the close links between these birds and their natural surroundings, although based upon the works of the leading authorities in the field, are easily digested for the average nature-oriented reader. Besides the natural history of all cranes' species, and the conservation efforts to preserve them (which give the reader a strong sense of hope for the future of the delicate ecosystems), the reader gets a superb first-hand account of the world's most exotic destinations along with real wisdom pearls of introspection. Besides, Robert Bateman's illustrations are world-class. This book have what it takes to become a classic.

 Wild Nights : Nature Returns to the City
by Anne Matthews

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For human and nonhuman to covet the same real estate is no light matter, since the next decades will be the first truly urban period in human history. At the turn of the twenty-first century, half of us were concentrated in the world's metropolitan areas, particularly twenty or so emerging supercities, chief among them New York, Los Angeles, London, Rio, Mexico City, Djakarta, Calcutta, Lagos, Nairobi, and Dacca. By 2050, three-fourths of our species will be city creatures. Already, about one American in fifteen lives in New York, or in the New York suburbs. 

Yet throughout the United States, as from Toronto to Tokyo, nature/culture confrontation is becoming part of urban, suburban, and periurban routine. Some encounters in this new wilderness charm us; some we dread; others we badly misunderstand. Archaeology, history, and the earth sciences all tell us that other citified cultures, in other centuries, met such tests too. Most failed -- some gradually, some with spectacular rapidity -- for reasons already repeating themselves in the five boroughs today, and in the fifty states. Messing too much with the natural world generally hands an urban culture one of three outcomes: a transformed life, a lesser life, a long night. 

New York has long cultivated an edgy relationship with nature, that big green blur between the lobby and the cab. To be vague or dismissive about the resurgent natural world is the last acceptable prejudice in The City, which talks a lot about diversity, but about biodiversity hardly at all. Yet the array of new pressures already hard upon New York are all environmental, from regional hyperdevelopment to the effects of climate change on an island metropolis. New York, that fashion-forward town, has never minded change, if it can set the terms -- a luxury that may no longer be possible. For centuries now, the city of New York has resolutely rushed ahead, determined to find the best deal, to never waste time, to never show weakness. It rarely looks around, rarely looks back. Maybe it should. Wild does not always mean natural; urban is not the same as tame. Even in Manhattan, you are never more than three feet from a spider. 

Copyright © 2001 Anne Matthews

--From Wild Nights : Nature Returns to the City, by Anne Matthews. © May 2001 , North Point Press used by permission.

Dangerous Beauty: Life and Death in Africa: True Stories from a Safari Guide
by Mark C. Ross

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Ross was born and raised in the U.S. but longed for and dreamed of Africa. After college he moved to Kenya and became a full-time safari guide, leading tourists to the best views of the resident wildlife and teaching them about the ecology of East Africa. This idyllic life changed dramatically in March 1999, when Rwandan rebels kidnapped him and four safari clients, along with other tourists, in Uganda. By the end of the day, two of his clients and six others had been murdered and the rest traumatized and brutalized. The horror of this experience totally changed Ross. The events of March 1999 form the beginning and the end of his narrative, bracketing a moving account of a life spent doing what one loves most. Ross tells of how he came to Africa, what life is like on an extended safari, and of the numerous animals he and his clients observed. The immediacy of this memoir will linger long after it is read. Nancy Bent
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A harrowing and somewhat surreal account of life on the distant fringes of civilization.

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Birds of North America : A Guide to Field Identification (Golden Field Guide Series.)
by Chandler S. Robbins, et al (Paperback - April 2001)
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Eastern Birds : A Guide to Field Identification (Golden Field Guide Series.)
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Birds (Golden Guides)
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The Scalpel and the Butterfly 
by Deborah Rudacille 
The Scalpel and the Butterfly is an analytical
approach to the benefits and detriments of experimenting on animals
and the age old controversy that has carried on between researchers
and animal protectors.

Focus Guide to the Birds of North America  
by Kenn Kaufman 
Kaufman's groundbreaking work is organized by bird family groupings rather than strict taxonomic classification; this is a feature that will appeal especially to beginners. Text descriptions and range maps for each species appear on the page facing the plate of respective bird images. Important field marks are highlighted. Color-coded tabs identify each grouping of birds (waders, warblers, sparrows, etc.) for quick thumb indexing. Kaufman's efforts follow the auspicious tradition of Roger Tory Peterson, whose portable field guide system was the first of its kind to meet the needs of the average birdwatcher. "It's the guide I've always wanted," says Kaufman, "and I suspect most birders will feel the same way."

Africa In My Blood  
by Jane Goodall 
Africa may not always have been in Jane Goodall's blood, but animals were there right from the start: the list of recipients in what one hopes is only the first volume of her letters includes Dido the dog and Pickles the cat. And this is no flight of editorial fantasy. Goodall always accorded these members of her "darlingest family" their proper place alongside such correspondents as her mother, her father, her best friend, and her mentor, Louis Leakey (a.k.a. FFF, Foster Fairy Father). Africa in My Blood opens with 7-year-old Valerie Jane's encounters with various canines (real and porcelain) as well as signs of incipient naturalism--she has found "a ded rook he died of cold" and is caretaking a "catepiler." In the same communiqué, she also notes that her toy chimp has a new dress. Goodall would later prefer her primates au naturel but would continue to balance her urge for living taxonomy with love and empathy. Culled from more than 16,000 letters, this collection will inspire Goodall adepts and those coming upon her for the first time. Her "autobiography in letters" restores this icon to full, even frivolous, humanity. It also recalls a lost era of inspired amateurism. When she went off to Nairobi at 23 in the spring of 1957, Goodall had no formal scientific training.

Rattling the Cage: Toward Legal Rights for Animals  
by Steven M. Wise, Jane Goodall  
Steven Wise has spent his legal career in courts across the United States, championing the interests of dogs, cats, dolphins, deer, goats, sheep, African gray parrots, and American bald eagles. In Rattling the Cage, Wise--who teaches "animal rights law" at several academic institutions, including Harvard Law School--presents a thorough survey of the legal, philosophical, and religious origins of humankind's inhumanity toward citizens of the animal kingdom. Wise's devotion for animals is evident as he explains how the bigoted notion that nonhuman creatures possess mere instrumental value rather than intrinsic value has led to their worldwide enslavement for human benefit .

Tigers in the Snow  
by Peter Matthiessen and Maurice Hornocker (Photographer ) 
Is it a race against time for the beautiful yet besieged big cat? Matthiessen and Hornocker explore the fate of the tiger with a book full of color photographs and maps.  
Angel Animals : Exploring Our Spiritual Connection With Animals  
by Allen Anderson (Editor), Linda C. Anderson (Editor) 
"Heaven is the place of final and complete happiness God has prepared for us--and if animals are necessary to make us happy in heaven, then you can be sure God will have them there." --Rev. Billy Graham, p. 232, Angel Animals 
Paperback -- 256 pages (September 1999) 
Dimensions (in inches): 0.72 x 8.01 x 5.32 

Pet Hamsters
by Jerome Wexler
Hamster history and hamster habits are featured in this book especially designed for children.

The Encyclopedia of Snakes
by Chris Mattison
Snake Science. Someone who sees beauty in the slithering creatures of the soil is Chris Mattison. The book contains color photos, which accompany the discussions of snakes from a scientific and literary perspective.

Ranch of Dreams: The Heartwarming Story of America's Most Unusual Animal Sanctuary
by Cleveland Amory
Animal rights activist Cleveland Amory talks about a safe haven for burros, elephants, prairie dogs, and other species.

Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds by Scott Weidensaul
"In writing Living on the Wind, I have tried to convey the
sweep and drama of bird migration in the Western Hemisphere,
which forms a largely self-contained system--the problems that
migrants face and the outlook for their future. Propelled by an
ancient faith deep within their genes, billions of birds hurdle
the globe each season, a grand passage across the heavens that
we can only dimly comprehend and are just coming to fully
appreciate. They are not residents of any single place but of
the whole, and their continued survival rest almost entirely in
our hands."--Scott Weidensaul

The Animal World of the Pharoahs
by Patrick F. Houlihan
Take a trip back in time to the land of the pyramids. Houlihan explains how the ancient Egyptians were great admirers of animals. This book is packed with pictures and illustrations.