Escape to Nature

Nature is a healing force. It delights, surprises, changes slowly and rapidly, and is nurturing. It is our home, our ultimate shelter in place. The sun on our faces and breathing fresh air are essential for our mental and physical health. Even watching a storm come in can be exhilarating if you are safe. Once it subsides, we may go outside again, breathe in the fresh wet earth, hear a bird, splash in a puddle, muddy our boots, take a walk, soak in the sun, examine a tree, and marvel at the flowers starting to grow again. In these fraught period, we have even more time to revere the earth, as we are its caretakers; likewise, it is taking care of us now. Here is a selection of titles we recommend from our nature section. 

Some personal staff recommendations:

The Tree by John Fowles. "A beautiful rumination on the myriad, interrelated aspects of trees, nature, and art. Fowles was a novelist and short story writer by trade (The French Lieutenant's Woman, The Magus, The Ebony Tower, et al.), and an exceptionally fine one at that. With this lovely little book he took a brief detour into natural history." - Alex

The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf. "A tireless naturalist, Alexander von Humbolt was unrelenting in his quest to illuminate the interconnectedness of all things. Influencing astronomers and scientists, as well as poets, philosophers, and political revolutionaries, his research and writings are unimaginably far-reaching. His observations predicted the environmental problems we now face. Von Humbolt was a true visionary and this is an amazing read." - Gena

Dog Medicine by Julie Barton. "There is a very real, scientifically proven, link between mental health and the healing relief pets (yay me!) can provide. This is a really compelling story -- smart and a page-turner. I can testify first-hand how I saved my owner from herself." - Teddy

Nature books

 

The Tree Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061997778
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Published: Ecco - September 28th, 2010

Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781612122311
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - January 27th, 2015

Braiding Sweetgrass Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781571313560
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 1st, 2014

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781571311771
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Published: Milkweed Editions - October 13th, 2020

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780345806291
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Published: Vintage - October 4th, 2016

The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs: Use Outdoor Clues to Find Your Way, Predict the Weather, Locate Water, Track Animals—and Other Forgotten Skills Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781615192410
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Published: The Experiment - July 31st, 2015

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Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me from Myself Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143130017
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Published: Penguin Books - July 19th, 2016

Life in the Garden Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525558392
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Published: Penguin Books - June 11th, 2019

Sibley Backyard Birding Flashcards: 100 Common Birds of Eastern and Western North America (Sibley Birds) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780307888976
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Published: Potter Style - February 7th, 2012

Grandma's Gardens Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593115350
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Published: Philomel Books - March 31st, 2020

*SIGNED* by both Chelsea and Hillary!


The Well-Gardened Mind: The Restorative Power of Nature Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781476794464
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Published: Scribner - July 7th, 2020

World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781571313652
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 8th, 2020

The Lost Spells Cover Image
By Robert MacFarlane, Jackie Morris (Illustrator)
$26.00
ISBN: 9781487007799
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Published: Anansi International - October 27th, 2020

Vesper Flights Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802128812
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Published: Grove Press - August 25th, 2020

The Growing Season: How I Built a New Life--and Saved an American Farm Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593129395
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Published: Ballantine Books - August 25th, 2020

Houseplants for All: How to Fill Any Home with Happy Plants Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780358379942
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - August 11th, 2020

Big Dog, Little Dog Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780593183663
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Published: Plume - October 27th, 2020

How to Raise a Plant: and Make It Love You Back (A modern gardening book for a new generation of indoor gardeners) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781786273024
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Published: Laurence King Publishing - October 23rd, 2018

Underland: A Deep Time Journey Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780393358094
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 18th, 2020

Around the World in 80 Trees Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781786276063
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Published: Laurence King Publishing - August 11th, 2020

The Fragile Earth: Writing from The New Yorker on Climate Change Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780063017542
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Published: Ecco - October 6th, 2020

How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals Cover Image
By Sy Montgomery, Rebecca Green (Illustrator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780544938328
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 25th, 2018

Strange Harvests: The Hidden Histories of Seven Natural Objects Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780399562792
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Published: Viking - August 6th, 2019

Dog Is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358414230
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Published: Mariner Books - September 1st, 2020

What It's Like to Be a Bird: From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing--What Birds Are Doing, and Why (Sibley Guides) Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780307957894
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Published: Knopf - April 14th, 2020

Why Fish Don't Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501160271
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 14th, 2020

Horizon Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780375708473
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Published: Vintage - January 7th, 2020

Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781571313782
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Published: Milkweed Editions - July 9th, 2019

Wild Thing: The Short, Spellbinding Life of Jimi Hendrix Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781631495892
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Published: Liveright - September 15th, 2020