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
Availability: On our shelves now (while supplies last)
Published: Ecco - September 28th, 2010

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780345806291
Availability: On our shelves now (while supplies last)
Published: Vintage - October 4th, 2016

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Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me from Myself Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143130017
Availability: On our shelves now (while supplies last)
Published: Penguin Books - July 19th, 2016

Braiding Sweetgrass Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781571313560
Availability: On our shelves now (while supplies last)
Published: Milkweed Editions - September 1st, 2014

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781571311771
Availability: Not in stock at store. Will, in most instances, ship from our warehouse in 7-10 days
Published: Milkweed Editions - October 13th, 2020

The Well-Gardened Mind: The Restorative Power of Nature Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781476794464
Availability: On our shelves now (while supplies last)
Published: Scribner - July 7th, 2020

World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781571313652
Availability: Not in stock at store. Will, in most instances, ship from our warehouse in 7-10 days
Published: Milkweed Editions - September 8th, 2020

The Lost Spells Cover Image
By Robert MacFarlane, Jackie Morris (Illustrator)
$26.00
ISBN: 9781487007799
Availability: On our shelves now (while supplies last)
Published: Anansi International - October 27th, 2020

Vesper Flights Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802128812
Availability: On our shelves now (while supplies last)
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
Availability: On our shelves now (while supplies last)
Published: Ballantine Books - August 25th, 2020

Houseplants for All: How to Fill Any Home with Happy Plants Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780358379942
Availability: On our shelves now (while supplies last)
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - August 11th, 2020

Big Dog, Little Dog Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780593183663
Availability: On our shelves now (while supplies last)
Published: Plume - October 27th, 2020

Underland: A Deep Time Journey Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780393358094
Availability: On our shelves now (while supplies last)
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 18th, 2020

Around the World in 80 Trees Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781786276063
Availability: On our shelves now (while supplies last)
Published: Laurence King Publishing - August 11th, 2020

The Fragile Earth: Writing from The New Yorker on Climate Change Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780063017542
Availability: On our shelves now (while supplies last)
Published: Ecco - October 6th, 2020

Dog Is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358414230
Availability: On our shelves now (while supplies last)
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
Availability: On our shelves now (while supplies last)
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
Availability: On our shelves now (while supplies last)
Published: Simon & Schuster - April 14th, 2020

Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World's Largest Owl Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374228484
Availability: On our shelves now (while supplies last)
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 4th, 2020

The MeatEater Guide to Wilderness Skills and Survival Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780593129692
Availability: On our shelves now (while supplies last)
Published: Random House - December 1st, 2020

Unsolaced: Along the Way to All That Is Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780307911797
Availability: On our shelves now (while supplies last)
Published: Pantheon - January 5th, 2021

Earth's Wild Music: Celebrating and Defending the Songs of the Natural World Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781640093676
Availability: On our shelves now (while supplies last)
Published: Counterpoint - February 16th, 2021

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385546133
Availability: On our shelves now (while supplies last)
Published: Knopf - February 16th, 2021

Flight of the Diamond Smugglers: A Tale of Pigeons, Obsession, and Greed Along Coastal South Africa Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781631496028
Availability: On our shelves now (while supplies last)
Published: Liveright - February 23rd, 2021