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Kings of the Yukon
A River Journey in Search of the Chinook
2019-05-07 (first published in 2018)
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A stunning new voice in nature writing makes an epic journey along the Yukon River to give us the stories of its people and its protagonist--the king salmon, or the Chinook--and the deepening threat to a singular way of life, in a lyrical, evocative and captivating narrative. The Yukon River is 3,190 kilometres long, flowing northwest from British ...
Robert Macfarlane
@StrachanHazel Superb book.      source
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The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again
Winner of the Goldsmiths Prize 2020
M. John Harrison - 2020-06-25
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Shaw had a breakdown, but he's getting himself back together. He has a single room, a job on a decaying London barge, and an on-off affair with a doctor's daughter called Victoria, who claims to have seen her first corpse at age thirteen.It's not ideal, but it's a life. Or it would be if Shaw hadn't got himself involved in a conspiracy theory that,...
Robert Macfarlane
@pdavies5 @passingplace @joguldi @DeliaFalconer @wodworm @mjohnharrison It’s an astonishing book.      source
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Do Glaciers Listen?
Local Knowledge, Colonial Encounters, and Social Imagination (Brenda and David McLean Canadian Studies)
Julie Cruikshank - 2014-08-15 (first published in 2005)
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Do Glaciers Listen? explores the conflicting depictions of glaciers to show how natural and cultural histories are objectively entangled in the Mount Saint Elias ranges. This rugged area, where Alaska, British Columbia, and the Yukon Territory now meet, underwent significant geophysical change in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, which ...
Robert Macfarlane
@merlemassie @jasondovemark @AndriMagnason Julie’s book is outstanding.      source
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Maria Popova - 2020-01-28 (first published in 2019)
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NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY ESQUIRE AND BOOKPAGEFiguring explores the complexities of love and the human search for truth and meaning through the interconnected lives of several historical figures across four centuries--beginning with the astronomer Johannes Kepler, who discovered the laws of planetary motion, and ending with the marine biolog...
Robert Macfarlane
@NaturalistBooks @MichelleU_Wood @JohnnyFlynnHQ @brainpicker Figuring is such a book, it really is.      source
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From Here to There
The Art and Science of Finding and Losing Our Way
Michael Bond - 2020-05-26
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"How is it that we can walk unfamiliar streets while maintaining a sense of direction? Come up with shortcuts on the fly, in places we've never traveled? The answer is the complex mental map in our brains. This feature of our cognition is easily taken for granted, but it's also critical to our species's evolutionary success. In From Here to There M...
Robert Macfarlane
@Harvard_Press @michaelshawbond @nybooks A wonderful book.      source
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Kevin Jackson - 2013-02-27 (first published in 2008)
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Its hooves were supposedly a cure for epilepsy, it is the mascot of the clothing company Abercrombie and Fitch, and its meat is a delicacy. The moose is a fascinating but elusive animal of the north, and its little-known natural history is the focus of Kevin Jackson’s engaging new book. Moose explains the animal's behaviour, evolution and diet, and...
Robert Macfarlane
@katejarmstrong Gusto, generosity, curiosity; more Johnsonian than Samuel Johnson. And of course -- as I'm sure @MooseAllain knows -- Kevin wrote the best book on the Moose that will ever be written.      source
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Merlin Coverley - 2018-11-01 (first published in 2006)
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In recent years the term "psychogeography" has been used to illustrate a bewildering array of ideas from ley lines and the occult, to urban walking and political radicalism. But where does it come from and what exactly does it mean? This book examines the origins of psychogeography in the Paris of the 1950s, exploring the theoretical background and...
Robert Macfarlane
@wildirishviolet Psychogeography? Merlin Coverley’s introductory book of the same name is a good place to start, Noreen.      source
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Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape
Lauret Savoy - 2016-09-13 (first published in 2015)
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Sand and stone are Earth’s fragmented memory. Each of us, too, is a landscape inscribed by memory and loss. One life-defining lesson Lauret Savoy learned as a young girl was this: the American land did not hate. As an educator and Earth historian, she has tracked the continent’s past from the relics of deep time; but the paths of ancestors toward h...
Robert Macfarlane
@jurassicg1rl @NaturalistDara @MerlinSheldrake That's v. nice to hear, Anjana. Also -- I am generally in awe of earth scientists, as you may be able to tell from Underland. Do you know Lauret Savoy's extraordinary book Trace: Memory, History, Race and the American Landscape?      source
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The Seabird's Cry
The Lives and Loves of the Planet's Great Ocean Voyagers
Adam Nicolson - 2019-02-05 (first published in 2017)
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Enter ancient lands of wind and waves where the planet's greatest flyers battle for survival.As the only creatures at home on land, at sea, and in the air, seabirds have evolved to thrive in the most demanding environment on Earth.In The Seabird's Cry, Adam Nicolson travels ocean paths, fusing traditional knowledge with astonishing facts science ha...
Robert Macfarlane
@gompertz [email protected]'s work on seabirds is a modern classic. Such a book. He will doubtless, yes, be celebrating Wisdom's longevity & fertility!      source
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The Snow Geese
A Story of Home
William Fiennes - 2003-02-11 (first published in 2001)
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Every year, millions of geese embark on a three-thousand-mile migration from their winter quarters in the southern United States to their breeding grounds in the Canadian Arctic. Intrigued by what he’d read about the birds’ amazing annual journey, and desperate to emerge from a period of illness, William Fiennes decided to go with them.The story of...
Robert Macfarlane
@benedictallen @williamfiennes Such. A. Good. Book.      source
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Mill Town
Kerri Arsenault - 2020-09-01
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How Forests Think by Eduardo Kohn
Distance and Memory by Peter Davidson
The Ascent of Humanity by Charles Eisenstein
The Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd
Wildwood by Roger Deakin
The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh
In Parenthesis by David Jones
Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez