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Moose
Kevin Jackson - Feb 27, 2013 (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
May 11, 2021
@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
Psychogeography
Merlin Coverley - Nov 01, 2018 (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
May 01, 2021
@wildirishviolet Psychogeography? Merlin Coverley’s introductory book of the same name is a good place to start, Noreen.      source
Trace
Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape
Lauret Savoy - Sep 13, 2016 (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
Mar 19, 2021
@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
The Seabird's Cry
The Lives and Loves of the Planet's Great Ocean Voyagers
Adam Nicolson - Feb 05, 2019 (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
Mar 05, 2021
@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
The Snow Geese
A Story of Home
William Fiennes - Feb 11, 2003 (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
Feb 27, 2021
@benedictallen @williamfiennes Such. A. Good. Book.      source
Arctic Dreams
Barry Lopez - Oct 02, 2001 (first published in 1986)
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Barry Lopez's National Book Award-winning classic study of the Far North is widely considered his masterpiece.Lopez offers a thorough examination of this obscure world-its terrain, its wildlife, its history of Eskimo natives and intrepid explorers who have arrived on their icy shores. But what turns this marvelous work of natural history into a bre...
Robert Macfarlane
Dec 26, 2020
@PhilipPullman Utterly astonishing book. Very good on ice-bears!      source
Mill Town
Reckoning with What Remains
Kerri Arsenault - Sep 01, 2020
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A galvanizing and powerful debut, Mill Town is an American story, a human predicament, and a moral wake-up call that asks: what are we willing to tolerate and whose lives are we willing to sacrifice for our own survival?Kerri Arsenault grew up in the rural working class town of Mexico, Maine. For over 100 years the community orbited around a paper ...
Robert Macfarlane
Dec 16, 2020
@KerriArsenault Mill Town is *such* a very, very good book.      source
Distance and Memory
Peter Davidson - Jul 01, 2013
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Following in the successful nature-writing style of Robert MacFarlane and Gillian Clarke, Distance and Memory is a book about remoteness: a memoir of places observed in solitude, of the texture of life through the quiet course of the seasons in the far north of Scotland. It is a book grounded in the singularity of one place—a house in northern Aber...
Robert Macfarlane
Dec 06, 2020
@R_Trotta @super_collider @MelanieKKing @EventbriteUK Yes, Roberto — you’ll find this discussed in the “Spar Boxes” chapter of Peter Davidson’s beautiful book, Distance and Memory.      source
Entangled Life
How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures
Merlin Sheldrake - May 12, 2020
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A journey into the hidden world of fungi.When we think of fungi, we likely think of mushrooms. But mushrooms are only fruiting bodies, analogous to apples on a tree. Most fungi live out of sight, yet make up a massively diverse kingdom of organisms that supports and sustains nearly all living systems. Fungi provide a key to understanding the planet...
Robert Macfarlane
Dec 03, 2020
@gpwitteveen @ferrisjabr Wonderful book. @MerlinSheldrake      source
Malicroix
Henri Bosco - Apr 07, 2020 (first published in 1948)
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Henri Bosco, like his contemporary Jean Giono, is one of the regional masters of modern French literature, a writer who dwells above all on the grandeur, beauty, and ferocious unpredictability of the natural world. Malicroix, set in the early nineteenth century, is widely considered to be Bosco’s greatest book. Here he invests a classic coming-of-a...
Robert Macfarlane
Aug 04, 2020
Question: which books have been most powerful/resonant for you during the pandemic & why? Tell me stories of your reading... Mine were Henri Bosco's Malicroix (1948, tr. Joyce Zonana) &––at last––Tove Jansson's The Summer Book (1972, tr. Thomas Teal). Isolation novels both.      source
The Summer Book
Tove Jansson - May 20, 2008 (first published in 1972)
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In The Summer Book Tove Jansson distills the essence of the summer—its sunlight and storms—into twenty-two crystalline vignettes. This brief novel tells the story of Sophia, a six-year-old girl awakening to existence, and Sophia’s grandmother, nearing the end of hers, as they spend the summer on a tiny unspoiled island in the Gulf of Finland. The g...
Robert Macfarlane
Aug 04, 2020
Question: which books have been most powerful/resonant for you during the pandemic & why? Tell me stories of your reading... Mine were Henri Bosco's Malicroix (1948, tr. Joyce Zonana) &––at last––Tove Jansson's The Summer Book (1972, tr. Thomas Teal). Isolation novels both.      source
In Parenthesis by David Jones
The Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd
Wildwood by Roger Deakin
The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh
How Forests Think by Eduardo Kohn
the road north by Ken Cockburn
Underground by Will Hunt
The Ascent of Humanity by Charles Eisenstein
Horizon by Barry Lopez