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ZEN DOGS by Alexandra Cearns

Feeling stressed? Overwhelmed? Generally grumpy? Let Australian photographer Alexandra Cearns help with Zen Dogs, in which she captures the sweet and lovable nature of our beloved canine companions. Tell your troubles to these precious pups and follow their lead! Close your eyes, relax, and breathe (stick your tongue out if it makes you feel better). Read an inspirational zen quote and pretend you’re petting one of these guys’ soft furry heads. So soft, puppy soft.                                —Megan            

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ISBN: 9780062459374
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Published: HarperOne - October 25th, 2016

OWL by Paul Bannick

Paul Bannick takes an intimate look at North American owls and their lives through the seasons. Owl’s gorgeous photographs and meticulous notes highlight the unique qualities of these specific owl species. For fans of photography and birds alike, Owl emphasizes the need to retain wildlife diversity and natural spaces.                                                                       —Rachel

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ISBN: 9781594858000
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Published: Mountaineers Books - September 21st, 2016

THE MOTH SNOWSTORM by Michael McCarthy

If there was ever a book to sum up this strange moment we’re in—longing for the natural world as we witness its destruction—this is it. The Moth Snowstorm veers between the rhapsodic and the elegiac, then ties the two together and calls it love. I’ve never read a book like this before, and I can’t stop thinking about it now. —Kat

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ISBN: 9781681370408
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Published: New York Review Books - October 4th, 2016

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

Great both for beginners and advanced tree folks, The Hidden Life of Trees is an enthralling book, balancing solid introductory information with cutting-edge science. I knew that trees communicate, but finding out that there are fungi that distribute energy and food between young and old members through a root-driven, Social Security–type relationship blew my mind. This is the best type of science writing—the kind that asks new questions and is open to all the potential answers the world has to offer.              —Rachel

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By Peter Wohlleben, Tim Flannery (Foreword by), Jane Billinghurst (Translator)
ISBN: 9781771642484
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Published: Greystone Books - September 13th, 2016

When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors by Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

Anyone who has ever stayed up late tracking the movements of local mountain lions on the Puma Project’s website will absolutely love this book, which seeks to change the way we see our wilder neighbors. These stories of citizen science and grassroots efforts to let the wild be wild make peaceful coexistence seem possible—no small feat in today’s world.  —Kat

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ISBN: 9781597143462
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Published: Heyday Books - August 1st, 2016

Crow Planet by Lyanda Haupt

Lyanda Lynn Haupt has long been keenly observing the natural world around her, but in Crow Planet she focuses on a bird that is familiar to all of us. More than just a compendium of fascinating crow facts, Crow Planet also enlightens on what wildness really is, and how to preserve it in our neighborhoods. —Kat

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ISBN: 9780316019118
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Published: Little, Brown Spark - April 21st, 2011

Snake by Chris Mattison

A great book for beginners and advanced snake people alike, Snake balances essential information with vibrant photographs. Ranging from the friendly critters you’d find at your local pet shop to highly venomous serpents whose snoots you shouldn’t boop, Snake is a wonderful addition to any library. —Rachel
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ISBN: 9781465443793
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Published: DK - March 15th, 2016

Sibley's Guide to the Birds of Western America 2nd Ed. by David Alan Sibley

The gold-standard of birding field guides has been updated. Hurray! The revised edition reflects new species (like Bell's Sparrow, a split from Sage Sparrow, which is now known as Sagebrush Sparrow) and includes updated range maps reflecting current research. Sibley's watercolors are astonishing examples of ornithological art. If you're a birder in the Western U.S., you need this book. —Rico
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ISBN: 9780307957924
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Published: Knopf - March 29th, 2016

Nine Algorithms That Changed the Future by John Maccormick

Full disclosure: if you were one of those kids who hated math in school this book may not be for you. However, if you had even a low tolerance for fancy number work you should check this book out. Though the book’s foreword warns it won’t make you a computer expert by the end, you’ll feel like one. Heck, you’ll feel like a computer genius. You go Mr. or Mrs. Future Bill Gates! You understand public key cryptography now; you too can rule the world!! –Molly
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By John Maccormick, Chris Bishop (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780691158198
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Published: Princeton University Press - May 5th, 2013

California Mushrooms by Dennis E. Desjardin, Michael G. Wood & Frederick A. Stevens

This beautiful full color guide is the most comprehensive mushroom index to the huge array of fungi found in California I have found. It’s very well organized into all the major fungi families and the large color photos are an invaluable tool. It’s a perfect in-depth companion to the David Aurora field guide, All That the Rain Promises. A must for budding or seasoned mushroom hunters alike!  —Sylvie

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All That the Rain Promises and More: A Hip Pocket Guide to Western Mushrooms Cover Image
ISBN: 9780898153880
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Published: Ten Speed Press - February 1st, 1991


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