The Flight of the Iguana

A Sidelong View of Science and Nature

Author: David Quammen

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476728739

Category: Nature

Page: 320

View: 8108


From the award-winning author of The Song of the Dodo comes a collection of essays in which various weird and wonderful aspects of nature are examined. This book contains tales of vegetarian piranha fish, voiceless dogs, and a scientific search for the genes that threaten to destroy the cheetah.

The Song of the Dodo

Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions

Author: David Quammen

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439124965

Category: Nature

Page: 704

View: 1488


David Quammen's book, The Song of the Dodo, is a brilliant, stirring work, breathtaking in its scope, far-reaching in its message -- a crucial book in precarious times, which radically alters the way in which we understand the natural world and our place in that world. It's also a book full of entertainment and wonders. In The Song of the Dodo, we follow Quammen's keen intellect through the ideas, theories, and experiments of prominent naturalists of the last two centuries. We trail after him as he travels the world, tracking the subject of island biogeography, which encompasses nothing less than the study of the origin and extinction of all species. Why is this island idea so important? Because islands are where species most commonly go extinct -- and because, as Quammen points out, we live in an age when all of Earth's landscapes are being chopped into island-like fragments by human activity. Through his eyes, we glimpse the nature of evolution and extinction, and in so doing come to understand the monumental diversity of our planet, and the importance of preserving its wild landscapes, animals, and plants. We also meet some fascinating human characters. By the book's end we are wiser, and more deeply concerned, but Quammen leaves us with a message of excitement and hope.

The Boilerplate Rhino

Nature in the Eye of the Beholder

Author: David Quammen

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743200322

Category: Nature

Page: 288

View: 2205


A collection of twentysix essays about the natural world captures the relationship between human and animal, with such topics as rattlesnakes and their handlers, and spiders and arachnophobia, all told in an entertaining, enlightening style.

Liz Claiborne

The Legend, the Woman

Author: Art Ortenberg

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 158979494X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 312

View: 2004


The widower of fashion designer Liz Claiborne looks back on his wife's life and career.

Writing Environments

Author: Sidney I. Dobrin,Christopher J. Keller

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791483894

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 377

View: 9830


"Writing Environments addresses the intersections between writing and nature through interviews with some of America's leading environmental writers. The interviews are followed by critical responses from writing scholars. This diverse range of voices speaks lucidly and captivatingly about topics such as place, writing, teaching, politics, race, and culture, and how these overlap in many complex ways."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Komodo, the Living Dragon

Author: Richard L. Lutz,Judy Marie Lutz

Publisher: DIMI PRESS

ISBN: 0931625270

Category: Nature

Page: 173

View: 3327


This book is a very accurate account of the world's largest lizard, the Komodo dragon (actually a monitor lizard). A bizarre beast, the Komodo is unchanged as a species for millions of years, yet was not discovered until this century!

My Backyard Jungle

The Adventures of an Urban Wildlife Lover Who Turned His Yard Into Habitat and Learned to Live with It

Author: James Barilla

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300184018

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 363

View: 1264


DIVThe captivating story of an urban family who welcomes wildlife into their backyard and discovers the ups and downs of sharing habitat/div

The Flight Risk

Rise of the Mawla

Author: Pendleton Parrish

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1466966238

Category: Fiction

Page: 404

View: 9504


CIA counterterrorism agent Jack Swift is a top operative within the agency. He is assigned to bring down key terrorists on a worldwide basis. He began his career working cross Mexican/US border terrorism with the agency. During a stint in the Middle East working with the Mossad, he manages to take down a well-known Iranian nuclear physicist. Through forensics and paper evidence, Swift and his team uncover an elaborate scheme to funnel radioactive material, money, and weapons to drug cartel gangsters operating throughout South America, Central America, and Mexico. This is a new kind of enemy for the agency, one right in their backyard. Through quick thinking and great knowledge of the cartels operation, working closely with other government and state agencies, Swift and his team manage to avert a major catastrophe scheduled to be undertaken on the anniversary date of 9/11.

Wilderness and the American Mind

Fifth Edition

Author: Roderick Frazier Nash

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300190387

Category: Nature

Page: 440

View: 863


A study of America's changing attitude toward wilderness, discussing efforts to protect the Alaskan wilderness, trends in wilderness management, and the international perspective.

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

Author: Douglas Adams

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0330513176

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 3829


So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, with a foreword by Neil Gaiman, is the fourth instalment in Douglas Adams' bestselling Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 'trilogy'. Just as Arthur Dent's sense of reality is in its dickiest state he suddenly finds the girl of his dreams. He finds her in the last place in which he would expect to find anything at all, but which 3,976,000,000 people will find oddly familiar. They go in search of God's Final Message to His Creation and, in a dramatic break from tradition, actually find it.

Ten Million Aliens

A journey through our strange planet

Author: Simon Barnes

Publisher: Short Books

ISBN: 1780721439

Category: Nature

Page: 304

View: 9148


Life on planet Earth is not weirder than we imagine. It's weirder than we are capable of imagining...This is the momentous story of the millions of species - sometimes unimaginably strange - that make up the animal kingdom.Humans, blue whales, rats, birds of paradise, ridiculous numbers of beetles, molluscs the size of a bus, bdelloid rotifers who haven't had sex for millions of years and creatures called water bears (you can boil them, freeze them and fire them off into space without killing them) - we're all in it together.In this breathtakingly audacious book, Simon Barnes opens our eyes to the real marvels of the planet we live on.

Panama Passage

Author: Charles Cate

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 059520371X

Category: Drama

Page: 177

View: 5090


The Panama Canal Treaties, ratified in 1978, will return sovereignty over the vital international waterway to the Republic of Panama in the year 2000. However, during the next twenty years many forces will threaten the peaceful operation of the Canal. Panama Passage is a novel about one of these threats. Descriptions of the operations of the Panama Canal are factual, as are the identities of most of the Isthmian communities, geographical areas, and governmental entities mentioned in the book. The characters in Panama Passage are fictitious and they and their motives are not intended to represent persons living, dead, or awaiting exile.

The Ecology of Transportation: Managing Mobility for the Environment

Author: John Davenport,Julia L. Davenport

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1402045042

Category: Science

Page: 393

View: 6549


This volume reviews the ecological effects of road, rail, marine and air transport. The focus ranges from identification of threats and repair of damaging effects to design of future transport systems that minimize environmental degradation. The scope of coverage extends from small ecosystems to the planet as a whole. Experts from a variety of disciplines address the topic, expressing views across the spectrum from deep pessimism to cautious optimism.

The Rules of Attraction

Author: Bret Easton Ellis

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0330474235

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 5766


Incisive, controversial and startlingly funny, The Rules of Attraction examines a group of affluent students at a small, self-consciously bohemian, liberal-arts college on America’s East Coast. Lauren, who changes the man in her bed even more often than she changes course, is dating Victor but sleeping with Sean. Sean – cool, ambivalent and deeply cynical – might be in love with Lauren, but he’s not going to let that stop him from bedding Paul. Paul, as shrewd as he is passionate, is Lauren’s ex-lover and the final point in this curious triangle. This is a breathtaking tale of sex, expectation, desire and frustration. ‘A tour of the heart of darkness, a moral armageddon’ The Times ‘Compelling . . . sympathetic to his “lost generation” the way only Fitzgerald was about his’ Vanity Fair ‘One of the primary inside sources in upper-middle-class America’s continuing investigation of what has happened to its children’ New York Times ‘Inspired. A wonderfully comic novel’ Gore Vidal

Buddhist Suttas

Author: F. Max Muller

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317849132

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

View: 8024


This is a subset of F. Max Mullers great collection The Sacred Books of the East which includes translations of all the most important works of the seven non-Christian religions which have exercised a profound influence on the civilizations of the continent of Asia. The works have been translated by leading authorities in their field.