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: 9036


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: 1080


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: 7009


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: 2598


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: 8749


"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: 8776


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: 3009


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

Wilderness and the American Mind

Fifth Edition

Author: Roderick Frazier Nash

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300190387

Category: Nature

Page: 440

View: 3955


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

Ten Million Aliens

A journey through our strange planet

Author: Simon Barnes

Publisher: Short Books

ISBN: 1780721439

Category: Nature

Page: 304

View: 7567


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: 3677


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.

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

Author: Douglas Adams

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0330513176

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 9874


So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish is the fourth installment in Douglas Adams' bestselling cult classic, the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 'trilogy'. There is a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. It's not an easy thing to do, and Arthur Dent thinks he's the only human who's been able to master this nifty little trick - until he meets Fenchurch, the woman of his dreams. Fenchurch once realised how the world could be made a good and happy place. Unfortunately, she's forgotten. Convinced that the secret lies within God's Final Message to His Creation, they go in search of it. And, in a dramatic break with tradition, actually find it . . . With exclusive bonus material from the Douglas Adams archives, and an introduction by Neil Gaiman.

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: 5987


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.

Tennessee Williams

A Casebook

Author: Robert Gross

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135673616

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 230

View: 7092


Tennessee Williams' plays are performed around the world, and are staples of the standard American repertory. His famous portrayals of women engage feminist critics, and as America's leading gay playwright from the repressive postwar period, through Stonewall, to the growth of gay liberation, he represents an important and controversial figure for queer theorists. Gross and his contributors have included all of his plays, a chronology, introduction and bibliography.

The Green Iguana Manual

Author: Philippe De Vosjoli,Susan Donoghue,Roger Klingenberg,David Blair

Publisher: i5 Publishing

ISBN: 162008029X

Category: Pets

Page: 111

View: 4174


It’s hard to resist a friendly dinosaur, and the green iguana’s enormous popularity rests on that amusing truism. This large lizard presents few difficulties and for keepers and can live for a couple of decades. One of the authors’ purposes of The Green Iguana Manual is to promote responsible ownership for this noble lizard that can grow to be the size of a medium size dog with an unusually long, leathery tail! The Green Iguana Manual takes a close look at the characteristics of this species that have made these attractive lizards so amazingly popular in the pet world as well as their lifelong requirements. Author and herp expert Philippe de Vosjoli is joined by iguana specialists Dr. Roger Klingenberg, Dr. Susan Donoghue, and David Blair, who each contribute special chapters to this up-to-date and authoritative guide. This colorfully illustrated guide provides excellent general guidelines for keepers who wish to add a green iguana to their vivarium and maintain their “prehistoric” pet in excellent health and condition. The authors provide an introduction to basic iguana characteristics including distribution, size, longevity, and varieties and morphs, to help beginners better understand the anatomy and behavior of these fascinating lizards. This Advanced Vivarium Systems title includes information about selecting a healthy green iguana, handling, housing needs, breeding, and life stages. Dr. Donoghue provides the chapter “Diet and Feeding Management,” which discusses food sources, supplementation, and feeding guidelines for green iguanas of all ages. Dr. Klingenberg provides the chapter on diseases and disorders, which covers nutritional and metabolic disorders, infectious diseases, reproductive disorders, parasites, and environmental issues. The chapter concludes with a very useful five-page troubleshooting chart for common disorders. The book also discusses the iguanas of the West Indies (chapter by Blair) as well as seven other iguanid lizards, such as the spiny-tailed iguana, Fiji Island iguana, and chuckwallas.

Life During Wartime

Author: Lucius Shepard

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0575105119

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 2612


In the jungles of Guatemala, David Mingolla is struggling to survive amongst the rotting vegetation and his despairing fellow foot soldiers. He knows he is nothing but an expendable pawn in an endless war. On R & R a few miles away from the warzone he meets Debora - an enigmatic young woman who may be working for the enemy - and stumbles into a deadly psychic conflict where the mind is the greatest weapon.