Natural History
Featured Items
Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian And the Secrets of Metamorphosis
Maria Sibylla Merian And the Secrets of Metamorphosis
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0151011087
Traces the life and work of the pioneering seventeenth-century woman naturalist who defied period conventions throughout her career, discussing the scientific and political backdrop of her life, her unprecedented solo expedition to study insect metamorphosis in the New World, and her role in the establishment of a new branch of biology. 18,000 first printing.
Odd Couples: Extraordinary Differences Between the Sexes in the Animal Kingdom
Odd Couples
Extraordinary Differences Between the Sexes in the Animal Kingdom
Hardcover      ISBN: 0691141967
A book that looks at everything from elephant seals to blanket octopuses to giant seadevils sheds light on what it means to be male or female in the animal kingdom.
Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health
The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health
Paperback      ISBN: 0307477436
A Discover Magazine Best Book of 2012 An O, The Oprah Magazine “Summer Reading
Hardcover      ISBN: 1559632887
Offering insights into the making of a scientist, the life story of the great entomologist begins with an uncertain childhood and traces a life filled with momentous struggles and scientific accomplishments. 40,000 first printing. $40,000 ad/promo. IP.
Wild Thoughts from Wild Places
Wild Thoughts from Wild Places
Paperback      ISBN: 068485208x
A collection of thoughts, essays, stories, and profiles from nature provides a look at such different places as the central Amazon, the South Pacific, and Cincinnati, detailing such adventures as kayaking on a Class V river in Chile and tracing the spread of the Ebola virus
What the Dog Knows: Scent, Science, and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World
What the Dog Knows
Scent, Science, and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World
Paperback      ISBN: 1451667329
A firsthand exploration of the extraordinary abilities and surprising, sometimes life-saving talents of “working dogs
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
The Sixth Extinction
An Unnatural History
Paperback      ISBN: 1250062187
Drawing on the work of geologists, botanists, marine biologists and other researchers, an award-winning writer for The New Yorker discusses the five devastating mass extinctions on earth and predicts the coming of a sixth. 75,000 first printing.
Dr Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation
Dr Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0805063323
A guide to nontraditional non-human sexual expression, presented as answers to written letters, draws on the author's expertise in evolutionary biology and considers such topics as virgin births and male pregnancy.
Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?: The Epic Saga of the Bird That Powers Civilization
Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?
The Epic Saga of the Bird That Powers Civilization
Hardcover      ISBN: 1476729891
From ancient empires to modern economics, veteran journalist Andrew Lawler delivers a sweeping history of the animal that has been most crucial to the spread of civilization across the globe—the chicken. Queen Victoria was obsessed with it. Socrates’ last words were about it. Charles Darwin and Louis Pasteur made their scientific breakthroughs using it. Catholic popes, African shamans, Chinese philosophers, and Muslim mystics praised it. Throughout the history of civilization, humans have embraced it in every form imaginable—as a messenger of the gods, powerful sex symbol, gambling aid, emblem of resurrection, all-purpose medicine, handy research tool, inspiration for bravery, epitome of evil, and, of course, as the star of the world’s most famous joke. In Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?, science writer Andrew Lawler takes us on an adventure from prehistory to the modern era with a fascinating account of the partnership between human and chicken (the most successful of all cross-species relationships). Beginning with the recent discovery in Montana that the chicken’s unlikely ancestor is T. rex, this book builds on Lawler’s popular Smithsonian cover article, “How the Chicken Conquered the World
Eggs & Poultry: Made at Home
Eggs & Poultry
Made at Home
Paperback      ISBN: 1770850783
A new series for living the good life! Made At Home This exciting series comes from the father-and-son team Dick and James Strawbridge, who live "the good life" on their small acreage. In Made At Home they share the knowledge and experience gained over years of producing an abundance of good things to eat and drink: organic fruits and vegetables eaten, juiced, fermented and preserved; pigs smoked for ham, sausages, salamis and bacon; a mixed flock of birds used for eggs and eating; and bees for honey, to name a few. It's an enviable lifestyle driven by a desire to eat well every day. It is also a lifestyle that does not require a lot of space. Made At Home contains numerous adaptations to urban and suburban life. Plants are grown in small lots and pots, chickens are kept in backyard pens, and meat items, such as sausages, are smoked in the backyard. Proof positive that anyone can live the good life. A guide to raising chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys, with 27 recipes. Backyard poultry have gained popularity in recent years as some municipalities loosen regulations to allow homeowners to keep coops. Raising poultry is a sustainable activity, which in relatively little space produces fresh eggs and meat. Eggs and Poultry is organized in five sections. The first four cover everything needed to successfully keep the most popular types of poultry: chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys. It discusses the pros and cons of each and provides all the information needed to start out, including building a shelter, planning runs and ponds, dealing with pests and problems, laying and breeding, incubating and hatching, slaughter, and plucking and drawing. Butcher skills are also illustrated. The 80-page recipe section explains the essentials of cooking with eggs and poultry: butcher skills, such as deboning a chicken; cooking methods, such as coddling eggs; and features 27 delicious dishes. They include Eggs Benedict, Smoked Eggs with Halloumi, Turkey Pie, Crispy Duck with Pancakes, Southwestern Fried Chicken, Confit Duck with Caramelized Orange and Fennel Salad, Lemon Pepper Chicken Nuggets, The Ultimate Turkey Burger and Goose Livers with Cider. Eggs and Poultry is aimed directly at an audience who dream of, or are actually enjoying, the authors' made-at-home lifestyle. It is a beautiful and practical addition to the cookbook shelf.