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The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier
by Ian Urbina

Language

English

Pages

513

Publication Date

August 20, 2019

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<b>"<b>A riveting, terrifying, thrilling story of a netherworld that few people know about, and fewer will ever see.... The soul of this book is as wild as the ocean itself."</b><br /><b>--Susan Casey, best-selling author of </b><b><i>The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean</i></b><br /><br /><br /><b>A riveting, adrenaline-fueled tour of a vast, lawless and rampantly criminal world that few have ever seen: the high seas.</b></b><br /><br />There are few remaining frontiers on our planet. But perhaps the wildest, and least understood, are the world's oceans: too big to police, and under no clear international authority, these immense regions of treacherous water play host to rampant criminality and exploitation.<br /><br />Traffickers and smugglers, pirates and mercenaries, wreck thieves and repo men, vigilante conservationists and elusive poachers, seabound abortion providers, clandestine oil-dumpers, shackled slaves and cast-adrift stowaways -- drawing on five years of perilous and intrepid reporting, often hundreds of miles from shore, Ian Urbina introduces us to the inhabitants of this hidden world. Through their stories of astonishing courage and brutality, survival and tragedy, he uncovers a globe-spanning network of crime and exploitation that emanates from the fishing, oil and shipping industries, and on which the world's economies rely. <br /><br />Both a gripping adventure story and a stunning expos茅, this unique work of reportage brings fully into view for the first time the disturbing reality of a floating world that connects us all, a place where anyone can do anything because no one is watching.
Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress
by Christopher Ryan

Language

English

Pages

298

Publication Date

October 01, 2019

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<b>The <i>New York Times</i> bestselling coauthor of <i>Sex at Dawn</i> explores the ways in which 鈥減rogress鈥?has perverted the way we live: how we eat, learn, feel, mate, parent, communicate, work, and die.</b><br /><br />Most of us have instinctive evidence the world is ending鈥攂almy December days, face-to-face conversation replaced with heads-to-screens zomboidism, a world at constant war, a political system in disarray. We hear some myths and lies so frequently that they feel like truths: <i>Civilization is humankind鈥檚 greatest accomplishment. Progress is undeniable. Count your blessings. You鈥檙e lucky to be alive here and now. </i>Well, maybe we are and maybe we aren鈥檛. <i>Civilized to Death</i> counters the idea that progress is inherently good, arguing that the 鈥減rogress鈥?defining our age is analogous to an advancing disease.<br /> <br />Prehistoric life, of course, was not without serious dangers and disadvantages. Many babies died in infancy. A broken bone, infected wound, snakebite, or difficult pregnancy could be life-threatening. But ultimately, Ryan argues, were these pre-civilized dangers more murderous than modern scourges, such as car accidents, cancers, cardiovascular disease, and a technologically prolonged dying process? At a time when our ecology, our society, and our own sense of selves feels increasingly imperiled, an accurate understanding of our species鈥?long prelude to civilization is vital to a clear sense of the ultimate value of civilization鈥攁nd its costs. In <i>Civilized to Death</i>, Ryan makes the claim that we should start looking backwards to find our way into a better future.
Salt: A World History
by Mark Kurlansky

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English

Pages

494

Publication Date

January 28, 2003

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<p><b>An unlikely world history from the bestselling author of <i>Cod </i> and <i>The Basque History of the World<br /><br /></i></b>In his fifth work of nonfiction, Mark Kurlansky turns his attention to a common household item with a long and intriguing history: salt. The only rock we eat, salt has shaped civilization from the very beginning, and its story is a glittering, often surprising part of the history of humankind. A substance so valuable it served as currency, salt has influenced the establishment of trade routes and cities, provoked and financed wars, secured empires, and inspired revolutions.聽 Populated by colorful characters and filled with an unending series of fascinating details, <b><i>Salt</i>聽</b>is a supremely entertaining, multi-layered masterpiece.</p>
Cry of the Kalahari
by , Delia Owens

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English

Pages

384

Publication Date

April 22, 2014

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<p><b>鈥淎 remarkable story beautifully told鈥mong such classics as Goodall鈥檚 <i>In the Shadow of Man </i>and Fossey鈥檚 <i>Gorillas in the Mist</i>.鈥濃€?lt;i>Chicago Tribune</i></b><br /><br /> Carrying little more than a change of clothes and a pair of binoculars, two young Americans, Mark and Delia Owens, caught a plane to Africa, bought a thirdhand Land Rover, and drove deep into the Kalahari Desert. There they lived for seven years, in an unexplored area with no roads, no people, and no source of water for thousands of square miles. In this vast wilderness the Owenses began their zoology research, working along animals that had never before been exposed to humans.<br /><br /> An international bestseller, Cry of the Kalahari is the story of the Owenses鈥檚 life with lions, brown hyenas, jackals, giraffes, and the many other creatures they came to know. It is also a gripping account of how they survived the dangers of living in one of the last and largest pristine areas on Earth.</p>
Last Chance to See
by , Mark Carwardine

Language

English

Pages

242

Publication Date

September 21, 2011

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<b><i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Douglas Adams and zoologist Mark Carwardine take off around the world in search of exotic, endangered creatures.</b><br /><br />Join them as they encounter the animal kingdom in its stunning beauty, astonishing variety, and imminent peril: the giant Komodo dragon of Indonesia, the helpless but loveable Kakapo of New Zealand, the blind river dolphins of China, the white rhinos of Zaire, the rare birds of Mauritius island in the Indian Ocean. Hilarious and poignant鈥攁s only Douglas Adams can be鈥?lt;i>Last Chance to See</i> is an entertaining and arresting odyssey through the Earth鈥檚 magnificent wildlife galaxy.<br /> 聽<br /> <b>Praise for <i>Last Chance to See</i></b><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淟ively, sharply satirical, brilliantly written . . . shows how human care can undo what human carelessness has wrought.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擳he Atlantic</i></b><br /><br />鈥淭hese authors don鈥檛 hesitate to present the alarming facts: More than 1,000 species of animals (and plants) become extinct every year. . . . Perhaps Adams and Carwardine, with their witty science, will help prevent such misadventures in the future.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擝oston Sunday Herald</i></b><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淰ery funny and moving . . . The glimpses of rare fauna seem to have enlarged [Adams鈥檚] thinking, enlivened his world; and so might the animals do for us all, if we were to help them live.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擳he Washington Post Book World</i></b><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淸Adams] invites us to enter into a conspiracy of laughter and caring.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>Los Angeles Times</i></b><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淎musing . . . thought-provoking . . . Its details on the heroic efforts being made to save these animals are inspirational.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b>
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last Tr...
by Michael Finkel

Language

English

Pages

226

Publication Date

March 07, 2017

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<b>Many people dream of escaping modern life, but most will never act on it.聽This is the remarkable true story of a man who聽lived alone in the woods of Maine for聽27聽years, making this dream a reality鈥攏ot out of anger at the world, but simply because he preferred to live on his own.</b>聽<br /><br /><b>A聽<i>New York Times</i>聽bestseller</b><br /><br />In 1986, a shy and intelligent twenty-year-old named Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the forest. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later, when he was arrested for stealing food. Living in a tent even through brutal winters, he had survived by his wits and courage, developing ingenious ways to store edibles and water, and to avoid freezing to death. He broke into nearby cottages for food, clothing, reading material, and other provisions, taking only what he needed but terrifying a community never able to solve the mysterious burglaries. Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself, this is a vividly detailed account of his secluded life鈥攚hy did he leave? what did he learn?鈥攁s well as the challenges he has faced since returning to the world. It is a gripping story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude, community, and what makes a good life, and a deeply moving portrait of a man who was determined to live his own way, and succeeded.
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder ...
by Sy Montgomery

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English

Pages

273

Publication Date

May 12, 2015

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<b>Finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction * <i>New York Times </i>Bestseller * Starred <i>Booklist</i> and <i>Library Journal </i>Editors鈥?Spring Pick * A <i>Huffington Post</i> Notable Nonfiction Book of the Year * One of the Best Books of the Month on <i>Goodreads * Library Journal </i>Best Sci-Tech Book of the Year * An American Library Association Notable Book of the Year</b><br /> <br /> <b>鈥淪y Montgomery鈥檚 <i>The Soul of an Octopus</i> does for the creature what Helen Macdonald鈥檚 <i>H Is for Hawk</i> did for raptors.鈥?鈥?lt;i>New Statesman</i>, UK</b><br /> <br /> <b>鈥淥ne of the best science books of the year.鈥?鈥?lt;i>Science Friday</i>, NPR</b><br /> <br /> Another <i>New York Times</i> bestseller from the author of <i>The Good Good Pig</i>, this 鈥渇ascinating鈥ouching鈥nformative鈥ntertaining鈥?(<i>Daily Beast</i>) book explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus鈥攁 surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature鈥攁nd the remarkable connections it makes with humans.<br /><br />In pursuit of the wild, solitary, predatory octopus, popular naturalist Sy Montgomery has practiced true immersion journalism. From New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, she has befriended octopuses with strikingly different personalities鈥攇entle Athena, assertive Octavia, curious Kali, and joyful Karma. Each creature shows her cleverness in myriad ways: escaping enclosures like an orangutan; jetting water to bounce balls; and endlessly tricking companions with multiple 鈥渟leights of hand鈥?to get food.<br /> <br />Scientists have only recently accepted the intelligence of dogs, birds, and chimpanzees but now are watching octopuses solve problems and are trying to decipher the meaning of the animal鈥檚 color-changing techniques. With her 鈥渏oyful passion for these intelligent and fascinating creatures鈥?(<i>Library Journal</i> Editors鈥?Spring Pick), Montgomery chronicles the growing appreciation of this mollusk as she tells a unique love story. By turns funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, <i>The Soul of an Octopus </i>reveals what octopuses can teach us about the meeting of two very different minds.
The Log from the Sea of Cortez (Penguin Classics)
by John Steinbeck

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English

Pages

324

Publication Date

November 01, 1995

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<b>A Penguin Classic</b><br /><br />In the two years after the 1939 publication of Steinbeck鈥檚 masterful <b>The Grapes of Wrath</b>, Steinbeck and his novel increasingly became the center of intense controversy and censorship. In search of a respite from the national stage, Steinbeck and his close friend, biologist Ed Ricketts, embarked on a month long marine specimen-collecting expedition in the Gulf of California, which resulted in their collaboration on the <b>Sea of Cortez</b>. In 1951, after Ricketts鈥?death, Steinbeck reissued his narrative portion of the work in memory of his friend and the inspiration for <b>Cannery Row</b>鈥檚 鈥淒oc鈥? This exciting day-by-day account of their journey together is a rare blend of science, philosophy, and high-spirited adventure. This edition features an introduction by Richard Astro.<br /><br />For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers...
by , Amanda Padoan

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English

Pages

321

Publication Date

June 11, 2012

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<p><strong>Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award and the Banff Mountain Book Award for Mountain Literature<br /><br /><br /><br />"Gripping, intense鈥?lt;em>Buried in the Sky</em> will satisfy anyone who loved [<em>Into Thin Air</em>]." 鈥擪ate Tuttle, <em>Boston Globe</em></strong></p><br /><p>When eleven climbers died on K2 in 2008, two Sherpas survived. Their astonishing tale became the stuff of mountaineering legend. This white-knuckle adventure follows the Sherpas from their remote villages in Nepal to the peak of the world鈥檚 most dangerous mountain, recounting one of the most dramatic disasters in alpine history from a fascinating new perspective.</p><br /><p>Winner of the NCTE George Orwell Award and an official selection of the American Alpine Club Book Club.</p>
Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country
by Pam Houston

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English

Pages

302

Publication Date

January 29, 2019

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<p><strong>"How do we become who we are in the world? We ask the world to teach us."</strong></p><br /><p>On her 120-acre homestead high in the Colorado Rockies, beloved writer Pam Houston learns what it means to care for a piece of land and the creatures on it. Elk calves and bluebirds mark the changing seasons, winter temperatures drop to 35 below, and lightning sparks a 110,000-acre wildfire, threatening her century-old barn and all its inhabitants. Through her travels from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska, she explores what ties her to the earth, the ranch most of all. Alongside her devoted Irish wolfhounds and a spirited troupe of horses, donkeys, and Icelandic sheep, the ranch becomes Houston鈥檚 sanctuary, a place where she discovers how the natural world has mothered and healed her after a childhood of horrific parental abuse and neglect.</p><br /><p>In essays as lucid and invigorating as mountain air, <em>Deep Creek</em> delivers Houston鈥檚 most profound meditations yet on how "to live simultaneously inside the wonder and the grief鈥o love the damaged world and do what I can to help it thrive."</p>

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