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Inferno (Bill and Alice Wright Photography Series) by Charles Bowden2007
The Lives of Rocks by Rick Bass2007
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan2007
Returning to Earth by Jim Harrison2007
Sky Time in Gray's River: Living for Keeps in a Forgotten Place by Robert Michael Pyle2008
Strange as this Weather Has Been by Ann Pancake2008
The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring by Richard Preston2008
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman2008
The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability by James Gustave Speth2009
Finding Beauty in a Broken World by Terry Tempest Williams2009
Inventing Niagara: Beauty, Power, and Lies by Ginger Strand2009
The Wild Places by Robert Macfarlane2009
The Barbaric Heart: Faith, Money, and the Crisis of Nature by Curtis White2010
Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing: Stories (P.S.) by Lydia Peelle2010
Rewilding the West: Restoration in a Prairie Landscape by Richard Manning2010
The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World by Wade Davis2010
About a Mountain by John D'Agata2011
Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology by David Abram2011
Deep Blue Home: An Intimate Ecology of Our Wild Ocean by Julia Whitty2011
The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant2011
Fire Season: Field Notes From a Wilderness Lookout by Philip Connors2012
Oil on Water by Helon Habila2012
Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis (A Merloyd Lawrence Book) by Sandra Steingraber2012
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell2012
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver2013
The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing Up on The Big Dry by Joe Wilkins2013
The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot by Robert Macfarlane2013
Things That Are by Amy Leach2013
All the Land to Hold Us: A Novel by Rick BassFiction, 2014
Archipelago by Monique RoffeyFiction, 2014
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall KimmererNonfiction, 2014
Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth? by Alan WeismanNonfiction, 2014
The Last Animal by Abby GeniFiction, 2014
The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild by Lyanda Lynn HauptNonfiction, 2014
A Country Called Childhood: Children and the Exuberant World by Jay GriffithsNonfiction, 2015
Divine Animal by Scott Russell SandersFiction, 2015
Invisible Beasts by Sharona MuirFiction, 2015
Long Man by Amy GreeneFiction, 2015
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth KolbertNonfiction, 2015
Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming by McKenzie FunkNonfiction, 2015
Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit by Alison Hawthorne DemingNonfiction, 2015
H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald2016
The Oyster War: The True Story of a Small Farm, Big Politics, and the Future of Wilderness in America by Summer Brennan2016
A River Runs Again: India's Natural World in Crisis, from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of Karnataka by Meera Subramanian2016

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The Orion Book Award is given annually to a book that addresses the human relationship with the natural world in a fresh, thought provoking, and engaging manner. Four additional books are named as finalists.

Books eligible for the Orion Book Award are judged against these criteria:

• That it deepens our connection to the natural world

• That it presents new ideas about our relationship with nature

• That it achieves excellence in writing

The Orion Book Award recognizes books published in North America during the previous calendar year. Nominations for the award are made by advisors, writers, editors, and contributing editors of Orion. Selection of the winning book and four finalists are made by a five-person selection committee, which changes annually. Nominations from authors or from publishers, editors, or agents of books that they have been involved with are not accepted.

More information about previous Orion Book Award winners and finalists is available here.

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