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Member: ScienceandNature

Book tastes

SO, I don't spend a lot of time with fiction... always hoping to learn about real-life adventures or knowledge... There are exceptions of course, and, above all I'm looking to be enlightened by someone's idea of a good (or even great) read that will have me flailing to regain my footing... That said - I'm a big fan of the http://www.noba-web.org/ and the http://www.johnburroughsassociation.org/literary-awards/about-the-awards

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spiritual, self-help - All set so far!

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United States

Santa: Select books from Amazon.com

Store: Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com)

Amount to spend: $40 USD

EllsieFind's picks so far.

978-1616206420https://www.amazon.com/Sound-Wild-Snail-Eating/dp/161620642X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1543701314&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Sound+of+a+Wild+Snail+EatingThe Sound of a Wild Snail Eating12.29
978-0345806291https://www.amazon.com/Invention-Nature-Alexander-Humboldts-World/dp/0345806298Invention of Nature11.55
978-1616895549https://www.amazon.com/Humane-Gardener-Nurturing-Backyard-Wildlife/dp/1616895543The Humane Gardener16.96

Secret Santa

ScienceandNature's Secret Santa is EllsieFind. Help EllsieFind pick the right book.


EllsieFind: Happy Holidays ScienceandNature! It was way too much fun picking out your books. I did a little survey among my real life friends and FB friends and got so many good suggestions that a couple of the books even ended up on my own Kindle because I couldn’t wait to read them. I hope you like the books I finally chose. I didn’t see any of them in your library.

The first book I picked, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, won both a 2011 John Burroughs Medal and a 2010 National Outdoor Book Award from the two organizations you mentioned plus it has the best title ever. The second book The Invention of Nature had many, many favorable reviews and awards and fit your real-life adventure criteria. The third book, The Humane Gardener, was my own favorite book of 2017 and it has stuck with me. It is so beautifully written in thought and in words. I saw you had some gardening books in your library so I hope you will find this book a welcome addition.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends and a great New Year of reading.

With warm regards from your SecretSanta,

Leslie (EllsieFind on LibraryThing)

(Sat, 01 Dec 2018 18:25:06 -0500)

EllsieFind: The following books were others that either I or one of my friends thought you might enjoy: Diary of a Citizen Scientist by Sharman Apt Russell, Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, Goat Song by Brad Kessler, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard, One Man's Owl by Bernd Heinrich, and Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery. (Tue, 04 Dec 2018 18:49:05 -0500)

libraryperilous: Someone who likes the Burroughs and National Outdoor awards probably would be interested in checking out the UK's similar Wainwright Prize.

The Well-Read Naturalist is a good source for natural history book reviews.

I've been recommending How To Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog) all over the place this year.

One of my all-time favorite books is David Quammen's Monster of God.

I haven't read it yet, but A Lab of One's Own is high on my TBR list. (Thu, 06 Dec 2018 17:05:19 -0500)

Cfraser: I read Throwim way Leg by Tim Flannery this year - i really enjoyed it - about a biologists explorations in Papua New Guinea - includes insights into wildlife and the people of this unique and remote area (Thu, 06 Dec 2018 18:19:27 -0500)

wester: Some more suggestions: Parasite rex : inside the bizarre world of nature's most dangerous creatures by Carl Zimmer, The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins orPower, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life by Nick Lane. (Fri, 07 Dec 2018 03:26:42 -0500)

lorannen: Done. (Thu, 13 Dec 2018 22:29:33 -0500)

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