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Shearwater: A Bird, an Ocean, and a Long Way Home

A nice reminder of how to pursue interests despite obstacles. Readers will identify with the author’s personal journey of remembrances (especially of his grandmother) and discovery.


Good Dog: Celebrating Dogs Who Change, and Sometimes Even Save, Our Lives

A loving look at how dogs care for people.

Bicycling with Butterflies: My 10,201-Mile Journey Following the Monarch Migration

Important information in an uneven read. Best suited for avid readers of natural history.

The Unreasonable Virtue of Fly Fishing

The author’s love of fly fishing is obvious, but this latest book is for limited audience.

The Nation of Plants

Readers who appreciate slim books packed with a social punch and science anecdotes (prickly pears and lichen are especially interesting) will enjoy this offering. Another recommended, thought-provoking read from Mancuso.

Earth’s Wild Music: Celebrating and Defending the Songs of the Natural World

Fans of Moore will appreciate this collection. For others, it’s an optional purchase.

Dark, Salt, Clear: The Life of a Fishing Town

An unromantic yet beautiful look at life. Readers who appreciate travel stories full of local flavor, as well as those who have ever wondered how a seafood feast ends up on their plate, will enjoy this one.

World Wild Vet: Encounters in the Animal Kingdom

Antin’s enthusiasm and informal tone will draw in aspiring explorers; his many social media followers will especially enjoy.


What Do Animals Think and Feel? An Investigation into Emotion and Behavior

Readers seeking an informal yet well-researched look at animal behavior will enjoy browsing through this guide.

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