Mama's Last Hug -- Frans de Waal

Staff Pick

This book is a good balance of science and storytelling. De Waal makes a sobering and passionate argument for the better understanding of animals- not as "primitive versions" of ourselves, but as living organisms that are emotional, intelligent, opportunistic and socially adept. For example, chimpanzees display jealousy over other chimps  receiving better gifts, and bonobos, our “closest social relatives,” prefer sex and grooming over fighting. If you are a pet owner, animal lover, or are genuinely interested in the non-human animal world, this is worth a read.


Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves By Frans de Waal Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393635065
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 12th, 2019

Crossing Open Ground -- Barry Lopez

Staff Pick

As one of our prominent nature writers, Barry Lopez travels throughout the American Southwest and Alaska to explore the great abundance and diversity of some of our nation’s most pristine settings. His writing seamlessly blends science and history in a narrative that is as beautifully crafted as it is insightful and inspiring. The essays contained within Crossing Open Ground vary greatly in theme and subject, though along with the author, the reader too can lose the sense of urgency, rekindle a sense of what people were and a sense of “our endless struggle as a species to understand time and to estimate the consequences of our acts”. The great Barry Lopez leaves the reader with a lasting sense of wonder and respect for nature. A gem of our modern thinking about the human place and natural world.

Crossing Open Ground By Barry Lopez Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679721833
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Published: Vintage - May 14th, 1989

The Secret Wisdom of Nature -- Peter Wohlleben

Staff Pick

In The Secret Wisdom of Nature, natural storyteller Peter Wohlleben takes readers on a heartfelt, personal and thought-provoking exploration of the vast natural systems that make life on Earth possible. By introducing us to the latest scientific discoveries and telling his own insights from decades of observing nature, one of the world’s most renowned foresters shows us how to recapture our sense of awe so we can see the world around us with completely new eyes. This is a book we’ve needed for a long time. Don’t miss it.  

The Secret Wisdom of Nature: Trees, Animals, and the Extraordinary Balance of All Living Things --- Stories from Science and Observation By Peter Wohlleben, Jane Billinghurst (Translator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781771643887
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Published: Greystone Books - March 5th, 2019