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100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared

Kim Stafford (author)

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How many tricks does it take to grow up and survive? From a beautiful childhood, the older brother disappears into depression, leaving the younger to endure the story. 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do explores memory to find a brother lost to suicide—the saint who teaches his family about depression, violence, and the ultimate quest for harmonious relationships. Taking its title from a pamphlet Kim Stafford’s brother,...

The style is spare and poetic, story and reflection, moving ponderously, smoothly and touchingly back and forth across time. — Portland Book Review

An Almanac for Moderns

Donald Culross Peattie (author)

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One in a series of reissued books that have been out of print for decades, by one of the most loved naturalists of all time. An Almanac for Moderns contains a short essay for each day of the year that contemplates a unique but factual aspect of unbridled nature. According to a review in the Nation, this collection of essays manages to “appeal to the ordinary lover of nature . . . but the turn of Peattie’s mind is...

American Architecture and Urbanism

Vincent J. Scully (author)

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Written by the foremost architectural historian in America, American Architecture and Urbanism is an illustrated history of American architecture and city planning based on Vincent Scully's conviction that the two are inextricably linked and must therefore be treated together. He defines architecture as a "continuing dialogue between generations which creates an environment across time." This definitive survey extends...

Animal Amigos!: Artsy Creatures in English y Español

San Antonio Museum of Art (author), Madeleine Budnick (editor)

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With ArteKids, children discover the world of art and learn English and Spanish at the same time. Introduce your child to the fundamentals of animal life by connecting them to the world of art in a unique, fun, and colorful way. The book incorporates artwork found in the collections of the San Antonio Museum of Art with phrases and words in English and Spanish to make bilingual learning and art exciting for eager...

Black & Blanco!: Engaging Art in English y Español

San Antonio Museum of Art (author), Madeleine Budnick (editor)

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With ArteKids, children discover the world of art and learn English and Spanish at the same time. Introduce your child to the fundamentals of contrasting colors while connecting them to the world of art in a unique, fun, and colorful way. The book incorporates artwork found in the collections of the San Antonio Museum of Art with phrases and words in English and Spanish to make bilingual learning and art exciting for...

Children and adults will find much to savor in these titles—so much, in fact, that they may even be inspired to connect with their inner Picassos.  Kirkus Reviews

A Book of Hours

Donald Culross Peattie (author)

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One in a series of reissued books that have been out of print for decades, by one of the most loved naturalists of all time. A Book of Hours contains twenty-four essays, one for each hour of the day, that seek to bridge the gap between definitive scientific philosophy and the beauty that Donald Culross Peattie envisioned in everyday life. The Boston Transcript referred to this collection as “science, in sheer poetry,”...

Cargoes and Harvests

Donald Culross Peattie (author)

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One in a series of reissued books that have been out of print for decades, by one of the most loved naturalists of all time. Originally published in 1926, Cargoes and Harvests takes readers on a compelling adventure through the socioeconomic histories of staples such as tea, coffee, cocoa, potatoes, and tobacco. Starting with the seeds and roots of the American landscape, Peattie illustrates where we’ve been and how...

Colores Everywhere!: Colors in English y Español

San Antonio Museum of Art (author), Madeleine Budnick (editor)

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With ArteKids, children discover the world of art and learn English and Spanish at the same time. Introduce your child to the fundamentals of colors by connecting them to the world of art in a unique, fun, and colorful way. The book incorporates artwork found in the collections of the San Antonio Museum of Art, along with phrases and words in English and Spanish, to make bilingual learning and art exciting for eager...

As did the earlier publication 1, 2, 3, Sí! (2011), these two bilingual concept books bring works of art from the San Antonio Museum of Art’s collection to a young...Horn Book

Diversions of the Field

Donald Culross Peattie (author)

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One in a series of reissued books that have been out of print for decades, by one of the most loved naturalists of all time. The essays in Diversions of the Field tackle the subjects of hunting, fishing, game animals, and wildlife in different regions of the country. The Atlantic called the collection “a refreshing animal book,” and the New York Times said it was “written by a naturalist, who is at heart a poet, to...

Domesticity: A Gastronomic Interpretation of Love

Bob Shacochis (author)

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Bob Shacochis, National Book Award–winning author of Swimming in the Volcano, Easy in the Islands, The Next New World, and, most recently, the critically acclaimed novel The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, hones his nonfiction skills in this tour-de-force romp through the worlds of eating and eroticism. Domesticity is an irreverent exploration of the sweet and sour evolution of the enduring romance between author and lover....

Delicious. . . . Domesticity nourishes the senses and the soul.New York Times Book Review

Early Morning: Remembering My Father, William Stafford

Kim Stafford (author)

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A prolific writer, a famous pacifist, a respected teacher, and a literary mentor to many, William Stafford is one of the great American poets of the twentieth century. His first major collection, Traveling Through the Dark, won the National Book Award. He published more than sixty-five volumes of poetry and prose and was poetry consultant to the Library of Congress, a position now known as poet laureate. Before his...

A vivid, affectionate memoir.Library Journal

The Earth, the Temple, and the Gods: Greek Sacred Architecture

Vincent J. Scully (author)

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When The Earth, the Temple, and the Gods appeared in 1962, it was hailed by critics for its erudition, historical imagination, and boldness. Subsequently this comprehensive study of Greek temples and site planning has been widely accepted as a landmark of architectural history, for it offers an inspired and arresting insight into the nature and function of Greek sacred architecture. Vincent Scully, one of...

The Ecopoetry Anthology

Ann Fisher-Wirth (editor), Laura-Gray Street (editor), Robert Hass (introduction)

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As the critic R. P. Blackmur said, poetry “adds to the stock of available reality.” In The Ecopoetry Anthology, editors Ann Fisher-Wirth and Laura-Gray Street present hundreds of poems that add to our reality about the natural world, its beauties and its degradations. This groundbreaking collection has the capacity to transform people's lives aesthetically and politically. Poetry's eloquent and ineffable power can...

The strength of The Ecopoetry Anthology is in its companionable, earthbound perspective, poem after poem. Cutting a broad swath from "the natural history of tears" (Peter... — Chicago Review

The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness

Rebecca Solnit (author)

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The incomparable Rebecca Solnit, author of more than a dozen acclaimed, prizewinning books of nonfiction, brings her dazzling writing to the essays in Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness. As the title suggests, the territory of Solnit’s concerns is vast, and in her signature alchemical style she combines commentary on history, justice, war and peace, and explorations of place, art, and community, all while...

Solnit has been compared to both Susan Sontag and Annie Dillard, though her writing is more lyrical and oblique than Sontag’s and her engagement with nature more overtly... — BookForum

A Gathering of Birds: An Anthology of the Best Ornithological Prose

Donald Culross Peattie (author)

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One in a series of reissued books that have been out of print for decades, by one of the most loved naturalists of all time. A Gathering of Birds is an anthology of selected prose about birds by nineteen writers, among them Hudson, Audubon, and Thoreau, and includes brief biographical information about each. The New York Times called the book “a delightful ‘gathering’ that Mr. Peattie has presented, and his own...

Green Laurels: The Lives and Achievements of the Great Naturalists

Donald Culross Peattie (author)

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One in a series of reissues that have been out-of-print for decades by one of the most-loved naturalists of all time. In Green Laurels, Donald Culross Peattie combines his extensive knowledge of history's foremost naturalists with his personal observations about the subject to form what the New York Herald Tribune called "a delightful book...one would not wish to miss on any account." This piece is accurate and...

Hello, Círculos!: Shapes in English y Español

San Antonio Museum of Art (author), Madeleine Budnick (editor)

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With ArteKids, children discover the world of art and learn English and Spanish at the same time. Introduce your child to the fundamentals of shapes by connecting them to the world of art in a unique, fun, and colorful way. The book incorporates artwork found in the collections of the San Antonio Museum of Art, along with phrases and words in English and Spanish, to make bilingual learning and art exciting for eager...

"The art choices are really quite stunning and will engage young readers. . . . The breathtaking works of art give youngsters much to pore over." Kirkus Reviews

Home Ground: A Guide to the American Landscape

Debra Gwartney (editor), Barry Lopez (editor)

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Hailed by book reviewers as a "masterpiece," "gorgeous and fascinating," and "sheer pleasure," Home Ground was published in fall 2006 in hardcover. It was met with outstanding reviews and strong sales, going into three printings. A language lover's dream, this visionary reference revitalized a descriptive language for the American landscape by combining geography, literature, and folklore in one volume. This is a...

Home Ground is a treasure house of a book, chocked with gems of the American vernacular. To learn these terms for features of the landscape is like putting on a new pair...Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma

The Last Atoll: Exploring Hawai‘i’s Endangered Ecosystems

Pamela Frierson (author)

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The Last Atoll is Pamela Frierson’s decade-long exploration of the least known part of Hawai‘i—the islands, atolls, and reefs at the far northwestern end of the archipelago. In travels that span over 1,200 miles, Frierson chronicles natural wonders and a troubled history, ending up at Kure Atoll, the most ancient Hawaiian landfall and the northernmost atoll on earth. Hers is an adventurous journey across the geology,...

The Last Atoll draws a vivid portrait of what might just be my favorite place on Earth (and that’s saying something), the secret islands Northwest of Hawaii. It’s a place...Carl Safina

Literary Washington, D.C.

Patrick Allen (editor), Alan Cheuse (foreword)

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The public face of Washington—the gridiron of L’Enfant’s avenues, the buttoned-down demeanor of Sloan Wilson’s archetypal “Man in the Grey Flannel Suit,” the monumental buildings of the Triangle—rarely gives up the secrets of this city’s rich life. But beneath the surface there are countless stories to be told. From the early swamp days to the Civil War, the Gilded Age to the New Deal and McCarthy eras, as the center...

Literary Washington, D.C. gathers the writings of 35 local and internationally renowned authors—from Emily Dickinson to Gore Vidal—on topics as divergent as the comings...National Geographic Traveler

Maximilian and Carlota: Europe’s Last Empire in Mexico

M. M. McAllen (author)

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In this new telling of Mexico’s Second Empire and Louis Napoléon’s installation of Maximilian von Habsburg and his wife, Carlota of Belgium, as the emperor and empress of Mexico, Maximilian and Carlota brings the dramatic and tragic story of this six-year-siege to life. 

Authoritative, detailed, and engrossing... McAllen ably demonstrates how the Second Empire’s collapse was one of the most spectacular personal tragedies and political...Publishers Weekly

A Natural History of North American Trees

Donald Culross Peattie (author)

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One in a series of reissued books that have been out of print for decades, by one of the most loved naturalists of all time. "A volume for a lifetime" is how the New Yorker described the first of Donald Culross Peattie's two books about American trees published in the 1950s. In this one-volume edition, modern readers are introduced to one of the best nature writers of the last century. As we read Peattie's eloquent...

Peattie's prose is rich and courtly, the botany illuminating. But the chief delight is how he infuses his short portraits of tree species with the history of a nation.The Denver Post

On the Edge: Water, Immigration, and Politics in the Southwest

Char Miller (author)

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On the Edge grew out of a lifetime spent living and traveling across the American Southwest, from San Antonio to Los Angeles. Internal to the various U.S. states and Mexico's northern tier, there are struggles over water, debates over undocumented immigrants, the criminalizing of the border, and the region's evolution into a no-man's land. The book investigates how we live on this contested land—how we make our place...

Miller’s advocacy of protecting the environment and creating livable cities has inspired public officials to invest in the central city and enhance our natural world. — Nelson Wolff, Bexar Country Judge

The Osage Orange Tree

William Stafford (author), Naomi Shihab Nye (afterword), Dennis Cunningham (illustrations)

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The Osage Orange Tree, a never-before-published story by beloved poet William Stafford, is about young love complicated by misunderstanding and the insecurity of adolescence, set against the backdrop of poverty brought on by the Great Depression.  The narrator recalls a girl he once knew. He and Evangeline, both shy, never find the courage to speak to each other in high school. Every evening, however, Evangeline...

This shy paperboy meets a girl who wears a faded blue dress, and they strike up a tentative friendship that lasts through the school year. There's a twist, O. Henry on the...The Portland Oregonian

Outside

Barry Lopez (author), James Perrin Warren (introduction), Barry Moser (illustrations)

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The six stories in Outside showcase Barry Lopez’s superb talent as a fiction writer. They offer profound insight into the relationships between humans and animals, creativity and beauty, and, ultimately, life and death. Again and again, whether portraying a boy who can change places with his half-coyote dog or a teacher who illuminates the meaning of friendship, Lopez reveals the exterior and the interior, the...

[Barry Lopez is] a powerful storyteller. — Margaret Atwood

Painters in Prehistory: Archaeology and Art of the Lower Pecos Canyonlands

Harry J. Shafer (editor)

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The people who inhabited what is now Texas left a unique series of narratives that provide information about almost 12,000 years of existence. Originally published by the Witte Museum (a preeminent museum on southwestern U.S. history) in 1986, Painters in Prehistory is the result of years of dedication to the story of the ancient Rio Grande canyon dwellers. This updated edition features significantly revised research...

Painters in Prehistory makes the case for protection and preservation in the strongest possible way. — American Archeology

The Power of Trees

Gretchen C. Daily (author), Charles J. Katz Jr. (photographs)

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Intimate in size yet quietly breathtaking in scope, this graceful gift book will forever change how you think, and how you feel, about trees. In poetically charged scientific observations, renowned conservation biologist Gretchen Daily narrates the evolution, impact, and natural wonder of trees. Charles Katz’s twenty-six duotone black and white photographs illustrate the development of trees: how trunks were formed,...

As Daily points out, trees come in at least 60,000 varieties. Over their some 400 million year history, they have staked their claim in nearly every terrestrial...Shelflife

The Ranch That Was Us

Becky Crouch Patterson (author), Willie Nelson (foreword)

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Braiding strands of earthen insight with uproarious storytelling, legendary Texas Hill Country author Becky Patterson recreates the history of the Stieler Hill Ranch in twenty-four anecdotal chapters interspersed with original artwork. The result is a mixture of memoir and montage, treasure chest and tableau vivant of a world that’s beautiful, brash, and wonderfully heartbreaking. Patterson, the daughter of Texas folk...

For us non-native Texans it would be impossible to understand the Nachfolge of Hondo’s Texas without the tales of our old schoolmate from St. Stephen’s Episcopal School....Alexandra and Terrence Malick

The Road of a Naturalist

Donald Culross Peattie (author)

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The Road of a Naturalist is a fascinating autobiographical wonder written by one of America's most beloved naturalists at the height of his fame. A scientist, a philosopher, and a poet, Donald Culross Peattie takes us on an confessional journey across the landscape of his life. Told in flashbacks of years past and interspersed with impressions of a journey by motorcar across the American West, the book is intensely...

Stealing History

Gerald Stern (author)

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In eighty-four short, intermingling essays, Gerald Stern moves nimbly between the past and the present, the personal and the philosophical. Creating the immediacy of dailiness, he writes about what he’s reading at the moment, be it Spinoza or John Cage, Maimonides or Lucille Clifton, and then seamlessly turns to memories of his student years in Europe on the G.I. Bill, or early family life in Pittsburgh, or his...

Gerald Stern is one of those writers whose style insinuates itself into your consciousness like a catchy tune, so that you find your thoughts echoing its rhythms, bopping...Philadelphia Inquirer

Unchopping a Tree

W. S. Merwin (author), Liz Ward (illustrations)

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There’s no mystery to chopping down a tree. But how do you put back together a tree that’s been felled? Mystical instructions are required, and that’s what W. S. Merwin provides in this prose piece. Written with a poet’s grace, an ecologist’s insights, and a Buddhist’s reverence for life, this elegant work describes the difficult, sacred job of reconstructing a tree. Step by step, page by page, with Merwin’s humble...

In his personal anonymity, his strict individuated manner, his defense of the earth, and his heartache at time’s passing, Merwin has become instantly recognizable on the...Orion

Writing Architecture: A Practical Guide to Clear Communication About the Built Environment

Carter Wiseman (author)

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Writing Architecture considers the process, methods, and value of architecture writing based on Carter Wiseman’s thirty years of personal experience writing, editing, and teaching young architects how to write. This book creatively tackles a problematic issue that Wiseman considers to crucial to successful architecture writing: clarity of thinking and expression. He argues that because we live our lives within the...