The Ground Beneath Us: From the Oldest Cities to the Last Wilderness, What Dirt Tells Us About Who We Are

By Paul Bogard

Our most compelling resource just might be the ground beneath our feet.

When a teaspoon of soil contains millions of species, and when we pave over the earth on a daily basis, what does that mean for our future? What is the risk to our food supply, the planet’s wildlife, the soil on which every life-form depends? How much undeveloped, untrodden ground do we even have left?

Paul Bogard set out to answer these questions in The Ground Beneath Us, and what he discovered is astounding.

From New York (where more than 118,000,000 tons of human development rest on top of Manhattan Island) to Mexico City (which sinks inches each year into the Aztec ruins beneath it), Bogard shows us the weight of our cities’ footprints. And as we see hallowed ground coughing up bullets at a Civil War battlefield; long-hidden remains emerging from below the sites of concentration camps; the dangerous, alluring power of fracking; the fragility of the giant redwoods, our planet’s oldest living things; the surprises hidden under a Major League ballpark’s grass; and the sublime beauty of our few remaining wildest places, one truth becomes blazingly clear: The ground is the easiest resource to forget, and the last we should.

100 Plants to Feed the Bees: Provide a Healthy Habitat to Help Pollinators Thrive

100-plantsBees, along with other pollinators, are essential to food production and ultimately human life, and their survival is in critical peril. One of the simplest ways we can help ensure their future is by providing and protecting the plants they thrive on. In an at-a-glance, photo-driven format, 100 Plants to Save the Bees presents 100 nectar- and pollen-rich plants that home gardeners can cultivate to create a more bee-friendly world and turn their backyards, fields, and vacant lots into pollinator paradises.

The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World

By Abigail Tucker. Discusses the natural history of domesticated felines and how they achieved global domination, despite offering humans no practical benefits, through visiting researchers who discovered feline bones in the first human settlements and searching for house cats on the loose in Florida.

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate: Discoveries from a Secret World

hidden-treesBy Peter Wohlleben. Draws on up-to-date research and engaging forester stories to reveal how trees nurture each other and communicate, outlining the life cycles of “tree families” that support mutual growth, share nutrients and contribute to a resilient ecosystem. Illustrations.

The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees

Man who made thingsA history of the role of ash trees in the English-speaking world draws on expert understandings of ash’s wide-ranging properties, revealing the thriving existence of ancient traditions in ash craftsmanship while exposing threats to today’s remaining ash forests.

Random Acts of Kindness by Animals

By Stephanie Laland. The French poet, Theophile Gautier once asked, “Who can believe that there is no soul behind those luminous eyes?” And it’s true – if you have ever loved an animal, you know that there is something special about them. Random Acts of Kindness by Animals proves it, through amazing and heartwarming true tales of animal compassion, devotion, and bravery. In the pages of this book readers will meet remarkable dogs and cats, as well as gorillas, dolphins, bears, seagulls, rats, birds, and one heroic pig! Even ants are caught practicing compassion, as they’re observed pulling a thorn from an injured comrade.

Included are wellpublicized stories, such as the gorilla that carried an injured child to safety, as well as the more obscure, like the German Shepherd that visited the grave of his deceased owner every day at the same hour. This sweet book also reflects human acts of kindness to animals. Edward Lear, author of The Owl and the Pussycat, built his new house as an exact replica of his old one to keep from traumatizing his beloved cat.

Random Acts of Kindness by Animals proves that these are thinking creatures with real emotions – hardly news to animal lovers – and provides a window into the lives of some amazing critters!

Home Gardener’s Container Gardens: Planting in Containers and Designing, Improving and Maintaining Container Gardens

By David Squire. Home Gardener’s Container Gardens is the essential guide to gardening with attractive urns, troughs, tubs, hanging baskets, window boxes, and wall pots. No matter how big or small a garden is, there is always room for a container. They can be used on terraces and patios to soften their appearance, form a point of interest at the end of a path, or showcase a particularly wonderful plant. Whatever is needed in a garden, a container can be the answer. This amply illustrated guide covers everything that you need to know about container gardening—from the basics of which container to choose, guidance on seasonal displays, and creating a herb garden to container water features, indoor hanging baskets, and planting a strawberry barrel. There is also invaluable information on looking after plants, raising new plants, attaching brackets and supports and pests and diseases.

PS- I LOVE this book!

One Magic Square: The Easy, Organic Way to Grow Your Own Food on a 3-foot Square

one magic squareBy Lolo Houbein. Discusses the importance of local, organic gardening, and provides guidelines for cultivating a variety of herb, fruit, and vegetable gardens on one square yard of land.

The Cabaret of Plants: Forty Thousand Years of Plant Life and the Human Imagination

Cabaret of PlantsTaking readers from the Himalayas to Madagascar to the Amazon to our backyards, a renowned naturalist presents a sweeping botanical history in which he explores dozens of plant species that have challenged our imaginations, awoken our wonder and upturned our ideas about history, science, beauty and belief.

Sea Turtle Rescue: All About Sea Turtles and How to Save Them

Sae TurtleInspiring young animal lovers to get up close to sea turtles and the real-life challenges they face is what Mission: Sea Turtle Rescue is all about. Kids can connect their love of animals with their passion to help save them, discovering amazing true adventure stories, gorgeous photography, hands-on activities, fascinating information, and more. This introduction to sea turtles provides in-depth information about their habitats, challenges, and successes, so that kids can take action to help save these amazing endangered creatures. Proceeds help National Geographic conservation efforts.

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