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.

The Genius of Birds

By Jennifer Ackerman. An award-winning, science, nature and human biology writer explores recent research indicating that birds are much more intelligent than previously thought and are capable of deceiving and manipulating, eavesdropping, gift-giving, playing, sharing and much more.

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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.

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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.

H is for Hawk

H is for HawkAn award-winning best-seller from the UK recounts how the author, an experienced falconer grieving the sudden death of her father, endeavored to train for the first time a dangerous goshawk predator as part of her personal recovery.

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