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Book Picks for Jul 20, 2009

 

Crow Planet

Lyanda Lynn Haupt, $23.99

Seattle crows star in local author Lyanda Lynn Haupt’s just published book Crow Planet—inviting us to explore the wildlife in our midst. Haupt shares her observations of surprising crow behavior, where birds gather to care for their sick, drop nuts in the road to be cracked open by passing cars, play in the snow and even participate in “crow funerals,” mixing these stories with scientific research and the history and mythology of crows. You’ll find yourself remembering your own crow stories, or maybe even striving to understand their vocalizations as you walk through our shared urban territory.

 

Islands Apart

Ken McAlpine, $3.95

Further down the West Coast, Islands Apart author Ken McAlpine, overwhelmed by the hectic pace of his life, escapes to the Channel Islands National Park, a place where time slows down, the past reveals itself in prehistoric fossils and a person can become attuned to the rhythms of the natural world. In this touching and often humorous book, McAlpine experiences these islands as a modern-day Walden Pond—an enchanting isolated location where he can reflect on nature, civilization and what matters most.

 

The Hearts of Horses

Molly Gloss, $13.95

Molly GlossThe Hearts of Horses, where, in the winter of 1917, Martha Lessen whispers to horses in eastern Oregon, miraculously healing even horses damaged beyond repair.

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