The Essential Naturalist: Timeless Readings in Natural History
paper, 534 pp., $39.00
This book includes eight centuries of observations in essays, such as the history of bees, birds, tigers, the Galapagos Islands, and a fascinating section on the relationship between ants and acacia trees. This is a book for a winter’s evening when the snow is high and you need reassurance that warmth exists somewhere. Or take it on a trip to exotic locales.
Some of the articles are personal accounts by scientists. Other papers inculde overviews of the natural history field. The variety of contributors to this volume is stunning, including papers by Rachel Carson, Edward O. Wilson and Prince Albert of Monaco, among others.
— Adele Kleine, Library volunteer and garden writer, Chicago Botanic Garden
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