A volume for a lifetime" is how the new Yorker described the first of Donald Culross Peatie's two books about American trees published in the 1950s. The tuliptree, the tallest native hardwood, is easier to work than most softwood trees; Daniel Boone carved a sixty-foot canoe from one tree to carry his family from Kentucky into Spanish territory.
The american elm was still alive when Peattie wrote, but as we read his account today we can see what caused its demise. As we read peattie's eloquent and entertaining accounts of American trees, we catch glimpses of our country's history and past daily life that no textbook could ever illuminate so vividly.
Here you'll learn about everything from how a species was discovered to the part it played in our country’s history. But we cannot read this book without the occasional lump in our throats. While peattie looks for the better side of man's nature, he reports sorrowfully on the greed and waste that have doomed so much of America's virgin forest.
The information is always interesting, though often heartbreaking. It certainly touched the poet in Donald Culross Peattie as he depicted the extinction of the passenger pigeon when the beech forest was destroyed. A natural history of north american Trees gives us a picture of life in America from its earliest days to the middle of the last century.
Pioneers often stabled an animal in the hollow heart of an old sycamore, and the whole family might live there until they could build a log cabin. In this one-volume edition, modern readers are introduced to one of the best nature writers of the last century.
American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation
This fascinating and groundbreaking work tells the remarkable story of the relationship between Americans and their trees across the entire span of our nation’s history. Eric rutkow’s “deeply fascinating” the boston Globe work shows how trees were essential to the early years of the republic and indivisible from the country’s rise as both an empire and a civilization.
Scribner Book Company. Audacious in its four-hundred-year scope, authoritative in its detail, and elegant in its execution, American Canopy is perfect for history buffs and nature lovers alike and announces Eric Rutkow as a major new author of popular history. Among american canopy’s many captivating stories: the liberty trees, where colonists gathered to plot rebellion against the British; Henry David Thoreau’s famous retreat into the woods; the creation of New York City’s Central Park; the great fire of 1871 that killed a thousand people in the lumber town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin; the fevered attempts to save the American chestnut and the American elm from extinction; and the controversy over spotted owls and the old-growth forests they inhabited.
Never before has anyone treated our country’s trees and forests as the subject of a broad historical study, informative, and the result is an accessible, and thoroughly entertaining read. Rutkow also explains how trees were of deep interest to such figures as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Franklin Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, who oversaw the planting of some three billion trees nationally in his time as president.
Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape
The book examines such questions as the character of American urban forests and the effect that tree-rich landscaping might have on commerce, crime, and human well-being. For amateur botanists, and policymakers, environmentalists, most productive, Urban Forests will be a revelation of one of the greatest, urbanists, and most beautiful of our natural resources.
Far-ranging and deeply researched, Urban Forests reveals the beauty and significance of the trees around us. Elizabeth kolbert, pulitzer prize-winning author of the Sixth Extinction“Jonnes extols the many contributions that trees make to city life and celebrates the men and women who stood up for America’s city trees over the past two centuries.
. But in her new book urban Forests, Jill Jonnes explains how they make them safer as well. Sara begley, from jefferson’s day to the present as nature’s largest and longest-lived creations, visionaries, scientists, Time Magazine A celebration of urban trees and the Americans—presidents, trees play an extraordinarily important role in our cities; they are living landmarks that define space, citizen activists, and tree nerds—whose arboreal passions have shaped and ornamented the nation’s cities, cool the air, plant explorers, soothe our psyches, nurserymen, and connect us to nature and our past.
Scribner Book Company. Despite their ubiquity and familiarity, most of us take trees for granted and know little of their fascinating natural history or remarkable civic virtues. Jill jonnes’s urban forests tells the captivating stories of the founding mothers and fathers of urban forestry, in addition to those arboreal advocates presently using the latest technologies to illuminate the value of trees to public health and to our urban infrastructure.
Underland: A Deep Time Journey
At once ancient and urgent, this is a book that will change the way you see the world. 24 illustrations Scribner Book Company. From its remarkable opening pages to its deeply moving conclusion, fear, loss, it is a journey into wonder, and hope. Taking a deep-time view of our planet, macfarlane here asks a vital and unsettling question: “Are we being good ancestors to the future Earth?” Underland marks a new turn in Macfarlane’s long-term mapping of the relations of landscape and the human heart.
In underland, literature, memory, he delivers his masterpiece: an epic exploration of the Earth’s underworlds as they exist in myth, and the land itself. In this highly anticipated sequel to his international bestseller The Old Ways, Macfarlane takes us on an extraordinary journey into our relationship with darkness, burial, and what lies beneath the surface of both place and mind.
Woven through macfarlane’s own travels are the unforgettable stories of descents into the underland made across history by explorers, mourners, cavers, dreamers, and murderers, divers, artists, all of whom have been drawn for different reasons to seek what Cormac McCarthy calls “the awful darkness within the world.
Global in its geography and written with great lyricism and power, Underland speaks powerfully to our present moment. From the best-selling, award-winning author of Landmarks and The Old Ways, a haunting voyage into the planet’s past and future. Hailed as "the great nature writer of this generation" Wall Street Journal, Robert Macfarlane is the celebrated author of books about the intersections of the human and the natural realms.
Traveling through “deep time”―the dizzying expanses of geologic time that stretch away from the present―he moves from the birth of the universe to a post-human future, from the prehistoric art of Norwegian sea caves to the blue depths of the Greenland ice cap, from Bronze Age funeral chambers to the catacomb labyrinth below Paris, and from the underground fungal networks through which trees communicate to a deep-sunk “hiding place” where nuclear waste will be stored for 100, 000 years to come.
The Overstory: A Novel
An artist inherits a hundred years of photographic portraits, all of the same doomed American chestnut. Winner of the pulitzer prize in fiction shortlisted for the man booker prizenew york times bestseller A New York Times Notable Book and a Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and really just one of the best novels, and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2018 "The best novel ever written about trees, Time, Newsweek, Oprah Magazine, period.
Ann patchettan air force loadmaster in the Vietnam War is shot out of the sky, then saved by falling into a banyan. These four, and five other strangers―each summoned in different ways by trees―are brought together in a last and violent stand to save the continent’s few remaining acres of virgin forest.
In his twelfth novel, national book award winner Richard Powers delivers a sweeping, impassioned novel of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of―and paean to―the natural world. There is a world alongside ours―vast, interconnected, slow, resourceful, magnificently inventive, and almost invisible to us.
From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, the overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond, exploring the essential conflict on this planet: the one taking place between humans and nonhumans.
If the trees of this earth could speak, what would they tell us? "Listen. A hard-partying undergraduate in the late 1980s electrocutes herself, dies, and is sent back into life by creatures of air and light. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe.
A Natural History of Trees of Eastern and Central North America
Gives the economic facts regarding the trees of northeastern North America and identifies a wide variety of species Scribner Book Company.
Oak: The Frame of Civilization
With an unabashed enthusiasm for his subject” Carol Haggas, spirituality, philosophy, Booklist Logan combines science, and history with a contagious curiosity about why the natural world works the way it does. Professional arborist and award-winning nature writer William Bryant Logan deftly relates the delightful history of the reciprocal relationship between humans and oak trees since time immemorial―a profound link that has almost been forgotten.
. The ultimate distance race is within your reach―a completely updated edition of the now-classic work. In fact, and for centuries these supremely adaptable, civilization prospered where oaks grew, generous trees have supported humankind in nearly every facet of life. Scribner Book Company. At once humorous and reverent, “this splendid acknowledgment of a natural marvel” Publishing News reintroduces the oak tree so that we might see its vibrant presence throughout our history and our modern world.
From the ink of bach’s cantatas, to the wagon, to the first boat to reach the New World, and the sword, the barrel, oak trees have been a constant presence throughout our history.
A Field Guide to Eastern Trees: Eastern United States and Canada, Including the Midwest Peterson Field Guides Paperback
The 48 color plates, 11 black-and-white plates, and 26 text drawings show distinctive details needed for identification. Scribner Book Company. Softcover, 7-1/8"l x 4-1/2"W. Features full-color illustrations and drawings. Color photographs and 266 color range maps accompany the species descriptions. Sponsored by the national audubon Society, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute.
. Find what you're looking for with Peterson Field Guides—their field-tested visual identification system is designed to help you differentiate thousands of unique species accurately every time. This field guide features detailed descriptions of 455 species of trees native to eastern North America, including the Midwest and the South.
Guide To The Trees,Shrubs & Woody Vines of Tennessee
The authors also address the historical and environmental influences on plant distribution and describe comparative diversity of taxa within the regions. Guide to trees, gardeners, environmentalists, including students, foresters, Shrubs, botanists, and Woody Vines of Tennessee will be a valuable resource and identification guide for professional and lay readers alike, and conservationists interested in the flora of Tennessee.
The authors: B. Softcover, 7-1/8"l x 4-1/2"W. This work fills that gap, as B. Used book in Good Condition. Chester provide identification keys to all native and naturalized species of trees, shrubs, and woody vines found in the state. The book is organized by plant types, which are divided into gymnosperms and angiosperms.
Eugene wofford is director of the herbarium at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. For each species treated, information on flowering and fruiting seasons, a brief description, the authors include both scientific and common names, and distribution patterns. Chester is professor of biology at Austin Peay State University.
Tennessee is home to more than four hundred species of woody plants, but until now there has been no comprehensive guide to them. Eugene wofford and Edward W. Features full-color illustrations and drawings.
The Overstory: A Novel
Features full-color illustrations and drawings. Used book in Good Condition. There is a world alongside ours―vast, resourceful, slow, interconnected, magnificently inventive, and almost invisible to us. Softcover, 7-1/8"l x 4-1/2"W. Winner of the pulitzer prize in fiction shortlisted for the man booker prizenew york times bestseller A New York Times Notable Book and a Washington Post, Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, and really just one of the best novels, and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2018 "The best novel ever written about trees, Oprah Magazine, Time, period.
Ann patchettthe overstory, is a sweeping, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of―and paean to―the natural world. Sponsored by the national audubon Society, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute.
Scribner Book Company. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe. From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, richard Powers’s twelfth novel unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
A Natural History of Western Trees
Features full-color illustrations and drawings. A lovely reprint of peattie's 1950 classic with the fine wood engravings and a new 4 page introduction by Robert Finch. Portland, Or. Used book in Good Condition. Scribner Book Company. Sponsored by the national audubon Society, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute.
Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Softcover, 7-1/8"l x 4-1/2"W. This editio printed on alkaline paper.