Explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus, the remarkable connections it makes with people, and the vibrant community that arises around this complex, intelligent, and spirited creature. An example of true immersion journalism. Sy Montgomery won the Henry David Thoreau Prize for literary excellence in nature writing in 2017. Atria, 2015. Paperback, 262 pp.
Explores a new perspective on human evolution by examining the phenomenon of ultraendurance and makes surprising discoveries about the physical, spiritual, and primal drive to win. At once lyrical and scientific, this book shows Bernd Heinrich's signature blend of biology, anthropology, psychology, and philosophy, infused with his passion to discover how and why we can achieve super-human abilities. Bernd Heinrich won the Henry David Thoreau Prize for literary excellence in nature writing in 2018. Ecco, HarperCollins, 2002. Paperback, 292 pp.
The 25th Anniversary Edition of this book, complete with a new Afterword. In the spring of 1983, Terry Tempest Williams learned that her mother was dying of cancer. That same spring, the Great Salt Lake began to rise to record heights. As Williams interweaves these narratives of dying and accommodation, tragedy is transformed into a document of renewal and spiritual grace. A classic in the literatures of woman, nature, and grieving. Terry Tempest Williams won the Henry David Thoreau Prize for Literary Excellence in Nature Writing in 2023. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR on the title page.Penguin Random House, 1991, 2018. Paperback, 325 pp.
A beautifully written mix of science and personal reflection that invites readers to explore and learn from the elegantly simple lives of mosses. In this series of linked personal essays, Kimmerer explains the biology of mosses and reflects on what these fascinating organisms have to teach us. Robin Wall Kimmerer won the Henry David Thoreau Prize for literary excellence in nature writing in 2021. Oregon State University Press, 2003. Paperback, 168 pp.
A grand tour of the realm of all of our senses. We learn about the evolution of the kiss, the sadistic cuisine of eighteenth-century England, the chemistry of pain, and the melodies of the planet Earth. Diane Ackerman won the Henry David Thoreau Prize for literary excellence in nature writing in 2015.Vintage Books / Random House, 1990. Paperback, 331 pp.
Terry Tempest Williams's fierce, spirited, and magnificent essays are a howl in the desert. She sizes up the continuing assaults on America's public lands and the erosion of our commitment to the open space of democracy. She asks: "How do we find the strength to not look away from all that is breaking our hearts?" These essays are her call to action, blazing a way forward through difficult and dispiriting times. This book was written for this moment, political and spiritual at once, written by one of our greatest naturalists, essayists, and defenders of the environment. She reminds us that beauty is its own form of resistance, and that water can crack stone. Terry Tempest Williams won the Henry David Thoreau Prize for Literary Excellence in Nature Writing in 2023. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR on the title page.Picador, 2020. Paperback, 334 pp.
From flying squirrels to grizzly bears, and from torpid turtles to insects with antifreeze, the animal kingdom relies on some staggering evolutionary innovations to survive winter. Unlike their human counterparts, animals are adaptable to an amazing range of conditions. This book awakens the largely undiscovered mysteries by which nature sustains herself through winter's harsh, cruel exigencies.Ecco, HarperCollins, 2003. Paperback, 357 + 32 pp.
The authors explore through intimate and thought-provoking dialogue one of the most
sought after and least understood elements of human nature: hope. Here, Jane Goodall focuses on her Four Reasons for Hope: The Amazing Human Intellect,
The Resilience of Nature, The Power of Young People, and The
Indomitable Human Spirit. Drawing on decades of work that has
helped expand our understanding of what it means to be human and what we
all need to do to help build a better world, this book touches on vital questions, including: How do we stay hopeful when
everything seems hopeless? How do we cultivate hope in our children?
What is the relationship between hope and action? Filled with moving and
inspirational stories and photographs from Jane's remarkable career,
The Book of Hope is a deeply personal conversation with one of the most beloved figures in the world today. Jane Goodall has been named the winner of the Henry David Thoreau Prize for literary excellence in nature writing in 2022. Celadon Books, 2021. Hardcover, 272 pp.
A definitive collection spanning more than five decades of this Pulitzer-Prize winning poet's esteemed and celebrated literary career. Arranged by Mary Oliver herself, this timeless volume showcases the beloved poet at her edifying best. She provides us here with an invaluable collection of her passionate and perceptive observations of the natural world. Mary Oliver won the Henry David Thoreau Prize for literary excellence in nature writing in November 2018.Penguin Press, 2017. Hardcover, 455 pp.