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The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World

Costa Book Award for Biography 2015

by Andrea Wulf

The acclaimed author of Founding Gardeners reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world—and in the process created...


Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology 2013

by Alan Weisman

A powerful investigation into the chances for humanity's future from the author of the bestseller The World Without Us.

In his bestselling book The World Without Us, Alan Weisman considered how the Earth could...


The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary: A True Story of Resilience and Recovery

RBC Taylor Prize 2012

by Andrew Westoll

This is a fascinating and moving account of a remarkable community of chimpanzees who gradually learn to become chimps again after spending years in research laboratories.  Brimming with empathy and touching...


Strands

Portico Prize for Non-Fiction 2012

by Jean Sprackland

Strands describes a year's worth of walking on the ultimate beach: inter-tidal and constantly turning up revelations: mermaid's purses, lugworms, sea potatoes, messages in bottles, buried cars, beached whales...


Lakeland: Journeys into the Soul of Canada

Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction 2010

by Allan Casey

Lakes define not only Canada's landscape but the national imagination. Blending writing on nature, travel, and science, award-winning journalist Allan Casey systematically explores how the country's history...


The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea

Samuel Johnson Prize 2009

by Philip Hoare

“Unpredictable and amusing and informative and original, cavorting between biology, history, travel writing, and memoir.”

—Mark Kurlansky

 

The Whale by Philip Hoare is a enthralling and eye-opening literary...


The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed

Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction 2005

by John Vaillant

A tale of obsession so fierce that a man kills the thing he loves most: the only giant golden spruce on earth. When a shattered kayak and camping gear are found on an uninhabited island in the Pacific Northwest,...


Mountains of the Mind: Adventures in Reaching the Summit

Guardian First Book Award 2003

by Robert Macfarlane

Combining accounts of legendary mountain ascents with vivid descriptions of his own forays into wild, high landscapes, Robert McFarlane reveals how the mystery of the world’s highest places has came to grip...


Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource

Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction 1999

by Marq De Villiers

In his award-winning book WATER, Marq de Villiers provides an eye-opening account of how we are using, misusing, and abusing our planet's most vital resource. Encompassing ecological, historical, and cultural...


Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 1975

by Annie Dillard

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is the story of a dramatic year in Virginia's Blue Ridge valley. Annie Dillard sets out to see what she can see. What she sees are astonishing incidents of "mystery, death, beauty, violence."...