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An Elephant in My Kitchen: What the Herd Taught Me About Love, Courage and Survival (Elephant Whisperer, Bk. 2)
Malby-Anthony, Francoise
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A heart-warming sequel to the international bestseller The Elephant Whisperer, by Lawrence Anthony's wife Françoise Malby-Anthony.A chic Parisienne, Françoise never expected to find herself living on a South African game reserve. But then she fell in love with conservationist Lawrence Anthony and everything changed. After Lawrence’s death, Françoise faced the daunting responsibility of running Thula Thula without him. Poachers attacked their rhinos, their security team wouldn’t take orders from a woman and the authorities were threatening to cull their beloved elephant family. On top of that, the herd’s feisty new matriarch Frankie didn’t like her.In this heart-warming and moving book, Françoise describes how she fought to protect the herd and to make her dream of building a wildlife rescue center a reality. She found herself caring for a lost baby elephant who turned up at her house, and offering refuge to traumatized orphaned rhinos, and a hippo called Charlie who was scared of water. As she learned to trust herself, she discovered she’d had Frankie wrong all along.Filled with extraordinary animals and the humans who dedicate their lives to saving them, An Elephant in My Kitchen is a captivating and gripping read.


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Eat Like a Fish: My Adventures as a Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer
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Eat Like a Fish: My Adventures as a Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer
Smith, Bren
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In the face of apocalyptic climate change, a former fisherman shares a bold and hopeful new vision for saving the planet: farming the ocean.In Eat Like a Fish, Bren Smith—a restorative ocean farmer—introduces the world of sea-based agriculture, a groundbreaking solution to the global climate crisis.The ocean is a vast, untapped opportunity, home to thousands of edible plants. Using simple DIY techniques, we can grow more than enough delicious and nutritious food—without the use of fresh water or fertilizers—to feed the planet and filter carbon from seawater, to boot.A groundbreaking “climate memoir,” Eat Like a Fish interweaves Smith’s own story—from sailing the high seas aboard commercial fishing trawlers to pioneering new forms of ocean farming to surfing the frontiers of the food movement—with actionable food policy and practical advice on ocean farming.It is a powerful story of environmental renewal, and a must-read guide to cleaning the oceans, feeding the world, and—by creating new jobs up and down the coasts—putting working class Americans back to work.


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Fire in the Heart: A Memoir of Friendship, Loss, and Wildfire
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Fire in the Heart: A Memoir of Friendship, Loss, and Wildfire
Emerick, Mary
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Mary Emerick was once a shy schoolgirl before she dared to become that rarest of heroes - a woman who could stand on the front lines in the heat of a roaring wildfire. Determined to forge herself into a stronger, braver person, Mary climbed to heights she never imagined and found a courage within herself she never knew existed.But when she lost someone she loved to the nightmarish Storm King Mountain forest fire in Colorado that killed fourteen firefighters, Mary faces the hardest choice of her life - to stay in the game, or turn back and try to find the woman she used to be. Fire in the Heart is both a thrilling memoir about life-threatening work and a meditation on identity, bravery, unbreakable bonds, and survivor’s guilt.


The Wonderful Mr Willughby: The First True Ornithologist
Birkhead, Tim
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From the author of Bird Sense, a biography of Francis Willughby, the man who pulled the study of birds out of the dark ages and formed the foundations of modern ornithology.Francis Willughby lived and thrived in the midst of the rapidly accelerating scientific revolution of the seventeenth century. Traveling with his Cambridge tutor John Ray, they decided to overhaul the whole of natural history by imposing order on its messiness and complexity. It was exhilarating, exacting, and exhausting work. Yet before their first book, Ornithology, could be completed, Willughby died in 1672. Since then, Ray's reputation has grown, obscuring that of his collaborator. Now, for the first time, Willughby's story and genius are given the attention they deserve.In his too-short life, Francis Willughby helped found the Royal Society, differentiated birds through identification of their distinguishing features, and asked questions that were, in some cases, centuries ahead of their time. His discoveries and his approach to his work continue to be relevant--and revelatory--today. Tim Birkhead describes and celebrates how Willughby's endeavors set a standard for the way birds--and indeed the whole of natural history--should be studied. Rich with glorious detail, The Wonderful Mr Willughby is at once a fascinating insight into a thrilling period of scientific history and an authoritative, lively biography of one of its legendary pioneers.


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