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The Great Outdoors

Whether reading in nature, or about it, here are some of our favorite recent books about the great outdoors. Click on each book cover for full reviews, and don't miss all of our Summer Stack reading lists, here.

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Pacific Coasting: A Guide to the Ultimate Road Trip, from Southern California to the Pacific Northwest Cover Image
ISBN: 9781579658717
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Published: Artisan - March 16th, 2021

"With gorgeous, whimsical illustrations from author-illustrator Danielle Kroll, Pacific Coasting will make planning your next trip a dreamy and engaging experience." —Jess

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Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525656098
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Published: Knopf - May 4th, 2021

"Simard relates her years of experience and her groundbreaking findings on the relationship between belowground fungi and trees." —MJ

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The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred Cover Image
ISBN: 9781541724709
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Published: Bold Type Books - March 9th, 2021

"Sheer nerdy joy... an incredibly powerful, accessible, inspiring book." —Jocelyn

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Waves and Beaches: The Powerful Dynamics of Sea and Coast Cover Image
ISBN: 9781938340956
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Published: Patagonia - March 16th, 2021

"It’s hard to imagine a more perfect book for ocean-loving Santa Cruzans. This Patagonia publication is a treat from cover to cover." —Jocelyn

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Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571313836
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Published: Milkweed Editions - March 30th, 2021

"Late Migrations is everything I want nature writing, memoir, and essay to be. Gorgeous, contemplative, connective." —Melinda

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Rockaway: Surfing Headlong into a New Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358561965
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Published: Mariner Books - May 25th, 2021

"Perfect for those who are surf-curious, at the start of their own obsession, or invigorated by secondhand inspiration—this book is life-affirming." —Melinda

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We Are Each Other’s Harvest: Celebrating African American Farmers, Land, and Legacy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062932563
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Published: Amistad - April 6th, 2021

"A must-have volume for anyone who reveres that land and those who work it.” —Jessica B. Harris, PhD, culinary historian

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Ms. Adventure: My Wild Explorations in Science, Lava, and Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643260037
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Published: Timber Press - March 2nd, 2021

"'Geologist' seems a tame word for someone who regularly—and eagerly—confronts volcanoes, but it is Phoenix’s love of science, as much as her global tales of derring-do, that complete this ride." —Jocelyn 

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A Most Remarkable Creature: The Hidden Life and Epic Journey of the World's Smartest Birds of Prey Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101875704
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Published: Knopf - March 30th, 2021

"A wide-ranging, enlightening journey through the bird’s history and origins. Curious and intelligent, the striated caracaras are fascinating creatures, and I found myself utterly engrossed in their story." —Brooks

The Passenger: How a Travel Writer Learned to Love Cruises & Other Lies from a Sinking Ship Cover Image
ISBN: 9781567926972
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Published: David R. Godine Publisher - June 8th, 2021

"For fans of The Perfect StormIn the Heart of the Sea, and Bill Bryson on his sassiest days." —Afar Travel Magazine and Guide

A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393608908
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 30th, 2021

"For lifelong experts and backyard birders alike, Weidensaul is a superb guide to the winged marvels that share our planet and our lives." —Diane Ackerman

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Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250787613
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Published: Picador - April 6th, 2021

"Becoming Wild returns us to our own better natures and asks us to care for the world we’re missing when we center ourselves." —Melinda