Multcolib My Librarian Tama: History of all kinds plus birds

Life Everlasting
Life Everlasting The Animal Way of Death By Heinrich, Bernd Book - 2012 591.7 H469L 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:The author receives a letter from a severely ill friend asking if he might have a "green burial" at Heinrich's hunting camp, and the acclaimed biologist/author sets out to explore exactly how the animal world deals with the death-to-life cycle and what we can learn from the process, both ecologically and spiritually.

The Big Burn
The Big Burn Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America By Egan, Timothy Book - 2010 973.911 E287b 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:In 1910 a gigantic wildfire was formed by the merger of several small wildfires in the Pacific Northwest. It would burn 3 million acres and five towns to the ground. It would kill 100 people. Incredible research into primary sources went into this book and it is narrative history at its best. Special bonus: Best buddies Gifford Pinchot and Teddy Roosevelt boxing in the White House wearing only their skivvies.

Atlas of Remote Islands
Atlas of Remote Islands Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot on and Never Will By Schalansky, Judith Book - 2010 910.914 S297a 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:This sweet book is not your average atlas. It has a lovely size, easy to hold at just 143 pages, and not concussion inducing if you fall asleep while reading in bed. Each island has its own two-page spread, one page devoted to a single paragraph about its history, the facing page a map of the island itself. For those interested, the text is a style called MVB Sirenne which I thought just gorgeous, and I don't often notice that sort of thing.

The Destiny of the Republic
The Destiny of the Republic A Tale of Medicine, Madness and the Murder of A President By Millard, Candice Book - 2011 973.84092 G2312m 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:This book's cover will give the impression that it's deadly dull. Nothing could be further from the truth. Who knows anything about James Garfield, our 20th President? Other than he was assassinated, I mean. The psychotic office-seeker who shot him may have actually fired the gun, but at a time when doctors in America doubted the existence of bacteria, who was it that actually killed Garfield? Narrative history at its finest.

The Swerve
The Swerve How the World Became Modern By Greenblatt, Stephen Book - 2011 940.21 G7989s 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:The story of the rediscovery of a poem by Lucretius, and with it, ideas considered dangerous - that everything we see is made up of particles, that universe functions without the aid of the gods, and that our goal should be the Epicurean ideal - a life of pleasure over pain. Makes an intriguing non-fiction parallel to The Name of the Rose. 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner. 2011 National Book Award winner.

Herb and Dorothy
Herb and Dorothy DVD - 2009 DVD 708.0092 HERB Available in some locations

Annotation:In the early 1960s a librarian and a postal worker fell in love and married. They loved art and began to collect what they could afford, living on her salary, buying with his. At the time what they bought was modern and conceptual art. It was cheap and many of the artists were starving. Now the artists are household names and the librarian and the postal worker own one of the largest and most important collections in the world. And they still live in their one-bedroom, rent controlled Manhattan apartment. Brilliant, sweet documentary.

Nature Jungle Eagle DVD - 2011 DVD 598.942 NATURE Available in some locations

Annotation:Harpy eagles are the most powerful birds of prey in the world. Standing three feet tall, with a six-foot wingspan and razor-sharp talons the size of bear claws, these birds are the heavyweight hunters of the South American rainforest. But scientists know very little about harpy eagles because their numbers are few, their habitat is large, they never soar above the trees, and they rarely come to the ground. And they can kill you with a single talon strike in the right place....that too.

Ghost Bird
Ghost Bird DVD - 2010 DVD 598.72 GHOST All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Set in murky swamps full of birders, scientists and reporters, the hunt for the ivory-billed woodpecker continues today, even though it's been presumed extinct for over 50 years. But is it? It was thought to be seen flying through the bayous of eastern Arkansas in 2004, and has been seen and heard numerous times since. And at 20 inches in length with a 30-inch wingspan, this bird would be hard to miss. So what's the deal? Is it still out there and hanging on by a thread?

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