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January 30, 2010
Audubon Birds: A Field Guide to North American Birds Audubon Guides Audubon Guides: $19.99
May 17, 2009
"James and the Giant Peach" Roald Dahl For many years, James lived with his evil aunts, Spiker and Sponge. James tried to avoid the aunts, but they always got him. He then takes a wild journey on a giant peach. Inside the peach he is befriended by large insects: the grasshopper, ladybug, centipede, earthworm, spider and glow worm. These creatures hate Sponge and Spiker just as much as James does. Anybody who likes adventurous stories will like this book.
August 30, 2008 |
OUR FASCINATION with the British is Oedipal. "Murdering the King's English," my New England grandmother used to mutter in the face of bad grammar. (Clearly, it made no impression on me.) In her first book "The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British," Sarah Lyall -- who moved to London in the mid-1990s as a correspondent for the New York Times and married British writer-editor Robert McCrum -- tracks the odd and endearing behaviors that help us measure our own quirks and cultural obsessions.
August 24, 2008 |
Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America Roger Peterson Houghton Mifflin: 532 pp., $26 -- Smithsonian Field Guide to the Birds of North America Ted Floyd Collins: 512 pp., $24.95 Picking a birding field guide is a little like picking a spouse. You have to find it attractive, of course, but that's just not enough for the long haul. You need something smart, reliable. Something that won't fail you when you need it most. Something compact enough to carry on a long hike but comprehensive enough to help you identify an unfamiliar bird when you're 10 miles out on a trail with nobody to ask for help.
HOME & GARDEN
April 13, 2006 |
This paperback guide may be titillating for trivia and history hounds, whether they're fans of Wright, or even of architecture in general. Styled like an old-fashioned travel Baedeker, it's a compilation of every residential, commercial or civic structure designed by the inimitable architect (about 500 of them), including those that never were built, and those designed for Iraq, India and Japan.
July 6, 2005 |
Toward the end of her latest book, an intriguing amalgam of personal memoir, philosophical speculation, natural lore, cultural history and art criticism, San Francisco-based writer Rebecca Solnit remarks: "A man once told me that much of my writing was about loss ... and I thought about that comment for a long time." As a historian, Solnit reflects, she feels strongly committed to retrieving lost material from the past, to prevent it from slipping away.