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Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1968).

_______________, Down the River (New York: Dutton, 1982).

_______________, The Journey Home (New York: Dutton, 1977).

_______________, The Monkey Wrench Gang (Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1975).

_______________, Slumgullion Stew: An Edward Abbey Reader (New York: Dutton, 1984). Reprinted as The Best of Edward Abbey, ed. Edward Abbey (San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1988).

Mary Austin, Land of Little Rain (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1903).

William Bartram, Travels through North and South Carolina (Philadelphia: Printed by James & Johnson, 1791).

Thomas Berry, The Dream of the Earth (San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1988).

Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture (San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1977).

Henry Beston, The Outermost House: A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran and Company, 1929).

John Burroughs, The Complete Nature Writings of John Burroughs (New York: Wm. H. Wise, 1904-1921).

David G. Campbell, The Crystal Desert: Summers in Antarctica (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1992).

Rachel Carson, The Sea Around Us (New York: Oxford University Press, 1951).
Charles Darwin,Charles Darwin's Letters: A Selection 1825-1859, ed. Frederick Burkhardt (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996).

_______________, Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries Visited during the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle round the World: Under the Command of Capt. Fitz Roy (London: J. Murray, 1845).

V. G. Dethier, Crickets and Katydids, Concerts and Solos (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1992).

Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (New York: Harper's Magazine Press, 1974).

_______________, Teaching a Stone to Talk (New York: Harper & Row, 1982).

Dan Duane, Caught Inside: A Surfer's Year on the California Coast (San Francisco: North Point Press, 1996).

René Dubos, The Wooing of Earth: New Perspectives on Man's Use of Nature (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1980).

Gretel Ehrlich, Islands, the Universe, Home (New York: Viking, 1991).

_______________, The Solace of Open Spaces (New York: Viking, 1985).

Loren C. Eiseley, The Firmament of Time (New York: Atheneum, 1960).

_______________, The Immense Journey (New York: Random House, 1957).

_______________, Starthrower (New York: Times Books, 1978).

Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson, ed. William H. Gilman et al. (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1960-1982).

_______________, Nature (Boston: James Munroe and Company, 1836).

Robert Finch, Common Ground: A Naturalist's Cape Cod (Boston: D. R. Godine, 1981).

_______________, Outlands: Journeys to the Outer Edges of Cape Cod (Boston: D. R. Godine, 1986).

_______________, The Primal Place (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1983).

Alan Gurney, Below the Convergence: Voyages toward Antarctica, 1699-1839 (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1997).

Vicki Hearne, Adam's Task: Calling Animals by Name (New York: Knopf: Distributed by Random House, 1986).

Bernd Heinrich, The Trees in My Forest (New York: Cliff Street Books, 1997).

Edward Hoagland, Balancing Acts: Essays (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992).

_______________, The Edward Hoagland Reader, ed. Geoffrey Wolff (New York: Random House, 1979).

Tom Horton, Bay Country (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1987).

Sue Hubbell, From a Country Year: Living the Questions (New York: Random House, 1986).

John Janovy, Jr., Back in Keith County (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1981).

_______________, Dunwoody Pond: Reflections on the High Plains Wetlands and the Cultivation of Naturalists (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1994).

_______________, Keith County Journal (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1994).

_______________, Vermillion Sea (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1992).

Peter Kalm, Travels into North America (London: The Editor, 1770-71).

Lawrence Kilham, On Watching Birds (Chelsea, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 1988).

Clarence King, Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada (Boston: James R. Osgood, 1872).

Joseph Wood Krutch, The Best Nature Writing of Joseph Wood Krutch (New York: Morrow, 1969).

_______________, The Desert Year (New York: Sloane, 1952).

_______________, The Voice of the Desert: A Naturalist's Interpretation (New York: W. Sloane Associates, 1955).

Anne LaBastille, Beyond Black Bear Lake (New York: Norton, 1987).

_______________, Women and Wilderness (San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1980).

_______________, Woodswoman (New York: E. P. Dutton, 1976).

Aldo Leopold, The River of the Mother of God and Other Essays by Aldo Leopold, ed. Susan Flader and J. Baird Callicott (Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1991).

_______________, A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There (New York: Oxford University Press, 1949).

Peter Loewer, Thoreau's Garden: Native Plants for the American Landscape (Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1996).

Barry Lopez, Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape (New York: Scribner's, 1986).

_______________, Crossing Open Ground (New York: Scribner, 1988).

_______________, Desert Notes: Reflections in the Eye of a Raven (Kansas City: Sheed, Andrews & McMeel, 1976).

_______________, Of Wolves and Men (New York: Scribner, 1978).

George Perkins Marsh, Man and Nature; or Physical Geography as Modified by Human Action (New York: Scribner, 1864).

Robert Marshall, Arctic Village (New York: H. Smith and R. Haas, 1933).

Peter Matthiessen, The Cloud Forest: A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness (New York: Viking Press, 1961).

_______________, Sand Rivers (New York: Viking Press, 1981).

_______________, The Snow Leopard (New York: Viking Press, 1978).

John A. McPhee, Coming into the Country (New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1977).

_______________, The Control of Nature (New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1989).

_______________, Encounters with the Archdruid (New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1971).

_______________, The John McPhee Reader, ed. William L. Howarth (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1976).

N. Scott Momaday, The Way to Rainy Mountain (Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 1969).

Farley Mowat, Never Cry Wolf (Boston: Little, Brown, 1963).

_______________, People of the Deer (Boston: Little, Brown, 1952).

John Muir, The Mountains of California (New York: The Century Press, 1894).

_______________, My First Summer in the Sierra (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1911).

_______________, Travels in Alaska (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1915).

_______________, The Yosemite (New York: Century, 1912).

Gary Paul Nabhan, The Desert Smells Like Rain: A Naturalist in Papago Indian Country (San Francisco: North Point Press, 1982).

_______________, Gathering the Desert (Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press, 1985).

Richard Nelson, Heart and Blood: Living with Deer in America (New York: Knopf, 1997).

_______________,The Island Within (San Francisco: North Point Press, 1989).

_______________, Make Prayers to the Raven: A Koyukon View of the Northern Forest (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1983).

Kenneth S. Norris, Dolphin Days: The Life and Times of the Spinner Dolphin (New York: Norton, 1991).

Donald Culross Peattie, An Almanac for Moderns (New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1935).

Robert F. Perkins, Into the Great Solitude: An Arctic Journey (New York: H. Holt, 1991).

Michael Pollan, Second Nature: A Gardener's Education (New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1991).

John Wesley Powell, Report on the Exploration of the Colorado River of the West and Its Tributaries (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1875).

_______________, Selected Prose of John Wesley Powell, ed. George Crossette (Boston: D. R. Godine, 1970).

Robert Michael Pyle, The Thunder Tree: Lessons from an Urban Wildland (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1993).

_______________, Wintergreen: Listening to the Land's Heart (New York: Scribner's, 1986).

David Quammen, The Boilerplate Rhino: Nature in the Eye of the Beholder (New York: Scribner, 2000).

_______________, The Flight of the Iguana: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature (New York: Delacorte Press, 1988).

_______________, Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature (New York: Delacorte Press, 1988).

_______________, The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions (New York: Scribner's, 1996).

Janisse Ray, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood (Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 1999).

Paul Shepard, The Only World We've Got: A Paul Shepard Reader, ed. Paul Shepard (San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1996).

Gary Snyder, A Place in Space: Ethics, Aesthetics, and Watersheds (Washington, DC: Counterpoint, 1995).

_______________, The Practice of the Wild: Essays (San Francisco: North Point Press, 1990).

Wallace Stegner, Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1954).

Edwin Way Teale, Adventures in Nature: Selections from the Outdoor Writings of Edwin Way Teale (New York: Dodd, Mead, 1959).

_______________, Autumn across America: A Naturalist's Record of a 20,000-Mile Journey through the North American Autumn (New York: Dodd, Mead, 1956).

John C. Van Dyke, The Desert: Further Studies on Natural Appearances (London: Sampson, Low Marston, 1901).

David Rains Wallace, The Dark Range: A Naturalist's Night Notebook (San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1978).

_______________, Idle Weeds: The Life of a Sandstone Ridge (San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1980).

_______________, The Klamath Knot: Explorations of Myth and Evolution (San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1983).

Gilbert White, The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne (London: H. G. Bohn, 1851).

David Wicinas, Sagebrush and Cappuccino: Confessions of an LA Naturalist (San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1995).

Terry Tempest Williams, Desert Quartet (New York: Pantheon Books, 1995).

_______________, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place (New York: Pantheon Books, 1991).

_______________, An Unspoken Hunger (New York: Pantheon Books, 1994).

Edward O. Wilson, Biophilia (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1984).

_______________, The Diversity of Life (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1992).

_______________, In Search of Nature (Washington, DC: Island Press/Shearwater Books, 1996).

_______________, On Human Nature (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1978).

Louise B. Young, The Blue Planet (Boston: Little, Brown, 1983).

_______________, Earth's Aura (New York: Knopf, 1977).

_______________, Sowing the Wind: Reflections on the Earth's Atmosphere (New York: Prentice Hall Press, 1990).

_______________, The Unfinished Universe (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1986).

Ann Zwinger, Beyond the Aspen Grove (New York: Random House, 1970).

_______________, Down Canyon: A Naturalist Explores the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon (Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press, 1995).

_______________, Mysterious Lands: An Award-Winning Naturalist Explores the Four Great Deserts of the Southwest (New York: Dutton, 1989).

_______________, Run River Run: A Naturalist's Journey Down One of the Great Rivers of the American West (New York: Harper and Row, 1975).

Ann Zwinger and Edwin Way Teale, A Conscious Stillness: Two Naturalists on Thoreau's Rivers (New York: Harper and Row, 1982).

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