A nature book recommendation: You Belong to Me by Mamoru Suzuki

A critic review (source Dear Author) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2uLhkwc.
The illustrations are all as lovely and simple as the cover and I think even young children would easily grasp and understand them. The universal message here is of acceptance and total love, whenever or wherever.
Book description from Google Books:
The simple text of love, caring and protection is accompanied by adorable illustrations of animals and dinosaurs that hug, help, and protect a human child. The comforting text is ideal for a soothing bedtime story. This beautiful book is a perfect gift for parents with a newborn baby.
The book is rated 3.59/5 at goodreads.com, from 58 ratings. See 38 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2uLrnRP.
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A nature book recommendation: The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham

A critic review (source Star Tribune) can be read at: http://strib.mn/2essGxr.
When you’re done with “The Home Place,” it won’t be done with you. Its wonders will linger like everything luminous.
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“In me, there is the red of miry clay, the brown of spring floods, the gold of ripening tobacco. All of these hues are me; I am, in the deepest sense, colored.” From these fertile soils of love, land, identity, family, and race emergesThe Home Place, a big-hearted, unforgettable memoir by ornithologist and professor of ecology J. Drew Lanham. Dating back to slavery, Edgefield County, South Carolina–a place “easy to pass by on the way somewhere else”–has been home to generations of Lanhams. InThe Home Place, readers meet these extraordinary people, including Drew himself, who over the course of the 1970s falls in love with the natural world around him. As his passion takes flight, however, he begins to ask what it means to be “the rare bird, the oddity.” By turns angry, funny, elegiac, and heartbreaking,The Home Place is a remarkable meditation on nature and belonging, at once a deeply moving memoir and riveting exploration of the contradictions of black identity in the rural South–and in America today.
The book is rated 4.33/5 at goodreads.com, from 86 ratings. See 21 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2dA8vjh.
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A nature book recommendation: Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube: Chasing Fear and Finding Home in the Great White North by Blair Braverman

A critic review (source Star Tribune) can be read at: http://strib.mn/2i0l1Io.
Its title, “Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube,” with its sarcastic profanity, and subtitle, “Chasing Fear and Finding Home in the Great White North,” with its earnest talkiness, are the only unfortunate things about her nuanced, witty, wise, eccentric story.
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A rich and revelatory memoir of a young woman reclaiming her courage in the stark landscapes of the north.By the time Blair Braverman was eighteen, she had left her home in California, moved to arctic Norway to learn to drive sled dogs, and found work as a tour guide on a glacier in Alaska. Determined to carve out a life as a “tough girl”—a young woman who confronts danger without apology—she slowly developed the strength and resilience the landscape demanded of her. By turns funny and sobering, bold and tender, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube brilliantly recounts Braverman’s adventures in Norway and Alaska. Settling into her new surroundings, Braverman was often terrified that she would lose control of her dog team and crash her sled, or be attacked by a polar bear, or get lost on the tundra. Above all, she worried that, unlike the other, gutsier people alongside her, she wasn’t cut out for life on the frontier. But no matter how out of place she felt, one thing was clear: she was hooked on the North. On the brink of adulthood, Braverman was determined to prove that her fears did not define her—and so she resolved to embrace the wilderness and make it her own. Assured, honest, and lyrical, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube paints a powerful portrait of self-reliance in the face of extraordinary circumstance. Braverman endures physical exhaustion, survives being buried alive in an ice cave, and drives her dogs through a whiteout blizzard to escape crooked police. Through it all, she grapples with love and violence—navigating a grievous relationship with a fellow musher, and adapting to the expectations of her Norwegian neighbors—as she negotiates the complex demands of being a young woman in a man’s land.Weaving fast-paced adventure writing and ethnographic journalism with elegantly wrought reflections on identity, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube captures the triumphs and the perils of Braverman’s journey to self-discovery and independence in a landscape that is as beautiful as it is unforgiving. 
The book is rated 3.66/5 at goodreads.com, from 1140 ratings. See 199 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2cL047b.
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A nature book recommendation: The Goat by Anne Fleming

A critic review (source National Post arts) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2wLkIIb.
The Goat takes a concept that is easiest told as zany and madcap, but instead wisely presents it as perfectly ordinary. If Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach made a kids’ movie (pun intended), this would certainly be their script.
Book description from Google Books:
When Kid accompanies her parents to New York City for a six-month stint of dog-sitting and home-schooling, she sees what looks like a tiny white cloud on the top of their apartment building. Rumor says there’s a goat living on the roof, but how can that be? As Kid soon discovers, a goat on the roof may be the least strange thing about her new home, whose residents are both strange and fascinating. In the penthouse lives Joff Vanderlinden, the famous skateboarding fantasy writer, who happens to be blind. On the ninth floor are Doris and Jonathan, a retired couple trying to adapt to a new lifestyle after Jonathan’s stroke. Kenneth P. Gill, on the tenth, loves opera and tends to burble on nervously about his two hamsters — or are they guinea pigs? Then there’s Kid’s own high-maintenance mother, Lisa, who is rehearsing for an Off Broadway play and is sure it will be the world’s biggest flop. Kid is painfully shy and too afraid to talk to new people at first, but she is happy to explore Manhattan, especially the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park, where she meets Will, who is also home-schooled and under the constant watchful eye of his grandmother. As Kid and Will become friends, she learns that Will’s parents died in the Twin Towers. Will can’t look out windows, he is a practitioner of Spoonerism, and he is obsessed with the Ancient Egyptian Tomb of Perneb. When Kid learns that the goat will bring good luck to whoever sees it, suddenly it becomes very important to know whether the goat on the roof is real. So Kid and Will set out to learn the truth, even if it means confronting their own fears.
The book is rated 3.73/5 at goodreads.com, from 145 ratings. See 64 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2xsGy70.
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A nature book recommendation: The Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy by Michael McCarthy

A critic review (source NY Times) can be read at: http://nyti.ms/2qLk2R3.
“The Moth Snowstorm” is an inspiring book, and I salute McCarthy for his boldness. Rather than the dire, dry statistical projections often heralded to make the case for conservation, he turns boldly to joy — to imagination and emotion.
Book description from Google Books:
A great, rhapsodic, urgent book full of joy, grief, rage and love . . . A must-read’ Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk Nature has many gifts for us, but perhaps the greatest of them all is joy; the intense delight we can take in the natural world, in its beauty, in the wonder it can offer us, in the peace it can provide – feelings stemming ultimately from our own unbreakable links to nature, which mean that we cannot be fully human if we are separate from it. In The Moth Snowstorm Michael McCarthy, one of Britain’s leading writers on the environment, proposes this joy as a defence of a natural world which is ever more threatened, and which, he argues, is inadequately served by the two defences put forward hitherto: sustainable development and the recognition of ecosystem services. Drawing on a wealth of memorable experiences from a lifetime of watching and thinking about wildlife and natural landscapes, The Moth Snowstorm not only presents a new way of looking at the world around us, but effortlessly blends with it a remarkable and moving memoir of childhood trauma from which love of the natural world emerged. It is a powerful, timely, and wholly original book which comes at a time when nature has never needed it more.
The book is rated 4.00/5 at goodreads.com, from 180 ratings. See 34 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2s4EMHf.
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A nature book recommendation: The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies by John R. Lott Jr.

A critic review (source Washington Times) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2eti3KD.
In his new book, “The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies,” John Lott methodically dismantles one popular gun-control myth after another.
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The Second Amendment defender John R. Lott Jr., Ph.D., economist and gun rights advocate, goes beyond philosophical arguments to confront opponents of gun ownership with the facts. Through rigorous research and analysis of data, he has been able to show that increased gun possession can actually make people safer and reduce crime. Terrorists and mass murderers consciously pick targets where they know victims will be unable to defend themselves, and the push for more gun control only makes the types of attacks that we fear more likely to occur. The War on Guns has well-documented data, statistics, practical, legal, and moral arguments to support the natural right to self-defense. He looks into the many ways that anti-gun ‘statistics’ and ‘research’ have been used to perpetrate utter falsehoods and misleading propaganda, using the best evidence available—data from natural experiments on the effects of gun regulations—to compare the effects of alternative policies. Arrayed against him are the entire public health establishment and much of the media, but he carefully analyzes many of the arguments made against gun ownership and shows using both statistical and anecdotal evidence that they are incorrect. He also shows that wealthy opponents of gun ownership finance much fallacious “public health” research on the effects of guns. This is a valuable guide to a more balanced understanding of the issue of gun control.
The book is rated 4.35/5 at goodreads.com, from 68 ratings. See 8 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2dAHNY2.
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A nature book recommendation: A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age by Daniel J. Levitin

A critic review (source The Economist) can be read at: http://econ.st/2uRbvx8.
…if everyone could adopt the level of healthy statistical scepticism that Mr Levitin would like, political debate would be in much better shape. This book is an indispensable trainer.
Book description from Google Books:
From The New York Times bestselling author of The Organized Mind and This is Your Brain on Music, a primer to the critical thinking that is more necessary now than ever. We are bombarded with more information each day than our brains can process–especially in election season. It’s raining bad data, half-truths, and even outright lies. New York Times bestselling author Daniel J. Levitin shows how to recognize misleading announcements, statistics, graphs, and written reports revealing the ways lying weasels can use them. It’s becoming harder to separate the wheat from the digital chaff. How do we distinguish misinformation, pseudo-facts, distortions, and outright lies from reliable information? Levitin groups his field guide into two categories–statistical infomation and faulty arguments–ultimately showing how science is the bedrock of critical thinking. Infoliteracy means understanding that there are hierarchies of source quality and bias that variously distort our information feeds via every media channel, including social media. We may expect newspapers, bloggers, the government, and Wikipedia to be factually and logically correct, but they so often aren’t. We need to think critically about the words and numbers we encounter if we want to be successful at work, at play, and in making the most of our lives. This means checking the plausibility and reasoning–not passively accepting information, repeating it, and making decisions based on it. Readers learn to avoid the extremes of passive gullibility and cynical rejection. Levitin’s charming, entertaining, accessible guide can help anyone wake up to a whole lot of things that aren’t so. And catch some lying weasels in their tracks!  
The book is rated 3.76/5 at goodreads.com, from 1245 ratings. See 236 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2uzpmgc.
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A nature book recommendation: The Remedies by Katharine Towers

A critic review (source Guardian) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2ctf48v.
She writes with a marvellously gentle wit and a metrical intelligence. I particularly love her poem Chaffinch.
Book description from Google Books:
The stunning new collection from the winner of the Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Prize.Katharine Towers’ second collection, The Remedies, is a book of small wonders: from a house drowning in roses to crickets on an August day, from Nerval’s lobster to the surrealism of flower remedies, these poems explore the fragility of our relationship with the natural world. Towers also shows us what relationship can aspire to be: each poem attunes us to another aspect of that world, and shows what strangeness and wonder might be revealed when we properly attend to it. The result is a lyric, unforgettable collection which offers just the spiritual assuagement its title promises – and shows Katharine Towers developing into a major poetic talent.
The book is rated 4.00/5 at goodreads.com, from 24 ratings. See 2 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2cteLuw.
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A nature book recommendation: Razor Girl: A novel by Carl Hiaasen

A critic review (source NY Times) can be read at: http://nyti.ms/2dJjSW5.
Carl Hiaasen’s irresistible “Razor Girl” meets his usual sky-high standards for elegance, craziness and mike-drop humor. But this election-year novel is exceptionally timely, too.
Book description from Google Books:
“When Lane Coolman’s car is bashed from behind on the road to the Florida Keys, what appears to be an innocent accident is anything but (this is Hiaasen!). Behind the wheel of the offending car is Merry Mansfield–the eponymous Razor Girl–so named for her unique, eye-popping addition to what might be an otherwise unexciting scam. But, of course–this is Hiaasen!–the scam is only the very beginning of a situation that’s going to spiral crazily out of control while gathering in some of the wildest characters Hiaasen has ever set loose on the page. There’s the owner of Sedimental Journey–the company that steals sand from one beach to restore erosion on another…Dominick “Big Noogie” Aeola, the NYC mafia capo with a taste for the pinkest of sands…Zeto, the small-time hustler who gets electrocuted trying to charge a Tesla…Nance Buck, native Wisconsinite who’s nonetheless the star of the red neck reality TV show, “Bayou Brethren.”..a psycho who goes by the name of Blister and who’s more Nance Buck than Buck could ever be…the multimillionaire product liability lawyer who’s getting dangerously–and deformingly–hooked on the very product he’s litigating against…and Andrew Yancy–formerly Detective Yancy, busted to Key West roach patrol after he beat up his then-lover’s husband with a Dustbuster–who’s convinced that if he can just solve one more murder on his own, he’ll get his detective badge back. That the Razor Girl may be the key to his success in this deeply ill-considered endeavor will be as surprising to him as anything else he encounters along the way–including the nine-pound Gambian pouched rats getting very used to the good life in the Keys… “–
The book is rated 3.83/5 at goodreads.com, from 10232 ratings. See 1497 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2eDUnDz.
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A nature book recommendation: They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel

A critic review (source Financial Times) can be read at: http://on.ft.com/2eNslFu.
Brooklyn-based author and illustrator Brendan Wenzel evokes the styles of painters as diverse as Van Gogh, Henri Rousseau and Seurat to create a picture book that stimulates the imagination and shows how art and perception are both influenced by emotion.
Book description from Google Books:
A 2017 Caldecott Honor BookA New York Times bestseller★”An ingenious idea, gorgeously realized.” —Shelf Awareness, starred review”Both simple and ingenious in concept, Wenzel’s book feels like a game changer.” —The Huffington PostThe cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears, and paws . . .In this glorious celebration of observation, curiosity, and imagination, Brendan Wenzel shows us the many lives of one cat, and how perspective shapes what we see. When you see a cat, what do you see?
The book is rated 3.99/5 at goodreads.com, from 6435 ratings. See 721 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2eNoato.
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