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The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World
4.8 out of 5 stars with 91 reviews
For a thousand generations, human beings viewed themselves as part of the wider community of nature, and they carried on active relationships not only with other people but with other animals, plants, and natural objects (including mountains, rivers, winds, and weather patterns) that we have only lately come to think of as ''inanimate''. How, then, did humans come to sever their ancient reciprocity with the natural world? What will it take for us to recover a sustaining relationship with the
Rain: A Natural and Cultural History
4.1 out of 5 stars with 77 reviews
A natural history of rain, told through a lyrical blend of science, cultural history, and human drama.
It is elemental, mysterious, precious, destructive. It is the subject of countless poems and paintings; the top of the weather report; the source of all the world's water. Yet this is the first audiobook to tell the story of rain.
Cynthia Barnett's Rain begins four billion years ago with the torrents that filled the oceans, and builds to the storms of climate change. It weaves together
Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
4.8 out of 5 stars with 90 reviews
September 8, 1900, began innocently in the seaside town of Galveston, Texas. Even Isaac Cline, resident meteorologist for the U.S. Weather Bureau, failed to grasp the true meaning of the strange deep-sea swells and peculiar winds that greeted the city that morning. Mere hours later, Galveston found itself submerged in a monster hurricane that completely destroyed the town and killed over 6,000 people in what remains the greatest natural disaster in American history, and Isaac Cline found
Shark Trouble: True Stories About Sharks and the Sea
4.8 out of 5 stars with 102 reviews
Master storyteller Peter Benchley combines high adventure with practical information in Shark Trouble, a book that is at once a thriller and a valuable guide to being safe in, on, under, and around the sea. The best-selling author of Jaws, The Deep, and other works draws on more than three decades of experience to share information about sharks and other marine animals.
''Shark attacks on human beings generate a tremendous amount of media coverage,'' Benchley writes, ''partly because they