Emma's Picks

EmmaHaving moved from New York to Pennsylvania, Colorado, Minnesota, and now Arizona, Emma stabilizes her rather transient nature by holing up in bookstores for hours, days, and weeks. At the Peregrine Book Company, she loves immersing herself in the community by conversing with rad folk, fellow book lovers, and other eclectic minds. She loves expanding her repertoire of books beyond environmental nonfiction, which she reads a lot of. She'll let you in on a secret: In addition to books, Peregrine has the best chocolate in town. Favorite words include: grit, intrepid, tenacious, rad, and folk.
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The Man Who Planted Trees: A Story of Lost Groves, the Science of Trees, and a Plan to Save the Planet Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812981292
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - March 3rd, 2015

There is still much to learn about the abilities of trees. How do they die? Communicate? Protect themselves and other trees? Robbins writes about an average man, David Milarch, whose extraordinary mission is to clone the largest, oldest, and most resilient trees in the world. As the planet drastically changes, both Robbins and Milarch advocate that trees and forests are essential to the planet's survival. —Emma


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Desert Voices Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780689716911
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - January 14th, 2011

When a children's book is cherished and reread into adulthood, you know it's a book of gold. From the entrancing illustrations to the eloquent prose, Baylor and Parnall create some of the most special books in existence. —Emma


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Eating Animals Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316069885
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 1st, 2010

As a reluctantly recovering vegetarian, Foer helped me reflect on my meat-eating urges and how to consume meat more intentionally. From meatful folklore to harrowing accounts of factory farming, Foer's artful writing is both entrancing and informative. You will never eat animals the same way again! —Emma


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Dog Songs: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143125839
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Published: Penguin Books - September 29th, 2015

I opened Oliver's book expecting many eloquently written poems and intricate illustrations. Additionally, however, Dog Songs offers so much inspiration and joy, similar to the beloved canines themselves. Dogs teach humans to wander freely, smell deeply, and live boundlessly. As Sammy suggests, "life is about the wonderful things that may happen if you break the ropes that are holding you." —Emma


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The Argonauts Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781555977351
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Published: Graywolf Press - January 26th, 2016

According to Webster's, an argonaut is an adventurer engaged in a quest of sorts. It is with enthusiastic respect for Nelson's strength as a writer and her quest to break the status quo that I recommend The Argonauts. If you appreciate the artfulness of writing, this book is for you. If you crave modern, fierce, and rejuvenating perspectives on identity, love, and language, this book is also for you. Nelson explores the binary world we live in and tactfully, yet radically, advocates for a level of personal freedom that is both innovative and liberating. —Emma


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Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316019118
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 21st, 2011

Crows: whether you love or hate them, we must agree that these black beauties are brilliant. From dropping nuts in the road to be cracked by cars, to playing in the snow, crows have certainly adapted to urban life while still remaining wild. Haupt connects crows' adaptations with our own. As someone with an unquenchable thirst for wilderness, I love Haupt's message that urban settings still offer us a sense of wild-ness we musn't overlook. Crows certainly haven't. —Emma