At Sea in the City: New York from the Water's Edge (May, $24.95) by William Kornblum records the urban sociologist's observations sailing the waters of his hometown.
On Whale Island: Notes from a Place I Never Meant to Leave (June, $22.95) by Daniel Hays recounts a year spent with his family on a desolate island off the coast of Nova Scotia.
Listening to Whales: What the Orcas Have Taught Us (May, $26.95) by Alexandra Morton focuses on the author's work in recording and interpreting the language of whales. Advertising. 6-city author tour.
In the Presence of Nature: The Celery Farm of Allendale, New Jersey (Aug., $35) by Jim Wright, photos by Jerry Barrack, documents the daily life of the inhabitants of Celery Farm, 100 acres in New Jersey's Bergen County.
CARROLL & GRAF
Hunted (June, $25) by David Fletcher relates how a lone mountaineer was stalked by a three-ton Alaskan grizzly bear. 30,000 first printing. $30,000 ad/promo.
The Octopus and the Orangutan (Aug., $23.95) by Eugene Linden. The author of The Parrot's Lament finds intelligent animal behavior in unexpected places. Advertising. Author tour.
FSG/HILL AND WANG
Larding the Lean Earth: Soil and Society in Nineteenth-Century America (July, $24) by Steven Stoll is a history of early Americans' notions and debates about conservation.
FSG/NORTH POINT PRESS
My Fine Feathered Friend (Apr., $15) by William Grimes. The New York Times restaurant critic tells of his attachment to a jet black chicken with a crimson comb that mysteriously appeared in his backyard in Queens, only to vanish weeks later--a victim of fowl play?
The Ghost with Trembling Wings: Science, Wishful Thinking and the Search for Lost Species (June, $26) by Scott Weidensaul pursues stories of surprising resurrections of presumed vanished creatures. Author tour.
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Ship in the Wilderness: Voyages of the MS Explorer Through the Last Wild Places on Earth (Mar., $35) by Jim Snyder and Keith Shackleton is a pictorial record of the ocean journeys of this adventure ship.
|That Sinking Feeling |
Question: Is there any uplifting sentiment to express about sinkholes? Answer: Yes. June Cussen, executive editor of Pineapple Press, which in April is publishing Sinkholes by Sandra Friend, says, "A sinkhole is a hole in the ground that appears anywhere rock dissolves easily, allowing the ground above it to sink." She explains, "Some sinkholes happen gradually, but others open up almost instantly. These are the ones you hear about in the news when one swallows a house." (Eek!) She continues, "But after it stabilizes, a sinkhole becomes a unique new part of the environment. It can fill up with water to become a pond or lake. It may open up a new entrance to a cave. In all cases, a sinkhole provides a cool, damp environment, supporting different plants and animals from those in the habitats surrounding it." The book contains 140 color photos documenting the phenomenon worldwide. Notes Cussen, "Sinkholes are the basis for many strange and unusual landscapes, such as the gumdrop-shaped mountains of Jamaica and the towering, rounded mountains of Guilian, China."
GRAPHIC ARTS CENTER
Arctic Dance: The Mardy Murie Story (May; $29.95, paper $19.95) by Charles Craighead and Bonnie Kreps. Murie's work led to the founding of the Wilderness Society and the establishment of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
The High Sierra of California (Apr., $50) by Gary Snyder studies the mountain range and includes woodcut interpretations by Tom Killion.
Among the Bears: Raising Orphan Cubs in the Wild (Mar., $26) by Benjamin Kilham and Ed Gray. In 1993, Kilham began raising a pair of wild black bears orphaned in the woodlands of New Hampshire. Advertising. Author tour.
Eye of the Albatross: Views of the Endangered Sea (May, $27.50) by Carl Safina. An adult albatross named Amelia is equipped with the latest satellite tracking system to serve as the author's guide to a remote area of the North Pacific. Author publicity.
Epicurean Simplicity (Apr., $22) by Stephanie Mills extols the rewards of a simple life. A Shearwater book. Advertising. Author publicity.
Guide to Marine Mammals of the World (Apr., $26.95) by the National Audubon Society, illus. by Pieter Folkens, covers 120 species of whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and sea lions. 50,000 first printing. Advertising.
MARYLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESS
The Chesapeake: An Environmental Biography (Mar., $30) by John R. Wennersten examines historical and scientific records to document the bay's declining health.
Oaxaca Journal (Mar., $20) by Oliver Sacks is his account of a trip with fellow fern enthusiasts to the Mexican province.
If Only They Could Speak: Stories About Pets and Their People (June, $24.95) by Nicholas H. Dodman. A veterinary behaviorist portrays distressed pets and their troubled owners in 13 true stories. 8-city author tour.
Stormchasers: The Hurricane Hunters and Their Fateful Flight into Hurricane Janet (July, $24.95) by David Toomey is the story of a routine 1955 weather reconnaissance mission out of Guantanamo Bay from which the crew never returned. Author publicity.
Sinkholes (Apr., $TBA) by Sandra Friend explains how sinkholes form and how not to fall victim to them.
Deaf Elephants (Mar., $11.95) by William Benton follows these creatures as they prevail in the face of constant danger.
PRINCETON UNIV. PRESS
The Shark-Watcher's Handbook: A Guide to Sharks and Where to See Them (June, $24.95) by Mark Carwardine and Ken Watterson is an illustrated primer for those choosing to consort with danger.
Shark Trouble: True Stories and Lessons About the Sea (June, $19.95) by Peter Benchley sets the record straight regarding shark behavior, attacks and types. Advertising. Author tour.
TEXAS TECH UNIV. PRESS
Texas Natural History (May, $39.95) by David Schmidly summarizes 100 years of changes within the state's environment.
Birding Across North America: A Naturalist's Observations (Apr., $29.95) by Philip E. Keenan marries the passionate birder's photography to his words.
UNIV. OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS
Consider the Eel (Apr., $24.95) by Richard Schweid tells the natural history of eels, and muses about how humans harvest, cook, eat, harm and protect them.
UNIV. PRESS OF NEW ENGLAND
In Season: A Natural History of the New England Year (June, $30) by Nona Bell Estrin records the multitudinous seasons of Vermont wildlife.
Sahara: A Natural History (July, $26) by Marq de Villiers takes a panoramic view of the world's largest desert, from its formation through the physics of its movements.
Beyond the Deep: The Deadly Descent into the World's Most Treacherous Cave (June, $26.95) by William Stone and Barbara am Ende with Monte Paulsen recounts a menacing excursion into Mexico's Huautla, the deepest cave in the western hemisphere, possibly the world. Advertising.