Sunday, February 26, 2012

Review: The Audubon Backyard Birdwatcher

The majority of birdwatchers are the backyard variety who put out a feeder or two and maybe a bird bath of sorts. Unlike serious birders who may travel long distances to add some rare birds to their life lists, home-based birdwatchers take enjoyment from watching the species that come to visit and return year after year.

This guide serves the backyard variety with sharp photos and descriptions of the 100 most common birds found in home gardens of North America. Field guides to the other 8,900 species of birds worldwide are available elsewhere, but this one provides detailed instructions for setting up backyard feeding stations, building ponds and windbreaks, and choosing plants for the landscape that will attract birds to the yard.

Continued in ... The Nature Pages

by Robert Burton and Stephen Kress
Thunder Bay Press, 2012

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Book Excerpt: Introducing Tea

Western Europeans first learned of tea in 1559 from Venetian writer Giambattista Ramusio's book Delle navigationi e viaggi (Voyages and Travels), in which the drink is referred to as chai catai and touted as a cure for "headache, stomachache, pain in the side or in the joints."

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Book List Addition: Travels With My Lovers

A shocking discovery about her husband forces an independent career woman and mother of two out of her comfort zone and into the world of dating. Convinced that traveling is the consolation she needs for her devastating wound, she picks herself up, and travels to Europe, with and without her kids.

In a series of voyages at different stages of her life, she unexpectedly finds love - in a myriad of languages.

by Erica Miner
1st Book Library, 2002
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