A Language Older Than Words: What We Leave Behind / Derrick Jensen.
Adventures in Human Being: A Grand Tour from the Cranium to the Calcaneum / Gavin Francis.
Alaska's Changing Arctic: Ecological Consequences for Tundra, Streams, and Lakes / John E. Hobble and George W. Kling.
Arcadian America: The Death and Life of an Environmental Tradition / Aaron Sachs.
Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? / Frans de Waal.
Bees: An Up-Close Look at Pollinators Around the World / Sam Droege and Laurence Packer.
Being a Beast: Adventures Across the Species Divide / Charles Foster.
Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel / Carl Safina.
Birdology: Adventures with Hip Hop Parrots, Cantankerous Cassowaries, Crabby Crows, Peripatetic Pigeons, Hens, Hawks, and Hummingbirds / Sy Montgomery.
Birdwatching in New York City and on Long Island / Deborah Rivel and Kellye Rosenheim.
Butterflies / Photos by Thomas Marent; text by Ronald Orenstein.
City Creatures: Animal Encounters in the Chicago Wilderness / U. of Chicago Press.
David Brower: The Making of the Environmental Movement / Tom Turner, foreword by Bill McKibben.
Dirt: A Love Story / Fore Edge Books.
Evolution: The Whole Story / Steve Parker, general editor.
Field Guide to the Neighborhood Birds of New York City / Leslie Day; illus. by Trudy Smoke, photos by Beth Bergman, foreword by Don Riepe.
Firefly Encyclopedia of Reptiles and Amphibians, third, expanded edition / Chris Mattinson, editor.
George Washington, Written Upon the Land: Nature, Memory, Myth & Landscape / Philip Levy.
Global Weirding (a Z Reader on the Environment) / Edited by Lydia Sargent.
Goddess / Cleb Cain Marcus. (Ganges shore photographs)
Guide to the Birds of Alaska, 6th edition / Robert Armstrong.
Herbs and the Earth: An Evocative Excursion into the Lure and Legend of Our Common Herbs / Henry Beston.
Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape.
How Animals Grieve / Barbara J. King
Hyper Nature / Photos by Philippe Martin.
Lake Las Vegas/Black Mountain / Michael Light. (aerial photography)
Landmarks / Robert Macfarlane.
Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America / Liz Carlisle.
Light: A Radiant History from Creation to the Quantum Age / Bruce Watson.
Lions in the Balance: Man-Eaters, Manes, and Men with Guns / Craig Packer.
Mr. Green Jeans / Chris S. McGee (cli-fi, climate fiction).
Nature Wars / Jim Sterba.
North of Hope: Daughter's Arctic Journey / Shannon Huffman Poison.
Nuclear Fear: A History of Images / Spencer Weart.
On the Natural History of Destruction / W.G. Sebald.
Pig Tales: An Omnivore's Search for Sustainable Meat / Barry Estabrook.
Rails of the World: A Monograph of the Family Rallidae / S. Dillon Ripley, paintings by J. Fenwick Lansdowne.
Rain: A Natural and Cultural History / Cynthia Barnett.
Righting America at the Creation Museum / Susan L. Trollinger and William Vance Trollinger, Jr.
Satellites in the High Country: Searching for the Wild in the Age of Man / Jason Mark.
Shallow Water Dictionary: A Grounding in Estuary English / John R. Stilgoe.
Technobiophilia: Nature and Cyberspace / Sue Thomas.
That Tree: An iPhone Photo Journal Documenting a Year in the Life of a Lonely Bur Oak / Mark Hirsch.
The Arctic Regions / William Bradford. (illustrated with photographs taken on an art expedition to Greenland)
The Ash Tree / Oliver Rackham.
The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st Century Bestiary / Casper Henderson.
The Book of Frogs: A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred Species from around the World / Tim Hallliday
The Cell: A Visual Tour of the Building Block of Life / Jack Challoner.
The Creationists: From Scientific Creationism to Intelligent Design / Ronald L. Numbers.
The Cultural Lives of Whales and Dolphins / Hal Whitehead and Luke Rendell.
The Fabric of Space: Water, Modernity, and the Urban Imagination / Matthew Gandy.
The Fate of the Earth / Jonathan Schell.
The Green Thoreau: America's First Environmentalist on Technology, Possessions, Livelihood, and More / Carol Spenard LaRusso, editor.
The Grid and the River: Philadelphia's Green Places, 1682-1876 / Elizabeth Milroy.
The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks. Terry Tempest Williams.
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World / Andrea Wulf.
The Last Unicorn: A Search For One of Earth's Rarest Creatures / William DeBuys.
The Last Walk: Reflections on Our Pets at the End of Their Lives / Jessica Pierce.
The Living Bird: 100 Years of Listening to Nature / The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Photos by Gerrit Vyn; foreword by Barbara Kingsolver.
The Myth of Human Supremacy / Derrick Jensen.
The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, An Ancient Crab, An Epic Journey / Deborah Cramer.
The New Bread Basket / Chelsea Green Publications.
The Reason for Flowers: Their History, Culture, and Biology, and How They Change Our Lives / Stephen Buchmann.
The Right to Stay Home / David Bacon.
The Seasons on Henry's Farm / Terra Brockman.
The Sharks of North America / Jose I. Castro.
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness / Sy Montgomery.
The Sound Book: The Science of the Sonic Wonders of the World / Trevor Cox.
Tropical Fruits and Other Edible Plants of the World: An Illustrated Guide / Rolf Blancke.
Unruly Nature: The Landscapes of Theodore Rousseau / Scott Allan and Edouard Kopp.
Voices in the Ocean: A Journey into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins / Susan Casey.
Voices of the Wild: Animal Songs, Human Din, and the Call to Save Natural Soundscapes / Bernie Krause.
Walden / Henry D. Thoreau (edited by J. Lyndon Shanley; intro. by John Updike).
We Are as Gods: Back to the Land in the 1970s on the Quest for a New America / Kate Daloz.
Welcome to Subirdia / John M. Marzluff.
Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises: A Natural History and Species Guide / Annalisa Berta.
What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins / Jonathan Balcombe.
Why Did the Chicken Cross the World? : The Epic Saga of the Bird That Powers Civilization / Andrew Lawler.
Wilderness and the American Mind / Roderick Nash.
Focus here is on The Fight for Beauty: Our Path to a Better Future / Fiona Reynolds. Ms. Reynolds quotes the 19th-century environmentalist John Muir (founder of the Sierra Club) saying: "Everybody needs beauty as well as bread."
And furthermore, for Muir the fight for beauty is "not blind opposition to progress, but opposition to blind progress."
Mr. Ochs writes this column from Williamsport PA. Thanks to H.Y. for technical assistance.