Under the Sea Wind

Rachel Carson--pioneering environmentalist and author of Silent Spring--opens our eyes to the wonders of the natural world in her groundbreaking paean to the sea. Celebrating the mystery and beauty of birds and sea creatures in their natural habitat, Under the Sea-Wind--Rachel Carson's first book and her personal favorite--is the early masterwork of one of America's greatest nature writers. Evoking the special mystery and beauty of the shore and the open sea--its limitless vistas and twilight depths--Carson's astonishingly intimate, unforgettable portrait captures the delicate negotiations of an ingeniously calibrated ecology. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,800 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
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Lonely Out in Space: A Collection of Sci-Fi and Fantasy Short Stories

A collection of twelve exciting and unpredictable short stories that highlight the banality of human interaction in stark relief with the more base forms of mankind's nature, all in extraordinarily exotic settings and scenarios. Some are hilarious and some are dark, but all of them will keep you turning the page and reflecting on the innately relatable flaws and triumphs of the human spirit.What if? What if a note that arrived at your feet every two hours and eleven minutes was all that separated you from utter madness as you floated through the vast recesses of space? What if all that kept you safe from a pride of lions and their murderous tamers was your own wit and will to live? What if your freedom depended on your performance in a motorcycle race? Lonely Out in Space, alternately known as LOiS, is a collection of twelve science fiction and fantasy stories which examine these scenarios, and many more. From colonies on Mars to starship captains trying to solve the mystery of their own horrific past, from pineapple soda to ping pong, from a deep space public radio show to a fight for the last habitable planet, from romance to repulsion, from Titans to Death itself, and from snakes in the grass to lions in a bank, this collection of sci-fi and fantasy short stories is guaranteed to be a unique experience that will keep you guessing what could possibly happen next. Lonely Out in Space shows that no matter how advanced a society or a being may be (or think they are), they'll never fully lose the one thing we all have in common today: our humanity. These twelve stories will thrill you, make you laugh, make you think, and hopefully make you stop, slow down, and appreciate the beauty of the world and the people on our very own planet. Don't take this all for granted. As you'll see in the stories, things could be very different...
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The Edge of the Sea

"The edge of the sea is a strange & beautiful place." A book to be read for pleasure as well as a practical identification guide, The Edge of the Sea introduces a world of teeming life where the sea meets the land. Rachel Carson's books have become cornerstones of the environmental & conservation movements. Acknowledgments Preface The marginal world Patterns of shore life The rocky shores The rim of sand The coral coast The enduring sea Appendix: Classification Index
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The Humdrum Lives of Cryptids, Monsters, and Villains

Everyone has heard of the mysterious and utterly frightening legends that surround cryptids, monsters, and villains - but what do these beings do during their regular day-to-day lives? The Humdrum Lives of Cryptids, Monsters, and Villains hilariously details what a zombie does at an outdoor music festival, how Bigfoot starts a blog, how a minotaur orders pizza to the labyrinth - and much more!The fantastic, intriguing, and exciting stories and legends of mysterious creatures and their enigmatic habits have been well documented and retold over and over for millennia… But what do these critters do during a regular day in their lives? It almost seems as though their normal lives are even more mysterious than their legendary brushes with mankind. For instance, how does Bigfoot fare during a trip to the grocery store? Can the Loch Ness Monster deal with customer service representatives long enough to get her rockin’ custom made electric guitar replaced? Are mummies able to adequately replace broken air conditioning units and interpret text messages from their estranged ex-girlfriends? Can the robot that the Loch Ness Monster built to simplify her life adequately perform stand-up comedy and survive being launched into space? The Humdrum Lives of Cryptids, Monsters, and Villains examines these scenarios and many more! No longer will the day-to-day activities of these creatures remain shrouded in mystery. This collection of thirteen original short stories includes: Bigfoot: A Trip to the Grocery Store Zombie: Attending an Outdoor Music Festival Loch Ness Monster: Ordering an Electric Guitar Mummy: Repairing an Air Conditioner Werewolf: Opening A Café Mermaid: Replacing a VCR Centaur: A Subpar Vacation Experience Minotaur: Ordering a Pizza to the Labyrinth Bigfoot: Starting a Blog A Day in the Afterlife of Bigfoot’s Ghost: Renewing a Library Card Some Ado About Literally Everything: A Play by William Snakespeare The Robot Loch Ness Monster: Trying Stand-Up Comedy Again Dragon: Selected for Jury Duty
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Silent Spring

First published by Houghton Mifflin in 1962, Silent Spring alerted a large audience to the environmental and human dangers of indiscriminate use of pesticides, spurring revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. “Silent Spring became a runaway bestseller, with international reverberations . . . [It is] well crafted, fearless and succinct . . . Even if she had not inspired a generation of activists, Carson would prevail as one of the greatest nature writers in American letters" (Peter Matthiessen, for Time's 100 Most Influential People of the Century).This fortieth anniversary edition celebrates Rachel Carson's watershed book with a new introduction by the author and activist Terry Tempest Williams and a new afterword by the acclaimed Rachel Carson biographer Linda Lear, who tells the story of Carson's courageous defense of her truths in the face of ruthless assault from the chemical industry in the year following the publication of Silent...
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The Sea Around Us

Published in 1951, The Sea Around Us is one of the most remarkably successful books ever written about the natural world. Rachel Carson's rare ability to combine scientific insight with moving, poetic prose catapulted her book to first place on The New York Times best-seller list, where it enjoyed wide attention for thirty-one consecutive weeks. It remained on the list for more than a year and a half and ultimately sold well over a million copies, has been translated into 28 languages, inspired an Academy Award-winning documentary, and won both the 1952 National Book Award and the John Burroughs Medal. This classic work remains as fresh today as when it first appeared. Carson's writing teems with stunning, memorable images--the newly formed Earth cooling beneath an endlessly overcast sky; the centuries of nonstop rain that created the oceans; giant squids battling sperm whales hundreds of fathoms below the surface; and incredibly powerful tides moving 100 billion tons of water daily in the Bay of Fundy. Quite simply, she captures the mystery and allure of the ocean with a compelling blend of imagination and expertise. Reintroducing a classic work to a whole new generation of readers, this Special Edition features a new chapter written by Jeffrey Levinton, a leading expert in marine ecology, that brings the scientific side of The Sea Around Us completely up to date. Levinton incorporates the most recent thinking on continental drift, coral reefs, the spread of the ocean floor, the deterioration of the oceans, mass extinction of sea life, and many other topics. In addition, acclaimed nature writer Ann Zwinger has contributed a brief foreword. Today, with the oceans endangered by the dumping of medical waste and ecological disasters such as the Exxon oil spill in Alaska, this illuminating volume provides a timely reminder of both the fragility and the importance of the ocean and the life that abounds within it. Anyone who loves the sea, or who is concerned about our natural environment, will want to read this classic work.
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Lost Woods: The Discovered Writing of Rachel Carson

When Rachel Carson died of cancer in 1964, her four books, including the environmental classic Silent Spring, had made her one of the most famous people in America. This trove of previously uncollected writings is a priceless addition to our knowledge of Rachel Carson, her affinity with the natural world, and her life.
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The Songs

THE SONGS follows Iz Herzl, famed political activist and protest singer, who has always told his children that it is the future not the past they should concentrate on. Now, at 80, an almost forgotten figure, estranged from everyone who has ever loved him, his refusal to look back on his extraordinary life leaves his teenage children, the brilliant Rose and her ailing younger brother, Huddie, adrift in myths and uncertainty that cause them to retreat into a secret world of their own. Iz's other child, Joseph, a faltering Broadway songwriter 40 years older than Rose and Huddie, whose one disastrous meeting as a child with his father has left him lost and alone, is on a shocking and violent path to self-destruction. When the disparate members of the Herzl family begin to converge, the ambiguities at the heart of Iz Herzl's life begin to surface in a way that will change all of them.
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Lost Woods

When Rachel Carson died of cancer in 1964, her four books, including the environmental classic Silent Spring, had made her one of the most famous people in America. This trove of previously uncollected writings is a priceless addition to our knowledge of Rachel Carson, her affinity with the natural world, and her life.
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Mr Toppit

When Arthur Hayman, an unsuccessful screenwriter turned children's book author, is accidentally hit by a cement truck in London, his dying moments are spent with a passing American tourist, Laurie Clow, who is fated to bring posthumous fame to his obscure series, The Hayseed Chronicles, and the enigmatic and sinister Mr. Toppit who is at the center of the books. While Arthur doesn't live to reap the benefits of his books' success, his legacy falls to his widow, Martha, and their children - the fragile Rachel, and Luke, reluctantly immortalized as the fictional Luke Hayseed, hero of his father's books. But others want their share of the Hayseed phenomenon, particularly Laurie, who has a mysterious agenda of her own that changes all of their lives as Martha, Rachel, and Luke begin to crumble under the heavy burden of their inheritance.Spanning several decades, from the heyday of the postwar British film industry to today's cutthroat world of show business in Los Angeles, Mr. Toppit is a riveting debut novel that captures an extraordinary family and their tragic brush with fame to wonderfully funny and painful effect.
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