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Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro
$17.99
Description

A NATIONAL BESTSELLER

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

AN NPR BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

ONE OF JANET MASLIN'S MUST-READ BOOKS OF THE SUMMER

A NEW YORK TIMES EDITOR'S CHOICE

ONE OF OUTSIDE MAGAZINE'S BEST BOOKS OF THE SUMMER

ONE OF AMAZON'S BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE YEAR SO FAR

"A powerful and affecting story, beautifully handled by Slade, a journalist who clearly knows ships and the sea."--Douglas Preston, New York Times Book Review

"A Perfect Storm for a new generation."
--Ben Mezrich, bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook

On October 1, 2015, Hurricane Joaquin barreled into the Bermuda Triangle and swallowed the container ship El Faro whole, resulting in the worst American shipping disaster in thirty-five years. No one could fathom how a vessel equipped with satellite communications, a sophisticated navigation system, and cutting-edge weather forecasting could suddenly vanish--until now.

Relying on hundreds of exclusive interviews with family members and maritime experts, as well as the words of the crew members themselves--whose conversations were captured by the ship's data recorder--journalist Rachel Slade unravels the mystery of the sinking of El Faro. As she recounts the final twenty-four hours onboard, Slade vividly depicts the officers' anguish and fear as they struggled to carry out Captain Michael Davidson's increasingly bizarre commands, which, they knew, would steer them straight into the eye of the storm. Taking a hard look at America's aging merchant marine fleet, Slade also reveals the truth about modern shipping--a cut-throat industry plagued by razor-thin profits and ever more violent hurricanes fueled by global warming.

A richly reported account of a singular tragedy, Into the Raging Sea takes us into the heart of an age-old American industry, casting new light on the hardworking men and women who paid the ultimate price in the name of profit.

ISBN
9780062699879
By
Slade, Rachel
Publisher
Ecco
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New
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9780062699879
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History
The Pebbles on the Beach
$14.95
Description
With a foreword by Robert Macfarlane Pebble-hunting is a pleasant hobby that makes little demand upon one's patience and still less upon one's physical energy. (You may even enjoy the hunt from the luxurious sloth of a deck chair). One of the true delights of the pebble-seeker is to read the stories in the stones - to determine whence and by what means they came to be there. We must always bear in mind that a pebble is a transient thing. It is in the half-way stage of a long existence . . . This is a spirited guide to the simple pleasure of pebble spotting. Clarence Ellis is a charming, knowledgeable and witty guide to everything you didn't know there was to know about pebbles. He ruminates on what a pebble actually is, before showing us how they are formed, advising on the best pebble-spotting grounds in the UK, helping to identify individual stones, and giving tips onthe necessary kit. You'll know your chert from your schist, your onyx from your agate and will be on your guard for artificial intruders before you know it. Understanding the humble pebble makes a trip to the beach, lake-side or river bank simply that little bit more fascinating. A handy illustrated guide to identifying pebbles is included on the reverse of the book jacket
ISBN
9780571347933
By
Ellis, Clarence
Publisher
Faber & Faber
Item Condition
New
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9780571347933
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Nature
Stickeen
$4.99
ISBN
9780930588052
By
Muir, John
Publisher
Heyday Books
Item Condition
Used, Very Good
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Clean, unmarked copy with some edge wear. Good binding. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Item SKU
1107579
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A Sinking Ship is Still a Ship: poems
$16.00
ISBN
9781941681626
By
Francisco, Ariel
Publisher
Burrow Press
Item Condition
New
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New from publisher.
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9781941681626
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Poetry
Finding Home: Writing on Nature and Culture from Orion Magazine
$4.99
Description
Writing on Nature and Culture from Orion Magazine

Edited and with an Introduction by Peter Sauer

ISBN
9780807085196
Publisher
Beacon Press
Item Condition
Used, Very Good
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Clean, unmarked copy with some edge wear. Good binding. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Item SKU
1118704
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Rocks and Minerals
$4.99
Description
Includes information on collecting and identifying minerals, and sections on metallic, nonmetallic, gem and rock-forming minerals, and on igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.
ISBN
9780307244994
By
Shaffer, Paul R
Publisher
Golden Guides from St. Martin's Press
Item Condition
Used, Very Good
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Clean, unmarked copy with some edge wear. Good binding. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Item SKU
1119144
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Wolves and Honey: A Hidden History of the Natural World
$4.99
Description
Susan Brind Morrow brings her singular sensibility as a classicist and linguist to this strikingly original reflection on the fine but resilient threads that bind humans to the natural world. Anchored in the emblematic experiences of a trapper and a beekeeper, Wolves and Honey explores the implications of their very different relationships to the natural world, while illuminating Morrow's own poignant experience of the lives and tragic deaths of these men who deeply influenced her.
Ultimately for Morrow these two -- the tracker and trapper of wolves, the keeper of bees -- are a touchstone for a memoir of the land itself, the rich soil of the Finger Lakes region in upstate New York. From the ancient myth of the Tree of Life to the mysterious reappearance of wolves in the New York wilderness, from the inner life of the word "nectar," whose Greek root ("that which overcomes death") reveals our most fundamental experience of wonder, to the surprising links between the physics of light and the chemistry of sweetness, Morrow's richly evocative writing traces startling historical, scientific, and metaphorical resonances.
Wolves and Honey, attuned to the connections among various realms of culture and nature, time and language, jolts us into thinking anew about our sometimes neglected but always profound relationship to the natural world.
ISBN
9780618098569
By
Morrow, Susan Brind
Publisher
Mariner Books
Item Condition
Used, Very Good
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Clean, unmarked copy with some edge wear. Good binding. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Item SKU
1120455
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D
Witch
$16.95
Description
Poems merge queer ecopoetics with religious disposition, speaking through a pantheon of mythic figures--from Jesus to Aphrodite--to commune or contend with reality. What emerges is a cumulative awareness of being a physical, energetic body in a fractured world, attempting to heal some part of it while exploring and embracing the gray areas of identity and ambiguity.
ISBN
9781948579087
By
Matthews, Philip
Publisher
Alice James Books
Item Condition
New
About This Product
New from publisher.
Item SKU
9781948579087
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Poetry
The Snowflake
$4.99
Description
Snowflakes may be an everyday, common subject, but youve never seen them like this! A collection of amazing photography of snow crystals using a unique system designed to take super-detailed micro images of these miniature ice masterpieces, "The Snowflake" is an extraordinary look at a seemingly ordinary object. Author Kenneth Libbrecht, a physics professor at Caltech and the pre-eminent snow-crystal researcher, discusses the physics and mythology of snow and how snow crystals are made. Photographer Patricia Rasmussen presents remarkable color micro-photography of snowflakes, and also discusses the history of snow-crystal micro-photography as invented by farmer Wilson Bentley.
ISBN
9780896586307
By
Libbrecht, Kenneth George
Publisher
Voyageur Press
Item Condition
Used, Very Good
About This Product
Clean, unmarked copy with some edge wear. Good binding. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Item SKU
1109606
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Summer Snow: New Poems
$27.99
Description

A major collection of entirely new poems from the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author of Time and Materials and The Apple Trees at Olema

A new volume of poetry from Robert Hass is always an event. In Summer Snow, his first collection of poems since 2010, Hass further affirms his position as one of our most highly regarded living poets. Hass's trademark careful attention to the natural world, his subtle humor, and the delicate but wide-ranging eye he casts on the human experience are fully on display in his masterful collection. Touching on subjects including the poignancy of loss, the serene and resonant beauty of nature, and the mutability of desire, Hass exhibits his virtuosic abilities, expansive intellect, and tremendous readability in one of his most ambitious and formally brilliant collections to date.

ISBN
9780062950024
By
Hass, Robert
Publisher
Ecco
Item Condition
New
About This Product
New from publisher.
Item SKU
9780062950024
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Poetry
A Treatise on Stars
$17.95
Description
An ethereal new collection that is "visceral with intellection" (David Lau)
ISBN
9780811229388
By
Berssenbrugge, Mei-Mei
Publisher
New Directions
Item Condition
New
About This Product
New from publisher.
Item SKU
9780811229388
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Poetry
The Death of Sitting Bear: New and Selected Poems
$28.99
Description

Pulitzer Prize winner and celebrated American master N. Scott Momaday returns with a radiant collection of more than 200 new and selected poems rooted in Native American tradition.

"The poems in this book reflect my deep respect for and appreciation of words. . . . I believe that poetry is the highest form of verbal expression. Although I have written in other forms, I find that poems are what I want and need most to read and write. They give life to my mind."

One of the most important and unique voices in American letters, distinguished poet, novelist, artist, teacher, and storyteller N. Scott Momaday was born into the Kiowa tribe and grew up on Indian reservations in the Southwest. The customs and traditions that influenced his upbringing--most notably the Native American oral tradition--are the centerpiece of his work.

This luminous collection demonstrates Momaday's mastery and love of language and the matters closest to his heart. To Momaday, words are sacred; language is power. Spanning nearly fifty years, the poems gathered here illuminate the human condition, Momaday's connection to his Kiowa roots, and his spiritual relationship to the American landscape.

The title poem, "The Death of Sitting Bear" is a celebration of heritage and a memorial to the great Kiowa warrior and chief. "I feel his presence close by in my blood and imagination," Momaday writes, "and I sing him an honor song." Here, too, are meditations on mortality, love, and loss, as well as reflections on the incomparable and holy landscape of the Southwest.

The Death of Sitting Bear evokes the essence of human experience and speaks to us all.

ISBN
9780062961150
By
Momaday, N Scott
Publisher
Harper
Item Condition
New
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New from publisher.
Item SKU
9780062961150
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Poetry
The Crystal Desert
$4.99
Description
In one of the most eloquent portraits of Antarctica ever published, Campbell tells of life's tenacity in the coldest and most alien of continents, chronicling events during the desperately short summer when the sun sets only briefly.
ISBN
9780395680827
By
Campbell, David G
Publisher
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Item Condition
Used, Good
About This Product
Moderate edge wear. Binding good. May have marking in text. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We sometimes source from libraries. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Item SKU
1123337
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Listening to the Wind (Seedbank)
$18.00
Description
Here is Connemara, experienced at a walker's pace. From cartographer Tim Robinson comes the second title in the Seedbank series, a breathtakingly intimate exploration of one beloved place's geography, ecology, and history.

We begin with the earth right in front of his boots, as Robinson unveils swaths of fiontarnach--fall leaf decay. We peer from the edge of the cliff where Robinson's house stands on rickety stilts. We closely examine an overgrown patch of heather, a flush of sphagnum moss. And so, footstep by footstep, moment by moment, Robinson takes readers deep into this storied Irish landscape, from the "quibbling, contentious terrain" of Bogland to the shorelines of Inis Ní to the towering peaks of Twelve Pins.

Just as wild and essential as the countryside itself are its colorful characters, friends and legends and neighbors alike: a skeletal, story-filled sheep farmer; an engineer who builds bridges, both physical and metaphorical; a playboy prince and cricket champion; and an enterprising botanist who meets an unexpected demise. Within a landscape lie all other things, and Robinson rejoices in the universal magic of becoming one with such a place, joining with "[t]he sound of the past, the language we breathe, and our frontage onto the natural world."

Situated at the intersection of mapmaking and mythmaking, Listening to the Wind is at once learned and intimate, elegiac and magnificent--an exceptionally rich "book about one place which is also about the whole world" (Robert Macfarlane).

ISBN
9781571313706
By
Robinson, Tim
Publisher
Milkweed Editions
Item Condition
New
About This Product
New from publisher.
Item SKU
9781571313706
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Nature
A Short Philosophy of Birds
$19.99
Description

"Brilliant, magical and engrossing-I will never see birds the same way again."
-- Peter Wohlleben, author of The Hidden Life of Trees

THE INTERNATIONAL PHENOMENON

Twenty-two short lessons from the secret lives of birds on living harmoniously and reconnecting with nature.

This charming volume on bird behavior invites us to take a step back from our busy lives and to listen to the tiny philosophers of the sky. From the delicate sparrow to the majestic eagle, birds are among the most fascinating species on earth, and there is much to be learned from these paragons of beauty and grace that can be applied to our lives, including:

  • Independence: what it means to be "pushed out of the nest."
  • Vulnerability: what the mallard teaches us about giving up our old feathers for new ones in order to fly.
  • Gender equality: what happens when a papa Turtledove sits on the nest.
  • Hierarchy and power: what the raven and the vulture know about the pecking order.
  • Filled with elegant illustrations of bird species, this gem of a book celebrates of our friends in the sky, and what they can teach us about the rhythms of life.

    ISBN
    9780062945679
    By
    Rousseau, Elise
    Publisher
    Dey Street Books
    Item Condition
    New
    About This Product
    New from publisher.
    Item SKU
    9780062945679
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    Nature
    Candid Creatures: How Camera Traps Reveal the Mysteries of Nature
    $22.47
    Description

    In Candid Creatures, the first major book to reveal the secret lives of animals through motion-sensitive game cameras, biologist Roland Kays has assembled over 600 remarkable photographs. Drawing from archives of millions of color and night-vision photographs collected by hundreds of researchers, Kays has selected images that show the unique perspectives of wildlife from throughout the world. Using these photos, he tells the stories of scientific discoveries that camera traps have enabled, such as living proof of species thought to have been extinct and details of predator-prey interactions.

    Each image captures a moment frozen in the camera's flash as animals move through their wild habitats. Kays also discusses how scientists use camera traps to address conservation issues, creating solutions that allow humans and wild animals to coexist. More than just a collection of amazing animal pictures, the book's text, maps, and illustrations work together to describe the latest findings in the fast-moving field of wildlife research.

    Candid Creatures is a testament to how the explosion of game cameras around the world has revolutionized the study of animal ecology. The powerful combination of pictures and stories of discovery will fascinate anyone interested in science, nature, wildlife biology, or photography.

    ISBN
    9781421418889
    By
    Kays, Roland
    Publisher
    Johns Hopkins University Press
    Item Condition
    Used, Very Good
    About This Product
    Clean, unmarked copy with some edge wear. Good binding. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
    Item SKU
    652603
    Location
    A
    World Guide to Mammals
    $5.03
    ISBN
    9780517529201
    By
    Duplaix, Nicole
    Publisher
    Crown Publishers
    Item Condition
    Used, Very Good
    About This Product
    Clean, unmarked copy with some edge wear. Good binding. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
    Item SKU
    742816
    Location
    L
    A Lion Called Christian: The True Story of the Remarkable Bond Between Two Friends and a Lion
    $4.99
    Description
    In 2008 an extraordinary two-minute film clip appeared on YouTube and immediately became an international phenomenon. It captures the moving reunion of two young men and their pet lion Christian, after they had left him in Africa with Born Free's George Adamson to introduce him into his rightful home in the wild.
    A Lion Called Christian tells the remarkable story of how Anthony Ace Bourke and John Rendall, visitors to London from Australia in 1969, bought the boisterous lion cub in the pet department of Harrods. For several months, the three of them shared a flat above a furniture shop on London's King's Road, where the charismatic and intelligent Christian quickly became a local celebrity, cruising the streets in the back of a Bentley, popping in for lunch at a local restaurant, even posing for a fashion advertisement. But the lion cub was growing up--fast--and soon even the walled church garden where he went for exercise wasn't large enough for him. How could Ace and John avoid having to send Christian to a zoo for the rest of his life? A coincidental meeting with English actors Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers, stars of the hit film Born Free, led to Christian being flown to Kenya and placed under the expert care of the father of lions George Adamson. Incredibly, when Ace and John returned to Kenya to see Christian a year later, they received a loving welcome from their lion, who was by then fully integrated into Africa and a life with other lions.
    Originally published in 1971, and now fully revised and updated with more than 50 photographs of Christian from cuddly cub in London to magnificent lion in Africa, A Lion Called Christian is a touching and uplifting true story of an indelible human-animal bond. It is is destined to become one of the great classics of animal literature.
    ISBN
    9780767932301
    By
    Rendall, John
    Publisher
    Broadway
    Item Condition
    Used, Like New
    About This Product
    Excellent, unmarked copy with little wear and tight binding. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
    Item SKU
    742687
    Location
    D
    Wolf Songs: The Classic Collection of Writing about Wolves (Sierra Club Books Publication)
    $5.04
    Description
    Essays from 18 celebrated nature writers of the late-20th century offer a highly partisan introduction to the wolf.
    ISBN
    9780871569110
    Publisher
    Sierra Club Books
    Item Condition
    Used, Very Good
    About This Product
    Clean, unmarked copy with some edge wear. Good binding. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
    Item SKU
    1118722
    Location
    F
    The Souls of Animals
    $4.99
    Description
    In this celebrated book author Gary Kowalski offers vignettes from the lives of creatures that illustrate the qualities he considers spiritual: playfulness; capacity for love; altruism; and awareness of death. By "de-sacrilizing" animals, we make ourselves less human. Kowalski reminds us, "if we are to keep our family homestead -- Earth -- safe for coming generations, we must awaken to a new respect for the family of life".
    ISBN
    9781883478216
    By
    Kowalski, Gary
    Publisher
    New World Library
    Item Condition
    Used, Very Good
    About This Product
    Clean, unmarked copy with some edge wear. Good binding. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
    Item SKU
    1118716
    Location
    F
    The Company of Wolves
    $4.99
    Description
    They have been feared, sentimentalized, and slaughtered, yet they somehow have managed to resist extinction. Now wolves are being reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park, reawakening passions as ancient as their tangled relationship with human beings. For wolves, says Peter Steinhart, are our secret sharers, fellow predators with a complex social organization, intense family ties, and an equal capacity for aggression and cooperation. In The Company of Wolves, Steinhart follows these elusive creatures into their natural habitats. He describes the complexities of predation and pack life. He listens to them howl. He talks to the men and women who have devoted their lives to protecting or eradicating them. The result is an authoritative and eloquent book that is not only the last word on wolves but a journey back to the wild origins of human nature.
    ISBN
    9780679743873
    By
    Steinhart, Peter
    Publisher
    Vintage
    Item Condition
    Used, Very Good
    About This Product
    Clean, unmarked copy with some edge wear. Good binding. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
    Item SKU
    1120491
    Location
    D
    The Tribe of Tiger: Cats and Their Culture
    $4.99
    Description
    From the author of the surprise bestseller The Hidden Life of Dogs comes an unparalleled exploration of the world of the cat family. With an instinct for animal behavior. Thomas takes up the subject of felines and the kinds of bonds and unspoken agreements they form with us and with one another. Illustrated. (Animals)
    ISBN
    9780671799656
    By
    Thomas, Elizabeth Marshall
    Publisher
    Simon & Schuster
    Item Condition
    Used, Very Good
    About This Product
    Clean, unmarked copy with some edge wear. Good binding. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
    Item SKU
    1111795
    Location
    L
    Lite Year (Fence Modern Poets Series)
    $15.95
    Description
    This is an entertaining book of epistolary poems in prose which light up a young farmer's year through external and internal signs and cues, reaching out and reaching in, the lightness of being, loving, and dreaming. The poems don't really tell any stories but they narrate an enchanting and intellectually stimulating subjectivity. The subject of the poems is love, growth, illness, wellness, detachment and attachment as told by an embodied disembodied prime mover, a daughter, sister, lover, farmer. There is an addressee, which longed-for presence provides soil for the embedding of contact. A journal of the times of year in which a body grows quiet, then active, then reflective, then expressive, with all the contemporary appliances, texts, and devices. There is a violence to the transmission of effluence and effluvia; a sweetness to the extrusion of affect.
    ISBN
    9781944380069
    By
    Brown-Lavoie, Tess
    Publisher
    Fence Books
    Item Condition
    New
    About This Product
    New from publisher.
    Item SKU
    9781944380069
    Location
    Poetry
    Garden Time
    $16.00
    Description
    Composed as he lost his eyesight, W.S. Merwin's final and exquisite book brims with longing, loss, and unanswerable questions. In Garden Time, Merwin's luminous, ethereal voice gently interrogates mortality; at the very end of his life, he sings lovingly to a tireless world--although not without trepidation. When he could no longer see well enough to write, he dictated his poems to his wife, Paula. The result is a book contemplative and delicate, tender and melancholy. In this gorgeous, mindful, and life-affirming book, our greatest poet channels energy from his memories and deep connection to the world so as to remind us that "The only hope is to be the daylight."
    ISBN
    9781556595943
    By
    Merwin, W S
    Publisher
    Copper Canyon Press
    Item Condition
    New
    About This Product
    New from publisher.
    Item SKU
    9781556595943
    Location
    Poetry
    Coyote: Seeking the Hunter in Our Midst
    $4.99
    Description
    This study of the eastern coyote traces its first emergence in New England in the 1970s to its life there today. Reid shows that during its migration from the Southwest, the eastern coyote picked up wolf DNA and acquired little-understood behaviors of pack allegiance and prey.
    ISBN
    9780618619290
    By
    Reid, Catherine
    Publisher
    Mariner Books
    Item Condition
    Used, Very Good
    About This Product
    Clean, unmarked copy with some edge wear. Good binding. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
    Item SKU
    1118552
    Location
    F