E-ssentials

Island Press E-ssentials

In 2012, Island Press launched the E-ssentials Program, a series of electronic-only works, to complement our book program. We hope that these timely examinations of important issues—short enough to be read in a couple of hours, yet long enough to illuminate complex topics—will inspire readers to help sustain a healthy planet.

 

Now Available:

Big, Wild, and Connected

Big, Wild, and Connected

By John Davis

 

This E-ssential is a three-part series that covers John Davis's epic journey from Florida to Maine. In 2011, with support from the Wildlands Network, Davis traveled 7,600 miles in 10 months from Florida to Maine by foot, bicycle, skis, and canoe/kayak. His extensive travels were motivated by wanting to answer the question "Is it possible in the twenty-first century to identify and protect a continental-long wildlife corridor that could help to protect eastern nature into the future?"

 

 

 

 

 

Part III now available at these retailers:

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Part II now available at these retailers:

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Part I now available at these retailers:

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Urbanism Without Effort

Urbanism Without Effort

By Charles R. Wolfe

 

In this beautifully illustrated E-ssential, Charles Wolfe explores the idea that to create vibrant, sustainable urban areas, we must first understand "what happens naturally when people congregate in cities -- innate, unprompted interactions of urban dwellers with each other and their surrounding urban and physical environment." Wolfe draws upon his professional experiences as a land use and environmental lawyer, providing  compelling vignettes from everyday life to illustrate examples of these spontaneous and thriving urban communities.

 

 

 

 

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Discovering Big Cat Country

Discovering Big Cat Country

On the Trail of Tigers and Snow Leopards

By Eric Dinerstein

 

In Discovering Big Cat Country: On the Trail of Tigers and Snow Leopards, Dinerstein tells the story of two formative journeys from his early days as a biologist: two and a half years as a young Peace Corps Volunteer in the jungles of Nepal and later, as a newly-minted Ph.D., an arduous trek to search for snow leopards in the Kashmir region of India.

 

 

 

 

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Simple Pleasures

Simple Pleasures

Thoughts on Food, Friendship, and Life

By Stephanie Mills

  

In Simple Pleasures: Thoughts on Food, Friendship, and Life we highlight two chapters from Stephanie Mill's reflection on the pleasures, as well as the virtues and difficulties, of a perhaps simpler than average North American life. It is a thoughtful paean to living, like Thoreau, a deliberate life. Mill's writing is beautifully crafted, fluid, inspiring, and enlightening, and these chapters encourage you to take a moment to reflect on your own life..

 

 

 

 

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Thinking Like a Mountain

Thinking Like a Mountain

An Ecological Perspective on Earth

By R. Edward Grumbine

 

In Thinking Like a Mountain, we have excerpted a clear and inviting introduction to the science of conservation biology from Ed Grumbine's previous book, Ghost Bears. Grumbine offers a succinct and evocative description of why we should all care about biodiversity, protected lands, connectivity, and extinction rates, and the advantages to be gained by attempting to 'think like a mountain', as so eloquently phrased by Aldo Leopold.

 

 

 

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Trash Backwards

Trash Backwards

Innovating Our Way to Zero Waste

By David Naylor

 

Trash Backwards: Innovating Our Way to Zero Waste examines the various kinds of trash Americans produce in staggering quantities, and profiles a range of innovative processes, people, and companies who are thinking creatively about how to not just reduce pressure on landfills, but redefine what's possible in the realm of recycling.

 

 

 

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Bedside Essays for Lovers (of Cities)

Bedside Essays for Lovers (of Cities)

By Daniel Solomon

 

In this provocative collection of essays, renowned architect Daniel Solomon delves into the complexities of what makes a city vibrant. However fond you are of your city, or however much you feel it needs improvement, this short collection of essays offers an enticing vision of the future. All of our cities have a past worth examining, a richness of experience that can shape the future in wonderful, surprising ways. Solomon's prose is thought-provoking and inspiring, well worth keeping close by wherever you do your reading—be it your bedside, couch, a park, or on the metro.

 

 

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Making Transit Fun!

Making Transit Fun

How to entice motorists from their cars (and onto their feet, a bike, or bus)

By Darrin Nordahl

Read Chapter 1

 

Why do people in Stockholm prefer to take the stairs instead of the escalator? How do carmakers convince us to buy environmentally damaging, wallet-draining machines? It's called the fun theory. What Darrin Nordahl illustrates in this delightful book is that transit can be just as inviting, exciting, and seductive as the automobile, if designed with passenger experience in mind.

 

 

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