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KANGAROO DREAMING: An Australian Wildlife Odyssey, Edward Kanze

Framing his narrative within a brief retelling of The Odyssey, Kanze encounters mythic hazards, ogres and temptations while introducing readers to the koalas, Tasmanian devils, kangaroos, wallabies and platypuses of Australia. His epic journey is unmatched by any other naturalist -- such an automobile trip around the continent only became possible in the late 1980s. Humorous and entertaining, the book is an excursion to the places the TV cameras of the Olympics did not reach.

$26.10 (cloth)

GREAT BARRIER REEF, David Doubilet

Doubilet captured his first underwater images at the age of 12 in the cold, murky waters of New Jersey in the late 1950s, an era when the equipment was primitive and every picture was a struggle heavily dependent on luck. Since then underwater photography has advanced rapidly, allowing the world to see clearly the once invisible beauty and mystery that lies beneath the surface of the world’s oceans.

Doubilet has spent years photographing the entire length of Australia’s immense and spectacular Great Barrier Reef. This book is the culmination of his efforts and features 125 photographs and essays that capture the complex web of life along the the Great Barrier Reef and presents a rare, complete portrait of this natural underseas wonder.

$40.00 (hardcover)

IN A SUNBURNED COUNTRY, Bill Bryson

Combining humor, wonder and unflagging curiosity, Bryson sets off on a rollicking ride around Australia, a country whose extroverted and cheerful inhabitants live amidst some of the most inhospitable (desiccated, scorching) landscapes and lethal (poisonous snakes, attacking seashells) wildlife on the face of the earth. Combining fact with wry observation, this account of his journey is as captivating as it is informative. If the Olympics served as tantalizing fall appetizer, the book is a main course to savor during a cold, Chicago winter.

$26.10 (cloth)
$14.95 (paper)
$49.95 (10 CDs)

SPECTACULAR AUSTRALIA,Phililip Mathews and Reg Morrison

This vast, parched land - the flattest and driest continent - is revealed here in color photographs, including panoramic gatefolds, by some of Australia's most distinguished photographers. The images here capture the Great Barrier Reef, the biggest coral reef on the planet; the massive glowing monoliths of the Red Centre in the Northern Territory; the snowcapped peaks and frozen lakes in the rain-soaked wilderness of Tasmania; the lush green plains of the Great Divide; and the scorched stone, sandy deserts, and crystalline white salt lakes of the interior.

$75.00 (cloth)
Also available in the SPECTACULAR series, at $75.00 each:
GALAPAGOS
INDIA
IRELAND

AUSTRALIA: Complete Encyclopedia,, Mary Halbmeyer, Managing Editor

Australia is one of the oldest continents on Earth and its original inhabitants, the Aborigines, the most ancient continuous culture known. Its history is monumental and its culture rapidly evolving. Its natural wonders are recognized the world over.

Australia presents the story of the land, its people and places, with a breadth never before published in a single volume. It explores what Australia has become through the sciences, politics, history, arts, media and people. Here are detailed descriptions of the cities and towns, spectacular national parks, wineries and tourist destinations across Australia. Place entries are keyed to detailed road maps that cover the whole country. Coverage extends from the capital cities to the small and charming country towns; to spectacular, rugged destinations that can only be reached by 4WD; and activities such as fishing and vineyard touring.

The CD-ROM contains all the information in the book, plus additional information on trips: particularly trips to national parks, fishing spots and four-wheel-drive expeditions, and about 500 additional photos.

$40.00 (hardcover book - 912 pages - and CD ROM)

DUNE IS A FOUR-LETTER WORD,, Griselda Sprigg & Rod MacLean

This humorous, earthy memoir tells the story of Griselda and Sprigg’s pioneering desert adventures throughout the whole Australian outback. It is also the story of the Arkaroola Sanctuary, and how this couple turned a drought-stricken sheep station into the flora and fauna reserve and tourist mecca that it is today.

$16.95 (softcover)
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