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Best Non-Fiction Books about Plants, Animals and Nature

What are the most well-written compelling, educational, and interesting books about animals, plants, nature, and ecology? I'm not talking about field guides and encyclopedias, but the essays that really draw you in.
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4.16 avg rating — 33,097 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 28,166 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 23,387 ratings
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4.45 avg rating — 11 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 706,903 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 97 ratings
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3.78 avg rating — 175,822 ratings
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3.79 avg rating — 889 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 1,242 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 376,935 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 908 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 229 ratings
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4.40 avg rating — 496 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 716 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 48 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 49,311 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 9,355 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 108,004 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 11,632 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 63 ratings
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22

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4.12 avg rating — 12,660 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 4,624 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 224 ratings
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25

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4.04 avg rating — 361,912 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 2,033 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 2,615 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 94,391 ratings
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4.67 avg rating — 103 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 1,339 ratings
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31

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4.22 avg rating — 400 ratings
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4.57 avg rating — 59,602 ratings
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4.36 avg rating — 7,193 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 20,233 ratings
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35

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4.18 avg rating — 400 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 46 ratings
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3.76 avg rating — 94 ratings
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4.50 avg rating — 2 ratings
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35

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3.76 avg rating — 653 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 1,695 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 103 ratings
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4.46 avg rating — 13 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 3,460 ratings
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4.64 avg rating — 14 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 1,671 ratings
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3.41 avg rating — 155 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 40 ratings
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3.51 avg rating — 593 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 1,437 ratings
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4.69 avg rating — 16 ratings
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4.55 avg rating — 58 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 13 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 99 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 185 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 60 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 155 ratings
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4.71 avg rating — 7 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 37 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 13 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 3,856 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 865 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 970 ratings
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4.61 avg rating — 36 ratings
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4.30 avg rating — 685 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 68,478 ratings
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4.42 avg rating — 363 ratings
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4.30 avg rating — 2,074 ratings
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3.83 avg rating — 487 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 734 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 717 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 200 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 9,266 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 156 ratings
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4.30 avg rating — 690 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 176 ratings
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4.40 avg rating — 5 ratings
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3.45 avg rating — 102 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 82 ratings
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4.34 avg rating — 1,151 ratings
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really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 6,737 ratings
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4.37 avg rating — 6,978 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 166 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 625 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 35,527 ratings
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3.72 avg rating — 32 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 452 ratings
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3.78 avg rating — 245 ratings
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4.40 avg rating — 492 ratings
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3.75 avg rating — 8 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 8,787 ratings
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4.40 avg rating — 2,748 ratings
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3.67 avg rating — 21 ratings
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3.71 avg rating — 591 ratings
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4.42 avg rating — 2,701 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 1,809 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 235 ratings
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3.64 avg rating — 11 ratings
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229 books · 51 voters · list created June 17th, 2014 by Amber (votes) .
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Susan 1182 books
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Clare 6918 books
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Rachel (Sfogs) 2133 books
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Saturday's 1597 books
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Judson 15 books
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message 1: by Leah (new)

Leah Markum Quite a few of these are religious memoirs with no indication of focusing on anything plant, animal, or nature related. Just an FYI for those perusing.


message 2: by Ezo (new)

Ezo Leah wrote: "Quite a few of these are religious memoirs with no indication of focusing on anything plant, animal, or nature related. Just an FYI for those perusing."

Thanks a lot, I'll skip this list.


message 3: by Amber (new)

Amber I see a few that appear to meet that description, and I have no idea why people would add them to this list, but they seem to me to be just a few out-of-place entries.


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