For Nature Lovers: Books That Celebrate the Great Outdoors

Looking for a gift for the green-thumb in the family? Simply pining for spring? These books will whisk you away to pure blue seas, picture-perfect gardens and nighttime prowls in Central Park.
Central Park in the Dark by Marie Winn

Central Park in the Dark

320 pages; Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Where does a sophisticated New Yorker go for a night on the town? To a great green oasis where hundreds of exquisite winged insects alight to drink sweet sap from a tree, and swarms of devoted mothers (rhymes with "authors") gather in the dark for a sighting. Marie Winn's deliciously voyeuristic Central Park in the Dark (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) is filled with such glimpses of elusive nocturnal visitors, including sexy slugs, rare owls, and some of the most curious creatures on two legs.
— Cathleen Medwick

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