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Our picks for the week of March 27-April 2: 

• So many green books, so little time! In an effort to help you sort through the options, we've created an occasional series of book roundups. The first focuses on five new environmental books that take inspiration from the worlds of science and conservation. 

• You know that raising chickens has hit the big time when a story about how to find a chicken sitter captures the imagination.

• If you haven't yet heard of photographer Peter Lik, that may change soon. This extreme photographer is the focus of a new show, "From the Edge," that debuted on The Weather Channel on March 31.

• Some exotic foods require courage, and these 10 exotic dishes push the limits of good taste. They might even make you queasy.

lawn mower racing• Ready, set, mow! Our auto blogger just discovered the joys of extreme lawn mowing racing (pictured right) — and quite frankly, we're hooked.

• Sure, the planet's in trouble and saving it is serious business, but that doesn't mean you have to be grim 24/7. Here are seven "eco-medians" who are sure to bring some comic relief.

• [skipwords]Obesity[/skipwords] is a health crisis in the United States, and it's one problem our pets are not immune to. Here's how to recognize it and keep your pet from developing problems like diabetes.

• There's no better way to get rid of a few extra winter pounds than a spring hike. Here are five invigorating hikes in U.S. National Parks to consider.

• This week, we take you to Ithaca, N.Y., land of gorges and waterfalls, not to mention a vibrant wine and food scene.

• Sports that involve animals can be traditional (polo) or slightly wacky (snail racing.) We prefer the latter, so here are 14 odd animal sports to consider

Plus: Let's wind things down with the week in photos, including a baby meercat and one cool, green hairdo. Enjoy.