A KEEPER OF BEES: Notes on Hive and Home

BY ALLISON WALLACE

(RANDOM HOUSE, $23.95)

Wallace, an ardent beekeeper, interweaves her observations of honeybee behavior with scientific data about the tiny creatures and reflections on “the great, never fully knowable ecological dance” that governs the bees’ lives.

HEAT SIGNATURE: A Novel

BY LISA TEASLEY

(BLOOMSBURY, $14.95)

Teasley’s suspenseful novel follows protagonist Sam Brown on a road trip from the California desert to the lush woods of Oregon. Trying to cope with his mother’s murder, Sam finds peace for a time in the arms (and the sustainably-built home) of an arborist.

THE CREATION: A Meeting of Science and Religion

BY EDWARD O. WILSON

(W.W. NORTON, $21.95)

An eminent biologist and ecophile who has spoken out against intelligent design theory, Wilson now outlines how religious and scientific leaders can and must work together to protect the planet’s biodiversity.

TIGERS IN RED WEATHER: A Quest to See the Last Wild Tigers

BY RUTH PADEL

(WALKER & COMPANY, $26.95)

The poet Padel — who also happens to be the great-granddaughter of Charles Darwin — evokes the mysterious beauty of the vanishing animals as she explores their role over time in nature and the human imagination.

Story by Steve Weinberg. This article originally appeared in Plenty in August 2006. This story was added to MNN.com in June 2009.

Copyright Environ Press 2006.