Holiday Gift Guide:
Nature & Science
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The Wonder of Nature
Rae and Ana recommend!
Ana's review: "A very easy to read, charming collection of short essays that describe episodes in the writer's life while including scientific facts about various plants, animals and insects. A beautiful unique book that highlights how interconnected we are with the environment and how the natural world offers us an escape from the stress of growing up."
Rae recommends!
From the NYT bestselling author of H is for Hawk comes a transcendent collection of essays about the human relationship to the natural world.
In The Waters Between Us Michael Tougias channels Bryson's A Walk in the Woods to mix laugh out loud humor with insight into the natural world through the eyes of a curious boy. This is a story of a boy in nature, and of a father and son.
Portraits of Nature
*Local Artist*
Our favorite local animal photographer, Augusta Rose, is back with Portraits of Nature, another beautiful calendar. You may remember her Pet Portraits calendar from last year,
A monumental and beautiful guide to Earth's wildlife and natural history--its rocks, minerals, animals, plants, fungi, and microorganisms--this landmark of reference publishing has been extended and updated.
Hardcover $50
Join "America’s funniest science writer" (Peter Carlson, Washington Post), Mary Roach, on an irresistible investigation into the unpredictable world where wildlife and humans meet.
Hardcover $26.95
An exquisite, lovingly crafted meditation on plants, trees, and our place in the natural world, in the tradition of Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass and Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.
Hardcover $25
Environmentally Conscious
Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.
In Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid, biologist Thor Hanson tells the remarkable story of how plants and animals are responding to climate change: adjusting, evolving, and sometimes dying out. 
Filled with Thich Nhat Hanh’s inspiring meditations, Zen stories and experiences from his own activism, as well as commentary from Sister True Dedication, one of his students, Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet shows us a new way of seeing and living that can bring healing and harmony to ourselves, our relationships, and the Earth.
5-in-1 Garden Multitool
So many weeds, so little thyme! Thistle & Thorn 5-in- Gardener's Multi-Tool with Engraved Saying in a gift box. This beautiful tool is made of high quality stainless steel and beech wood.
Stop and Smell the Roses
A lush exploration of roses, pleasure, and politics, and a fresh take on George Orwell as an avid gardener whose political writing was grounded in his passion for the natural world.
You don't need a flower field in the countryside to grow cut flowers, arrange beautiful floral displays or connect with nature.
A simple patch of earth is plenty. In Grow and Gather, you'll follow the annual cycle of growing cut flowers, from sowing in spring to seed-collecting in autumn.
Help cuts and scrapes heal with a little extra floral flair - this pack of 30 adhesive bandages features a variety of fun flower prints. They're easy to take with you on the go, not to mention cute as can be!
Right in our backyard
Since its founding four hundred years ago, New England has been a vital source of nature writing. Maybe it's the diversity of landscapes huddled so close together or the marriage of nature and culture in a relatively small, six-state region. Maybe it's the regenerative powers of the ecosystem in a place of repeated exploitations...
The guidebook to Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket features 72 of the best walking and hiking trails in coastal New England.
In the tradition of Silent Spring, a modern parable of the American experience and our paradoxical relationship with the natural world. 
Weaving together Robert Finch’s collected writings from over fifty years and a thousand miles of walking along Cape Cod’s Atlantic coast, The Outer Beach is a poignant, candid chronicle of an iconic American landscape anyone with an appreciation for nature will cherish.
Now photographer Dan Tobyne captures the essence of the Cape Cod Thoreau discovered. The combination of short excerpts and stunning imagery carries Thoreau’s work to a new level, presenting it in both glowing words and pictures.
Wildsam Field Guides: Cape Cod & The Islands illuminates the towns, beaches and sailing experiences of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket through the eyes of locals.
Animals
This book radically reframes the narrative of our mammalian ancestors and provides a counterpoint to the stereotypes of mighty dinosaur overlords and cowering little mammals. It turns out the earliest mammals weren't just precursors, they were pioneers.
From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of the “fascinating…entertaining” (The Daily Beast) National Book Award finalist The Soul of an Octopus, a charmingly perfect gem of a book about the most exquisite and extraordinary of winged creatures—hummingbirds.
Elizabeth recommends: "Susan Orlean takes the reader from the east coast to the west coast sharing stories about animals. Some of the animals belong to her and some of the stories are about interesting people and their animals. As always Orlean's writing is superb. Each entry is full of information and humor. This is the perfect gift for anyone who has and loves animals."
For the Birder
Garden Gnome Birdhouse

If you think these adorably enchanted birdhouses look cute, wait till you get to gno 'em! The perfect accent to any enchanted garden or cozy castle. This hand felted wool birdhouse can be hung outside as well as inside, and yes, small birds like wren, chickadees, nuthatch and titmouse may go inside! Made with sustainably harvested materials including wool, hemp for the hanging cord and a bamboo perch. Hand crafted by skilled artisans working in a fair trade production center in Nepal. 

$39.99
2022 Molly Hashimoto Birds Calendar
Molly Hashimoto’s signature bird prints are as beloved for their accurate portrayals as they are for their aesthetic charms. All are positioned against backgrounds of quiet nature, where the artist and naturalist spends her time observing and sketching in preparation for creating her prints.
2022 Owls Calendar
Owls are often portrayed as the keepers of knowledge—wise creatures who see what others do not. Jeannine Chappell devotes her time to painting their powerful wings and alert gazes. Learn about these expressive birds with twelve of Chappell’s owl paintings, each accompanied by text about the species.
“Let there be peace on Earth.” A timeless message of how peace can spread from one person to another. An ideal gift book for Christmas time and throughout the year.
Bird is the Word Men's Socks

The perfect pair to wear while birdwatching! Honestly, how good would these look with a pair of earth tone pants?

Men's shoe size 7-12.5
$11
Pets
How did the dog become man's best friend? A celebrated anthropologist unearths the mysterious origins of the unique partnership that rewrote the history of both species.
Treat your dog to the tastiest and healthiest biscuits and bones ever made for canine consumption! Cheryl Gianfrancesco’s easy-to-follow recipes call for only the best all-natural ingredients, and as your dog will agree, the results are fantastic.
When a Golden Retriever plays matchmaker, anything is possible! A Golden Retriever named Willy introduces two guys who become his Dads. Together they take off to Cape Cod to make a film. The drama of the movie mirrors the story of their lives. Part travelogue, part romance, part Hollywood, this is a thoroughly entertaining dog adventure you won't want to miss.
Paperback $9.99
Holiday Dogs Playing Cards

Game night will be great with these Holiday Dogs Playing Cards! Have fun and play your favorite card game in style.
Includes 54 cards and 7 card games instruction booklet. Packaged in a reusable cardboard case to store your playing cards. Learn how to play 7 different card games from the instruction booklet!

$14.99
Cats love to be in the spotlight. While not every cat will take to learning tricks, most will thrive on the extra attention and love you'll shower on them during training sessions. And whether you want to teach your cat to sit up, fetch, walk on a leash, or simply come when called, Arden Moore's simple and encouraging instructions will show you how.
The first comprehensive history of felines—from the laps of pagan gods to present-day status as meme stars—as revealed by a very learned tabby with a knack for hunting down facts.
Magnetic cat bookmarks! Never lose your page with these handy feline friends. This set of 4 makes a great stocking stuffer for the book lovers - and cat lovers - in your life.
$4.99
*Limited quantity!*
Cat Call Phone Stand
Can you hear meow? Prop up your phone in a way that is pawsitively precious. Cat Call is the charming cat phone stand that is purrfect for watching videos, reading, video chatting, and more!
$12.99
The Literary Cat mug is for everyone who loves to settle down with a cozy book and a good cat and vice-versa. This calico-cat-colored mug features nine cat silhouettes and nine quotes from prominent men and women of letters who cannot resist a kitten.
$16.95
This adorable critter purse has lots of personalities! Can also be used as a piggy bank, tooth fairy house, or just a totally charming tabletop friend. The 48" lobster claw strap is detachable from the metal snap closure. Hand felted with 100% natural wool using non-toxic dyes. Exceptional felting and stitching workmanship from Nepal. dZi Handmade is a member of the Fair Trade Federation.
$31.99
Cats on Books Women's Socks

What could be better for a lazy Sunday? A stack of books and a furry companion to curl up with. Featuring cats sitting on piles of books, these socks are also perfect for your next trip to Titcomb's!

Women's shoe size 5-10.5
$10
Water Worlds
Historical Sea Charts

This book shows the history of charts and nautical maps from the earliest known examples to the ones used in the Twentieth Century, with a special focus on the map makers and the methods of use from 1300 to 1900.

Hardcover $40
Thrilling, vivid, and lyrical, Waterlog is a fully immersive adventure—a remarkable personal quest, a bold assertion of the swimmer’s right to roam, and an unforgettable celebration of the magic of water.
From the creators of the Academy Award-winning documentary My Octopus Teacher, an immersive journey into the underwater world that inspired it—and holds transformative lessons for us all.
A marine biologist vividly brings alive the extraordinary ecosystem of the deep ocean--a realm about which we know less than we do about the Moon--and shows how protecting rather than exploiting it will benefit mankind.
4OCEAN Bracelet

The 4OCEAN bracelet acts as a reminder to curb your consumption of single-use plastic and symbolizes your commitment to a plastic-free ocean. Every bracelet purchased funds the removal of one pound of trash from the ocean and coastlines.

Various colors available
$20
Shark Bandages

Cover your scrapes and scratches with these ferocious shark bandages. That shark bite will be healed in no time!

$6.25
Gardening & Farming
Fork & Trowel Set

This handy set of tools beautifully contained in an illustrated box includes a fork and a trowel. The tools are of superb quality and will help any gardener to plant, dig and weed in style. With quirky little details such as 'Make today beautiful' and an illustration of a wren etched into the stainless steel, the set truly stands out from the crowd and makes an extra special gift.

The fork measures 31cm and the trowel measures 32cm.
$36.99
In The Heirloom Gardener, John Forti celebrates gardening as a craft and shares the lore and traditional practices that link us with our environment and with each other. Charmingly illustrated and brimming with wisdom, this guide will inspire you to slow down, recharge, and reconnect.
Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. Learn how to grow your own lavender!
In Unearthing The Secret Garden, McDowell delves into the professional and gardening life of Frances Hodgson Burnett. McDowell paints an unforgettable portrait of a great artist and reminds us why The Secret Garden continues to touch readers after more than a century. This is a deeply moving and gift-worthy book.
Gardener's Essentials Kit

Every gardener lover needs a first aid kit! This is the perfect gift for not only just someone with a green thumb but for an outdoor enthusiast as well. Comes perfectly packaged inside a storage tin box.

$11.99
Gardening is one of the quintessential nurturing activities and yet we understand so little about it. The Well-Gardened Mind provides a new perspective on the power of gardening to change people’s lives. Smith weaves thoughtful yet powerful examples to argue that gardening is much more important to our cognition than we think.
The RHS Gardening for Mindfulness is a practical, inspirational guide to improving mental wellbeing through gardening, now in a gift-friendly format and price point. Easy to follow and beautifully packaged in a new format, this is the perfect book for keen gardeners, devotees of mindfulness, or simply those looking for calm in a busy and hectic world.
Regenerative farmer Acadia Tucker proves it's possible to grow food without land. In this, her third easy-to-use gardening guide, Tucker describes how to cultivate bountiful container food gardens in pots, planters, and raised beds.
In the tradition of Lars Mytting’s Norwegian Wood, a beautifully illustrated chronicle of a year in the life of a beekeeper from Swedish author Lotte Möller.
In-store only
Emma Bridgewater's Vegetable Garden Strawberries diary for 2022 is a must-have for lovers of her vintage designs. This colorful week-to-view format diary has a pretty strawberry design on the cover and offers plenty of space for you to keep up-to-date with your appointments. (Monday-start date grids).
The plant profiles in Northeast Foraging include clear, color photographs, identification tips, guidance on how to ethically harvest, and suggestions for eating and preserving. A handy seasonal planner details which plants are available during every season. Thorough, comprehensive, and safe, this is a must-have for foragers in NY, CT, MA, ME, NH, VT, PA, NJ, DE, and RI.
For the Plant Lady
Apollo Grecian Head Bust Planter

*Limited quantity!*
Give Apollo a sassy hairdo with the plant of your choice!

$35.99

Plant Ladies

*Limited quantity!*
Artist Bodil Jane celebrates coming together to nurture one another and grow. Our 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzles are thoughtfully commissioned and beautifully designed to offer a screen-free, relaxing way to practice contemplative mindfulness or share a gentle cooperative activity with friends and family.
We have plenty of other puzzles available as well!

$19.99
Novel Nature
A rich, magical new novel on belonging and identity, love and trauma, nature and renewal, from the Booker-shortlisted author of 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World.
From the prize-winning author of The Beekeeper of Aleppo comes Songbirds, a stunning novel about the disappearance of a Sri Lankan domestic worker and how the most vulnerable people find their voices.
Ellen recommends: "I adored this book, and was entranced with all of the characters. These are deep-rooted loggers who are facing a changing world that wants to take away their livelihood. There are climate issues, class issues, relationship and parenthood issues. This book wraps it up in a package that takes you away to another time and place. 5 stars!"
Ellen recommends: "This book was so incredibly intense and compelling that I simply could not put it down. I stayed up through the night to turn the pages. These characters are deep, flawed and beautiful. Charlotte McConaghy understands the heart and soul in way that few writers can manage - she understands the dark and light of human nature."
Fran recommends: The story of a formal garden told over three different time periods. The history of the garden and the village is fascinating and there memorable characters and surprises along the way. This ours be a fabulous book club selection.
Sarah recommends: "I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The three sisters are so endearing, and I took such delight in each girl's voice and their idiosyncrasies. It's so well crafted from start to finish. This is a book I won't soon forget. Absolutely loved it!"
Science
This second volume of Sapiens: A Graphic History, the full-color graphic adaptation of Yuval Noah Harari’s #1 New York Times bestseller, focuses on the Agricultural Revolution—when humans fell into a trap we’ve yet to escape: working harder and harder with diminishing returns.
In the tradition of Richard Dawkins's The Selfish Gene, Nichola Raihani's The Social Instinct is a profound and engaging look at the hidden relationships underpinning human evolution, and why cooperation is key to our future survival.
Discover a way of eating that revolutionized the meaning of our food choices and sold more than 3 million copies—now in a 50th-anniversary edition with a timely introduction plus new and updated plant-centered recipes.
Immune: A Journey into the Mysterious System That Keeps You Alive

A gorgeously illustrated deep dive into the immune system that will forever change how you think about your body, from the creator of the popular science YouTube channel Kurzgesagt—In a Nutshell.

Hardcover $35