Owls of the Eastern Ice by Jonathan C. Slaught (Picador)

A story of a man’s 5-year journey to devise a plan to save the world’s most mysterious owls in one of the remotest parts of the world. A fascinating view of nature and the work and life of a scientist doing field research.

- L.Q.

Twelve Caesars: Images of Power by Mary Beard (Princeton University Press)

One of the leading classists, Mary Beard, takes on a journey of discovery from Julius Caesar to Nero and shows how various artists, art historians, and others have portrayed these 12 men that ruled the Roman Empire. Beard discusses how various works of art have been shown by various owners over the centuries. She discusses how these Emperors have been viewed in different periods, from ancient to modern times.

- L.Q.

Windswept: Walking the Paths of Trailblazing Women - Annabel Abbs

A blend of memoir, travelogue and long-forgotten history, the book reflects on the most fundamental way of connecting with the outdoors: the simple act of walking.  Share the nature experiences of Nan Shepherd in the mountains of Scotland, Georgia O’Keefe in New Mexico, Daphne du Maurier along the River Rhone and Simone de Beauvoir in the hills and mountains of France.  Named a Smithsonian Top Ten Best Book about Travel for 2021.