by Lewis Blackwell | Abrams | $60
Many recent photo books about our environment spotlight the ill effects of humankind through disturbing shots of glacial decay, clearcutting, toxic waste, or other evidence of man-made havoc. But this set of images and writings about the world's rainforests makes a powerful case against deforestation by showing the fabric of the natural world: the intricate patterns, resourceful use of sunlight, dynamic relationships, and existential wisdom within the flora and fauna inhabiting these unbroken ecosystems. "We need to recognize that our lives are a part of a greater living community on Earth," Blackwell writes, "the vast wonder of which rainforests represent with their extraordinary diversity, richness, and mystery." —L.C.