Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr): Vroom! by Barbara McClintock

Unforgettable Portraits

Unforgettable Portraits is a beautiful, large-format collection of images from several decades of the international Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Each stunning photo--close-ups and dioramas; elephants, leopards, ants and springtails--gets accompanying text explaining the species, the context, the photographer's equipment and technique, with an emphasis on endangered species and climate change. Readers meet the Atlantic wolfish, the spotted-tailed quoll and the Namib Desert's welwitschia, and learn that spirit bears have "a mutation of the same gene that gives rise to red hair in humans" and that the photographer must be part wildlife scientist to get these shots, designing blinds and lying in wait for days, weeks and longer.

These 70 stunning images, by more than 50 photographers from more than 20 countries, would make a wondrous gift for any lover of wildlife, strangeness and beauty. --Julia Kastner, librarian and blogger at pagesofjulia