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50 Best Hikes in New England

By Marty Basch
Countryman Press, countrymanpress.com; softcover, 254 pp., more than 75 color photographs, maps; $19.95.
No matter where you are in the great Northeast, there are bound to be excellent walking trails. This collection of 50 of New England’s can’t-miss hikes takes you from the relatively flat lands and easy rambles of Rhode Island to prime hiking real estate in Connecticut; from challenging terrain in the Pioneer Valley and Berkshires of Massachusetts to breathtaking seaside treks in Maine’s Acadia National Park. Find great hikes to the heights of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and over to the verdant Green Mountains of Vermont — all the best hikes in New England are no more than a few hours from each other, so you’ll want to keep this guide close at hand.

Fisherman’s Bible: The World’s Most Comprehensive Angling Reference

Edited by Jay Cassell with a foreword by Kirk Deeter
Skyhorse Publishing, www.skyhorsepublishing.com; softcover; $29.95.
A complete reference guide for new and in-production fishing equipment, with all the pertinent specifications, the Fisherman’s Bible, lets anglers see all the gear that’s out there, and gives them all the information they need to make educated buying choices. The comprehensive new products section includes color photographs of new rods, reels, lines and lures, with extensive product details and feature listings. All the products are divided into freshwater and saltwater and further seperated by spin, spincasting, baitcasting and fly-fishing. Nearly every fishing gear manufacturer in the world is included in this unique compendium making it the essential authority for all anglers.

Photographing Acadia National Park: The Essential Guide to When, Where, and How

By Colleen J. Miniuk-Sperry
Analemma Press, www.photoacadia.com; soft cover and eBook (PDF), 224 pp., 183 color photos; $24.95.
Discover the most photogenic locations in Acadia National Park in all seasons! Based on author Colleen J. Miniuk-Sperry’s extensive experience, including three terms as an Acadia artist-in-residence, this award-winning guide is jam-packed with detailed information for 50 park locations, inspiring color photos, and practical photography tips for novice and expert alike. Learn the professional secrets and be in the right place at the right time to create your
own treasured photographs of Acadia. Ten percent of the book’s profits is being donated to the Schoodic Education Adventure, a residential program where children learn about science and art in Acadia National Park.

Bears in the Backyard

By Ed Ricciuti
Countryman Press, countrymanpress.com; hardcover; $23.95.
Fang and claw have jumped the white picket fence as encounters with cougars in Chicago, alligators in Florida and bears virtually everywhere have become increasingly commonplace. Author Edward Ricciuti explores cutting- edge research into why it’s happening, how it impacts all of us and how to deal with it on both societal and personal levels. As cities and suburbs sprawl and conservation efforts enable wildlife populations to recover; large wild animals are encroaching on human turf. These creatures might be thrilling to see, but they can bite, scratch and even kill. Attacks on humans will only increase as we come face to face in the man-made landscape. Readers will learn how to protect against potential dangers even as they are being thoroughly entertained by hair-raising tales of real-life encounters.
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