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February Bookshelf

♦ BOOKS

Natural History of West Indian Reptiles and Amphibians

By Robert W. Henderson and Robert Powell, University Press of Florida, 15 NW 15th Street, Gainesville, Fla. 32611, 352-392-1351, www.upf.com, hardcover, 576 pp., $85.
The herpetofauna of the West Indies is considered one of the richest and most vulnerable in the world, with many endemic species living in fragile environments. More than 700 species of frogs and reptiles live here, their natural habitats falling prey to tourism development and the introduction of invasive species. Robert W. Henderson, Milwaukee Public Museum senior curator of herpetology, and Avila University biology professor Robert Powell detail the natural history of the amphibians and reptiles of this region in a book designed as a companion for biologists.

Theodore Roosevelt Hunter-Conservationist

By R.L. Wilson, Boone and Crockett Club, 250 Station Drive, Missoula, MT 59801, 406-542-0784, www.boone-crockett.org, 312 pp., 200 color and black and white photos, $39.95 for paperback and $99.95 for a limited quantity of signed hardcover copies with dust jacket.
The first illustrated biography of the 26th president as a hunter and arms enthusiast, this book features archival photographs from Boone and Crockett, Harvard University, Library of Congress, Sagamore Hill National Historic Site and Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace Historic Site. Teddy Roosevelt enthusiasts will gain insight into his life as a rancher, explorer, soldier, statesman, author and president of the United States. A limited edition of 1,000 signed, hardcover copies with a dust jacket can be ordered through the Boone and Crockett Club directly. A paperback version can be purchased in stores or directly through the Club.

♦ AUDIOBOOK

Sporting Clays Consistency: You Gotta Be Out of Your Mind!

By Gil and Vicki Ash with Ty Adams, Optimum Shotgun Performance Shooting School, 29354 McKinnon Rd., Suite A, Fulshear, TX 77441, 281-346-0888, www.ospschool.com, audio, five CDs, $39.95.
A shooter’s guide to the mental aspects of sporting clays and life, this audio book version of the hardcover is narrated by Country Music Award-winner Tim Fox. If your clay shooting skills have reached a plateau, this could be your next road trip pick. Sporting clay shooters since 1982, Gil and Vicki Ash strive to improve the listener’s game mentally by delving in to the psychology of learning and performance. Through common sense teaching methods, listeners can begin to understand how their eyes, mind and body function together. Knowing whether your problem is mechanical or mental is the first step to becoming a better shooter, say the authors.
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