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Neotropical Rainforest Mammals

By Louise H. Emmons (University of Chicago Press, 1997; $25.95; illus.)

Sounds of Neotropical Rainforest Mammals: An Audio Field Guide

By Louise H. Emmons, Bret M. Whitney, and David L. Ross Jr (Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, distributed by University of Chicago Press, 1997; $24.95)

Compact disk recordings introduce the listener to the remarkable range of sounds of neotropical rainforest mammals, from the plaintive keening of the bush dog to the guttural, rumbling growl of the jaguar. Following along in the updated field guide, you experience the next best thing to being in the Central and South American rainforests.

Sounds of North American Frogs: The Biological Significance of Voice in Frogs

By Charles M. Bogert (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 1998; $14) Between 1954 and 1957, pioneering herpetologist Bogert journeyed across America to record the sounds of North American frogs. The mating calls, warning chirps and croaks, breeding choruses, and individual barks of fifty-seven species are interspersed among Bogert's verbal explanations. Today, when frog and toad populations are in rapid decline, this recording reminds us of the diversity of species and music we are in danger of losing.

Pueblo Artists: Portraits

By Toba Pato Tucker (Museum of New Mexico Press, 1998; $55; illus.)

During a several-year sojourn in the Southwest, Pato Tucker photographed painters, sculptors, silversmiths, drum makers, and potters from nineteen pueblos in New Mexico and Arizona, where Pueblo visual traditions are continually evolving and being redefined. The resulting portraits show the artists, both individuals and families, alongside their own works of traditional and contemporary art.

Noah's Flood: The New Scientific Discoveries about the Event That Changed History

By William Ryan and Walter Pitman (Simon and Schuster, 1999; S25; illus. …