I am on the email list of a number of US university presses.
this book came up on their general reading catalogue
It is written by a science journalist who manages to give a reasonable explanation of patterns occurring in nature over a wide subject area animals, birds, fish, rocks, etc,etc
it is not a detailed technical reference book, he has a brief reading list for that
it is meant to provide a reasonable explanation of things and a whole lot of color photos
it is a lovely book and I would recommended it to anyone who is seeking that kind of book