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Wildlife READS University of New Hampshire

"Rest, Nature, Books, Music ... Such is my idea of happiness."

Leo Tolstoy

SUMMER 2021

I'm hoping to read a lot this summer.

Currently, I'm reading ...

If Women Rose Rooted (by Sharon Blackie)

-Jen P.

by and about Aldo Leopold

A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There (1948)

by Aldo Leopold

Illustration(right): Danielle Lamberson Philipp

Rachel Carson

Silent Spring (1962)

The Sense of Wonder (1965)

The Sea Around Us (1951)

The Edge of the Sea (1961)

... among others.

bernd heinrich

At right: Heinrich reviewing his journal entries. Photo by Stacey Cramp

There are simply too many books by Heinrich to list them all, but here's a selection to get you started ...

A Year in the Maine Woods (1994)

Bumblebee Economics (1979)

Ravens in Winter (1989)

Mind of the Raven (1999)

The Trees in My Forest (1997)

Winter World (2003)

Summer World (2009)

The Homing Instinct: Meaning & Mystery in Animal Migration (2014)

Why We Run: A Natural History (2002)

david quammen

“David Quammen [is] one of that rare breed of science journalists who blend exploration with a talent for synthesis and storytelling.”

- Nathan Wolfe, Nature

David Quammen, while accompanying a wolf collaring and tracking operation in Yellowstone National Park for a National Geographic article. Image: Ronan Donovan

Quammen has written fiction, non-fiction, and collections of essays, as well as numerous articles for Outside Magazine, National Geographic, Scientific American, and more.

A few favorites from the bookshelf ...

The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinction (1997)

The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life (2019)

Spillover (2012)

Monster of God: The Man-Eating Predator in the Jungles of History and the Mind (2004)

robin wall kimmerer

Photograph: Dale Kakkak

Gathering Moss (2003)

Braiding Sweetgrass (2013)

The Democracy of Species (expected in 2021)

Terry Tempest Williams

Kwaku Alston/Contour RA by Getty Images

Erosion (2019)

Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place (1991)

... among many others

E. O. Wilson

Wilson is another author of way too many books to list, but here are a few classics and favorites ...

Naturalist (1994)

Biophilia (1984)

Letters to a Young Scientist (2014)

Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge (1998)

Sociobiology: The New Synthesis (1975)

The Theory of Island Biogeography (1967)

Robert MacArthur and Edward O. Wilson

At right, E.O. Wilson in 2019 (photo by Ken Richardson / Quanta Magazine)

global change

& the sixth extinction

Elizabeth Kolbert

Kolbert has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1999. You can read her articles there and elsewhere. She is also the author of multiple books on climate change and extinction, including these:

THE SIXTH EXTINCTION: An Unnatural History (2014)

FIELD NOTES FROM A CATASTROPHE: Man, Nature, and Climate Change (2006)

UNDER A WHITE SKY: The Nature of the Future (expected 2021)

Anthony Barnosky

TIPPING POINT FOR PLANET EARTH: How Close Are We to the Edge? (2016) by Anthony Barnosky and Elizabeth A. Hadly

DODGING EXTINCTION: Power, Food, Money, and the Future of Life on Earth (2014)

HEATSTROKE: Nature in an Age of Global Warming (2009)

These three always find their way onto the same bookshelf.

McPhee, Abbey, Berry... oh my!

John McPhee

THE PINE BARRENS

ENCOUNTERS WITH THE ARCHDRUID

THE FOUNDING FISH

and many, many more ...

Ed Abbey

DESERT SOLITAIRE: A Season in the Wilderness (1968)

THE MONKEY WRENCH GANG (1975)

and many other fiction and non-fiction books

Wendell Berry

Berry is a poet and the author of dozens of essays, fiction and non-fiction books. Click below to read more about Berry's work in this review from The New Yorker ...

Romantic Transcendentalist writings on nature and wilderness

These authors were all prolific. Here are some of the more popular places to start reading them ...

Ralph Waldo Emerson

SELF-RELIANCE, AND OTHER ESSAYS (1841)

NATURE (1836)

Read about the influence of Emerson's poetry in Dan Chiasson's article ‘Ecstasy of Influence’ (Aug-Sept 2015, The New Yorker) ...

Henry David Thoreau

WALDEN: LIFE IN THE WOODS (1854)

THE MAINE WOODS (1864)

Learn more about Thoreaus’s writings at THE THOREAU INSTITUTE at WALDEN WOODS (click below)

John Muir

OUR NATIONAL PARKS (1901)

MY FIRST SUMMER IN THE SIERRA (1911)

THE YOSEMITE (1912)

TRAVELS IN ALASKA (1915)

All the MUIR titles listed above (and more) are available via Project Gutenberg ...

Ed Abbey

As mentioned above ...

DESERT SOLITAIRE: A Season in the Wilderness (1968)

edited volumes on NATURE & sustainability

Field Notes on Science and Nature (2011)

Edited by Michael R. Canfield

Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril (2010)

Edited by Kathleen Dean Moore & Michael P. Nelson

This is just the beginning ... a few classics (and soon-to-be classics). We want to keep growing our list, so let us know ...

What are you reading & LOVING?

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