Nature Books

Nature Books for Book Clubs or Winter Reading

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Nature Reading Selections (Terri Schweitzer, Flicker Sharing).

Suggested Nature Books

I'm often asked for natural history  themed reading selections or books that might be good for a science/nature book club. I know there are many different flavors of science and what people like to read, but I thought I'd offer a list of books that I've read or those that are good for conversations in nature-related book clubs. This list is largely populated by the "Natural Selections" reading list from the Cape Henlopen book group I belonged to for years. I miss those late night discussions, they were wonderful. So for those of you thinking of buying books for loved ones, starting a book club, looking to expand your library, or for some fun winter reading, here's a list.

Title

Author's First Name

Last Name

Monkey Wrench Gang Edward Abbey
Desert Solitaire Edward Abbey
Biography of a Germ Karlen Arno
Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired By Nature Janine M. Benyus
The Wisdom of Birds (An Illustrated History of Ornithology) Tim Birkhead
The Swamp Walker's Journal: A Wetland's Year David Carroll
Silent Spring Rachel Carson
Silent World Jacques Cousteau
The Origin of Species Charles Darwin
Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond
Plunder of Paradise Michael D'Orso
Prairie Spring Peter Dunne
The Man Who Walked Through Time Colin Fletcher
Where We Stand Seymour Garte
Monkey Dancing Daniel Glick
Ants at Work Deborah Gordon
An Inconvenient Truth Al Gore
Bully For Brontosaurus: Reflections in Natural History Steven J. Gould
The Flamingo's Sile Steven J. Gould
Almost Paradise: New and Selected Poems & Translations Sam Hamill
The Great House of Birds John Hay
Environmental Politics Samuel P. Hays
Open Ground: Selected Poems 1966-1996 Seamus Heany
The Trees in My Forest Bernard Heinrich
Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds Bernd Heinrich
Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival Bernd Heinrich
Moby Duck: The True Story of 28,000 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fool, Including the Author, Who Went In Search of Them. Donovan Hohn
Lily Pond: Four Years with a Family of Beavers Ryden Hope
Waiting for Aphrodite Sue Hubbel
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston
Redwall Brian Jacques
Along the Edge of Amer Peter Jenkins
Shopping for Porcupine Seth Kanter
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants Robin Wall Kimmerer
Small wonder Barbara Kingsolver
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle Barbara Kingsolver
Banana: The Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World Daniel Koeppel
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Children From Nature Deficit Disorder Richard Louve
The Snow Leopard Peter Matthiessen
Narrative-Medicine Lewes Mel-Madrona
The Secret Life of Bee Sue Monk Kidd
Listening to Whales: What Orcas Have Taught Us Alexandra Morton
Never Cry Wolf: Amazing True Story of Life Among Arctic Wolves Farley Mowat
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer Siddhartha Mukherjee
Black Elk Speaks John J. Neihardt
The Big Year Mark Obamascik
American Primitive: Poems by Mary Oliver Mary Oliver
Dog Songs Mary Oliver
Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes Svanta Paabo
Rebel with a Conscience Russell Peterson
Singing School Robert Pinsky
Omnivores Dilemma Michael Pollan
Coming of Age with Elephants Joyce Poole
Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime Ellen Prager
The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring Richard Preston
Chasing Monarchs Robtert Pyle
The Flight of the Iguana: A sidelong View of Science and Nature David Quammen
The Tapir's Morning Bath Elizabeth Royte
Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It Dick Royte
Virus X Frank Ryan
Oaxaca Journal Oliver Sachs
Songs for the Blue Ocean Carl Safina
Crabs Wars: A Tale of Horseshoe Crabs, Bioterrorism, and Human Health William Sargent
Between the Ocean and the Bay: A Natural History of Delmarva Jane Scott
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
Squirrels at My Window: Life with a Remarkable Gang of Urban Squirrels Grace Marmor Spruch
Wicket Plants: The Weed the Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities Amy Stewart
The Drunken Botanist Amy Stewart
Where the Wild Things Were William Stolzenburg
Rat Island: Predators In Paradise and the World's Greatest Wildlife Rescue William Stolzenburg
Seven Arrows Hemeyohsts Storm
Journey Into Summer E.W. Teale
Autumn Across America Edward Teale
North with the Spring Edwin Way Teale
Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay WM Warner
The Hedgehog's Dilemma Hugh Warwick
Beak of the Finch Jonathan Weiner
Reading the Forested Landscape: A Natural History of New England Tom Wessels
Leaves of Grass Walt Whitman
The Naturalist E.O. Wilson
Anthill: A Novel E.O. Wilson
Letters From Eden: A Year at Home, in the Woods Julie Zickefoose
 
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My name is Karen and I am currently the Education Program Coordinator at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, working with students K-gray and doing outdoor science education based on Smithsonian research. I have also been a curriculum developer for the Smithsonian Science Education Center and a contract curriculum writer for the Discovery Channel. In my spare time I love to explore nature topics that I want to know more about, which has lead me to blogging here on "The Infinite Spider" (Infinitespider.com). I've designed it to be a science and nature blog for every-day people, naturalists, and outdoor educators. Currently I live in Annapolis, MD. If you have questions you can reach me at greathornedowl76@gmail.com. Let me know if you enjoy the blog or if you would like to see a particular topic covered. Thanks for reading!