Blog Posts on Environment

Recommended Books on Environment & Nature

Lanham, J. Drew, 2016, The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature (Paperback), Milkwood Editions, Minneapolis, MN

A descendent of slaves, a scientist, and a nature lover, Lanham shows us the complex relationships among the long threads of troubling American history, cultural and racial divisions, and regional ecology in one small area in South-Edgefield County, South Carolina. A beautiful, searing, and utterly singular reflection.

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Oliver, Mary, 2020, Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver, Penguin Books, New York, NY

Poet Mary Oliver explores the tenderness and hard realities of living in this world by using vivid imageries from nature. Her writings draw you into both dark, frightening places and vibrant, colorful imaginings.

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Wessels, Tom, 1997, Reading the Forested Landscape, A Natural History of New England, The Countryman Press, Woodstock, VT

It has been almost 25 years since this beautiful book with exquisite illustrations by Brian D. Cohen was published. It is about New England forests, but the teachings are timeless of how looking closely and intimately at the natural world that surrounds us will unveil an ecological history that would otherwise go unnoticed.

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