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Sher (sheranne) | 1083 comments Mod
Hello Everyone:
Do you have an nature literature based reads from 2017 that you could share with us? Please post any favorites in this thread, so we can get some recommendations for what we might like to read for 2018.
Thanks!


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Nicole M. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants and Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses by Robin Wall Kimmerer were fantastic. I would say that Braiding Sweetgrass is a bit more favorite of the two for me.


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Sher (sheranne) | 1083 comments Mod
Thanks Nicole! Both of these are new for me; I'm excited to take a look!


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Sher (sheranne) | 1083 comments Mod
Sher wrote: "Great Possessions : An Amish Farmer's Journal"

This look like a wonderful book Rach! Thank you!


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Sher (sheranne) | 1083 comments Mod
Here are my top 2 favorites from my 2017 reading year dealing with nature.
A Window on Eternity: A Biologist's Walk Through Gorongosa National Park

I love E.O. Wilson, and this delightful illustrated book details a park in Africa that is being propped up by an American business man. The Park's was devastated by a Civil War, and now is being regained - both the wildlife- the insects... Wilson details the creatures found there and the human stories interacting with the park. Entirely delightful and interesting.

The Shepherd's Life: A People's History of the Lake
District


And, of course this one we all know.


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Ray Zimmerman | 641 comments I really like Braiding Sweetgrass

Another I really enjoyed was Upstream by Mary Oliver. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...


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Story (storyheart) I enjoyed Animal Kingdom: A Natural History in 100 Objects and Egg & Nest

I'm only part way through Grass, Sky, Song: Promise and Peril in the World of Grassland Birds but it may make the list as well.

Sher, I'm glad to here you enjoyed A Window on Eternity: A Biologist's Walk Through Gorongosa National Park. It's been on my radar for awhile.


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Sher (sheranne) | 1083 comments Mod
Story heart-- I had to put the Animal Kingdom on my 2018 list. I think I would enjoy that book very much! Thank you-- And I did't really do A Window on Eternity justice in my description. His essays on various aspects of the park -- last and last in my mind, and I think the book also comes with a short documentary about the park and the people Wilson met there.


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Story (storyheart) I hope you enjoy Animal Kingdom, Sher.


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Joy (joy-la) | 19 comments My Family and Other Animals

I'm reading the 2nd in the Corfu trilogy now.


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Tara (goodreadscomtara_lynn_masih) I just posted on my blog some of my favorite books of the year. While they are not technically nature books, as fiction books, some are heavily invested in the natural landscape, such as Half Broke Horses, Visitation, and The History of Wolves:

https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog...

So happy to have found this group!


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Sher (sheranne) | 1083 comments Mod
Thanks Tara! We'll be sure to check out your list.

And welcome to the group, Sher


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Annis Pratt | 33 comments I was really moved by the earth-centered and very practical life shepherds have been leading in that Cumbrian district of England for thousands of years. It's a model of community sustainability to have endured so long.

Sher wrote: "Here are my top 2 favorites from my 2017 reading year dealing with nature.
A Window on Eternity: A Biologist's Walk Through Gorongosa National Park

I love E.O. Wilson, and this del..."



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Annis Pratt | 33 comments Three nature books I have recently read which are awe inspiring celebrations of nature's intricate and varied particulars are Andrea Wulf's The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt, Paul Wohlleben's The Hidden Life of Trees, and Nina Munteanu's Water is..The Meaning of Water. My review of these along with the much gloomier Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari just came out in Impakter magazine: http://bit.ly/2EWxycs


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Ray Zimmerman | 641 comments The Poisoneood Binle


message 17: by Lisa (last edited Feb 19, 2018 03:58PM) (new)

Lisa (grubbytoes) The Tribe trilogy was gorgeous. (https://www.goodreads.com/series/7877...). It is a YA Sci-Fi/Dystopia trilogy written by Palyku (Indigenous Australian) writer Ambelin Kwaymullina. The deep relationship between humans and the natural environment, and how this relationship/connection influences our relationships with each other and the rest of the world is a large theme throughout the series. (actually it is central to the story)

I stumbled across the series because one of my students kept trying to read it in my class and I fell in love with it.

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf (The Tribe #1) by Ambelin Kwaymullina The Disappearance of Ember Crow (The Tribe #2) by Ambelin Kwaymullina The Foretelling of Georgie Spider (The Tribe, #3) by Ambelin Kwaymullina

enjoy


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Elizabeth I really enjoyed Field Notes from a Catastrophe by Elizabeth Kolbert! https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8...


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Ray Zimmerman | 641 comments Ray wrote: "The Poisoneood Binle"
That should say The Poisonwood Bible.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7...

Also enjoy the writings of Janisse Ray, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...
and Pinhook https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5...

and one moore - Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings by Joy Harjo
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...


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Sher (sheranne) | 1083 comments Mod
Wow Ray- Joy Harjo's book looks really interesting. Thanks.


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Sarah Booth (boothacus) | 112 comments Joy wrote: "My Family and Other Animals

I'm reading the 2nd in the Corfu trilogy now."


I read that just a couple of months ago and then read the other two books in the series, it was wonderful! I loved the books, but the first one was definitely the best!


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