This past weekend was Earth Day. Hopefully you were reminded of the vast beauty and wonders that fill our Earth. What was your takeaway? Were you inspired to environmental activism? Drawn to adventure and discover more? Craving wild stories of nature gone wild?
For whatever journey you choose, a book is a great place to start. Check out recommendations for each category below.
All synopsis are excerpts from GoodReads.com, click the titles for the complete descriptions.
For the Environmentally Conscious
Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet – by Michael Bloomberg, Carl Pope; Call #363.738 BLO
“In these times, when it’s less and less clear if the federal government will be willing to tackle climate change, Bloomberg and Pope lay out a powerfully persuasive argument about how cities can play an outsize role in fighting and reversing the dangerous effects of a warming planet.”
Silent Spring – by Rachel Carson; Call# 632.9 CAR
“Rarely does a single book alter the course of history, but Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring did exactly that. The outcry that followed its publication in 1962 forced the banning of DDT and spurred revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water.”
For the Nature Lover
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed; Call # 921 STR
“Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.”
The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams; Call # 155.9 WIL
“From forest trails in Korea, to islands in Finland, to eucalyptus groves in California, Florence Williams investigates the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain. Delving into brand-new research, she uncovers the powers of the natural world to improve health, promote reflection and innovation, and strengthen our relationships.”
For the Sci-Fi Thrill Seeker
Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
“Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.”
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
“What Happens when calories become currency? What happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits, when said bio-terrorism’s genetic drift forces mankind to the cusp of post-human evolution? Award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi delivers one of the most highly acclaimed science fiction novels of the twenty-first century.”