From Walden to Dendrology, Wilderness, and Environmental Issues


The Eclectic Reader has always had an outstanding collection of books on nature and the environment.  We go out of our way to carry nature writers, past and present, and to acquire books on the flora and fauna of the world and the environmental issues facing us today.  More than ever we need to connect with our natural world and preserve it in the face of the devastating removal of environmental protections and climate change.

I posed a question to my Facebook environmentalist friends asking them to name their favorite books on trees.  We expanded it to include the environment and nature.  Here is the list that emerged from that question:

The Overstory by Richard Powers

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Derrick Jensen books

American Canopy by Eric Rutkow

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

The Secret Teachings of Plants by Stephen Buhner

The Dying of the Trees by Charles Little

The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono

Witness Trees: Seasons of Change with a Century Old Oak by Lynda Mapes

The Forest Unseen by David Haskell

The Wild Trees by Richard Preston

A Vagabond for Beauty by Everett Ruess

The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulff

Winter World by Bernd Heinrich

Climate: A New Story by Charles Eisenstein

Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

Cadillac Desert By Marc Reisner

John Muir books

Ansel Adams photography

Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

Mycelium Running by Paul Stamets

Nine of these titles have either been through the store before or are here now.  We have hundreds of others in our nature section.


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