2012 Summer Reading List for Adults
The summer is a wonderful time to catch up on missed books, especially ones as influential as these. Head to your local library or pick them up at a bookstore — you will find yourself engaged with these stories and learning even more about our Earth and its precious resources.
Here are a few we recommend:
Animal Vegetable Miracle
In this compelling narrative, Barbara Kingsolver tells the story of how she and her family discovered the joys of local food, grown on their own farm. During the year, she discovered a deeper connection to the land, her family, and her community. This book is perfect for the beach or to read with your book club.
The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America
In this dramatic book, the incredible fight of a group of rangers against a powerful 1910 fire that struck Washington, Idaho and Montana, shares center stage with the story of Teddy Roosevelt and his chief forester Gifford Pinchot as they pioneered the notion of conservation.
Earthrise: How Man First Saw The Earth
Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change
Originally written as a three-part series for The New Yorker, journalist Elizabeth Kolbert helps readers understand what is actually happening with regards to climate change and explores what might be done to save our planet.
Medieval Views of the Cosmos
Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming
This book tells the story of how a small group of scientists led campaigns to mislead the public about well-established scientific knowledge. Spanning four decades, the authors show how the same individuals reappear to cast doubt upon good science and make claims like that lung cancer was not linked to smoking.
The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder
Author Richard Louv uses research and stories to show how regularly interacting with the natural world has positive effects on us — from boosting creativity to building a more sustainable economy. This book will make you want to get outdoors more this summer.
The Republic of Nature: An Environmental History of the United States
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
In this story of endurance and courage, Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows six families and their communities through the most difficult years of the Depression and the dust storms that plagued the region.