Suggested Books About Nature For "Armchair Naturalists"

While we always suggest being outside in nature, there are times you might want to just curl up with a good book about the natural world.  Nature writers explore and celebrate the natural world and our relationship within it.  Here are some suggestions for books that you might consider if you choose to enjoy exploring nature from your armchair--but don't forget to get outside too!

Nature Reading Highlights

  • Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth by Craig Childs, winner of the 2013 Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award.

  • The Singing Wilderness by Sigurd Olson

  • The Evolution of a Natural Miracle by Thor Hanson

  • The Forest Unseen by David Haskell

  • All Things Reconsidered by Roger Tory Peterson and Bill Thompson III

  • Siesta Lane by Amy Minato

  • Outermost House by Henry Beston

  • Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

  • The Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Erlich

  • Swampwalker's Journal by David Carroll

  • Nature Observation and Tracking by Tom Brown

  • My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir  (The text is available online at the magnificent tribute site compiled by the Sierra Club, which also includes photos, illustrations 

  • A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

  • Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams

  • Land of Little Rain by Mary Hunter Austin

  • Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko

  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau

  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard  

  • Woman and Nature by Susan Griffin

  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

  • Arctic Dreams Barry Lopez

  • Forest Life by Caroline Kirkland

  • Rural Hours by Susan Fenimore Cooper

  • Prodigal Summer and Flight Behavior both by Barbara Kingsolver

     Although the group is not meeting at present, you are welcome to post your comments about books on the Nature Writers blogsite:                                                                                      

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