The longest day of the season has passed but summer evenings still deserve the flip of a few pages of a good book. This season’s list is diverse, and likely a title or two unexpected.
While I anticipate you might have read a couple of the books listed below, there is certainly a new title to add to your reading list.
Clifford tells the story of the last remnants of the Old West, America’s mythic landscape, where past and present are barely discernible from one another and where people’s lives are still intrinsically linked to their natural surroundings. Clifford captures the challenges of life along the Divide through portraits of memorable characters including a ranching family and their isolated New Mexico homestead.
The story of the American West is the story of a relentless quest for a precious resource: water. It is a tale of rivers diverted and dammed, of political corruption and intrigue, of billion-dollar battles over water rights, of ecologic and economic disaster. Reisner writes of the earliest settlers, lured by the promise of paradise, and of the tactics employed by politicians.
In Earth in Mind, Orr focuses not on problems in education, but on the problem of education. He argues the problem is the result of inadequate and misdirected education that alienates us from life in the name of human domination; making a living; overemphasizes on success and careers; and the separation of feeling from intellect and the practical from the theoretical and deadens the sense of wonder for the created world.
A class Seuss story. “UNLESS someone like you…cares a whole awful lot…nothing is going to get better…It’s not.” Long before saving the earth became a global concern, Dr. Seuss, speaking through his character the Lorax, warned against mindless progress and the danger it posed to the earth’s natural beauty. His classic cautionary tale is perfect for the backpack.
A meditation on nature and its seasons – a narrative highlighting one year’s exploration in Tinker Creek, Virginia. In the summer, Dillard stalks muskrats in the creek and contemplates wave mechanics; in the fall she watches a monarch butterfly migration and dreams of Arctic caribou. She collects pond water and examines it under a microscope. She unties a snake skin, witnesses a flood, and plays ‘King of the Meadow’ with a field of grasshoppers.
Literary descriptions borrowed, and maybe somewhat changed, from that listed on Amazon.com. Each book is available on Amazon or at your local library.