SCT Nature Book Corner – Staff picks:

Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens – This work of fiction by a wildlife biologist paints a vivid picture of the ecological landscape of coastal North Carolina (working in murder and family drama) and is best for mature audiences. Find a video about the author and story here on YouTube.

Sand County Almanac – Aldo Leopold – A staple of naturalists everywhere, this is the father of wildlife management’s seminal work and includes chapter-length essays on wildlife, conservation, and ecology, focused on the Southwest. 10-minute YouTube video by the Leopold Foundation about the book’s enduring impact.

Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel and How They Communicate – Peter Wohlleben – A German forester’s amazing perspective on trees – how they interact with one another and their world. 3-minute interview on YouTube; 10-minute interview on YouTube.

Wilderness and the American Mind – Roderick Nash – This influential book explores the development of Americans’ relationship with nature. One-hour video special by Rod Nash; shorter video on wildness.

A Walk in the Woods – Bill Bryson- This is the humorous telling of the author’s journey hiking the Appalachian Trail. Check out the 2015 movie adaptation if you’d like to explore the story more!

Botany of Desire – Michael Polan – The well-written story of how some of our most popular plants were developed (better for adults).
Short preview and full-length PBS documentary based on the book.

Life on Ice – Lonnie Dupre – The story of Lonnie Dupre’s Arctic expedition. YouTube link of live reading and Lonnie’s website with more content about his expeditions (blog, interviews, presentations, expeditions, books, and film).

Desert Solitaire – Edward Abbey – Like Sand County Almanac, a hallmark of environmental writing that will transport you to the desert southwest for many well-told adventures. Get some background on the somewhat controversial figure that is Edward Abbey and reflect on the book with this library’s discussion guide.


But don’t rush out to a bookstore! Don’t forget about ebooks and audiobook rentals via your local public library on apps like Libby or OverDrive! Have your library card ready to sign in. Or maybe you already subscribe to Audible or Kindle book services!

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