5 Immersive Nature Memoirs For Your Summer Reading Adventure

Journey into the wilderness with these five authors who usher us into their personal lives that revolve around earth’s natural beauty.

Memoirs & Biographies Non-Fiction Recommendations
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Summer is almost here, which means it’s time to refresh that dusty summer reading list with some new recommendations! Whether you’re at the beach, in the mountains, or lounging at home for the summer, there is always time for a little bit of reading. Here are five excellent nature memoir recommendations to get you started on your summer journey.

1. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

After her mother’s death and divorcing her husband, Cheryl Strayed goes on the journey of a lifetime. With no prior experience, Strayed takes up the task of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert to Washington State completely alone. Facing dangers she’s never faced before, Strayed pushes on toward a path of healing and transformation. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed creates a connection between the author and the outdoors while leaving you with a desire to start your own hiking adventure.

Cheryl Strayed's Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail book cover. White background with a hiking boot with red laces in the middle.
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2. Farm Girl: A Wisconsin Memoir by Beuna Carlson

Farm Girl: A Wisconsin Memoir follows the story of Beuna Carlson growing up during the Great Depression in Wisconsin with the nickname “Bunny.” Divided into two parts, Bunny details accounts from her childhood while also depicting the seasonal changes on the farm. Bunny’s narrative takes place on a beautiful Wisconsin farm and will present you with a heartwarming picture of how one community sticks together through thick and thin. At the end of this memoir, Bunny will have taught you how to enjoy the little things in life.

Beuna Coburn Carlson's Farm Girl: A Wisconsin Memoir book cover. A picture of a red barn in the field with a bird on a tree limb.
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3. The Comfort of Crows: A Backyard Year by Margaret Renkl

Margaret Renkl’s The Comfort of Crows: A Backyard Year takes us on a detailed narrative of Renkl observing the creatures visiting her backyard throughout as the seasons change in just one year. Not only does Renkl’s backyard change but her own life transforms right before her eyes in this short year. Her narrative forms the idea that the changes within ourselves are connected to the environment around us. Renkl shows her readers that it’s important to stop and watch the birds every once in a while.

Margaret Renkl's The Comfort of Crows: A Backyard Year book cover. Background is a jumble of plants, birds, and insects with a gold background of a crow.
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4. The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times by Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams

The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times by Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams introduces us to the idea of hope in human existence is extensively explored. Through exploring the idea of what hope is, Goodall expands on her own experience within her lifetime and explains her fight for environmental justice and our future. When thinking about hope in recent years it may be hard to see if it is still prevalent, but Goodall shows us in her amazing memoir that hope is still around, you just have to know how to look for it. Goodall’s inspiring details of hope will have you feeling more optimistic about the state of our beautiful planet.

Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams's The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times book cover. Naturistic background with Jane Goodall portrait on the front.
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5. Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer invites us into her world of botany and her beliefs on how plants and animals have taught us for centuries. Being a member of the Potawatomi Nation, Kimmerer offers her perspective on how different life forms present lessons about the world and ourselves even if we can’t understand their unique language. Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass will illuminate the intricate bond between humans and the natural world allowing you to understand the language of nature and deeply reflect on your place within it.

Robin Wall Kimmerer's Braiding Sweetgrass book cover. White background with a braid of sweetgrass in the middle horizontally.
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Dive into these five memoirs to find inspiration for a deeper connection to the amazing natural beauty of the world we all live in.


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