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7 Nature-Centered Books to Read on Earth Day

It’s April 22nd, do you know what that means? It’s time to celebrate Earth Day! While this year it will be a little harder to celebrate what with everyone in quarantine, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t stop to appreciate the planet we call home. In honor of having some extra time to read in quarantine, here are some books that one can read to connect more with nature.

1. ‘Braiding sweetgrass’ by Robin Wall Kimmerer

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In this memoir, Robin Wall Kimmerer uses her experiences as a woman, a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, and a scientist, to express the relationship between people and nature. Kimmerer unifies these perspectives to show us how to strengthen our relationships with other living beings. Kimmerer emphasizes the importance of other living things, including the small animals we find in the forest, and how much we can learn from the workings of nature when we choose to listen. This is an inspiring read that expertly knits together identity, science, and spirit. 

2. ‘RAIN’ by Cynthia Barnett

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If you are interested in history or the study of humans, this book is the one for you. Cynthia Barnett tells the story of rain and how humans have tried to control it, from rain dances to levees. This book takes you on an anthropological journey from the beginning of time to now, and how we as humans have changed rain for the worse. This book speaks about climate change and rain; how it benefits, how it damages, and ultimately leads to a conversation about how we as a society treat the Earth.

3. ‘The Hidden Life of Trees’ by Peter Wohlleben

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This book shares the case that the forest is a social network. Drawing on scientific discoveries, Wohlleben describes how trees are like human families – complete with tree parents and children. Wohlleben explains how they live together, communicate and support each other as they grow, share nutrients when one is struggling, and even warn each other when danger is near. This book helps you dive into the amazing processes of nature, how much we know, and how much we can’t possibly understand.  While this life of trees seems like a different world, Wohlleben explains the importance of sharing this world and how we can learn from their processes of life, death, and regeneration. 

 

4. ‘The Peace of Wild Things’ by Wendell Berry

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The Peace of Wild Things is a collection of poems written by Wendell Berry. These poems will instantly transport you into a mindset of gratitude towards the interworking of nature. Using simple yet powerful language, Berry notes his love for nature while also commenting on his inner peace, relationships, and life philosophy. Want a taste? Here is an excerpt from one of Berry’s poems, ‘The Peace of Wild Things’

“When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.”

5. ‘The Overstory’ by Richard Powers

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This novel by Richard Powers won the Pulitzer Prize and there are quite a few good reasons why. One reason is its beautiful prose, and another is the connection of our lives to the natural world. This story intertwines eight lives from antebellum New York, to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest, and even beyond. Throughout the novel, Powers weaves together these lives to trees. This connection drives us to see the world in a whole new lens that makes us look to nature with admiring eyes. 

6. ‘The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating’ by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

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The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is a memoir of Bailey’s observation of nature while dealing with a life-threatening illness. One of the species she studies is the Neohelix albolabris -a common woodland snail. Bedridden from her illness, Bailey discovers comfort and admiration from a creature whose new home is on her bed stand, from both being confined to a small place in the world. This memoir holds many lessons and observations that inspire us to appreciate being fully alive. 

7. ‘The Shell Collector’ by Anthony Doerr

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This collection of short stories was one of my favorite books I read last year. it is filled with magical realism and themes of how we interact with nature. These stories are imaginative with a wide range of characters and settings. From the African coast, to the pine forest of Montana, Doerr explores how nature reflects the delicacy, beauty, and crushing realities of both humanity and nature. 

 

I hope these nature centered books inspire you to celebrate the complex and beautiful inter-workings of our planet!

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Reporter and Author Tony Horwitz Dies at 60

Author, historian and reporter Tony Horwitz passed away on Monday after suddenly collapsing while on his book tour. The Vineyard Gazette was the first to report that the author died at the age of sixty.

 

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Born on June 6th 1958, Horwitz is a well-renowned reporter who used to work for The Wall Street Journal. His reporting on the devastating working conditions of low-wage jobs won him the Pulitzer Prize in 1995.

Horwitz was also well-known for his non-fiction books. One of his most popular works is Confederates In The Attic, where he travels across different states to chronicle the lives of Civil War re-enactors. The bulk of his writing blends past and present together to help talk about the current issues we face today.

 

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His latest book was Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across The American Divide. It traces the legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted, a reporter for the up-and-coming New York Times who goes undercover in the deep South to document the lives of Southerners. The book fused Olmsted’s work with Horwitz’s own travels across the country in order to make sense of our polarized political climate. He was scheduled to read an excerpt from the book at the Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington today.

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He is survived by his wife, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Geraldine Brooks who won the award for her novel March, which tells the story of Little Women through the point-of-view of the absent father Mr. March.

 

 

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The 2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners Have Been Announced!

The winners of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced and it looks let the winners knocked it out of the park. Best fiction was won by The Overstory by Richard Powers, drama was won by Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury, biography by The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey Stewart, and nonfiction was won by Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold. The awards represent strength of diversity for the winner, with the books covering black history, the American Dream, the fracturing of ideals, activism, and more. Further awards included prizes for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

 

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Here is the full list of winners:

Editorial cartooning

Darrin Bell, a freelance cartoonist

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Photography staff of Reuters

Feature photography

Lorenzo Tugnoli of The Washington Post

Special citation

Staff of the Capital Gazette

BOOKS, DRAMA AND MUSIC

Fiction

The Overstory by Richard Powers

Drama

Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury

History

Frederick Douglass by David W. Blight

Biography or autobiography

The New Negro by Jeffrey C. Stewart

Poetry

“Be With” by Forrest Gander

General nonfiction

“Amity and Prosperity” by Eliza Griswold

Music

“p r i s m” by Ellen Reid

Special citation

Aretha Franklin

Congratulations to all the winners!

 

 

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