Friday, April 7, 2017

It's Spring and Nature Beckons! Check Out A Year of Reading - April 2017: the Natural World

By now, I hope the GPL community is familiar with the Year of Reading 2017 brochure that lists thematic monthly book recommendations. If perchance, you're not, you will find them at the Reader Services desk ready for the taking. Pick up a copy - the year is young!

It's April and as the signs of Spring emerge, my literary thoughts turn to the particular genres of eco-fiction and nature writing. How fortuitous then that the theme for April is The Natural World. There are several titles listed. I've read some of them and maybe you have too. So, I've listed some additional titles that you and I might enjoy as well.

Goodnight, Texas by William J. Cobb
In this novel people struggle to survive job loss, severe over-fishing, and a looming hurricane. A lyrical, romantic, comic, and redemptive story about wanting what you cannot have, love amidst the ruins, survival, connection, and hope.

That Old Ace in the Hole by Annie Proulx
Assigned to locate land in the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma that can be purchased and converted into pig farms for his employer, Bob Dollar meets the residents of Woolybucket and comes to respect their fierce desire to retain their land.

Anthill by Edward O. Wilson
Presents the adventures of Raff, a modern-day Huck Finn in Alabama, whose love of ants transforms his life and those around him as he fights condo developers intent on destroying an endangered tract of land.

An Inconvenient Truth by Albert Gore
The former vice-president details the factors contributing to the growing climate crisis, describes changes to the environment caused by global warming, and discusses the shift in environmental policy that is needed to avert disaster.

Half-earth by Edward O. Wilson
A conclusion to the trilogy by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the National Book Award-finalist The Meaning of Human Existence argues that humanity must consider the histories of millions of other Earth species and increase the planet's regions of natural reserves in order to prevent future mass extinctions.

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