New Year, New Name, New Books
The Botanical Book club at Lewis Ginter decided it needed a new name, a broader descriptor of our eclectic reading tastes. We are now the Nature Study Reading Society.
Looking back at the titles we’ve read since 2001 (PDF), it’s obvious we have wide-ranging tastes covering plants and gardening, botany, birds, hiking, observational powers, history, birds, biography, philosophy, and birds. Mostly our titles are non-fiction, but we’ve read a few fiction titles over the years.
This year’s list starts with nature essays by poet Mary Oliver and ends next January with a book about a woman who becomes obsessed with seeing every bird in the world. Other topics include longleaf pines, dealing with grief through falconry, love for the land and nature, finding your way in the woods using nature’s signs, and mapping the state line between Virginia and North Carolina.
Our group is open to anyone who likes reading about nature’s bounty in all forms and sharing your thoughts with similar folks. We meet every other month on the second Friday from 11 a.m. until noon, usually in the library’s reading room. Once in a while we must seek shelter elsewhere in the Garden but ample notice is given when this happens.
There’s a world of nature awaiting you and the start of a new year is a great time to start reading.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Book Club Titles
|January 12||Upstream: selected essays||Mary Oliver||Essays Oliver 2016|
|March 9||The Home place: memoirs of a colored man’s love affair with nature||J. Drew Lanham||QL31 .L37 A3 2017|
|May 11||Lost art of reading nature’s signs: use outdoor clues to find your way …||Tristan Gooley||GV 200.4. G64 2015|
|July 13||Byrd’s Line: a natural history||Stephen Ausband||F229 .A88 2006|
|September 14||H is for Hawk||Helen Macdonald||QL696 .F3 M3 2014|
|November 9||Looking for longleaf||Lawrence Earley||QK495.4 .P66 E27 2004|
|January 11||Life list: a woman’s quest for the most amazing birds||Olivia Gentile||QL 31 .S7 G4 2009|