Nature Study Reading Society
Book Group

The Nature Study Reading Society is devoted to reading and discussing an array of nature books. Book group discussions are generally held on the second Thursday every other month from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Reading Room of the Lora M. Robins Library. For more information, or to join the group contact Anne-Marie Parrish, Directory of Library and Archives, at [email protected] or call 804-262-9887 x342.

Upcoming Selections 

July 11, 2024

The Backyard Bird Chronicles

By Amy Tan


Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape, by Lauret Savoy

September 12, 2024

Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape

By Lauret Savoy




Past Selections 

Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures  By Merlin Sheldrake

Sparrow Envy: Field Guide to Birds and Lesser Beasts by  J. Drew Lanham

The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurer’s Search for Wonder in the Natural World by Leigh Ann Henion

An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Yong

Weeds: In Defense of Nature’s Most Unloved Plants by Richard Mabey

Pests: How Humans Create Animal Villains by Bethany Brookshire

Sounds Wild and Broken: Sonic Marvels, Evolution’s Creativity, and the Crisis of Sensory Extinction by David George Haskell

Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty

Saving Wild: Inspiration from 50 Leading Conservationists Edited by Lori Robinson

Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History by Dan Flores

The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of Our Most Essential Native Trees by Douglas W. Tallamy

The Language of Butterflies: How Thieves, Hoarders, Scientists, and Other Obsessives Unlocked the Secrets of the World’s Favorite Insect by Wendy Williams

Writing Wild: Women Poets, Ramblers, and Mavericks Who Shape How We See the Natural World by Kathryn Aalto

Erosion: Essays of Undoing by Terry Tempest Williams

The Overstory by Richard Powers

World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments
by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl by Jonathan C. Slaught

Life List: A Woman’s Quest for the Most Amazing Birds by Olivia Gentile

Rain: A Natural and Cultural History by Cynthia Barnett

The Source: How Rivers Made America and America Remade Its Rivers by Martin Doyle

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island
by Earl Swift

A Naturalist at Large: The Best Essays of Bernd Heinrich by Bernd Heinrich

Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane

The Sea Around Us by Rachel Carson

American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic
by Victoria Johnson