Nature Study Reading Society
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 Friday 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 Katarina Spears, library and archives manager, at email@example.com or call 804-262-9887 x342.
March 10, 2023
The World Without Us
By Alan Weisman
May 12, 2023
Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurer’s Search for Wonder in the Natural World
By Leigh Ann Henion
July 14, 2023
An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us
By Ed Yong
September 8, 2023
Weeds: In Defense of Nature’s Most Unloved Plants
By Richard Mabey
November 10, 2023
Pests: How Humans Create Animal Villains
By Bethany Brookshire
January 12, 2024
Sparrow Envy: Field Guide to Birds and Lesser Beasts
By J. Drew Lanham
March 8, 2024
Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures
By Merlin Sheldrake
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
Sept. 9, 2022
Saving Wild: Inspiration from 50 Leading Conservationists
Edited by Lori Robinson
Nov. 11, 2022
Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History
By Dan Flores
Jan. 13, 2023
The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of Our Most Essential Native Trees
By Douglas W. Tallamy
March 11, 2022
The Language of Butterflies: How Thieves, Hoarders, Scientists, and Other Obsessives Unlocked the Secrets of the World’s Favorite Insect
by Wendy Williams
Jan. 14, 2022
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
Williams sizes up the continuing assaults on America’s public lands and the erosion of our commitment to the open space of democracy.
by Richard Powers
The Overstory, the winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, is an impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a paean to the natural world.
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
A frustrated housewife sets out to see more bird species than anyone in history—and ends up risking her life again and again in the wildest places on earth.
Rain: A Natural and Cultural History
by Cynthia Barnett
It is the subject of countless poems and paintings; the top of the weather report; the source of the world’s water. Yet this is the first book to tell the story of rain.
The Source: How Rivers Made America and America Remade Its Rivers
by Martin Doyle
Martin Doyle tells the epic story of America and its rivers, from the U.S. Constitution’s roots in interstate river navigation, the origins of the Army Corps of Engineers, the discovery of gold in 1848, and the construction of the Hoover Dam and the TVA during the New Deal, to the failure of the levees in Hurricane Katrina and the water wars in the west.
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
by Robin Wall Kimmerer
As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on “a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise” (Elizabeth Gilbert).
Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island
by Earl Swift
Chesapeake Requiem is an intimate look at the island’s past, present and tenuous future, by an acclaimed journalist who spent much of the past two years living among Tangier’s people, crabbing and oystering with its watermen, and observing its long traditions and odd ways.
A Naturalist at Large: The Best Essays of Bernd Heinrich
by Bernd Heinrich
From one of the finest scientist/writers of our time comes an engaging record of a life spent in close observation of the natural world, one that has yielded “marvelous, mind-altering” (Los Angeles Times) insight and discoveries.
by Robert Macfarlane
Macfarlane explores place-words: terms for aspects of landscape, nature, and weather, drawn from dozens of languages and dialects of the British Isles.
The Sea Around Us
by Rachel Carson
Originally published in 1951, Carson’s book provides a timely reminder of both the fragility and the centrality of the ocean and the life that abounds within it.
American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic
by Victoria Johnson
This groundbreaking biography tells the story of the physician who built America’s first botanical garden.
Nov. 12, 2021
The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think
by Jennifer Ackerman
Sept. 10, 2021
The Hidden World of the Fox
by Adele Brand