Nature Books on The Point with Mindy Todd
This morning on The Point with Mindy Todd we talked about all kinds of nature books. We had the great pleasure of having Dennis Minsky join us this morning, and I know my reading list just got a lot longer listening to him! Many thanks to our listeners as well, who suggested wonderful nature books for us all to investigate. As a side note, one listener suggested a book by John Stilgoe, who was my boss when I had my first job as a junior counselor at the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell! How sweet that one of his books is on our listener picks list.
Miss the show? It will be rebroadcast tonight at 7 PM on 90.1 FM WCAI or listen online at capeandislands.org.
Cape Cod by Henry David Thoreau
“Wild Geese” and “The Summer Day” from New and Selected Poems by Mary Oliver
Approaching Ice: poems by Elizabeth Bradfield
The Salt House by Cynthia Huntington
The Peregrine by J. A. Baker
Not Enough Time For:
The Cultural Lives of Whales and Dolphins by H. Whitehead and L. Rendell
Moby-Dick, or The Whale by Herman Melville
Sick of Nature by David Gessner
Ill Nature by Joy Williams
Biophilia by E. O. Wilson
Also: Aldo Leopold, Henry Beston, John Hay, Annie Dillard, and Wendell Berry
The Norton Book of Nature Writing edited by Robert Finch and John Elder
Essays of E. B. White. Particularly “The Eye of Edna,” “The Winter of the Great Snows,” “Once More to the Lake,’ and “A Slight Sound at Evening.”
Staying Put: making a home in a restless world by Scott Russell Sanders
Sightlines: a conversation with the natural world by Kathleen Jamie
Ancient Trees: portraits of time by Beth Moon
O Pioneers! By Willa Cather
“Why is it? If I feel that way, I feel that way. I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do. I feel as if this tree knows everything I ever think of when I sit here. When I come back to it, I never have to remind it of anything; I begin just where I left off.” In part VIII of the section “Neighboring Fields.”
Journal of a Solitude by May Sarton
Outermost House by Henry Beston
Northern Farm: a chronicle of Maine by Henry Beston
Herbs and the Earth by Henry Beston
Mary Richmond’s Cape Cod Art and Nature
Sisters of the Earth: women’s prose and poetry about nature edited by Lorraine Anderson.
Good Good Pig: the extraordinary life of Christopher Hogwood by Sy Montgomery
The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar: living with a tawny owl by Martin Windrow
Art Forms in Nature: the prints of Ernst Haeckel by Ernst Haeckel
Braiding Sweetgrass: indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge and the teachings of plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer. No one on CLAMS has this yet, but you can be sure I am ordering a copy for the library today! In the meantime, you might want to try reading another book by her called Gathering Moss: a natural and cultural history of mosses, which is available in CLAMS.