Here’s a great list of books, pulled together by our Habitat Herald Coordinator, Donna Quinn. As you head off to the beach or other getaway destinations for some R&R, download one of these to your tablet or stash one away in your bag – these make for a nice read on a sunny (or rainy) summer day:
Cooked by Michael Pollan – “And there’s something magical that happens when people eat from the same pot. The family meal is really the nursery of democracy. It’s where we learn to share, it’s where we learn to argue without offending. It’s just too critical to let go, as we’ve been so blithely doing.” (Michael Pollan, Cooked) Be warned. You will want to cook dinner.
Imperial Dreams: Tracking the Imperial Woodpecker Through the Wild Sierra Madre by Tim Gallagher: Go on a journey deep in the wilds of Mexico to find a woodpecker believed to be extinct.
Mariposa Road by Robert Michael Pyle: A butterfly Big Year.
Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Philip Hoose: A young adult book for all ages, the story of B95, a Red Knot who has flown the distance of the moon and back.
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt: A young adult book for all ages. “Reproductions of Audubon plates introduce each chapter in this stealthily powerful, unexpectedly affirming story of discovering and rescuing one’s best self, despite family pressure to do otherwise.” —Booklist
Sex on Six Legs by Marlene Zuk: “With the humor of Olivia Judson’s Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation, Zuk not only examines the bedroom lives of creepy crawlies but also calls into question some of our own longheld assumptions about learning, the nature of personality, and what our own large brains might be for.”—Amazon
Snapper by Brian Kimberling: “In this hilarious debut novel, a young Indiana man’s job as a bird tracker brings him up close and personal with all manner of creatures”.—Oprah, 15 Riveting Reads to Pick Up in May 2013