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2022 Walking Book Club

August 5

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 12:00 am on day First of the month, repeating until December 13, 2022

| Free
Nature enthusiasts will read a designated nature or wildlife focused book each month and then meet at the Great Plains Nature Center to chat about it. Discussion continues during a nature walk, weather permitting. No registration is necessary.
>Mention the Book Club at the GPNC Owl’s Nest Gift Shop and receive a discount when purchasing a book on the list! *Purchasing the book at the gift shop is not a requirement to participate.
Meeting place is at the picnic shelter in the Great Plains Nature Center parking lot. April 1, the club will meet at the Kansas Wildlife Exhibit (700 N Nims).
Meeting time is 2-4pm Jan.-May, Oct.-Dec. and 9-11am June-Sept.
Book list:
JANUARY 7
The Overstory
by Richard Powers
Description: The Overstory, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of―and paean to―the natural world. From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, Richard Powers’s twelfth novel unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
 
FEBRUARY 4
The Overstory
by Richard Powers
 
MARCH 4
Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law
by Mary Roach
Description: “Nature can be unpredictable, fascinating, sometimes just plain strange. But what happens when wildlife breaks the law? Fuzz deals with the often bemusing, sometimes grisly world of animal, plant and human encounters.” (NPR.org)
 
APRIL 1 (Meet at Kansas Wildlife Exhibit*)
I’ll Trade you an Elk
by Charles Goodrum
Description: A wonderfully entertaining telling of the origins of the Wichita Zoo in Riverside Park (now the Kansas Wildlife Exhibit).
 
MAY 6
Of Green Stuff Woven
by Cathleen Bascom
Description: A group of native gardeners are restoring tall grass prairie on land connected to their historic Episcopal cathedral in the middle of the financial district in Des Moines, Iowa. They are approached by hotel developers and are caught between their passion for the prairie and their need for money to repair their crumbling cathedral.
 
JUNE 3
Wicked Bugs
by Amy Stewart
Description: A darkly comical look at the sinister side of our relationship with the natural world. Stewart tracks down over one hundred of our worst entomological foes—creatures that infest, infect, and generally wreak havoc on human affairs.
 
JULY 8
Nature’s Silent Message
by Scott Stillman
Description: In this spellbinding collection, Stillman guides us from the lush forests of the North Cascades, through the sandstone slot canyons of Utah, and into the border country of extreme southern Arizona. In this classroom, we learn not from books, nor words, nor lectures. Wilderness is the school of life, where we learn not from that which thinks—but that which knows.
 
AUGUST 5
Sod and Stubble
by John Ise
Description: Ushering us through a dynamic period of pioneering history, from the 1870s to the turn of the century, Sod and Stubble abounds with the events and issues—fires and droughts, parties and picnics, insect infestations and bumper crops, prosperity and poverty, divisiveness and generosity, births and deaths—that shaped the lives and destinies of Henry and Rosa Ise, their family, and their community.
 
SEPTEMBER 2
Bicycling with Butterflies
by Sara Dykman
Description: Sara Dykman made history when she became the first person to bicycle alongside monarch butterflies on their storied annual migration—a round-trip adventure that included three countries and more than 10,000 miles. Bicycling with Butterflies recounts her incredible journey and the dramatic ups and downs of the nearly nine-month odyssey.
 
OCTOBER 7
The Triumph of Seeds
by Thor Hanson
Description: We live in a world of seeds. From our morning toast to the cotton in our clothes, they are quite literally the stuff and staff of life: supporting diets, economies, and civilizations around the globe. Yet, despite their importance, seeds are often seen as commonplace. Thanks to this stunning new book, they can be overlooked no more. This is a book of knowledge, adventure, and wonder, spun by an award-winning writer with both the charm of a fireside story-teller and the hard-won expertise of a field biologist.
 
NOVEMBER 4
My Side of the Mountain
by Jean Craighead George
Description: Sam Gribley is terribly unhappy living in New York City with his family, so he runs away to the Catskill Mountains to live in the woods—all by himself. With only a penknife, a ball of cord, forty dollars, and some flint and steel, he intends to survive on his own. Sam learns about courage, danger, and independence during his year in the wilderness, a year that changes his life forever.
 
DECEMBER 2
Owls of the Eastern Ice
by Jonathan Slaght
Description: “A terrifically exciting account of [Slaght’s] time in the Russian Far East studying Blakiston’s fish owls, huge, shaggy-feathered, yellow-eyed, and elusive birds that hunt fish by wading in icy water.”
―Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk, in Kirkus

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