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Bluegrass Favorites

The Bluegrass Group of the Sierra Club in Lexington, Kentucky, has had a book discussion group since March 1997. We have read a grand total of 46 books. Nine of us chose our six favorites, and from that list we have tabulated the following winners (the number in parentheses indicates the number of votes that book received):

Desert Solitude by Edward Abbey (5)

A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold (4)

The Song of the Dodo by David Quammen(4)

Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner (4)

Wilderness and the American Mind by Roderick Nash (3)

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson (3)

Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere With Migratory Birds by Scott Weidensaul (3)

Cry of the Kalahari by Mark and Delia Owens (3)

Sierra Readers Recommend

Abbey's Road by Edward Abbey

Aldo Leopold: A Fierce Green Fire by Marybeth Lorbiecki

An Almanac for Moderns by Donald Culross Peattie

An Amateur's Guide to the Planet by Jeannette Belliveau

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

Annals of the Former World by John McPhee

Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape by Barry Lopez

At Home in the Woods by Vena and Bradford Angier

Bad Land: An American Romance by Jonathan Raban

Beyond the Aspen Grove by Ann Zwinger

Beyond the Wall by Edward Abbey

The Bible

Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux by John Neihardt and Nicholas Black Elk

The Book of Yaak by Rick Bass

Buffalo Bird Woman's Garden: Agriculture of the Hidatsa Indians as told to Gilbert L. Wilson

Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water by Marc Reisner

California Blue by David Klass (for middle-school age)

California Coast Trails: A Horseback Ride From Mexico to Oregon by J. Smeaton Chase

Canadian Spring by Florence Page Jaques and Francis Lee Jaques

Canyon Interludes: Between White Water and Red Rock by Paul W. Rea

The Cartoon Guide to the Environment by Larry Gonick and Alice Outwater

Ceremonial Time: Fifteen Thousand Years on One Square Mile by John Hanson Mitchell

A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr

Control of Nature by John McPhee

Cosmos by Carl Sagan

The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden

The Course of Empire by Bernard DeVoto

Cross Creek by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Crossing Open Ground by Barry Lopez

Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

Cry of the Kalahari by Mark and Delia Owens

A Cup of Sky by Donald Culross Peattie

Deadly Deceit: Low-Level Radiation, High-Level Cover-Up by Jay M. Gould and Benjamin A. Goldman

Dear Children of the Earth: A Letter From Home by Schim Schimmel

Desert Solitude by Edward Abbey

The Desert Smells Like Rain: A Naturalist in Papago Indian Country by Gary Paul Nabhan

The Desert Year by Joseph Wood Krutch

Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth by William Bryant Logan

Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappé

The Diversity of Life by Edward O. Wilson

Dream of the Earth by Thomas Berry

Dreamers and Defenders: American Conservationists by Douglas Hillman Conse Strong (photographer)

Dune by Frank Herbert

Dying From Dioxin: A Citizen's Guide to Reclaiming Our Health and Rebuilding Democracy by Lois Marie Gibbs

Earth Follies: Coming to Feminist Terms With the Global Environmental Crisis by Joni Seager

Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit by Al Gore

Ecofeminism and the Sacred by Carol J. Adams, ed.

Eco-Fiction by John Stadler, ed.

Ecological Identity: Becoming a Reflective Environmentalist by Mitchell Thomashow

Ecologies of the Heart: Emotion, Belief, and the Environment by Eugene N. Anderson

The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability by Paul Hawken

Ecology of a Cracker Childhood by Janisse Ray

Encounters With the Archdruid by John McPhee

The End of Nature by Bill McKibben

Entropy: Into the Greenhouse World by Jeremy Rifkin

Environmental Decision Making in Rural Locales: The Pine Barrens by Joan Goldstein

The Exchange Student by Kate Gilmore (middle-school age)

Everett Ruess: A Vagabond for Beauty by W. L. Rusho

The Everglades: River of Grass by Marjory Stoneman Douglas

The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk

Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World by Alan Weisman

The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape by James Howard Kunstler

The Gift of Good Land: Further Essays Cultural and Agricultural by Wendell Berry

The Good Rain by Timothy Egan

The Granite Pail: The Selected Poems by Lorine Niedecker

The Late, Great Lakes: An Environmental History by William Ashworth

The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest by Lynne Cherry (a picture book)

Great Possessions: An Amish Farmer's Journal by David Kline

A Green History of the World: The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations by Clive Ponting

The Grizzly Bear by Thomas McNamee

The Grizzly Bear by William H. Wright

Haa Aani, Our Land: Tlingit and Haida Land Rights and Use by Walter R. Goldschmidt and Theodore H. Haas

The Habit of Rivers: Reflections on Trout Streams and Fly Fishing by Ted Leeson

Heart of Thoreau's Journals by Henry David Thoreau

High Tide in Tucson: Essays From Now or Never by Barbara Kingsolver

How Many People Can the Earth Support? by Joel E. Cohen

If You Love This Planet: A Plan to Heal the Earth by Helen Caldicott, M.D.

The Immense Journey: An Imaginative Naturalist Explores the Mysteries of Man and Nature by Loren Eiseley

In the Rainforest: Report From a Strange, Beautiful, Imperiled World by Catherine Caufield

Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals by Linda Hogan, Deena Metzger, and Brenda Peterson, eds.Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

The Iron Woman by Ted Hughes (middle-school age)

The Island Within by Richard Nelson

Journey Inward by Jean Craighead George

Just a Dream by Chris Van Allsburg (a picture book)

Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine

The Legacy of Luna by Julia Butterfly Hill

Let the Mountains Talk, Let the Rivers Run by David Brower with Steve Chapple

Letters From Yellowstone by Diane Smith

Listening Point by Sigurd F. Olson

Listening to Nature: How to Deepen Your Awareness of Nature by Joseph Cornell

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Living Downstream by Sandra Steingraber

Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere With Migratory Birds by Scott Weidensaul

Logan's Run by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson

The Long Way by Bernard Moitessier

The Lost Gospel of the Earth by Tom Hayden

Love Me, Love My Broccoli by Julie Ann Peters (middle-school age)

The Lost Grizzlies: A Search for Survivors in the Wilderness of Colorado by Rick Bass

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

The Maine Woods by Henry David Thoreau

Make Prayers to Raven by Richard K. Nelson

The Man Who Killed the Deer by Frank Waters

The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono

The Man Who Walked Through Time by Colin Fletcher

The Measure of a Mountain: Beauty and Terror on Mt. Rainier by Bruce Barcott

Meeting the Tree of Life: A Teacher's Path by John Tallmadge

The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey

Mountain in the Clouds: A Search for Wild Salmon by Bruce Brown

Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan

My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir

My Wilderness by William O. Douglas

A Naturalist's Cabin: Constructing a Dream by Cathy Johnson

A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman

The Natural Way of Farming: The Theory and Practice of Green Philosophy by Masanobu Fukuoka

Nature's End: The Consequences of the Twentieth Century by Whitley Strieber and James Kunetka

Nature's Web: Rethinking Our Place on Earth by Peter Marshall

Necessity of Empty Places by Paul Gruchow

Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat

An Outdoor Journal: Adventures and Reflections by Jimmy Carter

Of Wolves and Men by Barry Lopez

Old Turtle by Douglas Woods

One Day on Beetle Rock by Sally Carrighar

The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean

Our Natural History: The Lessons of Lewis and Clark by Daniel B. Botkin

Our Stolen Future: Are We Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence, and Survival? A Scientific Detective Story by Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski, and John Peterson Myers

The Outermost House: A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod by Henry Beston

Owning It All by William Kittredge

Parrots' Wood by Erma Fisk

The Peacocks of Baboquivari by Erma Fisk

The People Who Hugged the Trees: An Environmental Folk Tale adapted by Deborah Lee Rose

The Peregrine Falcon by Robert Murphy

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

The Pine Barrens by John McPhee

Places Worth Keeping: Conservationists, Politics, and the Law by Tim Bonyhady

PrairyErth: A Deep Map by William Least Heat Moon

The Population Bomb by Paul Ehrlich

Preparing for the Twenty-First Century by Paul Kennedy

The Pure State of Nature: Sacred Cows, Destructive Myths, and the Environment by David Horton

Purple Flat Top: In Pursuit of Place by Jack Nisbet

Quantum Politics: Greening Legislatures for the New Millennium by William R. Bryant Jr.

Radical Ecology: The Search for a Livable World by Carolyn Merchant

The Range of Light by John Muir

A Reasonable Life: Toward a Simpler, Secure, More Humane Existence by Ferenc Maté

The Recurring Silent Spring by H. Patricia Hynes

Reflections in a Tarnished Mirror: The Use and Abuse of the Great Lakes by Tom Kuchenberg and Jim Legault

Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams

The Riverkeepers by John Cronin with Robert F. Kennedy

The River Why by David James Duncan

Road to Survival by William Vogt

The Rolling Stone Environmental Reader by Jann Wenner and William Greider, eds.

Rubbish! The Archaeology of Garbage by William Rathje and Cullen Murphy

Runes of the North by Sigurd F. Olson

A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

The Sea Around Us by Rachel Carson

Second Nature: A Gardener's Education by Michael Pollan

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Secrets and Lies by Nicky Hager and Bob Burton

The Sense of Wonder by Rachel Carson

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

The Singing Wilderness by Sigurd F. Olson

The Sixth Extinction: Patterns of Life and the Future of Humankind by Richard Leakey

Small Is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered by E. F. Schumacher

The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss

The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen

Soil and Civilization by Edward Hyams

The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions by David Quammen

The Sound of Mountain Water by Wallace Stegner

South of Yosemite: Selected Writings of John Muir by John Muir, edited by Frederic Gunsky

The Spell of the Sensuous by David Abrams

Spring in Washington by Louis J. Halle

State of the World by Lester Brown

The Story of My Boyhood and Youth by John Muir

Stuff: The Secret Lives of Everyday Things by John Ryan and Alan Thein Durning

Taking Population Seriously by Frances Moore Lappe and Rachel Schurman

Tale of the Genji by Murasaki Shikibu

The Talking Earth by Jean Craighead George (middle-school age)

Talking With Nature by Michael J. Roads

Teaching a Stone to Talk by Annie Dillard

Teewinot: A Year in the Grand Tetons by Jack Turner

A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf by John Muir

Tongass: Pulp Politics and the Fight for the Alaska Rain Forest by Kathie Durbin

Topsoil and Civilization by Vernon Gill Carter

Totem Salmon: Life Lessons From Another Species by Freeman House

The Travels of William Bartram by William Bartram Travels in Alaska by John Muir

Trilateralism by Holly Sklar

Two in the Far North by Margaret E. Murie

Under the Sea Wind by Rachel Carson

An Unnatural Order by Jim Mason

Unsafe at Any Speed by Ralph Nader

The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture by Wendell Berry

Up and Down California in 1860-64: The Journals of William Brewer by William Brewer

Vital Signs: The Environmental Trends That Are Shaping Our Future by Lester Brown

The Voice of the Desert by Joseph Wood Krutch

Voice of the Earth: An Exploration of Ecopsychology by Theodore Roszak

Wake Robin by John Burroughs

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Wandering Through Winter: A Naturalist's Record of a 20,000-Mile Journey Through the North American Winter by Edwin Way Teale

The Watch by Rick Bass

When the Legends Die by Hal Borland

Where the Blue Bird Sings to the Lemonade Springs by Wallace Stegner

Wilderness and the American Mind by Roderick Nash

A Wilderness Within: The Life of Sigurd F. Olson by David Backes

Wild Goose, Brother Goose by Mel Ellis

Wilson's World by Edith Thacher Hurd and Clement Hurd (picture book)

Wind in the Rock: The Canyonlands of Southeastern Utah by Ann Zwinger

Winter: Notes From Montana by Rick Bass

Wintergreen: Rambles in a Ravaged Land by Robert Michael Pyle

Wintering by Diana Kappel-Smith

Wisdom of the Elders: Sacred Native Stories of Nature by David Suzuki

Woodswoman by Anne LaBastille

The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

The Yosemite by John Muir

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