Among her many passions, Liz is an avid reader.  While working as a coordinator at Scott Arboretum in Swarthmore, Liz started a garden-inspired monthly book club. 

Nature's Narratives is entering it's eighth year and continues to strengthen as each month passes.  The club meets Wednesday evenings throughout the school year.  Below is the book list for 2017-2018, come join us for interesting conversation!

Nature's Narratives Book Discussion Group
Wednesdays at 5:30-6:30pm
Scott Horticultural Library
Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College

If you'd like some great book recommendations, check the list of prior year's books below.  

2017-18 Book Selection:

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben (meeting September 13, 2017)  
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald (meeting October 11, 2017)  
Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane  (meeting November 8, 2017)  
Cutting Back: My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto by Leslie Buck (meeting December 13, 2017)  
Mountains of the Heart by Scott Weidensaul (meeting January 10, 2018)
The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery (meeting February 14, 2018)
Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden by Eleanor Perenyi (meeting March 14, 2018)

2016 Book Selection:

Cricket Radio: Tuning in the Night-Singing Insects, John Himmelman
All the Presidents' Gardens, Marta McDowell
Nature Wars, Jim Sterba
We Made a Garden, Margery Fish
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, Elizabeth Kolbert
Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?, Frans de Waal
Resurrection Science, M.R. O'Connor


Walden, Henry David Thoreau
Sightlines: A Conversation with the Natural World, Kathleen Jamie
When the Trees Say Nothing, Thomas Merton
Meaning of Human Existence, E.O. Wilson
What a Plant Knows, Daniel Chamovitz
The Gardener's Bed-Book: Short and Long Pieces to Be Read in Bed by Those Who Love Green Growing Things, Richardson Wright and Dominique Browning


American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation, Eric Rutkow
Arctic Dreams, Barry Lopez
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, Robin Wall Kimmerer
Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds, Bernd Heinrich
The Secret Knowledge of Water, Craig Childs
Weeds: In Defense of Nature's Most Unloved Plants, Richard Mabey


Backyard Parables, Margaret Roach
Clabbered Dirt, Sweet Grass, Gary Paulsen
Gaia, James Lovelock
Return to Wild America: A Yearlong Search for the Continent's Natural Soul, Scott Weidensaul
The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature, David George Haskell
The Man Who Planted Trees: Lost Groves, Champion trees, and an Urgent Plan to Save the Planet, Jim Robbins


1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, Charles Mann
A History of the World in Six Glasses, Tom Standage
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard
The $64 Tomato: How One Man Nearly Lost His Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden, William Alexander
The Covenant of the Wild: Why Animals Chose Domestication, Stephen Budiansky
The Practice of the Wild, Gary Snyder
Writing the Garden: A Literary Conversation across Two Centuries, Elizabeth Barlow Rogers



A Country Year: Living the Questions, Sue Hubell
Insectopedia, Hugh Raffles
New and Selected poems: Vol. 2, Mary Oliver
The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan
The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World, David Abram
The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture, Wendell Berry


Biomimicry, Janine Benyus
Gathering Moss, Robin Wall Kimmerer
Refuge, Terry Tempest Williams
The Earth Moved, Amy Stewart
The Great Work, Thomas Berry
The Monkey Wrench Gang, Edward Abbey


American Chestnut: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of a Perfect Tree, Susan Freinkel
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver
Deep Economy, Bill McKibben
The Last American Man, Elizabeth Gilbert
The Orchid Thief, Susan Orlean
The World Without Us, Alan Weisman


Bringing Nature Home, Douglas Tallamy
My Favorite Plant, Jamaica Kincaid (editor)
Second Nature: A Gardener's Education, Michael Pollen
The Pine Barrens, John McPhee
The Wild Braid, Stanley Kunitz
The Wild Trees, Richard Preston