Review: The Wolverine Way

The Wolverine Way by Douglas H. Chadwick My rating: 5 of 5 stars OK, first of all, this book had me at "Wolverine." Show me a book about any fierce, oft misunderstood charismatic megafauna and there is a 99% chance I'm buying that. Add in the factor that the wolverine is perhaps one of the … Continue reading Review: The Wolverine Way

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Review: The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature

The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham My rating: 5 of 5 stars Like Drew Lanham himself, this book is big-hearted, funny, generous, and grounded in a deep love for the natural world. Aldo Leopold famously described how landowners write their signatures on the face of … Continue reading Review: The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature

Review: H is for Hawk

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald My rating: 4 of 5 stars The latest best-selling sensation in the "my parent died and my life fell apart" genre, H is for Hawk had been all over my newsfeeds well before it landed on my reading list. I wasn't sure what to expect once I finally … Continue reading Review: H is for Hawk

Review: Trace: A Journey through Memory, History, Race and the American Land

Trace: A Journey through Memory, History, Race and the American Land by Lauret Savoy My rating: 5 of 5 stars In this excellent book, Lauret Savoy sets out to explore and better understand the history and landscapes that shaped her parents, and in the process, uncovers many hidden and painful truths about the histories and … Continue reading Review: Trace: A Journey through Memory, History, Race and the American Land

Review: Keeping the Wild: Against the Domestication of Earth

Keeping the Wild: Against the Domestication of Earth by George Wuerthner My rating: 3 of 5 stars Humans have altered the Earth so much that scientists are actually beginning to agree that we have entered a new geological epoch known as the Anthropocene. This may not be news to you- the media has given "the … Continue reading Review: Keeping the Wild: Against the Domestication of Earth

Review: The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014 by Deborah Blum My rating: 4 of 5 stars As promised by my sage friend Lisa, this was a fascinating and very readable collection of essays. I was surprised to find that there were very few essays that I didn't fully enjoy. I may have to join … Continue reading Review: The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014

Review: Navigating Environmental Attitudes

Navigating Environmental Attitudes by Thomas A. Heberlein My rating: 4 of 5 stars If you've ever wondered about the psychology behind human behavior and how to change it, particularly in regards to environmental issues, this is an excellent book. Heberlein compares people's existing environmental attitudes to boulders in a whitewater river that environmentalists are trying … Continue reading Review: Navigating Environmental Attitudes

Review: Bear in the Back Seat I: Adventures of a Wildlife Ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Bear in the Back Seat I: Adventures of a Wildlife Ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by Carolyn Jourdan My rating: 5 of 5 stars OK, first off... let me qualify my five star rating by disclosing that I have been a sucker for this kind of book ever since I purchased and … Continue reading Review: Bear in the Back Seat I: Adventures of a Wildlife Ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Review: Ecology of a Cracker Childhood

Ecology of a Cracker Childhood by Janisse Ray My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is a fine memoir about growing up in the South, it just didn't really take me into its clutches. At certain times, reading anything remotely related to the topics I think about all day at work just causes me to … Continue reading Review: Ecology of a Cracker Childhood

Review: Trace: Memory, History, Race and the American Land

Trace: Memory, History, Race and the American Land by Lauret Savoy My rating: 5 of 5 stars In this excellent book, Lauret Savoy sets out to explore and better understand the history and landscapes that shaped her parents, and in the process, uncovers many hidden and painful truths about the histories and legacies of these … Continue reading Review: Trace: Memory, History, Race and the American Land