Reading List

Here's a sampling of books that our staff members just can't stop talking about.

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Executive Director's Pick:
Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens: Frank Oppenheimer and the World He Made Up, K.C. Cole
A biography of Frank Oppenheimer

Director of Exhibits' Pick:
507 Mechanical Movements: Mechanisms and Devices, Henry T. Brown
A compendium of mechanisms - perfect for those who love to tinker

Director of Marketing & Business Strategy's Pick:
A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson
A very approachable and accessible general science book

Director of Wildlife's Pick:
Tribe of Tiger, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
An unique study of the cat family

Director of Education's Pick:
Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv
An examination of research that suggests direct exposure to nature is crucial for development

Director of Finance and HR's Pick:
Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World, Michael Pollan
A look at the relationship between humans and four specific plants


Other Staff Favorites:

Education Guides
Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World, David W. Orr
A look at how to help children become ecologically literate

Earth in Mind, David W. Orr
Environmental educator David Orr inspects the problems of education from an ecological perspective
 



Food/Gardening
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver
The story of how one family spends a year eating home-grown, local foods

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, Michael Pollan
An examination of our food chain and where food originates

What's for Dinner?, Michael Pollan
A look at how what we eat can impact both our health and the planet’s health

Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer, Novella Carpenter
An entertaining narrative of how the author becomes an urban farmer in Oakland, California

Farming in the Wild, Daniel Imhoff
Enhancing biodiversity on farms and ranches

Food Fight, Daniel Imhoff
The citizen's guide to a food and farm bill
 



Science
The Way Things Work, David Macaulay
A resource for demystifying science

Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam and the Science of Ocean Motion, Loree Griffin Burns
Tracking the watery fate of human-made cargo
 



Travel
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, Bill Bryson
A story about one man's hike on the Appalachian trail
 



Animal and Human Behavior
Don't Shoot the Dog, Karen Pryor
Insight into animal and human behavior
 
Wild Discovery Guide to Your Cat: Understanding and Caring for the Tiger Within, Margaret Lewis
Advice for understanding and taking care of your domestic cat
 



Shopping/Purchase Behaviors
Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything, Daniel Goleman
Some startling facts about things we buy in our quest to be "green"
 



Especially for Children
Sunflower Houses, Sharon Lovejoy
A whimsical book for children about garden delights

Weslandia, Paul Fleischman
An entertaining story about a young boy’s plan to create a self-sufficient civilization