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Leafing Through the Pages - Members' Book Discussion Group

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  • Visitor sitting around a table in the library discussing books
  • Circular shelves of books in the Sterling Morton Library

Schedule and Location

Second Thursday of every month
10 a.m.-noon
Sterling Morton Library

Members enjoy a morning of community, connectivity, and spirited discussion. Leafing Through the Pages meets on the second Thursday of every month from 10 a.m. until noon in the Library, this group explores works of fiction and non-fiction relating to natural history, ecology and gardens. Participants are encouraged to read each month's selection prior to the gathering to fully share in the discussion.

 

2019 Reading and Viewing List

  • January 10, 2019 - Agrawal, Anurag. Monarchs and Milkweed : a migrating butterfly, a poisonous plant, and their remarkable story of coevolution, 2017.
  • February 14, 2019 - Jones, Lucy. The Big Ones : how natural disasters have shaped us (and what we can do about them), 2018.
  • March 14, 2019 - Shifting Sands : on the path to sustainability, 2016. (Viewing of this film begins at 10:00 a.m. with discussion to follow.)
  • April 11, 2019 - Mapes, Lynda V. Witness Tree : seasons of change with a century-old oak, 2017.
  • May 9, 2019 - Stone, Daniel. The Food Explorer : the true adventures of the globe-trotting botanist who transformed what America eats, 2018.
  • June 13, 2019 - Johnson, Kirk W. The Feather Thief : beauty, obsession, and the natural history heist of the century, 2018.
  • July 11, 2019 - Connors, Philip. Fire Season : field notes from a wilderness lookout, 2012.
  • August 8, 2019 - Heinrich, Bernd. Life Everlasting : the animal way of death, 2012.
  • September 12, 2019 - Spinney, Laura. Pale Rider: the Spanish Flu of 1918 and how it changed the world, 2017.
  • October 10, 2019 - Preston, Douglas. The Lost City of the Monkey God : a true story, 2017.
  • November 14, 2019 - McDowell, Marta. The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder : the frontier landscapes that inspired the Little House books, 2017.
  • December 12, 2019 - Matthiessen, Peter. The Snow Leopard, 1978.

 

2020 Reading and Viewing List

  • January 9, 2020 – Goldfarb, Ben. Eager : the surprising, secret life of beavers and why they matter, 2018.
  • February 13, 2020 – Jonnes, Jill. Urban Forests : a natural history of trees in the American cityscape, 2016.
  • March 12, 2020 – Crosby, Cindy. Tallgrass Conversations : in search of the prairie spirit, 2019.
  • April 9, 2020 – Blum, Andrew. The Weather Machine : a journey inside the forecast, 2019.
  • May 14, 2020 – More Than Honey, 2013. [Viewing of the documentary will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the discussion to follow.]
  • June 11, 2020 – Powers, Richard. The Overstory, 2018.
  • July 9, 2020 – Egan, Thomas. The Big Burn : Teddy Roosevelt and the fire that saved America, 2009. [LTTP redux – first discussed on February 11, 2011]
  • August 13, 2020 – Dunn, Robert. Never Home Alone : from microbes to millipedes, camel crickets, and honeybees, the natural history of where we live, 2018.
  • September 10, 2020 – Maclean, Norman. A River Runs Through It, and other stories, 1976.
  • October 8, 2020 – Wohlleben, Peter. The Secret Wisdom of Nature: trees, animals, and the extraordinary balance of all living things, 2019.
  • November 12, 2020 – George, Rose. Ninety Percent of Everything : inside shipping, the invisible industry that puts clothes on your back, gas in your car, and food on your plate, 2013.
  • December 10, 2020 – Fraser, Caroline. Prairie Fires : the American dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, 2017.

 

Registration Information

Arboretum members only

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