The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016! To celebrate, we recommend these fine nature books:
THE HOUR OF LAND: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams
A June 2016 Indie Next list pick & an O Magazine Summer 2016 Reading selection! “Williams, an ardent, often rhapsodic, always scrupulous witness to the living world and advocate for the protection of public lands, celebrates the centennial of the National Park Service in this…uniquely evocative, illuminating, profound, poignant, beautiful, courageous, and clarion book about the true significance of our national parks.” — Booklist, starred review
BEING A BEAST: Adventures Across the Species Divide by Charles Foster
A New York Times & Wall Street Journal Summer 2016 Reading selection! A passionate naturalist explores what it’s really like to be an animal—by living like them. “Fascinating… His attempts to actually be a beast make this a different sort of wildlife book.” — Booklist, starred review
Read the New York Times interview with Charles Foster on his research for BEING A BEAST.
UNDER THE STARS: How America Fell in Love with Camping by Dan White
An O Magazine Summer 2016 Reading selection! An irreverent and hilarious history of American camping from the Girl Scouts to “glamping” that celebrates the many modes and primal appeal of recreation out of doors. “In an era when visits to national parks have grown exponentially, this book is an excellent and timely choice for readers.” — Library Journal
LASSOING THE SUN: A Year in America’s National Parks by Mark Woods
Woods decided to re-create his childhood trips to national parks with his family when his mother was diagnosed with cancer, given just months to live. More than just a book about the parks, it’s about the legacies we inherit and the ones we leave behind. “A deeply heartfelt story about why the national parks remain so integral to the American story.” — Booklist
FINDING NORTH: How Navigation Makes Us Human by George Michelsen Foy
A gripping personal and scientific odyssey to discover how humans navigate landscape, life, emotions, memory. “Deep waters and deep thoughts fill these pages. With skillful prose and insight, Foy’s account of the different aspect of navigation packs a powerful punch, especially when he embarks on his own voyage at sea.” — Publishers Weekly
THE NAMES OF THE STARS: A Life in the Wilds by Pete Fromm
In this memoir, Fromm explores his desire to live a solitary life as a park ranger, as well as fatherhood and mortality and all the costs, risks, and rewards of life lived on its own terms.
Don’t forget Nevada Barr‘s mystery series featuring National Park Service Ranger, Anna Pigeon. “As usual in this series, the most vivid scenes occur outdoors.”
— New York Times Book Review on BOAR ISLAND