VB Reads...Natural Concerns

Join us the second Monday of each month from 5-6pm in the Readings Gallery for the Natural Concerns book group. We discuss  contemporary and classic writings that explore the issues, insights and inspirations of our relationship with the natural world. With a focus that spans from our Pacific Northwest to earth-wide, you can expect beautiful and challenging non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and more. We are always reading something interesting! Authors DO NOT attend.

We will be taking a summer break, which means no meetings for August, or September.

Sand County Almanac (Mass Market Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780345345059
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books, 12/1986
Monday, October 13, 5:00pm

These astonishing portraits of the natural world explore the breathtaking diversity of the unspoiled American landscape -- the mountains and the prairies, the deserts and the coastlines. A stunning tribute to our land and a bold challenge to protect the world we love.

ISBN-13: 9780262525282
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: MIT Press (MA), 9/2013
Monday, November 10, 5:00pm

In a discussion that ranges widely, Ophuls argues for an essentially Platonic politics of consciousness dedicated to inner cultivation rather than outward expansion and the pursuit of perpetual growth. We would then achieve a way of life that is materially and institutionally simple but culturally and spiritually rich, one in which humanity flourishes in harmony with nature.

ISBN-13: 9781577319726
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New World Library, 3/2012
Monday, December 8, 5:00pm

The challenges we face can be difficult even to think about. Climate change, the depletion of oil, economic upheaval, and mass extinction together create a planetary emergency of overwhelming proportions. Active Hope shows us how to strengthen our capacity to face this crisis so that we can respond with unexpected resilience and creative power.

ISBN-13: 9781940777115
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: J. Missouri, 12/2013
Monday, January 12, 5:00pm

In his classic essay on walking, Henry David Thoreau, the famous naturalist and philosopher, extols the virtues of immersing ourselves daily in nature. Thoreau treats the act of walking as a vehicle that transports us to the sacred space that is nature. The wildness of nature becomes a retreat from the noise of contemporary society and civilization—a place to rest our thoughts and regain balance between these two worlds.