Blandy Book Club

So many moving, insightful, and powerful books have been written about the environment, natural history, personal reflection, and special places. We all have our favorites.

With so many fine books available, we better start reading, and to help, we’ve launched the Blandy Book Club.

Meetings: From 1-2 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month. You can look forward to lively discussions. Participants should obtain their own copy of the book and read prior to the meeting. Please contact Ariel Firebaugh ( for updates about our socially-distanced meeting options. 

2020 Meeting dates and book selections:

January 23, 2020: 1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus, by Charles Mann

February 27, 2020: The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-trotting Botanist Who Transformed What Americans Eat, by Daniel Stone

March 26, 2020: Andrea Wulf Founding Gardeners Canceled

April 23, 2020 Mark & Delia Owens Cry of the Kalahari Canceled

May 28, 2020 Jonathan Bloom American Wasteland Canceled

June 25, 2020 Mike Tidwell Bayou Farewell: The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana's Cajun Coast Canceled

July 23, 2020 Andrea Wulf Founding Gardeners Canceled

August 27, 2020 Mark & Delia Owens Cry of the Kalahari Canceled

September 24, 2020 Andrea Wulf Founding Gardeners 

October 22, 2020 Mark & Delia Owens Cry of the Kalahari

Schedule TBD:

Jonathan Bloom American Wasteland

Mike Tidwell Bayou Farewell: The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana's Cajun Coast

Donald Kroodsma Listening to a Continent Sing

Marjane Ambler Yellowstone Has Teeth: A Memoir of Living in Yellowstone

2019 meeting dates and book selections:

January 24, 2019: Animals Make Us Human, by Temple Grandin

February 28, 2019: The Genius of Birds, by Jennifer Ackerman

March 28, 2019: The Great Brain Debate: Nature vs. Nurture, by John Dowling

April 25, 2019: The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, by Robert Hazen

May 23, 2019: Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers, by Ben Goldfarb

June 27, 2019: Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, by David Quammen

July 25, 2019: Who We Are and How We Got Here, by David Reich

August 22, 2019: The Meaning of Human Existence, by E. O. Wilson

September 26, 2019: The Periodic Table, by Primo Levi

 24, 2019: Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island, by Earl Swift

We do not meet in November or December.

How to participate: Contact to express interest or with questions. (Photo:

Past Readings by the Blandy Book Club


Animal Vegetable Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver (May)

A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold (June)

Eaarth, Bill McKibben (July)

The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan (August)

The Outermost House, Henry Beston (September)

The Worst Hard Time, Timothy Egan (October) 


Anthill, E. O. Wilson (January)

Rosalie Edge: Hawk of Mercy, Dyana Furmansky (February)

The Golden Spruce, John Valliant (March)

Desert Solitaire, Edward Abbey (April)

Moonbird, Phillip Hoose (May)

The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America, Timothy Egan (June)

Moby Duck, Donovan Hohn (July)

Noah’s Garden, Sara Stein (August)

The Sixth Extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert (September)

The Moon by Whale Light, Diane Ackerman (October)


The Age of Wonder, Richard Holmes (January)

Wesley the Owl, Stacey O’Brien (February)

Hollows, Peepers and Highlanders, George Constanz (March)

The End of Night, Paul Bogard (April)

Buzz in the Meadow, Dave Goulson (May)

Diary of a Citizen Scientist, Sharman Apt Russell (June)

Silent Spring, Rachel Carson (July)

Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert (August)

The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh, Kathryn Aalto (September)

The Immense Journey, Loren Eiseley (October)


Book of your choice by E.O. Wilson (January)

Walden, Henry David Thoreau (February)

The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring, Richard Preston (March)

Flight Behavior, Barbara Kingsolver (April)

The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohllenben (May)

The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas, Jerry Dennis (June)

Life’s Engines: How Microbes Made Earth Habitable, Paul Falkowski (July)

The Beekeeper’s Lament, Hannah Nordhaus (August)

Pawpaw: In Search of America’s Forgotten Fruit, Andrew Moore (September)

The Glass Universe, Dava Sobel (October) 


The Invention of Nature, Andrea Wulf (January)

The Voyage of the Beagle, Charles Darwin (February)

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Wisdom of Plants, Robin Kimmerer (March)

Lost Woods: The Discovered Writing of Rachel Carson, Linda Lear (editor) (April)

A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson (May)

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative, Florence Williams (June)

Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies that will Improve and/or Ruin Everything, Kelly and Zach Weinersmith (July)

The Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet, Henry Fountain (August)

Nature’s Compass: The Mystery of Animal Migration, James and Carol Grant Gould (September)

Coyote America: Natural and Supernatural History, Dan Flores (October)