Fall 2021 Book List will be posted in June

Incoming Students: Buy and finish reading the summer book over the summer.  We will discuss it over the first few days after you arrive in August.  We have ordered all the other books for the semester, and they will be here waiting for you. We order these to insure that we all have the same editions for our discussion groups.  

Summer Reading

Richard Powers, The Overstory: A Novel, W.W. Norton, 2018. 

Segment 1: What is Nature?

Carolyn Finney, Black Faces, White Spaces, 2014.

Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, 2007.

Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, 2015.

Jedediah Purdy. After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene, 2015.

Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins, 2017.

Richard White, The Organic Machine: The Remaking of the Columbia River, 1995. 

Segment 2: What is Community?

Britt Bennett, The Vanishing Half: A Novel, 2020.

René Girard, I See Satan Fall Like Lightning, Orbis Books, 2001.

Yascha Mounk, The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It,

          Harvard U Press, 2018

Segment 3: What is a Sustainable World?

Paul Hawken, Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming,             2017.

Wangari Maathai, Unbowed: A Memoir, 2007.


Segment 4: What Does it Mean to be Human?

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov,  2005.


Wilderness Recreation

Rick Curtis, The Backpacker’s Field Manual. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2005.