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Book Club

For information about the book club, contact Donna Becher at

Book Club Meeting Plan
Please bring an appetizer and a beverage to share.
Book Club Reading and Discussion Resources
Month Book Location
Feb. 3

A History Of The World In Six Glasses by Tom Standage (2006)

Led by Tom

Ann and Jack Hicks

Mar 3

Gray Mountain by John Grisham (2014)

Led by Donna

Tom and Chris Comte

April 7

Three Weeks with My Brother by Nicholas Sparks (2008)

Led by Don


Cathy Wasson's

May 4

Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux (2004)

Led by Tom

Don and Donna Becher's

June 2

Babylon’s Ark: The Incredible Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo by Lawrence Anthony and Graham Spence (2008)

Led by Nancy

Ruth Bamberger's

July 7

The Milagro Beanfield War by John Nichol (2000)

Led by Chris


Nancy Stephens
August 4 Book TBA

Marcia Gardner's

Books We've Read

Jan 2014 The Unpersuadables: Adventures with the Enemies of Science by by Will Storr
Dec 2014 I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away by Bill Bryson
Nov 2014 APOCALYPTIC PLANET: A Field Guide to the Future of the Earth by Craig Childs
Oct 2014 Hope for Animals and Their World: How Endangered Species are Being Rescued from the Brink by Jane Goodall
Sept 2014 The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature by David George Haskell
Aug, 2014 TED Talk Videos (approx 15 min each) 1) How to build a Better Block and 2)The dawn of de-extinction. Are you ready?" (
July, 2014 Mandela's Way: Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage by Richard Stengel
June, 2014 Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade by Adam Minter
May, 2014 Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens by Douglas Tallamy
April, 2014 Global Weirdness:Severe Storms, Deadly Heat Waves, Relentless Drought, Rising Seas, and the Weather of the Future,Climate Central by Climate Central
March 2014 American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation by Eric Rutkow
Feb 2014 A Real Life: Rediscovering the Roots of Our Happiness by Ferenc Máté
Jan 2014 Book Discussion
Dec 2013 Over the Hills: A Midlife Escape Across America by Bicycle by David Lamb
Nov 2013 Nature's Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature by Mark R. Tercek and Jonathan S. Adams
Oct 2013 The Price of Justice: A True Story of Greed and Corruption by Laurence Leamer
Sept 2013 Barnheart: The Incurable Longing for a Farm of One's Own by Jenna Woginrich
August 2013 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann
July 2013 The Cruelest Miles: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race Against an Epidemic by Gay Salisbury and Laney Salisbury
June 2013 Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer by Lynne Cox
May 2013 A Being Darkly Wise by John Atcheson
April 2013 Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod by Gary Paulsen
March 2013 Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder
Feb 2013 The Smart Swarm: How Understanding Flocks, Schools, and Colonies Can Make Us Better at Communicating, Decision Making, and Getting Things Done by Peter Miller
Jan 2013 The Places In Between by Rory Stewart
Dec 2012 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Nov 2012 Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt
Oct 2012 It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism by Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein
Sept 2012 Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adam
August 2012 The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters by Rose George
July 2012 The Routes of Man: Travels in the Paved World by Ted Conover
June 2012 Indian Givers: How Native Americans Transformed the World by Jack Weatherford
May 2012 The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power Is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World by Jeremy Rifkin
Apr 2012 No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process by Colin Beaven
Mar 2012 The Frontiersmen: A Narrative by Alan W. Eckert
Feb 2012 Watership Down Richard Adams
Jan 2012 Walking Home: A Traveler in the Alaskan Wilderness, a Journey into the Human Heart Lynn Schooler
Dec 2011 The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed John Vaillant
Nov 2011 Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson
Oct 2011 Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer Novella Carpenter
Sept 2011 Plastic: A Toxic Love Story Susan Freinkel
August 2011 Agenda fora New Economy David C Korten 
July 2011 Farewell My Subaru Doug Fine
June 2011 Trail of the Lonesome Pine John Fox
May 2011 Eaarth Bill McKibben
Apr 2011 Ancient Futures Helena Norberg-Hodge
Mar 2011 Sick Puppy Carl Hiassan
Feb 2011 Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture Shannon Hayes
Jan 2011 Earth Days PBS Movie
Dec 2010 For All the Tea in China Sarah Rose
Nov 2010 A World Made by Hand James Howard Kunstler
Oct 2010 A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean Tory Murden McClure
Sept 2010 Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It Elizabeth Royte
Aug 2010 The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff Is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health-and a Vision for Change Anne Leonard
July 2010 Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl Stacey O'Brien
June 2010 The Seashell on the Mountaintop: How Nicolaus Steno Solved an Ancient Mystery & Created a Science of the Earth Alan Cutler
May 10 The Silent Sky: The Incredible Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon Allan W. Eckert
Apr 6 A Sense of Wonder Rachel Carson
Mar 10 Lecture, "Farewell My Subaru by Doug Fine, Cincinnati Public Libnrary Doug Fine
Feb 10 Cheap : the High Cost of Discount Culture Ellen Ruppel Shell
Jan 10 The Education of Little Tree JForrest Carter and Rennard Strickland
Dec-09 Coal Country (movie)
Nov-09 The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us And What We Can Do About It Joshua Cooper Ramo
Oct-09 When Rivers Run Dry Fred Pearce
Sept-09 Three Cups of Tea Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
Aug-09 Well-Dressed Ape Hannah Holmes
Jul-09 The River Why David James Duncan
Jun-09 Books by John Muir -- select your own
May-09 Rachel Carson's Silent Spring PBS video - American Experience
Apr-09 Sand County Almanac Aldo Leopold
Mar-09 The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard
Jan-09 Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--
and How It Can Renew America
Thomas L. Friedman
Dec-08 Blessed Unrest How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being
and Why No One Saw it Coming
Paul Hawken
Nov-08 Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit Daniel Quinn
Oct-08 Unsettling of America and other books by Wendell Berry Wendell Berry
Sep-08 Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder Richard Louv
Aug-08 Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them:
A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right
Al Franken
Jul-08 Desert Solitaire Edward Abbey
Jun-08 The Voice of the Earth Theodore Roszak
May-08 Naturalist Edward O. Wilson
Apr-08 In Defense of Food Michael Pollan
Mar-08 Coal River Michael Shnayerson
Mar-08 Night Comes to the Cumberlands Harry Caudill
Feb-08 The World Without Us Alan Weisman
  Animal, Vegetable, Miracle Barbara Kingsolver
  Omnivore's Dilema Michael Pollack

Results of Jan/Feb 2014 Vote

Results of July 2013 Vote

Results of January 2013 Vote

Results of Sept 2012 Vote

Results of January 2012 Vote

Results of July 2011 Vote

Results of May 2010 Vote

Results of Jan 2010 Vote

Results of May 2009 Vote

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