Book club

The Jefferson Land Trust Natural History Society book club has been meeting since January of 2013 to discuss books that focus on the natural history of the Pacific Northwest and related topics. Our book selections have primarily been narrative non-fiction, but we have also read non-fiction, essay collections and memoirs that relate to our shared interest in natural history. If you are interested in joining our reading group, please e-mail book club coordinator, Kathy Darrow, at

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Some of our past reads

Some of our past reads

Books we’ve read include: Upstream: Searching for the Wild Salmon by Langdon Cook; The Log from the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck; Gathering Moss by Robin Kimmerer; and The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch. We maintain a long list of suggested reading for future discussions as well. Anyone who would like to be part of the book club is welcome to add to this list.

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List of books read and discussed by the JLT Natural History Society’s book club:

September/October, 2019 Wintergreen: Listening to the Land’s Heart by Robert M. Pyle
August 26, 2019 Mountain in the Clouds by Bruce Brown
July 22, 2019 The Soul of the Octopus by Sy Montgomery
June 24, 2019 Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent by Lyanda Lynn Haupt
May 20, 2019 Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers by Ben Goldfarb
April 22, 2019  Beyond the Outer Shores: The Untold Story of Ed Ricketts by Eric Enno Tamm
March 25, 2019 What A Plant Knows by Daniel Chamovitz
February 25, 2019 Orca: How We Came to Know and Love the Ocean’s Greatest Predator by Jason   Colby
January 28, 2019 Nature’s Temples: The Complex World of Old Growth Forests by Joan Maloof
December 3, 2018 Upstream: Searching for the Wild Salmon, From River to Table by Langdon Cook
October 22, 2018 Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees by Thor Hanson
September 24, 2018 The Wonder of Birds by Jim Robbins
August 27, 2018 Return of the Sea Otter by Todd McLeish
July 23, 2018 Saving Tarboo Creek by Scott and Susan Leopold Freeman
June 25, 2018 The Log from the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck
May 21, 2018 Mozart’s Starling by Lyanda Lynn Haupt
April 23, 2018 The Last Wild Edge by Susan Zwinger
March 26, 2018 Glacial Lake Missoula and Its Humongous Floods by David Alt
February 26, 2018 The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
January 22, 2017 One Square Inch of Silence by Gordon Hempton
December 4, 2017 Shadows of Our Ancestors by Jerry Gorsline
October 23, 2017 The Olympic Rainforest: An Ecological Web by Ruth Kirk and Jerry Franklin
September 25, 2017 The Oyster War by Summer Brennan
August 28, 2017 Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean by Jonathan White
July 24, 2017 Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature by Linda Lear
June 26, 2017 Elwha: A River Reborn by Lynda Mapes
May 22, 2017 The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wolleben
April 24, 2017 King of Fish by David R. Montgomery
March 27, 2017 Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
February 27, 2017 Astoria: Astor and Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire by Peter Stark
January 23, 2017 The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
December 5, 2016 Winter Brothers by Ivan Doig
October 24, 2016 The Mushroom Hunters by Langdon Cook
September 26, 2016 The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf
August 22, 2016 Two in the Far North by Margaret Murie
July 25, 2016 Urban Bestiary by Lyanda Lynn Haupt
June 27, 2016 Ancient Places by Jack Nisbet
May 23, 2016 Seeds by Thor Hanson
April 25, 2016 The Sea Runners by Ivan Doig
March 28, 2016  Rosalie Edge: Hawk of Mercy by Diana Furmansky
February 22, 2016 Feathers by Thor Hanson
January 25, 2016 Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer
December 7, 2015 Beyond Words by Carl Safina
October 26, 2015 The Wild Trees by Robert Preston
September 28, 2015 The Northwest Coast by James G. Swan
August 24, 2015 The Golden Spruce by John Vaillant
July 27, 2015 The Living, by Annie Dillard
June 22, 2015 Sand County Almanac, by Aldo Leopold
May 25, 2015 Holdfast, by Kathleen Dean Moore
April 27, 2015 The Final Forest, by William Dietrich
March 23, 2015 The Sea Around Us, by Rachel Carson
February 23, 2015 The Big Burn, by Timothy Egan
January 26, 2015 The Highest Tide, by Jim Lynch
December 15, 2014 The Jump-Off Creek, by Molly Gloss
November 17, 2014 Of Men and Mountains, by William O. Douglas
October 27, 2014 In Earshot of Water: Notes from the Columbia Plateau, by Paul Lindholdt.
September 22, 2014 Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness, by Lyanda Lynn Haupt.
August 25, 2014 Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature, by Kathleen Dean Moore
July 28, 2014 Northwest Passages, by Bruce Barcott
June 23, 2014 The Collector, by Jack Nisbet
May 26, 2014 Dirt, the Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, by William Bryant Logan
April 28, 2014 A Year in Paradise, by Floyd Schmoe
March 17, 2014 Undaunted Courage, by Stephen Ambrose
February 24, 2014 Passage to Juneau, by Jonathan Raban
January 24, 2014 Wolves in the Land of Salmon,  David Moskowitz
November 25, 2013 Closer to the Ground,  Dylan Tomine
October 28, 2013 Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher, Timothy Egan
September 30, 2013 Olympic National Park: A Natural History, Tim McNulty
July 22, 2013 Klee Wyck, Emily Carr
June 24, 2013 The Good Rain: Across Time and Terrain in the Pacific Northwest, Timothy Egan
May 20, 2013 The Curve of Time, M. Wylie Blanchet
April 22, 2013 Tree: A Life Story, David Suzuki and Wayne Grady
March 25, 2013 Natural Grace; The Charm, Wonder and Lessons of Pacific Northwest Animals and Plants, William Dietrich
February 25, 2013 The Island Within, Richard Nelson
January 28, 2013 Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard