Our guest this month is Dr. Pamela Freeman, a new faculty member at the College and our first biologist to share a list with us here!
Favorite or most influential books:
The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water. by Charles Fishman
Publication Date: 2012
Water, water, everywhere…. I found this to be an interesting look not at the amount of water on the planet, but what our relationship is to that water and how we manage this resource. We take our freshwater supply for granted and pay pennies compared to its actual value. Fishman makes you think about what you value and will make you look twice at and be appreciative of your local water sources.
The Dog Says How by Kevin Kling
Call Number: PS3561.L497 Z46 2007
Publication Date: 2007
A great easy read in which Kling demonstrates his unique story telling ability. If you have ever seen one of Kling’s performances, you can easily hear him reading to you. His tales of childhood and adulthood made me laugh out loud and wipe away a few tears.
Handbook of the Canadian Rockies by Gadd, Ben.
Publication Date: 1996
The handbook is not typically found on a reading list, but this one certainly had an impact on me. This book has come with me on many trips (on the road, trail, and boat) over 20 years and has provided so much information and entertainment that I cannot imagine being without it. Gadd covers a wide range of topics: everything from geology, orienteering, history, and plants (to name a few) to the minutia of different mosquito species found in the Rocky Mountains (there are many!).
The Island Within by Richard Nelson
Call Number: GN21.N45 A3 1989
Publication Date: 1991
When I first read this book a decade ago, I remember being so impressed with Nelson’s dedication and knowledge of his focal island. He helped me appreciate that there is so much to learn from your local surroundings, no matter what or where they might be. One has to keep one’s eyes open and be receptive to truly appreciate a place. To gain a true sense of place, it may take many years and multiple seasons.
The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono
Publication Date: 2007
I have always enjoyed this simple French tale about the shepherd who, big surprise, planted trees. It is a quick story that makes you think about what one single person may accomplish.
What are you reading now?
Doug Mock: More Than Kin and Less Than Kind: Evolution of Family Conflict. An academic read that focuses on conflict in the animal kingdom, but also entertaining due to Mock’s wit and great sense of humor. A fun read for anyone with siblings or children of their own.
Kathleen Dean Moore: The Pine Island Paradox. I am just starting to engage with Moore’s series of essays on a new environmental ethic. Looking forward to the book if her prose is anything like her spoken presentations.