Recommended Readings

Throughout this Website, I've recommended books, videos, etc. Those recommended items are listed below, along with links to other Wesites where the items are available for purchase, or in some cases for free.

I am particularly fond of used book stores. When items are available in used books stores, I will direct you first to AbeBooks.com, representing hundreds of independent used-book stores. Starting your purchases from economoebooks.com helps me sustain and further my educational efforts. I am an "affiliate" of AbeBooks.com (and soon other .coms), which means I receive a small reward for directing customers to those Websites.

Conservation Biology

Rewilding North America: A Vision for Conservation in the 21st Century

by Dave Foreman. Published by Island Press.

If you will read one book on conservation biology, read this one. Foreman covers why North America will continue to lose species, what the science tells us, and a vision for "rewilding" that may be our best approach for living all our non-human kin.

Shop for used and new copies by clicking here. Used copies available for less than $15.

Wild Forests: Conservation Biology and Public Policy

by William S. Alverson, Don Waller, and Walter Kuhlmann. Published by Island Press.

An essential work for understanding the science underlying forest conservation and the challenges of getting to science-based public policy.

Shop for used and new copies by clicking here. Used copies available for less than $10.

The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife

Edited by Donald M. Waller and Thomas P. Rooney. Published by University of Chicago.

From the back cover notes: The Vanishing Present examines how human pressures in one state--Wisconsin--are rearranging its ecology.

Thirty-two chapters provide depth and breadth to how we impact the natural world. I was particularly struck by the chapter on species losses from Wisconsin's most densely populated county: Milwaukee.

Shop for new copies at Amazon by clicking here. Used copies are rare but you can search for one at Abebooks.

Now for something entirely different: Fiction, more or less juvenile

Fiction on a site for environmentalists? You bet. Some of the books I most enjoyed recently were either written for young people or featured a young person as a main character.

The Coney Island Book of the Dead

by Sheila Martin. Published by Narrioch Press.

Sheila Martin takes us back to the Coney Island of childhood, but in this surprising adventure, her young heroine faces an extended dysfunctional family ensnarled by the mythic forces of death. Beautifully illustrated by the author.

Support self-published authors by buying a new copy here.

Wild Forests: Conservation Biology and Public Policy

by William S. Alverson, Don Waller, and Walter Kuhlmann. Published by Island Press.

An essential work for understanding the science underlying forest conservation and the challenges of getting to science-based public policy.

Shop for used and new copies by clicking here. Used copies available for less than $10.

Bud, Not Buddy

by Christopher Paul Curtis

During the great depression, Bud escapes the Flint, Michigan orphanage to seek the father he'd never met. Crossing a landscape of poverty and racism, kindness and hope, misunderstanding and love, Bud's journey is deeply touching.

This book won several awards, including the Newberry Medal.

Find used copies here for under $5. (Sorry, link is broken.) You can find them by searching AbeBooks.com.

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