By Shelly Kilroy, Librarian
It is rare that a book that was published over 60 years ago is still completely relevant for our times today. Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac is just such a book.
It is still relevant because we are still battling the same environmental problems and still need to understand Leopold’s Land Ethic…gaining a respect for and understanding of the land before any tinkering begins. But even beyond that, this book is just great writing. In our discussion of the book several people noted the poetic nature of the writing that just drew you in to the place Leopold was writing about. We all agreed this book is a true classic that is still relevant and still a beautiful read over a half century after it was written.
This was our last discussion before summer break. We will get together again in September to read and discuss Ruth Ozecki’s novel All Over Creation…and in months to come we will also be reading and discussing:
- October: Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton
- November: Naked in the Stream: Isle Royale Stories by Vic Foerster
- December: The Earth Knows My Name by Patricia Klindienst
- January: The Hare with the Amber Eyes: A Family’s Century of Art and Loss by Edmund deWaal
- February: Harmony: A New Way of Looking at our World by Charles HRH The Prince of Whales
- March: The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession by Andrea Wulf
- April: Stealing the Mystic Lamb: The True Story of the World’s Most Coveted Masterpiece by Noah Charney
- May: Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants by Doug Tallamy