Environmental Book Club

The book discussions are free and open to the public. All sessions begin at 7 p.m. and are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month in the River Action office, 822 E River Dr, Davenport, IA


Anthill by Edward Wilson

The Big Year by Mark Obmascik

Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations by David R Montgomery

The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature by David George Haskell

Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair With Trash by Edward Humes

Heirloom: Notes From An Accidental Tomato Farmer by Tim Stark

One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants by Jane Goodall

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love by Kristen Kimball

The Long Emergency by James Kunstler

No book club in December

Previous Books Read:


  • What's Gotten Into Us? Staying Healthy in a Toxic World by McKay Jenkins
  • River-Horse The Logbook of a Boat Across America by William Least Heat Moon
  • The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light by Paul Bogard
  • Planet India: The Turbulent Rise of the Largest Democracy and the Future of Our World by Mira Kamdar
  • Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth Cline
  • Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan
  • Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a better World by Joel Salatin
  • Plastic: A Toxic Love Story by Susan Freinkel
  • Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War by Joe Bageant
  • Humboldt's Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt and the Latin American Journey that Changed the Way We See the World by Gerald Helferich
  • 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles C Mann


  • New Roots for Agriculture by Wes Jackson
  • Where the Sky Began: Land of the Tallgrass Prairie by John Madson
  • The End of Nature by Bill McKibben
  • Wild Trees by Richard Preston
  • American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation by Eric Rutkow
  • Hard Tomatoes, Hard Times by Jim Hightower
  • Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works by Atina Diffley
  • Next of Kin: What Chimpanzees Have Taught Me About Who We Are by Roger Fouts
  • Gift of Good Land by Wendell Berry
  • Road of Souls by Nick Lichter
  • Good Food Revolution by Will Allen


  • Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenberg
  • Eco Barons: the Dreamers, Schemers, and Millionaires Who are Saving the Planet by Edward Humes
  • Great Disruption: Why the Climate Crisis Will Bring on the End of Shopping and the Birth of A New World by Paul Gilding
  • Cultivating Delight: A Natural History of My Garden by Diane Ackerman
  • Wilderness and the American Mind by Roderick Frazier Nash
  • Sheepish: Two Women, Fifty Sheep & Enough Wool to Save the Planet by Catherine Friend
  • Standing in the Light: My Life as a Pantheist by Sharman Apt Russell
  • Dakota: A Spiritual Geography by Kathleen Norris
  • Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
  • Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit by Barry Estabrook
  • Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World by Wade Davis


  • 1491 by Charles C. Mann
  • The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
  • Wicked River by Lee Sandlin
  • Rewilding the World by Caroline Fraser
  • Rats by Robert Sullivan
  • The Lost Art of Walking by Geoff Nicholson
  • Keeper of the Wild by Joe Paddock
  • Eaarth by Bill McKibben
  • Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough and Michael Braungart
  • Bottlemania by Elizabeth Royte
  • The Big Burn by Timothy Egan


  • Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond
  • The Old - Time River Rats by Kenny Salwey
  • Man Killed by Pheasant by John T. Price
  • Four Wings and a Prayer: Caught in the Mystery of the Monarch Butterfly by Sue Halpern
  • In Defense of Food by Michael Poilen
  • Simple Prosperity: Finding Real Wealth in a Sustainable Lifestyle by David Wann
  • Where the Wild Things Were: life, death and ecological wreckage in a land of vanishing predators by William Stolzenberg
  • Krakatoa: The Day the Earth Exploded: August 27, 1883 by Simon Winchester
  • You are Here: the surprising link between what we do and what that does to the planet by Thomas Kostigen
  • The Land Remembers by Ben Logan
  • Tales of an Empty Cabin by Grey Owl


  • The Creation by Edward O. Wilson
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  • The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan
  • Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit by Vandana Shiva
  • Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution – and How It Can Renew America by Thomas L. Friedman
  • RiverKeepers by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
  • The Unsettling of America by Wendell Berry
  • Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
  • No Impact Man by Colin Beavan
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver, Camille Kingsolver and Steven L. Hopp
  • Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic by John de Graaf, David Wann, Thomas H Naylor, and Vicki Robin


  • Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv
  • Sustainable Operating Systems: The Post Petrol Paradigm by Michael Richards
  • Green Living: The E/Magazine Handbook for Living Lightly on the Earth
  • From the Bottom Up: One Man's Crusade To Clean America's Rivers by Chad Pregracke
  • How to Live Well Without Owning A Car: Save Money, Breathe Easier, and Get More Mileage Out of Life by Chris Balish
  • The Future of Life by Edward O. Wilson
  • Stuff: The Secret Lives of Everyday Things by John C. Ryan and Alan Thein Durning
  • Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash by Elizabeth Kolbert
  • Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
  • The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth by Edward O. Wilson
  • Mississippi Solo: A River Quest by Eddy Harris


  • The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
  • The Last River Rat: Kenny Salwey's Life in the Wild by J. Scott Bestul and Kenny Salwey
  • A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold
  • Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America by John M. Barry
  • An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming by Al Gore
  • The Weather Makers: How Man is Changing the Climate and What it Means for Life on Earth by Tim Flannery
  • The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution by David Quammen
  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  • The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Food by Michael Pollan
  • Language of Landscape by Anne Whitson Spirn
  • The End of the Wild by Stephen Meyer