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.


1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles C Mann

Humboldt's Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt and the Latin American Journey that Changed the Way We See the World by Gerald Helferich

Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War by Joe Bageant

Plastic: A Toxic Love Story by Susan Freinkel

Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a better World by Joel Salatin

Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan

Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth Cline

Planet India: The Turbulent Rise of the Largest Democracy and the Future of Our World by Mira Kamdar

The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light by Paul Bogard

River-Horse The Logbook of a Boat Across America by William Least Heat Moon

What's Gotten Into Us? Staying Healthy in a Toxic World by McKay Jenkins

Previous Books Read:


  • 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

  • 2012

    • 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