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.


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:


  • 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

    • 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
  • Share/Save