Wanted: Reading suggestions for River Action Environmental Book Club for coming year

River Action is looking for suggestions for the Environmental Book Club readings in 2016.

Titles can be emailed to riveraction@riveraction.org, or by calling the River Action office, 563-322-2969, by November 16.

Join River Action's Environmental Book Club for our next book reading November 24 featuring "The Long Emergency" by James Howard Kunstler.

The book is described as "a controversial hit that sparked debate among businessmen, environmentalists, and bloggers," and provides "an eye-opening look at the unprecedented challenges we face in the years ahead, as oil runs out and the global systems built on it are forced to change radically."

The book club meets at the River Action office, 822 E. River Dr., Davenport. 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.


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