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Leafing Through the Pages - Members' Book Discussion Group

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  • Visitor sitting around a table in the library discussing books
  • Circular shelves of books in the Sterling Morton Library

Schedule and location

Second Thursday of every month
10 a.m.-noon
Hosted by: Sterling Morton Library

If you would like more information about Leafing Through the Pages, contact Rita Hassert at rhassert@mortonarb.org or 630-719-2430.

Members enjoy a morning of community, connectivity, and spirited discussion. Leafing Through the Pages meets on the second Thursday of every month from 10 a.m. until noon. This group explores works of fiction and non-fiction relating to natural history, ecology, and gardens. Participants are encouraged to read each month's selection prior to the gathering to fully share in the discussion.

 

2020 Reading and Viewing List

  • January 9, 2020 – Goldfarb, Ben. Eager : the surprising, secret life of beavers and why they matter, 2018.
  • February 13, 2020 – Jonnes, Jill. Urban Forests : a natural history of trees in the American cityscape, 2016.
  • March 12, 2020 – Crosby, Cindy. Tallgrass Conversations : in search of the prairie spirit, 2019.
  • April 9, 2020 – Blum, Andrew. The Weather Machine : a journey inside the forecast, 2019.
  • May 14, 2020 – Nature Poetry – Each participant is invited to share a nature-related poem. [The previously scheduled viewing and discussion of the documentary More Than Honey has been canceled.]
  • June 11, 2020 – Powers, Richard. The Overstory, 2018.
  • July 9, 2020 – Egan, Timothy. The Big Burn : Teddy Roosevelt and the fire that saved America, 2009. [LTTP redux – first discussed on February 11, 2011]
  • August 13, 2020 – Dunn, Robert. Never Home Alone : from microbes to millipedes, camel crickets, and honeybees, the natural history of where we live, 2018.
  • September 10, 2020 – Maclean, Norman. A River Runs Through It, and other stories, 1976.
  • October 8, 2020 – Wohlleben, Peter. The Secret Wisdom of Nature: trees, animals, and the extraordinary balance of all living things, 2019.
  • November 12, 2020 – George, Rose. Ninety Percent of Everything : inside shipping, the invisible industry that puts clothes on your back, gas in your car, and food on your plate, 2013.
  • December 10, 2020 – Fraser, Caroline. Prairie Fires : the American dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, 2017.

 

  • 2021 Discussion List

  • January 14, 2021 – Hill, Libby. The Chicago River : a Natural and Unnatural History, 2019.
  • February 11, 2021 – Kimmerer, Robin Wall. Braiding Sweetgrass : Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants, 2015.
  • March 11, 2021 – Crosby, Cindy. Chasing Dragonflies : a Natural, Cultural, and Personal History, 2020.
  • April 8, 2021 – Lanham, J. Drew. The Home Place : Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature, 2016.
  • May 13, 2021 – Tallamy, Douglas. Nature's Best Hope : a New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard, 2020.
  • June 10, 2021 – Fletcher, Colin. The Man Who Walked Through Time : the Story of the First Trip Afoot Through the Grand Canyon, 1967.
  • July 8, 2021 – Andrews, Bryce. Down from the Mountain :  the Life and Death of a Grizzly Bear, 2019.
  • August 12, 2021 – Kingsolver, Barbara. Unsheltered : a Novel, 2018.
  • September 9, 2021 – Sibley, David. What It's Like to Be a Bird : From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing--What Birds Are Doing, and Why, 2020.
  • October 14, 2021 – Jahren, Hope. The Story of More : How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here, 2019.
  • November 11, 2021 – Adams, Mark. Tip of the Iceberg : My 3,000-Mile Journey Around Wild Alaska, the Last Great American Frontier, 2019.
  • December 9, 2021 – Berry, Wendell. The World-Ending Fire : the Essential Wendell Berry, 2017.

Registration information

Arboretum members only

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