Environmental Law

Our Book Club

We invite our Environmental Law Section (ELS) members to stay connected and inspired through our new ELS Book Club.  Our book selections below touch upon environmental law issues through a range of styles and topics.  We encourage you to pick up one or more of the selections below and start reading along with us!  Register for an online discussion below (even if you don’t finish the book).  Additional selections for 2020 will be announced soon.


Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 4:00 PM

Epitaph for  Peach: Four Seasons on my Family Farm
By: David Mas Masumoto (1995)

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Author David Mas Masumoto is a third-generation Japanese American peach and grape farmer, writer, and farm activist based in Fresno, California.  Epitaph for a Peach describes the joys and challenges of a critical year for his organic farm, as they weigh whether to ripe out an orchard of Sun Crest peaches that taste amazing, but don’t sell well.  Epitaph for a Peach is lyrical, poetic, and engrossing.  You can read more about the author and some of the environmental issues faced on his farm here and here. We will be joined by the author for our Book Club discussion!


Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 4:00 PM (tentative)

Erosion: Essays of Undoing
By: Terry Tempest Williams (2019)

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In Erosion, Terry Tempest Williams explores the many forms of erosion we face: of democracy, science, compassion, and trust.  She examines the dire cultural and environmental implications of the gutting of Bear Ears National Monument; of  the undermining of the Endangered Species Act; and more.  These essays are a call to action, blazing a way forward through difficult and dispiriting times.  We will be joined by the author for our Book Club discussion!


Thursday, October 15, 2020

In conjunction with our Annual Environmental Law conference. Details coming soon!


Past Book Club Selections

  • Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson (1962) (discussed May 7, 2020)
  • The Snail Darter and the Dam, by Zygmunt J.B. Plater (2013) (discussed May 28, 2020 with the author)
  • That Wild Country: An Epic Journey through the Past, Present, and Future of America’s Public Lands (2017) (discussed June 18, 2020 with the author)
  • As Long As Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock, By: Dina Gilio-Whitaker (2019)(discussed July 9, 2020 with the author)
  • Red Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson (1992)(discussed July 20, 2020 with the author)

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