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Book Club

In 2022, the ELS Book Club is using a “Book Pairing” format and meeting every other month. Read more
This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of the natural world. Read more
Bridging the fields of environmental history, cultural studies, critical race studies, and geography, Finney argues that the legacies of slavery, Jim Crow, and racial violence have shaped cultural understandings of the "great outdoors" and determined who should and can have access to natural spaces. Read more
Stokes argues that organized combat between opposing interest groups is central to explaining why states are not on track to address the climate crisis. Read more
Equal parts memoir, adventure tale, and call to action, Sea Changes has become a classic of environmental literature, at once the gripping adventure story of Earle’s three decades of undersea exploration, an insider’s introduction to the dynamic field of marine biology, and an urgent plea for the preservation of the world’s fragile and rapidly deteriorating ocean ecosystems. Read more
In Parable of the Sower, award-winning science fiction author Octavia E. Butler tells the story of Lauren Olamina, a teenager living in a walled neighborhood near Los Angeles in the mid-2020s. Read more
The Feather Thief tells the true crime story of Edwin Rist’s theft of hundreds of rare bird specimens from the British Museum of Natural History. Read more
Californians have redirected rivers, drilled ever-deeper wells, and built higher dams, pushing the water supply past its limit. Read more
While it’s clear that women and girls are vital voices and agents of change for this planet, they are too often missing from the proverbial “table.” To change everything, we need everyone. Read more

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