Green Reads

Green Reads

annapolis green reads
a book club about the environment

What a perfect time to read! Join Annapolis Green for our environmental book club, Annapolis Green Reads, to grow your appreciation for the environment while benefiting from the collective wisdom of many authors who write about our natural world and to connect with others!

All you need is an interest in reading books (or listening to the audio version) about our environment and our place in it. No expertise on these issues is necessary, although we welcome those who have some to participate and contribute.

Book club meetings will be held on the fourth Wednesday of each month either in person or on Zoom. Our book club leader will make the call and let Green Readers know.

Next date:

  • Wednesday, October 28, at 7pm

bringing nature home bookcoverThe book for October is Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants by Doug Tallamy.
Tallamy reveals the unbreakable link between native plant species and native wildlife—native insects cannot, or will not, eat alien plants. When native plants disappear, the insects disappear, impoverishing the food source for birds and other animals. More about the book.


Once our lives resume typical rhythms, we will meet monthly, in person, at our wonderful, independently owned neighborhood bookstore, Old Fox Books (35 Maryland Avenue). To patronize Old Fox Books while maintaining social distancing, please give them a call (410-626-2020) to place your book order or email It takes them a few days to acquire the book and then they can mail your copy at a cost of just $1 or will even deliver right to your home if you are in the Greater Annapolis area.

The Anne Arundel Public Library has many of our selected books (and eBook and audiobook versions) available.

Questions, comments, want to join? Contact Karen Grumbles, our Green Reads leader, at greenreads@annapolisgreen.comHappy reading!

Possible selections for Future Months

  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  • We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
  • The Overstory by Richard Powers
  • Gun Island by Amitav Ghosh
  • A poetry collection by Mary Oliver
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

the sixth extinction bookcover the overstory bookcover gun island bookcover


Past Green Reads

the future we choose book cover

April 2020:The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis
by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac
A recent book, it is both cautionary and hopeful. Given that we are already dealing with so much uncertainty in our lives, this is a good, more optimistic read with suggestions for actions that we can take. More about the book.

inconspicuous consumption bookcover

May 2020: Inconspicuous Consumption: The environmental impact you don’t know you have
by Tatiana Schlossberg
“…a compelling and unexpectedly entertaining look at how climate change is entangled in everything we use, buy, eat, wear and how we get around.” More about the book.

to speak for the trees bookcover

June 2020: To Speak for the Trees: My Life’s Journey from Ancient Celtic Wisdom to a Healing Vision of the Forest
by Diana Beresford-Kroeger
“…in a captivating account of how her [the author’s] life led her to these illuminating and crucial ideas, she shows us how forests can not only heal us but save the planet.” More about the book.

rise of american conservation movement book cover

July 2020:  The Rise of the American Conservation Movement
by Dorceta Taylor
“…sweeping social history … [examining] the emergence and rise of the multifaceted U.S. conservation movement from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth century… [showing] how race, class, and gender influenced every aspect of the movement. More about the book.

chesapeake requiem

August 2020: Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island by Earl Swift
“A brilliant, soulful, and timely portrait of a two-hundred-year-old crabbing community in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay as it faces extinction.” More about the book.

the world is blue book coverSeptember 2020: The World is Blue: How our Fate and the Oceans are One by Sylvia Earle
From National Geographic: “A Silent Spring for our era, this eloquent, urgent, fascinating book reveals how just 50 years of swift and dangerous oceanic change threatens the very existence of life on Earth. Legendary marine scientist Sylvia Earle portrays a planet teetering on the brink of irreversible environmental crisis… Earle argues passionately and persuasively… to find responsible, renewable strategies that safeguard the natural systems that sustain us. The first step is to understand and act upon the wise message of this accessible, insightful, and compelling book.” More about the book.
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