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 on the State House lawn (bring a chair or blanket).

Next dates:

  • July 22 at 7:30 pm
  • August 26 at 7pm

If the weather is too hot or rainy, we’ll do a virtual meeting instead. Karen will make the call and let Green Readers know.

The book for August, Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island by Earl Swift, will take us to the water before the summer ends and is entitled  We’re hoping that we might be able to make a field trip to Tangier Island as well.

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.

Anne Arundel Public Library is currently closed, however, many eBooks and audio books are available.

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

Future Green Reads

rise of american conservation movement book coverJuly 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.

Selections for Future Months

  • Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants by Doug Tallamy
  • 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

bringing nature home bookcover
the sixth extinction bookcover the overstory bookcover gun island bookcover

Past Green Reads

the future we choose book cover

inconspicuous consumption bookcover

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.

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.


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