“Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer , describes the life and travels of Christopher McCandless and his death in the Alaskan wilderness.
“The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. This is a children’s picture book which tells us about the friendship between a boy and a very selfless tree.
“A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail” by Bill Bryson. This is a humorous account of the author’s attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail with his friend.
“Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness“ by Edward Abbey is based on the author’s activities as a park ranger at Arches National Monument, Utah.
“A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There” by Aldo Leopold describes the land around the author’s home in Sauk County, Wisconsin, and advocates a responsible relationship between people and land.
“Animal, Vegetable, Miracle : A Year of Food Life” by Barbara Kingsolver. Acclaimed fiction writer Barbara Kingsolver details her family’s attempt to eat only home-grown or locally produced food for one year.
“Pilgrim at Tinker Creek” by Annie Dillard highlights the year the author spent exploring the Virginia region through which Tinker Creek runs.
“The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World” by Michael Pollan explores the complex relationship between human beings and four specific plants, namely apples, tulips, marijuana, and potatoes.
“Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed is the author’s memoir of her 1,100-mile solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail from Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State.
“Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson is a strong indictment on the effect of pesticides on the environment, particularly birds.
“Nature Cure” by Richard Mabey describes the author’s descent into depression and chronicles his subsequent recovery in a new landscape where we see his fascination with nature.