The RNC Book Club
This club was started by Toni Price in the winter of 2016 to support reading and discussion of books about the natural world. Our mission is to create a lively forum which meets monthly on the First Tuesday of the month from 10 AM to noon (or longer depending on how lively this discussion grows) to learn about aspects of the natural world. This encompasses a broad range of topics.
We decide as a group which book we will read next, based on factors such as interest of Club members and availability of the book in preferred formats. Some of our members prefer physical books they can write in, some prefer borrowing a book from a library, and others like eBooks.
Reading a book a month can be expensive. To keep costs down, we don't read the latest bestsellers but select books that are available new or used for under $10.
A Place in Space:
Ethics, Aesthetics, and Watersheds
by Gary Snyder
Bay Country: Reflections on the Chesapeake
by Tom Horton
Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations
by David Montgomery
Fire Season: Field Notes from a
by Philip Connors
by Andrea Wulf
by Hope Jahren
The Botany of Desire
by Michael Pollan
by William Faulkner
The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature
by David George Haskell
What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses
by Daniel Chamovitz
Bringing Nature Home
by Douglas W. Tallamy
We welcome new members to bring new ideas and outlooks to our discussion.
10:00am to 12:00pm
Upstairs at the
Rancocas Nature Center
For more info contact Marylin Fishman at firstname.lastname@example.org
This month's selection:
Did you know that ants teach, earthworms make decisions, rats love to be tickled, and chimps grieve? Did you know that some dogs have thousand-word vocabularies and that birds practice songs in their sleep? That crows improvise tools, blue jays plan ahead, and moths remember living as caterpillars?
Noted science writer Virginia Morell explores the frontiers of research on animal cognition and emotion, offering a surprising and moving exploration into the hearts and minds of wild and domesticated animals.
Animal Wise takes us on a dazzling odyssey into the inner world of animals, from ants to elephants to wolves, and from sharp-shooting archerfish to pods of dolphins that rumble like rival street gangs. Morell probes the moral and ethical dilemmas of recognizing that even “lesser animals” have cognitive abilities such as memory, feelings, personality, and self-awareness--traits that many in the twentieth century felt were unique to human beings.
By standing behaviorism on its head, Morell brings the world of nature brilliantly alive in a nuanced, deeply felt appreciation of the human-animal bond, and she shares her admiration for the men and women who have simultaneously chipped away at what we think makes us distinctive while offering a glimpse of where our own abilities come from.