Environmental Books by SEJ Members

Are you an SEJ member who's authored, co-authored or edited a non-fiction or fiction environmental book (published in 2016 or 2017) you'd like included on this page? Documentaries are also welcome. Please send the following to web content manager Cindy MacDonald:

  1. a one-paragraph description
  2. name of publisher and year of publication
  3. ISBN number
  4. .gif or .jpg image of the book cover (optional)
  5. Internet link to more information (optional) 

Members' books published in: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 and earlier.

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Non-Fiction

 

"The Backyard Field Guide to Chickens"

By Christine Heinrichs

Chickens went from anonymous fast food to backyard pets in the 21st century. As interest in local food increased, chickens went along as mascot. "The Backyard Field Guide to Chickens" puts information about chickens and the colorful variety of breeds into the hands of newbie keepers, experienced breeders and wishful dreamers. People are familiar with dog breeds, but chicken breeds are less well known. Most have heard of Rhode Island Reds and Leghorns. The Field Guide has photos and background on more than 80 breeds. Mention chickens, and just about everyone will chime in. If they aren’t keeping chickens themselves – yet – they know someone who is. Practical considerations encourage small flock keeping. The USDA is discouraging regular feeding of antibiotics to avoid creating antibiotic-resistant pathogens. People are concerned about humane treatment of food animals. They want fresh eggs. The historic background places these breeds in context. Some breeds have been around for thousands of years and have significant cultural context. This is a book everyone can enjoy, over and over. Voyageur Press, 2016. ISBN: 9780760349533. More information.

 

 

"The Chubby Woman's Walkabout Guide to Cool Stuff on the American River, Volume 2"

By Mary K. Hanson

This book was written and compiled to help everyday nature-lovers and beginner naturalists learn to identify some of the more common species found along the American River in northern California. This is the second volume in this “Cool Stuff” series, and contains information on about 200 plants, trees and flowers commonly found along the American River. All of the photographs displayed in the book were taken by the author. 100% of the profits from the sale if this book is donated to regional nonprofit conservation organizations. Publisher: Mary K. Hanson, 2016. ISBN: N/A; available only through Lulu.com.

 

 

"The Chubby Woman's Walkabout Guide to Cool Stuff on the American River, Volume 3"

By Mary K. Hanson

This book was written and compiled to help everyday nature-lovers and beginner naturalists learn to identify some of the more common species found along the American River in northern California. This is the third volume in this “Cool Stuff” series and contains information on about 150 birds. All of the photographs displayed in the book were taken by the author. 100% of the profits from the sale if this book is donated to regional nonprofit conservation organizations. Publisher: Mary K. Hanson, 2016. ISBN: N/A; available only through Lulu.com.

 

 

"Every Other Breath: Plankton and the Hidden Stories of Climate Change"

By Tony Bartelme

Plankton is indeed fascinating and beautiful. Some of these tiny critters and microbes can secrete deadly neurotoxins. One species can all-but-live forever. They inspire Hollywood filmmakers and artists. They're also under the gun because of climate change. The Post and Courier's e-single, "Every Other Breath," brings this hidden world to the surface. Taking readers from the Carolinas to Bermuda, award-winning journalist Tony Bartelme documents our quest to understand what’s happening to these mysterious creatures. Life literally began with plankton, and changes to the plankton could determine humanity’s fate. "'Every Other Breath' is perhaps the one truly breathtaking story. It’s a universe of miracles under the sea, and we desperately need them — or we die." – Carl Safina, noted author of "Song for the Blue Ocean" and "Beyond Words". Evening Post Publishing, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-929647-28-6. More information.

 

 

"The Natural Burial Cemetery Guide"

By Ann Hoffner

You may have heard of a death care alternative called "green burial." "The Natural Burial Cemetery Guide" describes the burial grounds that offer it.​ Now for the first time, you can locate and choose the type of cemetery you want for yourself and your loved ones.​ Dead bodies not hermetically sealed from the earth recycle their nutrients into the soil and help build new life. When disposed of without formaldehyde-based embalming or environmentally unfriendly concrete burial vaults, in a shroud or biodegradable casket, they can be used to protect or reclaim forest or meadow. Cemeteries don't need pesticides and heavy equipment for landscaping; graves can be hidden in the natural setting or marked with just engraved fieldstone memorials.​ ​ ​The book won the 2017 Green Book Festival Wild Card award. It can be purchased in PDF as a complete guide or in one of four regions, Northeast, South, Midwest or West. Green Burial Naturally, 2017. ISBN: 978-0-9895946-0-8. More information.

 

 

"Nature and You" (an adult coloring book)

By Mary K. Hanson

Tuleyome’s “Nature and You” coloring book for adults combines art and nature, allowing folks to actively participate in their own stress relief while at the same time learning a little bit more about the natural subjects they’re coloring. It is hoped that this process will help to forge a positive mental association between colorists and the great outdoors. Tuleyome is a nonprofit conservation organization based in Woodland, CA that spearheaded the campaign which led to the designation of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument. Tuleyome, 2016. ISBN: 9781365213670. More information.

 

 

"Rising Tides: Climate Refugees in the Twenty-First Century"

By John R. Wennersten and Denise Robbins

"Rising Tides" sounds an urgent wakeup call to the growing crisis of climate refugees, and offers an essential, continent-by-continent look at these dangers. The crisis is everywhere and it is imminent. Detailing a number of solutions, John R. Wennersten and Denise Robbins argue that no nation can tackle this universal problem alone. The crisis of climate refugees requires global, concerted solutions beyond the strategic, fiscal, and legal capability of a single country or agency. Indiana University Press, 2017. ISBN: 978-0-253-02588-3. More information.

 

 

"The Texas Landscape Project: Nature and People"

By David Todd and Jonathan Ogren

Cover of The Texas Landscape Project

"The Texas Landscape Project: Nature and People" explores conservation and ecology in Texas by presenting a highly visual and deeply researched view of the widespread changes that have affected the state as its population and economy have boomed and as Texans have worked ever harder to safeguard its bountiful but limited natural resources. Covering the entire state, from Pineywoods bottomlands and Panhandle playas to Hill Country springs and Big Bend canyons, the project examines a host of familiar and not so familiar environmental issues. Includes 290 color maps, and over 100 other figures. Texas A&M University Press, June 2016. ISBN: 978-1623493721. More information.

 

"Tuleyome’s Trail Guide: Colusa and Glenn County"

By Mary K. Hanson

This book contains maps, directions, descriptions and photographs of the trails in Colusa and Glenn County in California built, maintained and/or regularly traveled by the staff and volunteers of Tuleyome, a nonprofit conservation organization based in Woodland, CA that spearheaded the campaign which led to the designation of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument. Tuleyome, 2016. ISBN: 9781365230332. More information.

 

"Tuleyome’s Trail Guide: Napa and Lake County"

By Mary K. Hanson

This book contains maps, directions, descriptions and photographs of the trails in Napa and Lake County in California built, maintained and/or regularly traveled by the staff and volunteers of Tuleyome, a nonprofit conservation organization based in Woodland, CA which spearheaded the campaign which led to the designation of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument. Tuleyome, 2016. ISBN: 9781365251429. More information.

 

"Tuleyome’s Trail Guide: Yolo and Solano County"

By Mary K. Hanson

This book contains maps, directions, descriptions and photographs of the trails in Yolo and Solano County in California built, maintained and/or regularly traveled by the staff and volunteers of Tuleyome, a nonprofit conservation organization based in Woodland, CA that spearheaded the campaign which led to the designation of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument. Tuleyome, 2016. ISBN: 9781365176241. More information.

 

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Fiction

 

"Hope Valley"

By John Manuel

Cover of Hope Valley

"Hope Valley" tells the story of Hurley Cates, a factory worker who retires with his wife, Opal, to a hilltop farm on the edge of Durham, NC. Deeply conservative and fearful of change, Hurley is a man who needs to control his world. When a young, female couple moves next door, his domain of the hill and set of values are threatened. In alternately humorous and heart-rending scenes, the two couples struggle to find common ground in sexual politics, religion and stewardship of the woods, fields and shared garden. The story serves as a parable for the bridging of the cultural divide that currently threatens our nation. Red Lodge Press, 2016. ISBN 978-0-9981112-0-9.

 

 

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