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 2015 or 2016) 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: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 and earlier.

Advertise your 2015 or 2016 environmental book in the book-review pages of our quarterly newsletter SEJournal. For only $48 for four issues, keep your book title in front of the membership and subscribers for one full year. Complete the online form and follow the instructions for payment.  SEJ members only.


 

Non-Fiction

 

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

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 first volume in this “Cool Stuff” series and contains information on galls, slime molds, fungi, lichen and insects 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 of this book is donated to regional nonprofit conservation organizations. Publisher: Mary K. Hanson, 2015. ISBN: N/A; available only through Lulu.com.

 

 

"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.

 

 

"A Compendium of Tuleyome Tales, Volume 1"

By Mary K. Hanson

Tuleyome Tales are nature-based feature articles written by Tuleyome staff members and guest authors. This book embodies the tales written between 2003 and 2010. They have been published online and in local newspapers such as The Daily Democrat, The Davis Enterprise, Lake County News, The Napa Valley Register, The West Sacramento News Ledger, Red Bluff News, the Winters Express and others. 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, 2015. ISBN: 9781329217003. More information.

 

 

"A Compendium of Tuleyome Tales, Volume 2"

By Mary K. Hanson

Tuleyome Tales are nature-based feature articles written by Tuleyome staff members and guest authors. This book embodies the tales written between 2011 and 2015. They have been published online and in local newspapers such as The Daily Democrat, The Davis Enterprise, Lake County News, The Napa Valley Register, The West Sacramento News Ledger, Red Bluff News, the Winters Express and others. 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, 2015. ISBN: 9781329203648. More information.

 

 

"Embracing Sustainability: A Warning and a Guide for the Future of Humanity"

By Marc C. Seamon

Cover of Embracing Sustainability

"Embracing Sustainability: A Warning and a Guide for the Future of Humanity" was written to help people think in terms of sustainability — to help them recognize the unsustainable practices that are all around them and embrace sustainability as the only feasible model on which to build an existence that will last. It is a collection of essays that reflect on sustainability from a variety of angles. Some of the chapters are philosophical, while a few are utilitarian, explaining how and why certain aspects of society need to change to become sustainable. The book includes 65 chapters, eight color photographs and a color plate. Publisher: Marc C. Seamon, 2015. ISBN: 978-0-9968940-0-5. More information.

 

 

"Island on Fire: The Extraordinary Story of a Forgotten Volcano that Changed the World"

By Alexandra Witze (SEJ member) and Jeff Kanipe

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"Island on Fire" tells the story of one of history’s greatest untold natural disasters: the 1783 eruption of the Icelandic volcano Laki. Spewing out sun-blocking ash and then a poisonous fog for eight long months, the eruption’s effects lingered across the world for years. It killed people from Iceland to France to Egypt, and it may have even helped trigger the French Revolution. Science writers Alexandra Witze and Jeff Kanipe explore the consequences of this little-known eruption, which underscored how a single volcano on a remote North Atlantic island can change the course of history. Laki has become a touchstone for understanding the relationship among volcanoes, climate change, and the fragility of human societies. Pegasus Books, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-60598-674-6. 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.

 

 

"One Hundred & One Reasons to Get Out of Bed"

By Natasha Milne and Barbara Royal

"One Hundred & One Reasons to Get Out of Bed" introduces us to 101 people of influence — environmentalists, conservationists, artists, writers, thought leaders, activists and everyday heroes, who are passionate about the planet and the creatures we share it with. It asks them what gets them out of bed and why, what they’re doing about it and what we can all do. Along with Jane Goodall’s fight against poaching, Louie Psihoyos’ belief in weapons of mass construction and a 10-year-old boy’s lemonade stand to help orangutans, business innovators Rick Ridgeway and Richard Branson, global economist John Hewson and Garbage singer Shirley Manson add their voices to nearly one hundred others, encouraging us to find our ‘one thing’ and commit to move ourselves and our communities toward the brightest possibilities for the future. TWIG2, 2015. ISBN: 978-0-9944628-0-0. More information.

 

 

"A River Runs Again: India's Natural World in Crisis, from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of Karnataka"

By Meera Subramanian

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In this lyrical and intimate tapestry of five stories dealing with life, loss and survival in modern-day India, Meera Subramanian travels in search of the ordinary people and micro-enterprises rescuing India's natural world from crisis. An engineer-turned-farmer brings organic food to Indian plates. Villagers revive a dead river. Well-intentioned cook stove designers persist on a quest for a smokeless fire. Biologists bring vultures back from the brink of extinction. And in Bihar, one of India’s most impoverished states, a bold young woman teaches young adolescents the fundamentals of sexual health and, in the process, unleashes their untapped potential. In these true stories, Subramanian discovers both cautionary tales and renewed hope for a sustainable and prosperous future for India. PublicAffairs, 2015. ISBN: 978-1610395304. More information.

 

 

"A Species Guide to the Berryessa Snow Mountain Region"

By Mary K. Hanson

This species guide contains photographs and information on over 200 distinct species of plants and animals, but they still only comprise a tiny fraction of the flora and fauna found throughout the Berryessa Snow Mountain region. While the guide is not comprehensive, it provides an introduction to the diversity of life found in this rich area, including many common as well as threatened and endangered species. 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, 2015. ISBN: 9781312746398. More information.

 

 

"Still Lifes from a Vanishing City: essays and photographs from Yangon, Myanmar" (with an introduction by Emma Larkin)"

By Elizabeth Rush

Cover of Still Lifes from a Vanishing City

In 2010, the tectonic plates beneath the junta-controlled Myanmar started to shift. As the military regime began to loosen its reins on power, it auctioned off 80 percent of the country’s state-owned assets and earmarked hundreds of buildings in downtown Yangon for demolition and redevelopment. This opaque but surely profitable fire sale would profoundly reshape the country’s economic landscape and the lives of those who had long called the former colonial capital of Yangon home. Elizabeth Rush, a westerner who has been reporting on South East Asia for years, made good use of strange days just before Myanmar’s awakening to venture into the lost world of downtown Yangon, but it was not the large edifices of Empire that attracted her attention. Rather, she focused on the shop houses and private residences that line the alleyways and it is here, in these forgotten and secluded spaces, that the city’s real secrets have been kept. After all, it was not – in the bad old days of the Burmese regime – just those who were overtly political who had to succumb to the silence. In a world where anyone accused or perceived of being on the wrong side of the regime could end up in prison with no legal recourse, people turned inwards by necessity. Only behind closed doors was it safe to indulge in private obsessions and the day-to-day worries of making ends meet. "Still Lifes from a Vanishing City" celebrates and preserves the interior lives diligently maintained despite the dictatorship’s powerfully effacing reach. Things Asian Press, 2015. ISBN: 978-1934159446. 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.

 

"Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography"

By David B. Williams

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Since settlers first arrived in Seattle, the city's citizens have altered the landscape with an unrivaled zeal. We have regraded hills, reengineered tideflats and replumbed lakes to provide better locations for business and easier ways to move through the challenging topography. And we are still at it, though now we also understand that earthquakes and rising sea levels have the potential to change us as much as we have changed the land. In "Too High and Too Steep," David B. Williams uses his deep knowledge of Seattle, scientific background and extensive research and interviews to illuminate the physical challenges and sometimes startling hubris of these large-scale transformations. Along the way, he also takes you out in the field, bringing this startling history to life. University of Washington Press, September 2015. ISBN: 978-0295995045. 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.

 

"Tuleyome’s Wild Nature Book for Children!"

By Mary K. Hanson

This nature-based book is geared toward young readers ages 6 and up. Each page shows the reader a plant, animal or location within the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument region in northern California, provides them with a little background information and then poses a question which encourages young readers to do some research on their own. 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, 2015. ISBN: 9781312623484. More information.

 

 

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Fiction

 

"Under Water: A Strong Current Trilogy Book 1"

By Greg Olmsted

Cover of Under Water

In "Under Water," Liko escapes from his mother's trailer park in Las Vegas, scuba dives with his uncle in Hawaii and learns about his Hawaiian heritage. Liko’s uncle, Keahi, investigates an explosion and fire at a playground. "Under Ground" introduces Keahi’s workmates and exposes corruption in the Hawaii Department of Water, Wind and Sun. Gasoline continues to escape from an abandoned UST and Keahi investigates, hoping to prevent further casualties. "Under Threat" describes the dramatic effect of a catastrophic oil spill when a super tanker breaks its back off the coast of Waikiki after colliding with a longliner fishing boat. Dirty Business Publishing LLC, available Fall 2015. ISBN: 2015905323. More information.