Books to recognize the Earth’s seasons, beauty, darkness, living beings, past, and future.

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Here are books to recognize the Earth's beauty, splendor, darkness, seasons, living beings, past, and future. From scholarly reckonings to journalistic inquiry and memoir to children's picture books, take in the joys and perilousness of living on and living with our planet.


-The Lichen Museum on the University of Minnesota Press podcast: A. Laurie Palmer joins Art after Nature series editors Giovanni Aloi and Caroline Picard in conversation.

-"This avoidance feels familiar: We all hope that a nagging discomfort will abate unaided, and tend to sidestep reckoning with deeper systemic issues, be they interpersonal, bodily, or environmental." Rain Taxi Review on Ranae Lenor Hanson's Watershed

-Petra Kuppers, author of Eco Soma (part of our Art after Nature series) has received a 2023 Guggenheim Fellowship

-"Acknowledging discontinuity makes it possible to study something without having to claim exclusive or complete knowledge of the subject. Environmental science is sorely in need of this approach." Science Magazine on Charlotte Wrigley's Earth, Ice, Bone, Blood






Trouble in the Forest: California’s Redwood Timber Wars Trouble in the Forest California’s Redwood Timber Wars Richard Widick 2009 Fall
The long social history of California’s conflict over ancient forests and its impact today
Animal Capital: Rendering Life in Biopolitical Times Animal Capital Rendering Life in Biopolitical Times Nicole Shukin 2009 Spring
Illuminates the profound contingency of market life on animal figures and flesh
The Great Minnesota Fish Book The Great Minnesota Fish Book Tom Dickson 2008 Fall
From walleye to bowfin to stickleback—vivid and entertaining profiles of Minnesota’s many different fishes
Trees and Shrubs of Minnesota Trees and Shrubs of Minnesota Welby R. Smith 2008 Spring
Practical, comprehensive, and packed with information—the indispensable guide for identifying trees and shrubs in Minnesota
When Species Meet When Species Meet Donna J. Haraway 2007 Fall
Whom do we touch when we touch a dog? How does this touch shape our multispecies world?
Bataille’s Peak: Energy, Religion, and Postsustainability Bataille’s Peak Energy, Religion, and Postsustainability Allan Stoekl 2007 Fall
An audacious exploration of Bataille’s philosophy of energy within current conservation debates
Great Wolf and the Good Woodsman Great Wolf and the Good Woodsman Helen Hoover 2005 Fall
A classic story with a message of peace, tolerance, and kindness—illustrated by Betsy Bowen
Rain Forest Literatures: Amazonian Texts and Latin American Culture Rain Forest Literatures Amazonian Texts and Latin American Culture Lucia Sá 2004 Spring
Recaptures native literatures of the Amazonian rain forest
Spirit of the North: The Quotable Sigurd F. Olson Spirit of the North The Quotable Sigurd F. Olson Sigurd F. Olson David Backes, Editor 2004 Spring
An accessible and inspiring collection of Olson’s most enlightening words
A Plague of Frogs: Unraveling an Environmental Mystery A Plague of Frogs Unraveling an Environmental Mystery William Souder 2002 Fall
An alarming account of the effects of environmental degradation-now in paperback for the first time!
Space and Place: The Perspective of Experience Space and Place The Perspective of Experience Yi-Fu Tuan 2001 Spring
On the 25th anniversary of its publication, a new edition of this foundational work on human geography.
A Wilderness Within: The Life of Sigurd F. Olson A Wilderness Within The Life of Sigurd F. Olson David Backes 1999 Fall
The critically acclaimed biography of this venerable naturalist and writer.