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Women and The Natural World

If You Only Read a Few Books in Spring, Read These!

Playlist Tags: Little Visioneers genre: Non-Classifiable topic: nature spring books spring 2021 women authors natural world

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Fathoms

The World in the Whale

By Rebecca Giggs
Narrated by: Shiromi Arserio
Length: 12 hours 5 minutes

Winner of the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction * Finalist for the 2020 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction * Finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award

A “delving, haunted, and poetic debut” (The New York Times Book Review) about the awe-inspiring lives of whales, revealing what they can teach us about... Read more »

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Silent Spring

By Rachel Carson
Narrated by: Susie Berneis
Length: 10 hours 43 minutes

Conservationist Rachel Carson spent over six years documenting the effects on DDT‚Äîa synthetic organic compound used as an insecticide‚Äîon numerous communities. Her analysis revealed that such powerful, persistent chemical pesticides have been used without a full understanding of the extent of their potential harm to the whole biota, including... Read more »

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The Nature Fix

Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

By Florence Williams
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 8 hours 54 minutes

For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees; Wordsworth composed while tromping over the heath; Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. Intrigued by our storied renewal in the natural world, Florence Williams sets out to uncover the... Read more »

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The Well-Gardened Mind

The Restorative Power of Nature

By Sue Stuart-Smith
Narrated by: Sue Stuart-Smith
Length: 11 hours 30 minutes

The Well-Gardened Mind

“I listened to this on audio (from libro.fm/avidbookshop) and really loved it. I'm a longtime lover of being outdoors, but it wasn't until the pandemic hit that I started growing potted plants on my own in earnest. This book highlights the ways in which gardening, in all its forms, has a demonstrably positive impact on your mind, your body, your relationships, and the world. Just a lovely tome no matter if you're never planning to take care of plants or if you're a master gardener. ”

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Braiding Sweetgrass

Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

By Robin Wall Kimmerer
Narrated by: Robin Wall Kimmerer
Length: 16 hours 44 minutes

As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the Potawatomi, as well as a majority of other cultures indigenous to this land, consider plants and animals to be our... Read more »

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Late Migrations

A Natural History of Love and Loss

By Margaret Renkl
Narrated by: Joyce Bean
Length: 5 hours 2 minutes

Late Migrations

“Margaret Renkl feels the lives and struggles of each creature that enters her yard as keenly as she feels the paths followed by her mother, grandmother, her people. Learning to accept the sometimes harsh, always lush natural world may crack open a window to acceptance of our own losses. In Late Migrations, we welcome new life, mourn its passing, and honor it along the way.”

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The Murmur of Bees

By Sofía Segovia & Simon Bruni
Narrated by: Xe Sands & Angelo Di Loreto
Length: 14 hours 20 minutes

From a beguiling voice in Mexican fiction comes an astonishing novel—her first to be translated into English—about a mysterious child with the power to change a family’s history in a country on the verge of revolution.

From the day that old Nana Reja found a baby abandoned under a bridge, the life of a small Mexican town forever changed.... Read more »

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Vesper Flights

By Helen Macdonald
Narrated by: Helen Macdonald
Length: 10 hours 21 minutes

Vesper Flights

“I wish I could give Vesper Flights twelve stars out of five. In this beautiful, loving, poignant portrait of a nature lover’s world — gosh, what an understatement — Helen MacDonald continues to prove herself a nature-writing powerhouse. Her literary skills make her a modern legend, and Vesper Flights is sure to touch as many hearts, if not more, than H Is for Hawk did.”

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Into the Planet

My Life as a Cave Diver

By Jill Heinerth
Narrated by: Jill Heinerth
Length: 10 hours 16 minutes

From one of the world’s most renowned cave divers, a firsthand account of exploring the earth’s final frontier: the hidden depths of our oceans and the sunken caves inside our planet

More people have died exploring underwater caves than climbing Mount Everest, and we know more about deep space than we do about the depths of our oceans. From one... Read more »

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The Sea Around Us

By Rachel Carson
Narrated by: Kaiulani Lee
Length: 9 hours 9 minutes

Published in 1951, The Sea Around Us is one of the most remarkably successful books ever written about the natural world. Rachel Carson's rare ability to combine scientific insight with moving, poetic prose catapulted her book to first place on The New York Times best-seller list, where it enjoyed wide attention for thirty-one consecutive weeks.... Read more »

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The Soul of an Octopus

A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness

By Sy Montgomery
Narrated by: Sy Montgomery
Length: 9 hours 10 minutes

In this astonishing book from the author of the best selling memoir The Good Good Pig, Sy Montgomery explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus—a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature—and the remarkable connections it makes with humans. Read more »

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Sex in the Sea

Our Intimate Connection with Kinky Crustaceans, Sex-Changing Fish, Romantic Lobsters and Other Salty Erotica of the Deep

By Marah J. Hardt
Narrated by: Carla Mercer-Meyer
Length: 9 hours 54 minutes

Forget the Kama Sutra. When it comes to inventive sex acts, just look to the sea. There we find the elaborate mating rituals of armored lobsters; giant right whales engaging in a lively threesome whilst holding their breath; full moon sex parties of groupers and daily mating blitzes by blueheaded wrasse. Deep-sea squid perform inverted 69s,... Read more »

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The Unreal and the Real, Vol 1

Selected Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin Volume One: Where on Earth

By Ursula K. Le Guin
Narrated by: Tandy Cronyn
Length: 11 hours 44 minutes

The Unreal and the Real is a major event not to be missed. In this two-volume selection of Ursula K. Le Guin's best short stories-- as selected by the National Book Award winning author herself-- the reader will be delighted, provoked, amused, and faced with the sharp, satirical voice of one of the best short story writers of the present day.... Read more »

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This One Wild and Precious Life

The Path Back to Connection in a Fractured World

By Sarah Wilson
Narrated by: Sarah Wilson
Length: 13 hours 45 minutes

“Sarah Wilson is a force of nature – quite literally. She has taken her pain and grief about our sick and troubled world and alchemized it into action, advocacy, adventure, poetry, and true love.” — ELIZABETH GILBERT

Will you sleep through the revolution? Or do you want to wake up and reclaim your one, wild and precious life? From New York... Read more »

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Why We Swim

By Bonnie Tsui
Narrated by: Angie Kane
Length: 6 hours 35 minutes

Humans, unlike other animals that are drawn to water, are not natural-born swimmers. We must be taught. Our evolutionary ancestors learned for survival; now in the twenty-first century, we swim in freezing Arctic waters and piranha-infested rivers to test our limits. Swimming is an introspective and silent sport in a chaotic and noisy age; it’s... Read more »

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