The essay is a literary device for saying almost everything about almost anything. - Aldous Huxley
Denver Public Library’s Core Collections are essential titles of a genre that represent the breadth and diversity of our contemporary world. They are also available on Overdrive! We continue our blog series with essays that shine a light on our natural world and its inhabitants.
A celebration of “the planet of Wyoming” and the American West, Ehrlich’s essays are a tribute to the vibrant people and natural forces of the region. Ehrlich has earned multiple awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Adapted from John Green’s popular podcast of the same name, these thought-provoking essays center around how humans have shaped the planet and its biodiversity.
Houston draws from her travels and her ranch in the Colorado Rockies for this collection of inspiring and candid essays. A meditation on the wonder and grief of the world.
Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine Keeble Wilkinson (editors)
These impassioned essays explore the correlation between global warming and gender inequality. This diverse collection of essays asks questions and provides possible solutions regarding our climate crisis.
Robin Wall Kimmerer
Robin Wall Kimmerer, a professor of plant ecology, draws on indigenous knowledge and her scientific background to explore what plants and animals can teach us. A lyrical and engaging essay collection.
This book, first published in 1949, is lauded as some of the finest nature writing in the genre.
N. Scott Momaday
Awarded the National Medal of Arts and the Pulitzer Prize, N. Scott Momaday's latest book reflects on the land and its influence on indigenous people. Using childhood memories and generational knowledge he reveals how profound our connection to the earth is and how we must protect it.
From award-winning poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil comes a transcendent collection of essays. The natural world and its inhabitants will inspire you.
These sixteen essays explore animals made famous by humans throughout history. Poetic and startling, each essay tackles a particular animal, such as the racing pigeon, elephant, and the domesticated house cat.
Check out these titles and more from the Core Collections. You can see the other blogs in the Essay Core Collection Series Almost Anything About Almost Everything below:
This blog was written by guest contributor Gina W.