Earth Day is April 22nd, and it’s a great time to embrace the natural world around you! To celebrate the paperback release of Paradise Falls by Keith O’Brien, we’ve put together a great list of books about the environment and nature to read for Earth Day. From studies on saving endangered species to observations on the lives of honeybees, there’s so much to learn from this list of recommendations.
Grab a picnic blanket and a book, and get outside to enjoy the sunshine!
Paradise Falls by Keith O’Brien
“Propulsive…A mighty work of historical journalism…A glorious quotidian thriller about people forced to find and use their inner strength.” —The Boston Globe
The staggering story of an unlikely band of mothers in the 1970s who discovered Hooker Chemical’s deadly secret at Love Canal—exposing one of America’s most devastating toxic waste disasters and sparking the modern environmental movement as we know it today.
“A passionate and thorough exploration of the growing scientific evidence showing why humans require other species to stay well.” —The Guardian
Losing Eden is a fascinating look at why human beings have a powerful mental, spiritual, and physical need for the natural world. It explores the profound impact this has on our ability to heal the soul and bring solace to the heart, as well as the cutting-edge scientific evidence proving nature as nurturer.
“Carlos is an inspiration to me. He’s the perfect spokesperson for the plants of the world.” —Jane Goodall, primatologist and UN Messenger of Peace
In The Plant Messiah, Magdalena takes readers from the forests of Peru to deep within the Australian outback in search of the rare and the vulnerable. Back in the lab—at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, home of the largest botanical collection in the world—we watch as he develops groundbreaking, left-field techniques for rescuing species from extinction, encouraging them to propagate and thrive once again.
“A portrait of great charm and sophistication, rich in its natural and historical range, guaranteeing that you won’t look at cherry blossoms the same way again.” —The Guardian
As much a history of the cherry blossom in Japan as it is the story of one remarkable man, The Sakura Obsession follows the flower from its significance as a symbol of the imperial court, through the dark days of the Second World War, and up to the present-day worldwide fascination with this iconic blossom.
“As strange, beautiful, and unexpected, as precise and exquisite in its movings as bees in a hive. I loved it.” —Helen Macdonald, author of H Is for Hawk
An inspiring, up-close portrait of tending to a honeybee hive—a year of living dangerously—watching and capturing the wondrous, complex universe of honeybees and learning an altogether different way of being in the world.