New Canaan Nature Center Book Club

Our Mission
To create a lively forum for verdant thinkers who will convene monthly to discuss an important work of fiction or non-fiction that helps us examine our relationship, as individuals and a society, to the natural world. Our monthly meetings are open to adults and take place in the Visitors Center.

We encourage you to purchase books locally or visit your library. Elm Street Books in New Canaan offers, a 10% discount to NCNC members on current book club titles.

Please RSVP or if you have questions, email

Upcoming meetings & books:

October 2012:TBD by

List of Previously-Read Books

West with the Night by Beryl Markham (July 2012)

Essay/Poetry Night (June 2012)

Tracking and the Art of Seeing: How to Read Animal Tracks and Sign,by Paul Rezendes (May 2012)

World's End, by T.C. Boyle (April 2012)

This Organic Life: Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader, by Joan Dye Gussow (March 2012)

The End of Nature by Bill McKibben (February 2012)

Confessions of a Cracker Childhood (The World as Home), by Janisse Ray (January 2012)

Staying Alive: Women, Ecology, and Development, by Vandana Shiva (December 2011)

Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution, and How It Can Renew America, by Thomas Friedman (November 2011)

Four Fish, by Paul Greenberg (October 2011)

Little House in the Big Woods, by Laura Ingalls Wilder (September 2011)

Poetry Night (June 2011)

The Golden-Bristled Boar: Last Ferocious Beast of the Forest, by Jeffrey Greene and hosted by the author (May 2011)

Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer, hosted by Keith Marshall (April 2011)

Eating Animals,by Jonathan Safran Foer, hosted by Melanie Pearson (March 2011)

The Orchid Thief,by Susan Orlean (February 2011)

Honeybee: Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper, by C. Marina Marchese, hosted by the author (January 2011)

Mutant Message Down Under, by Marlo Morgan, hosted by Keith Marshall (November 2010)

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, by Annie Dillard, hosted by Ali Beatty (read November 2010)

Last Child in the Woods, by Richard Louv, hosted by Keith Marshall (read October 2010)

Beautiful Swimmers: Waterman, Crabs, and the Chesapeake Bay, by William Warner, hosted by Claire Foster (read September 2010)

Lucky You, by Carl Hiaasen (read July 2010)

The Real Food Revival, by Sherri Brooks Vinton, hosted by the author (read June 2010)

Kingbird Highway: The Biggest Year in the Life of an Extreme Birder, by Kenn Kaufman (read May 2010)

Eco-Chick Guide to Life, by Starr Vartan (read April 2010)

Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson (read March 2010)

In Pursuit of the Common Good, by Paul Newman and A.E. Hotchner (read February 2010)

Confessions of an Eco-Sinner by Fred Pearce (read January 2010)

Desert Solitaire, by Edward Abbey (read December 2009)

Cradle to Cradle, by William McDonough (read November 2009)

A Sand County Almanac, by Aldo Leopold (read October 2009)

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver (read September 2009)

The Art of Simple Food and The Edible Schoolyard, by Alice Waters (read July 2009)

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, by Michael Pollan (read June 2009)

Greasy Rider: Two Dudes, One Fry-Oil-Powered Car, and a Cross-Country Search for a Greener Future, by Greg Melville (read May 2009)

Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future, by Bill McKibben (read April 2009)

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