A peek into the nightstand

Feb 23, 2012
Find out which books Land Trust staff are reading and share your recommendations.


“To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries.” 
- A C Grayling, Financial Times (in a review of A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel)

Reading is at once a social and individual pursuit.  Here at the Land Trust, staff often share books and it is not uncommon for a book to make its way around most of the office before being handed down to begin a journey with another reader.  Sharing books is a rewarding way to pass along something you've enjoyed with others and to be inspired by new topics.  With that in mind, here is a short list of books recently or currently being read here at the office. 

Tell us, what are you reading?

Wild Play: Parenting Adventures in the Great Outdoors by David Sobel.
Long before Richard Louv, David Sobel was advocating for place-based environmental education as a way to cure what ails kids today. I’ve always appreciated his approach for its place-basedness and for his link to age appropriate activities for kiddos.   Sarah says: "I have long admired David and it was fun to read a personal story of how he raised his kids. Now to implement some of those things with my kids!" 

Sheri recently re-read Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and is currently reading Take Me With You by Brad Newsham.  "It's really good and highly recommended!"

The last book Lisa finished was Outlander, the first book in a series by Diana Gabaldon.  She says, "I LOVED it and will read the rest of the series once I’m done with Hunger Games (currently reading and LOVING it!), first of a 3-book series by Suzanne Collins.  Both are must-reads!"

Associate Director Zak Boone has two books pending: The Girl Who Played with Fire and Shantaram.  "I’ve read Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, so need to get to #2 and my wife strongly recommended Shantaram."

Amanda, our intrepid stewardship director says she is working her way through The Owl and the Woodpecker by Paul Bannick.  "I went to his talk at the Environmental Center awhile back and have talked to him about maybe coming out to the Metolius Preserve to look for great horned owls and white-headed woodpeckers.  I'm also picking my way thru Daniel's Running Formula by Jack Daniels, PhD., mostly looking for tips on training for a half marathon and triathlon.  And when I've got a spare moment (so I'm only on page 5) I leaf through Trees and Logs Important to Wildlife in the Interior Columbia River Basin, recommended by our forestry consultant Darin Stringer."

And Outreach Associate Karyn Verzwyvelt says the most recent book she read was The Path is the Goal by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche along with her school textbooks, which she can't find any takers for in the inter-office reading circle.

 What is sitting in your nightstand?