Reading List: Spring

Spring has officially sprung! (Even if the weather is refusing to reflect it.) The books on our newest reading list are perfect for reading in a hammock, lawn chair, or on picnic blanket. If you are living where the weather isn’t as warm: a couch, hearth rug, or under the covers will do while you dream about nicer weather.



For the Gardener


Your Midwest Garden: An Owner’s Manual

By Jan Riggenbach

A guide to the flowers, shrubs, vegetables, fruits, and other plants that thrive and make beautiful Midwest gardens.




For the Golfer


Wide Open Fairways: A Journey across the Landscapes of Modern Golf

By Bradley S. Klein

Explores what makes golf courses unique and compelling as recreational landscapes.




For the Traveler


Shenandoah: A Story of Conservation and Betrayal

By Sue Eisenfeld

The story of the creation and legacy of Shenandoah National Park and the thousands of Virginia Blue Ridge Mountain families that were displaced, as seen through one woman’s experiences in the Park.




For the Cyclist


Bicycling beyond the Divide: Two Journeys into the West

By Daryl Farmer

The transformation of a twenty-year-old college dropout as he embarks on a five-thousand-mile bicycle journey into the American West, and his attempt to retrace his route twenty years later as an out-of-shape forty-year-old.




For the Civil War Aficionado


Spring 1865: The Closing Campaigns of the Civil War

By Perry D. Jamieson

An examination of the final months of the Civil War.




For the Kayaker


Kayaking Alone: Nine Hundred Miles from Idaho’s Mountains to the Pacific Ocean          

By Mike Barenti

A one-man kayaking adventure from central Idaho to the Pacific Ocean is a lens into the contest between man and salmon in the Pacific Northwest.




For the Bird Watcher


Sandhill and Whooping Cranes: Ancient Voices over America’s Wetlands

By Paul A. Johnsgard

Informational book on sandhill and whooping cranes, and where to view them.



When you need a break from springtime activities, take a look at our Pinterest page for more suggesting reading.

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