The group will meet for discussion on a bimonthly basis on the third Thursday of the month (meeting locations and times will vary).  Readers should jot down questions or insights/thoughts that arise while reading each book, which will serve to launch our discussion. We will select the next book to read at the end of each discussion. 

The Book Club is currently on hiatus, but we are continuing to grow our Biocultural Book List! Check out our recommendations below, and stay tuned for future Biocultural Book Club news.

 

Current Book

Soul Food: The Surprising History of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time

By: Adrian Miller

Link to book at Amazon

Link to book at Tompkins County Public Library

Past books

Books completed by Biocultural Book Club, led by Landscape Designer Irene Lekstutis

2019 – 2020

Nonfiction:

Klindienst, Patricia. 2007.  The Earth Knows My Name: Culture and Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic Americans.  Beacon Press.

Davis, Wade. 2001. Light at the Edge of the World.  Douglas & McIntryre.

Forbes, Jack. 1992. Columbus and Other Cannibals: Thw Wetiko Disease of Exploitation, Imperialism, and Terrorism. Seven Stories Press.

Kimmerer, Robin Wall.  2013.  Braiding Sweetgrass:  Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants.  Milkweed Editions.

Kimmerer, Robin Wall.  2003.  Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Moss. Oregon State University Press

Crane, Peter. 2013. Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot. Yale University Press

Finney, Carolyn. 2014. Black Faces, White Spaces. UNCPress.

Kendi, Ibram X. 2019. How to Be an Antiracist. One World, Penguin Random House.

Drori, Jonathan. 2018Around the World in 80 Trees. Lawrence King Publishing.

Livingston, Julie. 2019. Self-Devouring Growth: A Planetary Parable As Told from Southern Africa. Duke University Press

Mohawk, J., & In Barreiro, J. (2010). Thinking in Indian: A John Mohawk Reader.

Fiction:

Erdrich, Louise. 2020. The Night Watchman. Harper Collins.

Eng, Tan Twan. 2011. The Garden of Evening Mists. Myrmidon.

Powers, Richard. 2019. The Overstory.  W.W. Norton & Co.

Indigenous Reading List

More Print Resources

Kingsbury, N. (2016). Garden flora: the natural and cultural history of the plants in your garden. Portland, Oregon: Timber Press, Inc.

Kimmerer, R. W. (2003). Gathering MossCorvallis : Oregon State University Press

Cronon, W. (2003). Changes in the LandNew York : Hill and Wang.

Rossen, J. (2015). Corey Village and the Cayuga WorldSyracuse, NY : Syracuse University Press.

Recommended Books

Non Fiction

Fiction