Turning Over a New Leaf

~ Book Club for Teens & Adults ~

We will now meet every-other-month, with our next session on September 26th. (Note – this is a revised date.)


During our September session, we will be joined by author Marcy Cottrell Houle,as we discuss her book “A Generous Nature: Lives Transformed by Oregon”.

More information about her book can be found on Marcy’s website.

We are asking for people who join the September 26th session to have read the book and come prepared with a question or two to ask.

Email Ryan, our Director of Education & Outreach, at ryan@umpquawatersheds.org to RSVP and receive the Zoom link for the event.

Previous Reads: 

July 2021 ~ Our theme for July was “Building Community” — some of the book options included

  • The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, by Dan Buettner
  • Eco Village at Ithaca: Pioneering a Sustainable Culture, by Liz Walker
  • Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America, by James Fallows & Deborah Fallows
  • Community Building: What Makes it Work – A Review of Factors Influencing Successful Community Building, by Paul Mattessich and Barbara Monsey

June 2021 ~ Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals, by Temple Grandin

May 2021 ~ Our theme for this month was “The Interconnected Plight of Women & the Environment” — some of the book options included

  • Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn
  • From Outrage to Courage: Women Taking Action for Health and Justice, by Anne Firth Murray
  • Like a Tree: How Trees, Women, and Tree People Can Save the Planet, by Jean Shinoda Bolen
  • Reweaving the World: The Emergence of Ecofeminism, by Irene Diamond & Gloria Orenstein (Editor)
  • Braiding Sweetgrass (for people who hadn’t read it in November)

April 2021 ~ Unbowed, by Wangari Maathai

February 2021 ~ Overstory: Zero, Real Life in Timber Country, by Robert Leo Heilman

January 2021 ~ Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, by Richard Louv

December 2020 ~ We read a variety of books and discussed the topic “Acknowledging Racial Prejudice & Privilege (& using privilege for good)” — Some of the options included: 

  • Becoming, by Michelle Obama
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
  • How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do, by Claude M. Steele

November 2020 ~ Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, by Robin Wall Kimmerer

October 2020 ~ We read a variety of books and discussed the topic “Humans’ Relationship with Animals” — Some of the options included:

  • Soul of an Octopus, by Sy Montgomery
  • Rescue Road: One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs, and a Million Miles on the Last Hope Highway, by Peter Zheutlin
  • How to Be a Good Creature, by Sy Montgomery
  • Chipmunks on the Doorstep, by Edwin Tunis