Turning Over a New Leaf

~ Book Club for Teens & Adults ~

Our final session for the year will take place on Saturday, November 19th, 2022 at 5pm (Pacific Time), during which we will discuss:

Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures

by Merlin Sheldrake

If you are interested in attending, please email Ryan, our Director of Education, at ryan@umpquawatersheds.org.

We hope to see you on November 19th!

Schedule & Reading List for 2022: 


Previous Reads (2021 & before): 

November 2021 ~ A Generous Nature: Lives Transformed by Oregon, by Marcy Houle

September 2021 ~ Maybe One: A Case for Smaller Families, by Bill McKibben

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