Turning Over a New Leaf

~ Book Club for Teens & Adults ~

For the month of July, we’ll explore what it means to build community.

Here are a few options to choose from: 

This month’s session will take place in person during Umpqua Watersheds’ River Appreciation Day!
Join us Saturday, June 17th at 5pm* at Steamboat Ballfield as we discuss the topic of building community.

*This is a change from our usual time of 6pm.

Note: Blue Zones, Our Towns, and other books related to community-building are available for free from Ford Family Foundation’s Select Books Program.


Previous Reads: 

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