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BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Active Hope by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone This recommendation comes from our Eastern Iowa Program Manager, Carole Teator. “I had originally discovered this book while looking for resources to help me deal with the anxiety I feel when I think about how climate change will affect the places and people I care about, especially those not yet born who will inherit the effects of the decisions we make today. I needed help so that I might become more present to the beauty and wonder around me while also figuring out what I can do to more effectively work to protect that beauty and wonder for others to enjoy. And now, in this even more immediate world crisis of COVID-19, I have turned again to this book. Its central premise is that each of us can choose creativity and action as a path toward mental and emotional resilience. If we do so collectively, we might also achieve a life-sustaining society. The writing is very accessible and buoys the reader who is able to open their heart to hope and to commit to action.” #inhfbookclub #currentlyreading #bookstagram #bookrecommendation


📖 BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS are back! We know that now more than ever an escape to nature that you can encounter from home is important. This week's recommendation is Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver Kingsolver's fifth novel celebrates nature. It captures human experience and narrative with Appalachia as a background. Donor relations director, Abby Hade Terpstra says "Prodigal Summer is one of my favorite Kingsolver books of profound connection with the natural world. I love how meticulous she is with her research and understanding of the habitats she writes about. The disparate strands of individual stories ending up snugly woven together is a storytelling technique Kingsolver has mastered. Beautiful language, a lush richness and celebration of life, and themes for deep contemplation make this book a joy to be immersed in."


📖 BOOK CLUB RECOMMENDATION: A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold This conservation classic was written in 1940, and has shaped and continues to shape the conservation community. “A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold is a fantastic book for those who love interacting with our land. It is full of vivid illustrations of the happenings on his farm in Wisconsin at various times throughout the year, and also presents important perspectives on the community that is present---soils, waters, plants, animals and importantly, people. As we move forward with our work and planning, it is good to touch back to this important idea presented by Leopold and think about the boundaries of the community involved in our natural resources,” INHF board chair, Garth Adams said. @iowapublicradio’s Talk of Iowa will discuses A Sand County Almanac next as part of their 2020 book series. Visit their site to learn more. #inhfbookclub #currentlyreading #read #bookclub #books


📖❄️☕️ WINTER BOOK CLUB RECOMMENDATION: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer This recommendation comes from our Donor Relations Director, Abby Hade Terpstra. “What is our place, as humans, in the natural world? Braiding Sweetgrass languidly and stunningly journeys through the physical, emotional and spiritual connection people have to their place. This is the first book in years that I immediately reread after finishing it. I love the balance of science and story, history and present day. I highly recommend the audiobook, read by the author.” Braiding Sweetgrass explores our knowledge of and relationship to nature, and is definitely one to add to your 2020 reading list! #inhfbookclub


📖❄️☕️ Book club recommendation # 3: Buffalo for the Broken Heart: Restoring Life to a Black Hills Ranch by Dan O'Brien This novel comes recommended by INHF Land Projects assistant, Jessica Riebkes Clough. “This is the story of rancher and writer, Dan O’Brien, converting his failing cattle ranch to a restored home for bison. It reads like a novel and you feel this one deeply — the struggle of ranching, the healing of the great plains, and your link to the land,” she said. “Buffalo for the Broken Heart is at once a tender account of the buffaloes’ first seasons on the ranch and an engaging lesson in wildlife ecology. Whether he’s describing the grazing pattern of the buffalo, the thrill of watching a falcon home in on its prey, or the comical spectacle of a buffalo bull wallowing in the mud, O’Brien combines a novelist’s eye for detail with a naturalist’s understanding to create an enriching, entertaining narrative.” Jessica also added that she likes the sequel — Buffalo and Family in a Difficult Land — even better. #inhfbookclub


📖❄️☕️ Book club recommendation # 2: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens “I just finished and loved Where the Crawdads Sing. If you want to get lost in another landscape and time, this is the perfect book that blends mystery and a strong female lead character into a story that will keep you on your toes the whole time.” – Melanie Schmidt, INHF Volunteer Coordinator While it’s not in Iowa, Where the Crawdads Sing has been praised as “an exquisite ode to the natural world and is sure to captivate and inspire. #inhfbookclub


📖❄️☕️ Welcome to INHF book club! Winter is a great time to get cozy with a book and catch up on some reading. Not only is it great entertainment, but it’s a good way to learn about and experience the outdoors in new ways (and without freezing). Our first book recommendation comes from our Communications director, Joe Jayjack — Oneota Flow: The Upper Iowa River & its People By David Faldet "Oneota Flow opened my eyes to a river and region I wasn't very familiar with, but has quickly become a favorite place to escape. The story of the land and people along this waterway in northeast Iowa is a fascinating blend of natural history and human history, with good dose of Faldet's personal history thrown in. You'll be glad you spent some of the winter enjoying this book when you're floating the Upper Iowa in July." So if outdoor winter sports aren’t your thing or you’ve got a resolution to achieve, grab a warm drink and get reading. 📖❄️☕️ #inhfbookclub