Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Grand Adventure of Reading

Participants in Leafing Through the Pages, the book discussion group of the Sterling Morton Library, have recently read and discussed two noteworthy works. In January, we read Kenneth Helphand’s Defiant Gardens : making gardens in wartime and this month we explored Michael Frome’s Strangers in High Places : the story of the Great Smoky Mountains. As you can imagine these were two very different stories and discussions. As disparate as they might seem they also shared some commonalities. Each work focused on individuals with passion and vision who create/preserve precious green spaces.

At the gatherings, additional resources were presented from the collections of the Sterling Morton Library including books and artwork. Additional resources relating to these books can be found at:
Michael Frome - text of his 1984 Horace M. Albright Lecture on Conservation presented at Berkeley
Great Smoky Mountains

Interested in joining in an upcoming discussion? Here’s the program for the remainder of 2009:
March 12, 2009 - Dillard, Annie. Teaching a stone to talk : expeditions and encounters, 1982.
April 9, 2009 - Friedman, Thomas. Hot, flat and crowded : why we need a green revolution--and how it can renew America, 2008.
May 14, 2009 - Smith, Carl. The plan of Chicago : Daniel Burnham and the remaking of the American city, 2006.
June 11, 2009 - Ballowe, James. A man of salt and trees : the life of Joy Morton, 2009.
July 9, 2009 - Maloney, Cathy Jean. Chicago gardens : the early history, 2008.
August 13, 2009 - Johnson, Wendy. Gardening at the dragon’s gate : at work in the wild and cultivated world, 2008.
September 10, 2009 - Campanella, Thomas J. Republic of shade : New England and the
American elm, 2003.
October 8, 2009 - Koeppel, Dan. Banana : the fate of the fruit that changed the world, 2008.
November 12, 2009 - Kull, Robert. Solitude : seeking wisdom in extremes : a year alone in the Patagonia wilderness, 2008.
December 10, 2009 - Zwinger, Ann. Wind in the rock, 1978.

Hope you will join us for at some future gathering!

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