Environmental Book Group

The environment is one of our precious treasures that we need to ensure we take care of properly. We need to understand as much as we can about the environment and related issues and learn ways to keep the environment healthy. Individual actions make a difference. One way for us to learn is to read books that teach us about the environment and examine ways of handling environmental problems and ways to avoid problems. Thus, the Riderwood Environmental Book Group was formed.


The group meets on the 3rd Friday of each month in the Lakeside Commons Card Room (next to the Pub waiting area) from 1:00 to 2:00. If you haven’t had time to finish the book being discussed, do come anyway, because there is always something to learn from the discussion.

Anne Riley is the group leader.  If you have any questions or comments, send an email to Anne at envbooks@riderwoodlife.com. Her contact information is also in MyErickson and in the Resident Directory available at the front desks.

Group Book List

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January 19: Ben Rawlence’s “The Treeline: The Last Forest and the Future of Life on Earth”


January 20: Ed Young’s “An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us”

February 17:  Nathaniel Rich’s “Losing Earth”

March 17:  Kenn Kaufman’s “A Season on the Wind: Inside the World of Spring Migration”

April 28: Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring”

May 19:  Wohlleben & Billinghurst’s “The Secret Wisdom of Nature”

June 16:  Douglas W. Tallamy’s “Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Backyard”

July 21:  Peter Wohlleben’s “The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief, and Compassion: Surprising Observations of a Hidden World”

August 18:  Hope Jahren’s “The Story of More”

September 15: Michael Shellenberger’s “Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us”

October 20: Dan Egan’s “The Devil’s Element. Phosphorus and a World Out of Balance”

November 17: Douglas W. Tallamy’s “Bringing Nature Home, Updated and Expanded: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants”

December 15: Jeff Goodell’s “The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World”


January 21:  Michael Mann’s “The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet”

February 18: Charles C. Mann’s “The Wizard and the Prophet” (to be continued)

March 18:  Charles C. Mann’s “The Wizard and the Prophet”

April 15:  Michael Bloomberg and Carl Hope’s “Climate of Hope: How Cities, Business, and Citizens Can Save the Planet”

May 20:  Elizabeth Kilbert’s “Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future”

June 17:  Jane Goodall’s “The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide fo Trying Times”

July 15:  David Wallace’s “The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming”

August 19:  Meeting Postponed:  Attendees Vacationing!

September 16: Elizabeth Kolbert’s “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History”

October 21:  Yuai Noah Harari’s “Sapiens” (Chapters 1-10)

November 18:  Yuai Noah Harari’s “Sapiens” (Starting with Chapter 11)

December 15:  Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac’s “The Future We Choose: The Stubborn Optimist’s Guide to the Climate Crisis”


October 8: Suzanne Simard’s “Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest”

November 19: Robin Wall Kimmerer’s “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants”

December 17: Bill Gates’s “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster”


Anne Riley has created a bibliography of environmental books that can be seen here.