September 2020
The Yellow House–Sarah Broom
The Spell of the Sensuous–David Abram
The World We Have–Thich Nhat Hanh

August (and one step closer to Autumn ¬†ūüćāūüćĀ)

Courting the Wild Twin–Martin Shaw

The Matrix of Yoga–Brenda and Georg Feuerstein

May/June/Julyish 2020 (Who knows anymore?)

All Among the Barley–Melissa Harrison

Dwellings: A Spiritual History of the Living World–Linda Hogan

Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy
Eds. Simmons Buntin, Elizabeth Dodd, Derek Sheffield

Irreplaceable: The Fight to Save Our Wild Places–Julian Hoffman

Welcoming the Unwelcome–Pema Ch√∂dr√∂n

How to Be an Antiracist–Ibram Kendi

The True Secret of Writing–Natalie Goldberg

The Ocean at the End of the Lane–Neil Gaiman

April 2020

All the Fierce Tethers–Lia Purpurea

Braiding Sweetgrass (again!)–Robin Wall Kimmerer

The Living Mountain–Nan Shepherd

March 2020

The Overstory–Richard Powers

February 2020

The Best American Essays 2019

Deep Creek–Pam Houston

January (Oh my gosh!!!) 2020

Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living

December 2019

How to Do Nothing‚ÄĒJenny Odell¬†

Homesick‚ÄĒJennifer Croft

One Long River of Song‚ÄĒBrian Doyle

Erosion: Essays of Undoing–Terry Tempest Williams

Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place–Terry Tempest Williams

Teaching a Stone to Talk–Annie Dillard

November 2019

Savage Gods‚ÄĒPaul Kingsnorth

Bluets–Maggie Nelson

The Liars’ Club–Mary Karr

The Art of Memoir–Mary Karr

Emotional Chaos to Clarity–Phillip Moffitt

Late Migrations–Margaret Renkl

October 2019

The Creative Habit–Twyla Tharp

Dancing With Life–Phillip Moffitt

September 2019

An American Childhood–Annie Dillard

Buddha’s Brain–Rick Hanson

Vital Signs–Gregg Levoy

August 2019

The 1619 Project

The Yamas and Niyamas–Deborah Adele

Where the Crawdads Sing‚ÄĒDelia Owens

July 2019

Underland‚ÄĒRobert Macfarlane

The Tree‚ÄĒJohn Fowles

An Interrupted Life and Letters From Westerbork‚ÄĒEtty Hillesum¬†

Brain Body Diet‚ÄĒSara Gottfried

June 2019

Seasons: Desert Sketches–Ellen Meloy

Writing From the Center–Scott Russell Sanders

Environmental and Nature Writing–Sean Prentiss and Joe Wilkins

May 2019

Staying Put: Making a Home in a Restless World–Scott Russell Sanders

Of Silence and Song‚ÄĒDan Beachy-Quick

The Earth Path‚ÄĒStarhawk

April 2019

Radical Joy for Hard Times–Trebbe Johnson

March 2019

Beautiful Madness: One Man’s Journey Through Other People’s Gardens–James Dodson

Ecology of a Cracker Childhood–Janisse Ray

The Book of Delights–Ross Gay

Appointed Rounds–Michael McFee

February 2019

A House of My Own–Sandra Cisneros

A New Earth (again!)–Eckhart Tolle

Sugar Run–Mesha Maren

The War of Art–Stephen Pressfield

A Year to Live (again!)–Stephen Levine¬†

January 2019

Crossroads of the Natural World–Tom Earnhardt

What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia–Elizabeth Catte

Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home–Toko-pa

December 2018

Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature–Kathleen Dean Moore

Walking in Wonder–John O’Donohue

Big Magic–Liz Gilbert (rereading as I need a little Big Magic right now!)

Out of the Woods–Julia Corbett

Spirit Matters–Michael Lerner

September–November 2018
I am seriously behind on my blog housekeeping. I apologize. Maybe I’m reading too much!

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel–Alexander Chee

Dreams from My Father–Barack Obama

Dear Passenger: Welcome to My Wacky World as a Flight Attendant–Elizabeth Calwell

Original Light–Snatam Kaur

Exploring the Geology of the Carolinas–Stewart and Roberson

Grounded–Diana Butler Bass

August 2018

Sailing Home: Using Homer’s Odyssey to Navigate Life’s Perils and Pitfalls–Norman Fischer

Art at Last: It’s Never Too Late To Create–Mariah Wheeler

I’m on a serious literary journal/magazine kick this month, so:

  • Calyx
  • Room
  • Ploughshares
  • Raleigh Review
  • Scalawag
  • Minerva Rising

July 2018

The Practice of the Wild–Gary Snyder

Around and About Cary–Tom Byrd and Jerry Miller

Just a Horse-Stopping Place: An Oral History Of Cary NC–Peggy Van Scoyoc

June 2018

Doll God–Luanne Castle

Kin Types–Luanne Castle

Bluets–Maggie Nelson

The Enchanted Life–Sharon Blackie

May 2018

Art & Fear–David Bayles and Ted Orland

Inner Engineering–Jaggi Vasudev

April 2018

My Traitor’s Heart–Rian Malan

Known and Stange Things–Teju Cole

March 2018

Scatterlings‚ÄĒMartin Shaw

Dimestore: A Writer’s Life–Lee Smith

√Āgua Viva–Clarice Lispector

Writing For My Life–Nancy Levin

February 2018

Living with a Wild God–Barbara Ehrenreich

Writing & Selling Short Stories & Personal Essays: The Essential Guide to Getting Your Work Published–Windy Lynn Harris

January 2018

Earth Medicine–Jamie Sams

Simple Abundance–Sarah Ban Breathnach

A Year to Live–Stephen Levine

(The three above will be part of my ongoing daily reading this year, along with WWRWtW)

Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver–Mary Oliver

Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here–Angela Palm

December 2017

One Christmas–Truman Capote

Braiding Sweetgrass-Robin Wall Kimmerer

November 2017

Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche–Bill Plotkin

Tears to Triumph: The Spiritual Journey from Suffering to Enlightenment–Marianne Williamson

Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid–Nikki Giovanni

October 2017

Walking on Lava:¬†Selected Works for Uncivilised Times–The Dark Mountain Project

Sacred Earth: The Spiritual Landscape of Native America–Arthur Versluis

Signs & Seasons–John Burroughs

Braving the Wilderness–Bren√© Brown

September 2017

Lab Girl–Hope Jahren

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek–Annie Dillard

the small heart of things: being at home in a beckoning world–Julian Hoffman

August 2017

The Writing Life–Annie Dillard

The Living Mountain–Nan Shepherd

Landmarks–Robert Macfarlane

The Poetics of Space–Gaston Bachelard

July 2017

Mindfulness–Ellen J. Langer

The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards–William J. Broad

Last Child in the Woods–Richard Louv

June 2017 

The Nature Fix–Florence Williams

The Forest Unseen–David George Haskell

Silent Spring–Rachel Carson

Writing Alone and with Others–Pat Schneider

May 2017

Italian Tales: An Anthology of Contemporary Italian Fiction

If Women Rose Rooted–Sharon Blackie

April 2017

The Four Elements–John O’Donohue

Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman–Jean Shinoda Bolen

Owls and Other Fantasies–Mary Oliver

March 2017

LossSongs: poems on love lost–Anora Sutherland (McGaha)

A Religion of One’s Own–Thomas Moore

The Radiance Sutras–Lorin Roche, PhD.

February 2017

Self-Compassion–Kristin Neff, Ph.D.

The Cross of Redemption: Uncollected Writings–James Baldwin

The Mandala Workbook–Susanne F. Fincher

Words Under the Words: Selected Poems–Naomi Shihab Nye

Between the World and Me–Ta-Nehisi Coates

January 2017

The Art of Memoir–Mary Karr

Hidden Treasure: Uncovering the Truth in Your Life Story–Gangaji

Women in Praise of the Sacred–Edited by Jane Hirshfield

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate‚ÄĒDiscoveries from a Secret World–Peter Wohllben

December 2016

Winter Hours: Prose, Prose Poems, and Poems–Mary Oliver

Wild Women, Wild Voices–Judy Reeves

H is for Hawk–Helen Macdonald

The New Jim Crow–Michelle Alexander

November 2016

The Book of Legendary Lands–Umberto Eco

Start Right Where You Are–Sam Bennett

Zen and the Art of Making a Living–Laurence G. Boldt

Make Peace with Your Mind–Mark Coleman

October 2016

Upstream–Mary Oliver

Fully Engaged: Using the Practicing Mind in Daily Life–Thomas Sterner

Whispers from the Wild: Listening to Voices from the Animal Kingdom–Amelia Kinkade

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisiss–J.D. Vance

Love Warrior–Glennon Doyle Melton

Big Magic–Elizabeth Gilbert (Re-reading)

September 2016

Dropping the Struggle: Seven Ways to Love the Life You Have–Roger Housden

99 Stories of God–Joy Williams

Light on Life–B.K.S. Iyengar

Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy–Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone

The Mother’s Songs: Images of God the Mother–Meinread Craighead

August 2016

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft–Stephen King

The Course of Love–Alain de Botton

Becoming Wise–Krista Tippett

Women and Writing–Virginia Woolf

Original Light: The Morning Practice of Kundalini Yoga–Snatum Kaur

July 2016  

A Field Guide to Getting Lost–Rebecca Solnit

The Journey Within–Radhanath Swami

June 2016
Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation–Stephen Mitchell (Re-reading)

Ongoingness: The End of a Diary–Sarah Manguso

The View From the Cheap Seats–Neil Gaiman

Mindfulness for Beginners–Jon Kabat-Zinn

The Great Work of Your Life–Stephen Cope

A Writer’s Guide to Persistence–Jordan Rosenfeld ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†

May 2016     

Faithfully Religionless–Timber Hawkeye¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†

The Courage to Teach–Parker J. Palmer

The Summer of the Elder Tree–Marie Chaix

Meditation for the Love of it–Sally Kempton

Marrow: A Love Story–Elizabeth Lesser

April 2016

Hold Still–Sally Mann

Let Your Life Speak–Parker J. Palmer

Awakening Shakti–Sally Kempton

Catching up on back issues of many magazines–how do I get so far behind?!?

The Life of Elves–Muriel Barbery

March 2016

Tending the Heart Fire–Shiva Rea

Love’s Wild Journey–Sherry Sadoff Hanck

Healing the Heart of Democracy–Parker J. Palmer

The Collected Short Stories of Lydia Davis

All the Light We Cannot See–Anthony Doerr

February 2016

All the Light We Cannot See–Anthony Doerr

Just Kids–Patti Smith

M Train—Patti Smith

One Continuous Mistake–Gail Sher

Outliers (finally!!)–Malcolm Gladwell

Winter Hours–Mary Oliver

Yoga Therapy for Stress and Anxiety–Robert Butera, Erin Byron, Staffan Elgelid

 Ongoing Read Every Day

Women Who Run With the Wolves–Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes