Wild Words Book Club
Cozy up with a good book as we explore the magical world of nature through literature at the Wild Words Book Club. The club will meet virtually once a month to discuss the reading and enjoy each other’s company. For more information, contact Ellie Muelrath by email at Elspeth.Muelrath@sonoma-county.org.
Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery
June 4 • 3-4 p.m.
Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes and less than $200. The next anybody heard from her, the 67-year-old great-grandmother had walked 800 miles along the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail. Her vocal criticism of the lousy, difficult stretches led to bolstered maintenance, and very likely saved the trail from extinction. Grandma Gatewood’s Walk shines a fresh light on one of America’s most celebrated hikers.
The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham
July 2 • 3-4 p.m.
From the fertile soils of love, land, identity, family and race emerges The Home Place, a big-hearted, unforgettable memoir by ornithologist J. Drew Lanham. In The Home Place, readers meet generations of Lanhams, including Drew himself who, over the course of the 1970s, falls in love with the natural world around him. As his passion takes flight, however, he begins to ask what it means to be “the rare bird, the oddity.” By turns angry, funny, elegiac and heartbreaking, The Home Place is a remarkable meditation on nature and belonging, at once a deeply moving memoir and riveting exploration of the contradictions of black identity in the rural South – and in America today.