A few weeks ago, I did a book review for My Ideal Bookshelf, a fabulous coffee table book filled with book recommendations from today’s most popular writers, musicians, and artists. I got a ton of amazing book recommendations from that publication, A Sand County Almanac being one of them.
Recommended by chef Dan Barber, A Sand County Almanac combines some of the finest nature writing with an outspoken and highly ethical regard for America’s relationship to the land.
With amazing illustrations scattered throughout the book, A Sand County Almanac takes readers on a journey through the woodlands of Wisconsin, Iowa, Arizona, Sonora, Oregon, Manitoba, and elsewhere…giving readers a first-glance look at what happens in the sky, under the brush, and in our own backyards.
Beginning with a section documenting the monthly changes of the Wisconsin countryside and including other informal pieces author Aldo Leopold wrote over a 40-year period, this beautifully-written book makes you feel like you’re right there with Leopold, sitting on his porch, watching the world go about its business right in front of you.
Though it was written nearly 70 years ago, many of the themes in A Sand County Almanac remain the same today. A love, understanding, and appreciation of nature is at its heart and readers are sure to walk away feeling a deeper appreciation for everything the world has to offer, from the humble goose to the glorious prairies of the golden plains.
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