Reading is important because, if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything. – Tomie Depaola

While you are spending so much time at home, you might as well learn that you aren’t as alone as you think.  Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live by Rob R. Dunn. 

Proving that truth can be better than fiction, tune into the bizarre Milli Vanilli-esque (I really dated myself with that reference) scenario featured in Sounds Like Titanic by Jessica Chiccehitto Handyman. (A Memoir)

Delve into the intricacies of the lethal forces at play on Everest ranging from the egos of individuals, pushes by the tour guides toward a successful summit for the betterent of their business record, and communication failures among different groups with Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer.

You will feel as if you are living through every moment of this local tragedy as you soak up the incredible descriptions of the unfolding events in The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough. 

Feeling confined? You may relate to Elizabeth as she observes a wild snail that has taken up residence on her nightstand while she is bedridden due to an illness.  Join her as she gains greater understanding of her own restricted place in the world in The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elizabeth Tova Bailey. (A Memoir)

Exceptionally written and powerfully poignant, this is a must read.  Know My Name by Chanel Miller. (A Memoir)

Travel beneath Earth’s topsoil into caves, catacombs, sinkholes, mines, meltwater moulins, and whirlpools in Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert Macfarlane.

Step onto the Appalachian Trail from the comfort of home.  Without even one blister, you  will get to experience all the humor that accompanies the trials and tribulations of A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson.

Looking for an informative book you can read in short bursts?  Each informative chapter focuses on an extinct or critically endangered species and the scientists who study them.  You will never look at the world the same way after reading The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert.

Full of unforgettable stories and scientific information about a lesser-known delectable fruit native to our region, Pawpaw in Search of America’s Forgotten Fruit by Andrew Moore will have you longing to go way down yonder in a paw paw patch!

Written 5/3/20 by Linda