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You are warmly invited to RPA's Nature Book Club, with Rama Hamarneh, PhD. The book club provides a space to discuss books related to nature, together as a community!

One evening a month, we will meet on Zoom to discuss a book we have read, and the work's relationship to nature. We will explore multiple aspects of nature in literature - represented through multiple genres and authors from around the globe.


Next Meeting:

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 7pm on Zoom


The Zoom link for each meeting will be sent out to the book club email list a few days before the meeting. ​The book club is free to attend, and all are welcome.


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In February, we'll be reading Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

Living at the limits of our ordinary perception, mosses are a common but largely unnoticed element of the natural world. Gathering Moss is a beautifully written mix of science and personal reflection that invites readers to explore and learn from the elegantly simple lives of mosses.

In this series of linked personal essays, Robin Wall Kimmerer leads general readers and scientists alike to an understanding of how mosses live and how their lives are intertwined with the lives of countless other beings. Kimmerer explains the biology of mosses clearly and artfully, while at the same time reflecting on what these fascinating organisms have to teach us.

Drawing on her diverse experiences as a scientist, mother, teacher, and writer of Native American heritage, Kimmerer explains the stories of mosses in scientific terms as well as in the framework of indigenous ways of knowing. In her book, the natural history and cultural relationships of mosses become a powerful metaphor for ways of living in the world.

This book is available through the Upper Hudson Library System, as an audiobook on hoopla through the library, at Market Block Books, from Oregon State University Press, and through other book sellers.


Previous Nature Book Club selections:


All Things Wise and Wonderful by James Herriot

Beaverland by Rachel Philip

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

What an Owl Knows: the New Science of the World's Most Enigmatic Birds by Jennifer Ackerman

World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law by Mary Roach
The Food Explorer by Daniel Stone

Forest Walking by Peter Wohlleben and Jane Billinghurst

All Things Bright and Beautiful by James Herriot

The Lives of Bees: The Untold Story of the Honey Bee in the Wild by Thomas Seeley
Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice

The Brilliant Abyss by Helen Scales

Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert Macfarlane
H is for Hawk
by Helen Macdonald

The Book of Eels by Patrik Svensson
The Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity and the Natural World Alison H. Deming and Lauret Savoy, eds.
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World's Largest Owl
by Jonathan C. Slaght
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Around the World in 80 Trees by Jonathan Drori


​"For me, nature has always provided inspiration for both writing and reading."
- Nature Book Club Leader Rama Hamarneh, PhD.

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Rama is a published writer with a PhD in Comparative Literature. She works as a staff adviser at RPI, is on the community committee for Poesten Kill Bends Preserve in Troy, and a member of the RPA Board of Directors.

Questions about the Nature Book Club? Contact Dan at

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