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On summer break for June, July, and August - see you in September!

The Nature Book Club is taking a summer break for the months of June, July, and August. Monthly meetings will resume in September - but you can still register now to join the book club email list!

Join the book club email list


The next book club book (for September) will be announced in August.


More about the nature book club:

​The book club is free to attend, and all are welcome.

If you have never registered for the book club, please register via the link below. If you have registered in the past, you are already on the list and do not need to register again.

Join the book club email list


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.

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In May, we read Robert Macfarlane's Underland: A Deep Time Journey, an "epic exploration of the Earth's underworlds as they exist in myth, literature, memory, and the land itself."

This book is available through the Upper Hudson Library System in physical format, in ebook and audiobook format via Libby and Hoopla, at Market Block Books, and through other book sellers.

The next book club book (for September) will be announced in August.




Previous Nature Book Club selections have included:
Around the World in 80 Trees by Jonathan Drori
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World's Largest Owl by Jonathan C. Slaght

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

The Book of Eels by Patrik Svensson

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


​"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 dan@rensselaerplateau.org.