You can follow in our footsteps and read what we are reading, OR, read books of your own choosing -- hopefully with the themes we have listed below:
June -- NATURE, GARDENS, SCIENCE and ANIMALS
1. The Rodale Book of Composting, by Grace Gershuny and Deborah L. Martin
"The essential guide to composting for all gardeners and enviromentally conscious people
Composting is fast becoming a household word. Gardeners know it is the best way to feed the soil, while others look to composting as a way to dispose of grass clippings, autumn leaves, and tree trimmings. The Rodale Book of Composting offers:
* Easy-to-follow instructions for making and using compost
* Helpful tips for apartment dwellers, suburbanites, farmers and community leaders
* Ecologically sound solutions to growing waste disposal problems" (Amazon Book Description...READ MORE)
2. Next of Kin: My Conversations with a Chimpanzee, by Roger Fouts and Stephen Tukel Mills
"For 30 years Roger Fouts has pioneered communication with chimpanzees through sign language--beginning with a mischievous baby chimp named Washoe. This remarkable book describes Fout's odyssey from novice researcher to celebrity scientist to impassioned crusader for the rights of animals. Living and conversing with these sensitive creatures has given him a profound appreciation of what they can teach us about ourselves. It has also made Fouts an outspoken opponent of biomedical experimentation on chimpanzees. A voyage of scientific discovery and interspecies communication, this is a stirring tale of friendship, courage, and compassion that will change forever the way we view our biological--and spiritual--next of kin." (Amazon Book Description... READ MORE)
3. Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid (counts as two books) , by Douglas R. Hofstadter
Douglas Hofstadter’s book is concerned directly with the nature of “maps” or links between formal systems. However, according to Hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all mental activity transcends the system that supports it. If life can grow out of the formal chemical substrate of the cell, if consciousness can emerge out of a formal system of firing neurons, then so too will computers attain human intelligence. Gödel Escher and Bach is a wonderful exploration of fascinating ideas at the heart of cognitive science: meaning, reduction, recursion, and much more. (Amazon Book Description... READ MORE)
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