Volume 3 2012

Wisconsin's Water Library

Reading About Writing

Wisconsin’s Water Library has collected some great books that might just inspire some great writing.

AMERICAN EARTH: ENVIRONMENTAL WRITING SINCE THOREAU
Edited by Bill McKibben. New York: Literary Classics of the United States; Penguin Putnam, 2008.
This anthology includes selections from more than 100 great American writers, including some of the early conservationists, such as Thoreau, Muir and Burroughs. The editor proposes that environmental writing is America's most distinctive contribution to the world's literature.

COLORS OF NATURE: CULTURE, IDENTITY, AND THE NATURAL WORLD
Edited by Alison H Deming and Lauret E. Savoy. Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 2011.
This collection of work from more than 30 contributors of diverse backgrounds explores the relationship between culture and place, emphasizing the lasting value of cultural heritage.

SCIENTIFIC WRITING 2.0: A READER AND WRITER'S GUIDE
By Jean-Luc Lebrun. Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific Publishing Co., 2011.
This book aims to help scientists write papers for scientific journals through numerous examples.

THE BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE WRITING 2011
Edited by Rebecca Skloot, Jesse Cohen and Floyd Skloot. New York: Ecco, 2011.
The 2011 edition of this annual series is a comprehensive view of 2011's scientific developments.

THE BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE AND NATURE WRITING 2011
Edited by Mary Roach. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co., 2011.
The “Best American Series” is the premier annual showcase for the country's short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume's series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals and websites.

WILDBRANCH: AN ANTHOLOGY OF NATURE, ENVIRONMENTAL, AND PLACE-BASED WRITING
Edited by Florence Caplow and Susan A. Cohen. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2010.
This collection of work by more than 50 contributors offers the perspectives of field biologists, hunters, farmers, environmental educators, academics, writers and artists, among others.

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Anyone in Wisconsin can borrow these books. Just email askwater@aqua.wisc.edu.





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