San Rafael Public Library

Great Books Reading and Discussion Group

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February 7, 2019 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
San Rafael Public Library
1100 E Street
San Rafael
CA 94901
(415) 388-2987

Great Books Reading and Discussion Group

Join the group for a monthly discussion of literature as “a fun and challenging way to become thoughtful, more engaged citizens.” Each 1st Thursday of the month, 1:30 – 3:00 pm, the group will meet to discuss that month’s selection. The readings range from nonfiction to fiction and ancient to modern. The discussion is free and open to all.

The following readings for 2019 and 2020 are chapter selections from the book Keeping Things Whole: Readings in Environmental Science.

One copy of the book is available as in-library use only at the reference desk (copies of the chapters can be made) and one copy is circulating which you can also find at the reference desk or place a hold if already check out.

February 7 – Water Songs / Terry Tempest Williams
March 7 – The Politics of Wilderness and The Practice of the Wild / R. Edward Grumbine.
April 4 – Cutover / Jan Zita Grover.
May 2 – Dimensions of Deformity / Gordon L. Miller.
June 6 – Rules for the direction of the mind / René Descartes
July 4 – Independence Day Holiday – Library Closed
August 1 – Katahdin / Henry David Thoreau and Death of a pine / Henry David Thoreau
September 5 – Man and nature / George Perkins Marsh
October 3 – The biosphere / Vladimir I. Vernadsky
November 7 – The climax concept / Frederic E. Clements
December 5 – The ecosystem / A.G. Tansley

January 2 – The Land Ethic and Odyssey / Aldo Leopold
February 6 – The economics of the coming spaceship Earth / Kenneth E. Boulding
March 5 – The tragedy of the commons / Garrett Hardin
April 2 – The closing circle / Barry Commoner
May 7 – The world’s biggest membrane / Lewis Thomas
June 4 – Intricacy / Annie Dillard
July 2 –  The recognition of Gaia / James E. Lovelock
August 6- The end of nature / Bill McKibben
September 3 – The words nature, wild, and wilderness / Gary Snyder

To be Determined…
October 1 –
November 5 –
December 3 –

For more information contact:
Louis C. Rutledge 415-388-2937 or

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