It is interesting to find that I have gained a sense of the two different people who donated the books: Sandra Foster, a former director of the Nature Center, and John E. Sunder PhD a UT history professor and naturalist. Mrs. Foster's collection consists of many textbooks, extra large picture books, TX State extension pamphlets, nature activity books, and complete sets of nature magazines. You can see the teacher, animal lover, and information gatherer that must have made her a good person to over see the Nature Center. From her books you can infer that she was religious, had pets and rehabilitated wildlife, made collections of natural history artifacts, and enjoyed teaching. Dr. Sunder's collection consists of series by influential naturalist authors, stories of naturalists, books concerning the state of the planet, and books about how human thought and history has effected nature. I can conclude from his books that he traveled to many parts of the world, considered conservation important, was a birder, and valued the collection enough to have paperbacks bound. What do my books say about me? My shelves are filled mostly with field guides, nature activities resource books, gardening, and our old biology class textbooks.
After going through so many books, I feel that I have a deficit of reading and learning, and I am making a list of books to read. One gem found in Dr. Sunder's collection is a writer named Richer Jefferies. He was a contemporary of Charles Dickens and Emily Dickinson, and heralded the beauty and joy in nature. Another book on my list is One Day on Beetle Rock, by Sally Carrighar, a story of a place with each chapter from a different animal's perspective. I need to read some writings of John Muir, father of our National Parks. There are of course many more books that I should read. Do you have any recommendations?
What kind of books are on your shelves and what do they say about you?
If you had to choose 3 books which would you keep?
|There are many books in the collection|
by birder, deep sea and jungle explorer William Beebe
|A John Aududon illustration.|
Older books have the most beautiful prints!