Leafing Through the Pages at the Morton Arboretum
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Morton Arboretum- Herbarium, Library, Archives (August 5, 2011)
We meet in the Sterling Morton Library, which contains 28,000 books, 12,000 artworks and several hundred nursery catalogs.
"Walden" by Henry David Thoreau brought on one of our best book discussions. The leader encouraged each group member to describe his or her reaction to this book, and while the first couple of people were enthusiastically delighted with Thoreau's work, the next person did not like the book one bit.
John Muir was voted the author that our members would most like to meet. Other authors who had a strong showing in the vote were Timothy Egan, William Bartram, Barbara Kingsolver and Bill Bryson.
Four books we loved: "Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West" by Stephen Ambrose; "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life" by Kingsolver; "Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime" by Kenneth I. Helphand; and "The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey" by Candice Millard.
Our next book: "The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession" by Andrea Wulf.