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Run by women, and for women, WEN’s Green Reads book groups read about a range of environmental and leadership development topics. Members currently host book clubs in the East Bay, San Francisco and the Peninsula.

What We’re Reading…

East Bay Book

The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery
Date: Please plan on meeting up between October 16 and 27 and the organizer will send out a Doodle poll closer to then.

At the meeting we will be having a book exchange! Bring any books you would like to pass on to a new reader and maybe you will leave with a few new books of your own! To be added to the East Bay Green Reads email list, contact: WENBookClubEastBay@gmail.com

San Francisco Book

Designing Your Life: Build a Life that Works for You, by William Burnett, Dave Evans
Date: Thursday, October 26, 7pm
To be added to the email list, contact: WENBookClubSF@gmail.com

Peninsula Book

Unbowed: A Memoir by Wangari Maathai
Date:  November (group to vote on date), 7pm, in downtown San Mateo (RSVP for location)
To be added to the email list, contact: WENBookClubPeninsula@gmail.com

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Member Reviews…

But Will the Planet Notice? How Smart Economics Can Save the World
by Gernot Wagner

“This book is a broad introduction to the intercept between economics and the environment for people who have an interest in thinking beyond personal choices to make an impact”

The End of Country: Dispatches from the Frack Zone
by Seamus McGraw

“This book was fracking good!”

“An eye opening account that leaves you with a hunger to learn more about the toll fracking takes on the lives of locals and landscape around them.”

Eco Barons: The New Heroes of Environmentalism (also called “Eco Barons: The Dreamers, Schemers, and Millionaires Who Are Saving Our Planet”)
by Edward Humes

The book club members all enjoyed this book because it included inspirational stories about men and women working to protect or restore the environment. These incredible people gave their time and money and expected nothing in return. This book was more of an uplifting read than our previous books. We highly recommend it.

“A collection of essays documenting the beautiful, old-school, low-tech, places and things that still exist here and there in and around Silicon Valley (and the other high-tech centers of our civilization)…”(low) tech writer

Visit Sunny Chernobyl
by Andrew Blackwell

“This was a really interesting book! It was a different perspective than most environmental books because it showed both the bad and good parts of some very polluted places. I learned a lot!” – A.K.

“Visit Sunny Chernobyl’ presents a new perspective of places we normally choose not to think about. It made me want to plan my next trip!” – S.C.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

“Our members thought this book was inspiring and useful. Many members already grow much of their own food. Recipes in the book inspired one member to make her own homemade mozzarella!”

Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage
by Heather Rogers

“This book was certainly educational, but a bit of a downer. Much of the information in the book was a sad reality on how wasteful our society has become, and how we deal with it.”

Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment
by Sandra Steingraber

“This book was an interesting perspective from a cancer patient and ecologist. Inspiring to some, depressing to others, the book left most feeling vulnerable to the way we are impacted by the altered environment around us. It prompted lively conversation about how we try and protect ourselves through education and trying to make informed decisions but the prevalence of pollutants within our air, water, and land is still intimidating.”

The Nature Principle
by Richard Louv

This book made members aware of the importance of nature in its various forms.

One WEN book club member “really enjoyed reading and discussing the Nature Principle with the WEN book club. In it, the author Richard Louv, provides a framework to think about how the influence of nature has concrete and scientifically proven benefits to our health, intelligence and social structure. Although this concept is intuitive for many of us, it was useful to read about the many scientific studies that have borne this out. Moreover, Louv provides insightful and practical ways in which we can integrate interaction with nature as a part of our healthcare system, government structure and social fabric. The book is full of stories and anecdotes that inspire the reader to go out and find out for themselves the myriad benefits that nature has to offer.”