America's Wild Read

Do you enjoy reading books that will change your life, if you let them? Do you like the idea of being a part of a community of like-minded, open-hearted people? Will you take this journey seriously, and have some fun too? You have come to the right place! 

About Us

America’s Wild Read is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Library's virtual, quarterly book club where we aim to inspire you to connect with the outdoors and nature through conservation literature. We hope you will read along with us as we feature various conservation books every quarter — contemporary, traditional, new, and classic.

Our book selections may include titles about the history of conservation, climate change climate change
Climate change includes both global warming driven by human-induced emissions of greenhouse gases and the resulting large-scale shifts in weather patterns. Though there have been previous periods of climatic change, since the mid-20th century humans have had an unprecedented impact on Earth's climate system and caused change on a global scale.

Learn more about climate change
, a species and the challenges it faces, or books that impart how we can be better stewards of the natural world. In the past we've featured books like Braiding Sweetgrass, The Home Place and Silent Spring. 

Our book discussions are open to anyone who likes to read, wants to learn more about conservation, U.S Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) employees and the public. Everyone is welcome! Even if you have not read or finished the book selection yet, please join us for these informal conversations about conservation literature, where we reflect on the text, answer discussion questions, and foster connections with one another.

 

Get Involved 

We encourage you all to grow in your knowledge of conservation literature as you read these Wild Read titles because we all have a responsibility to nature and to steward our natural resources, plants, lands, and animals. Read along with us each season and learn from our selected titles of conservation literature. Stay up to date on Wild Read news here to see book announcements, discussion questions, and book discussion events.

Each quarter we host a book discussion open to Service employees and the public, you don't have to have read the book to participate in these discussions, anyone is welcome. It is an informal book club-like atmosphere where we reflect on the reading, answer discussion questions, and enjoy some time together through a conversation on conservation literature. We hope you join us and share your thoughts and perspectives from the reading.

If you'd like to participate in our book club and join our Wild Read Community, email catherine_blalack@fws.gov.  

Poster for America’s Wild Read Fall 2022 with head and shoulders image of author and image of book cover for Immersion. Graphics: Richard DeVries/USFWS

Immerse Yourself in this Fall's Wild Read 

October 2022: Immersion The Science and Mystery of Freshwater Mussels by Abbie Gascho Landis 

This fall, we are reading Immersion the Science and Mystery of Freshwater Mussels by Abbie Gascho Landis. Every creek and river has their story, and many of these are bound to mussels. This lyrical piece of nature writing celebrates the world under the water's surface and invites us to play a part in it.

Abbie Gascho Landis is a writer, veterinarian, and naturalist who prefers spending her free time with her family playing in the creek, searching for mussels, and training her eye to distinguish one mussel species from another. Landis holds a bachelor's degree in English and biology from Goshen College and a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Ohio State University. Her writing has been published in Pinchpenny PressFull Grown People, and Paste.   

Immersion is an invitation to see rivers from a mussel’s perspective, a celebration of the wild lives visible to those who learn to search. Mussels have much to teach us about the health of our watersheds if we step into the creek and take a closer look at their lives. Landis brings readers to a hotbed of mussel diversity, the American Southeast, to seek mussels where they eat, procreate, and, too often, perish. She worries what vanishing mussels—70% of North American species are imperiled—will mean for humans and wildlife alike. In Immersion, she shares this journey, traveling from perilous river surveys to dry streambeds and into laboratories where endangered mussels are raised one precious life at a time.  

Check out our list of discussion questions to think through as you read along. 

Come join us for our upcoming online book discussion, listed below, and share your thoughts and perspectives on a few of these questions.  Please register in advance for our book discussion. At our book club meetings, we have cultivated a casual atmosphere where we reflect on the reading, answer discussion questions, and enjoy some time together through a conversation on conservation literature. We hope to see you there! 

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