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BIBLIOTAPH... Nurtured by Nature

Compiled by Victoria Chase

Originally written as journal entries addressed to a friend, this series of poignant essays by poet and filmmaker Gretel Ehrlich chronicles her first years on “the planet of Wyoming,” where she moved in 1975 to make a series of documentaries following the death of her partner. Gretel Ehrlich—The Solace of Open Spaces—paperback, 144 pages, Penguin Books (

In this essay by famed philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, he lays out the foundation of transcendentalism, the idea that we should live in harmony with, rather than domesticate, nature. Ralph Waldo Emerson— Nature—paperback, 128 pages, Penguin Books (

A vibrant collection of short stories culled from Susi Seguret’s experiences growing up in rural Appalachia's natural settings before moving to France for two decades to hone her culinary skills. Susi Gott Séguret— Child of the Woods: An Appalachian Odyssey— paperback, 176 pages, Hatherleigh Press (

Beautifully photographed, this book offers 70 solution-oriented recipes to make cooking outdoors easy and enjoyable. Emma Frisch— Feast by Firelight: Simple Recipes for Camping, Cabins, and the Great Outdoors—hardcover, 208 pages, Ten Speed Press (

Though best known for his work with Weimaraners, William Wegman is also an accomplished painter, draftsman, writer, and avid outdoorsman. In this highly personal volume, Wegman shares ways to look to nature for inspiration and how its interpretation in popular culture and the arts forms the roots of his aesthetic. William Wegman— Hello Nature: How to Draw, Paint, Cook, and Find Your Way— hardcover, 176 pages, Prestel Publishing (

For those who have sought solace in the great outdoors during the pandemic, this guided journal features inspirational quotes, an activity log, a state-by-state list of top outdoor destinations, and thoughtful journaling prompts to make the most of being nurtured by nature. Ink & Willow—Get Outside: A Journal for Refreshing Your Spirit in Nature—hardcover, 224 pages (

Stylist, best-selling author and columnist Selina Lake shares her advice for utilizing materials best suited to a natural living look to create beautiful, sustainable, and stylish rooms throughout your home. Selina Lake—Natural Living Style: Inspirational Ideas for a Beautiful and Sustainable Home—hardcover, 160 pages, Ryland Peters & Small (

Scores of people discovered the joy of being a plant parent during the pandemic. This lively illustrated book is full of interior design ideas, plant care and troubleshooting tips, and recommendations for more than 70 houseplants. Emily L. Hay Hinsdale—Never Put a Cactus in the Bathroom: A Room-by-Room Guide to Styling and Caring for Your Houseplants—paper over board, 208 pages, Tiller Press (

Countless studies have shown that the simple act of going outside is really good for us. Each chapter of this book combines anecdotes and literature alongside recent medical and scientific discoveries to show how nature can heal us and how to utilize this information in your everyday life. Alice Peck—The Green Cure: How Shinrin-yoku, Earthing, Going Outside, or Simply Opening a Window Can Heal Us—paperback, 144 pages, CICO Books (

Available on June 15, this book showcases new ways to escape into Europe’s vast and eclectic landscape, with an emphasis on environmentally-friendly travel. Gestalten and Canopy & Stars—Stay Wild: Cabins, Rural Getaways, and Sublime Solitude—hardcover, 256 pages, Gestalten (

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