Each month, we host a book club! It's not the kind where we meet in person over cheese and crackers, though we'd really like that. This article is part of our "Round Ups" series, where we share things that inspire us, guide us, or are just really cool.
Universal truths: death, taxes, not reading as much as you'd like. Also add in that most of us don't feel fully literate when it comes to the climate crisis, and you've got a major opportunity zone: enter the Goldune Quar Book Club, where each month we read and recommend a select few titles that help us keep our brains tight, learn more about the planet we call home and our impact on it, and understand our collective global situation.
This month, for our first ever October Quar Book Club, we're kicking things off with 4 essential reads that shaped our perspective and our values.
Ever wished you had a literal map to navigate where we're at, how we got here, and where we go from here? This book is that for the climate crisis. It's a quick read, but you'll find yourself dogear-ing and highlighting many pages. Don't skip this one!
Image courtesy of Verso Books.
This pamphlet of Greta Thunberg's brilliant orations is not too long to read in one sitting with your morning coffee. (Then, you too, can have the smug satisfaction of bragging to your friends and family that you started and finished a book about the climate emergency before logging on to Zoom for the day.) We stan a queen, and Greta is it.
Image courtesy of Joel's Books.
This collection of essays from Pam Houston (who penned the classic Cowboys Are My Weakness in the nineties) is * not * about climate disaster. It is, however, not * not * about the climate disaster. If you've ever harbored fantasies of packing up your stuff and moving to the woods, this book is for you. Those interested in or impacted by the recent wildfires will see themselves in the essay Houston wrote about a harrowing encounter with a wildfire spurred on by many trees devoured by spruce beetles.
Image courtesy of Pam Houston.
This book is for anyone who had a rough year... so everyone. Let poetic genius Cleo Wade heal and inspire you. Leave the stale energy behind and approach the election, the holidays, and 2021 with vigor and balance.
Image courtesy of Ladygunn.