Hours: Wednesdays 12:00 - 4:00, Fridays 12:00 - 2:00

Natural History Book Club

All area residents are welcomed to the Natural History Book Club, a small group which reads eight or nine titles a year.

Selections have ranged from classic works such as Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac to more recent works including Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver and Jared Diamond’s Collapse - How Societies Choose To Fail or Succeed.  All of our selections were written for the lay person, not necessarily those schooled in the sciences. Our discussions are low key and "non-threatening"; although some of the ideas expressed by the authors are unorthodox and provocative.

Discussions take place around a table. We serve light refreshments, and you do not need to have read the book(s) to attend and see what we are about.

Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle

Thursday, February 11, 2016

A small, convivial group met over Ukrainian delights at Kristen’s house on January 6 and discussed The Invention of Nature; Alexander von Humboldt’s New World which all seemed to have enjoyed.

Kristen and John have more or less pre-read for us and recommend: Douglas Emlen’s Animal Weapons; The Evolution of Battle (220p, lots of illustrations).

Karin has suggested for future deliberations Jorge Taillant's Glaciers and the Politics of Ice. It was well reviewed in science magazines and by her former professor, Dr. Hellstrom who lives in Fairhaven and is a climatologist and geographer who teaches at Bridgewater. He could lead a group who has read this book in an interesting discussion.

Our February meeting is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Museum at 7 pm. Please let us know how we can best dodge ongoing schedule conflicts, we can’t do it every time, but we’ll keep trying!