The list author says: "When you want light but lush reading that transports you, here are some of my favorite books. Not a gardening book list, if that is what you are looking for, because I respond to the wildness in nature. In no particular order."
"Lyrical and lush. The entertwined stories of a forestry ranger who protects the coyotes coming back, an elderly organic gardner who feuds with a chemically-oriented hybridizer trying to develop resistant elms and a young widdow trying to save her Kentucky holler farm."
"I loved this book. Kingsolver takes heart in "a persistent river, a forest on the edge of night, the religion in a seed, the startle of wingbeats when a spark of red life flies against all reason out of the darkness. One child, one bear""
"This is a children's book, but still one of my favorite which endures half a century later. The garden appears when the old gradfather clock strikes thirteen and the alley disappears into the past where a rich garden and a Victorian playmate are found."
"I first read My Side of the Mountain as a child, about Sam, a boy who lights off for the Catskills to live off of the land. Here are all three volumes of this delightful and memorable book, not just for children."
"Most any of Tom Brown's books could be here, especially The Tracker or Grandfather. But this is a book without pictures about the personalities of plants. You need a field guide to use it, but the stories will remain with you."
"A book on biodiversity from the rainforests of the Pacific Northwest to the jungles of the Amazon. Davis describes the biochemistry of ayuhuasca in a way that anyone can understand. Lyrical and scientific."