Author: Christina Katopodis

  • Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer

    Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer

    Written from the perspective of a trained biologist and botanist who specializes in mosses and an author of Indigenous heritage (Citizen Potawatomi Nation), this book tells the story of mosses from all sides, through personal narrative and reflection, through science, and through Indigenous ways of knowing. It’s a stunning work of non-fiction, memoir, and natural…

  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

    Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

    Carson wrote for a wide audience, drawing from sciences and making the message clear and universally applicable: if we keep spreading DDT and other toxins, the birds will stop singing and come springtime all we will hear is silence. The book is not fiction but fact, so a short excerpt works well as a compliment…

  • Dawn by Octavia Butler

    Dawn by Octavia Butler

    Lilith Iyapo wakes up in a spaceship orbiting Earth to find out that humans have destroyed the world and made it unlivable and an alien species, the Oankali, have saved the few humans who survived the war.

  • Sounds by Henry David Thoreau

    Sounds by Henry David Thoreau

    The “Sounds” chapter in Thoreau’s Walden captures his local soundscape at Walden Pond in the mid-nineteenth century, which has since altered dramatically with the changing landscape.