Sunday, December 1, 2013

Orion Book Award

A new list! I'll be reading the winners and the finalists for this prize, to nurture and expand my connection with the natural world. As much as I enjoy and believe in the value of my own experience, it's also good to have guides along the way.

Green is haven't seen. Blue indicates TBR status. Miles to go . . . in a good way.

The Orion Book Awards (website)

2016 winner: The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness - Sy Montgomery 
2016 finalist: The Oyster War: The True Story of a Small Farm, Big Politics, and the Future of Wilderness in America - Summer Brennan
2016 finalist: H Is for Hawk: A Memoir - Helen MacDonald
2016 finalist: A River Runs Again: India’s Natural World in Crisis, from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of Karnataka - Meera Subramanian 
2015 winner (nonfiction): Feral: Rewilding the Land, the Sea, and Human Life - George Monbiot
2015 winner (fiction): The Bees - Laline Paull 
2015 finalists (nonfiction): A Country Called Childhood: Children and the Exuberant World - Jay Griffiths
2015 finalists (nonfiction): The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History - Elizabeth Kolbert 
2015 finalists (nonfiction): Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming - McKenzie Funk 
2015 finalists (nonfiction): Zoologies - Alison Hawthorne Deming 
2015 finalists (fiction): Divine Animal - Scott Russell Sanders
2015 finalists (fiction): Invisible Beasts - Sharona Muir 
2015 finalists (fiction): The Land of Love and Drowning - Tiphanie Yanique 
2015 finalists (fiction): Long Man - Amy Greene 
2014 winner: Sightlines: A Conversation with the Natural World - Kathleen Jamie (nonfiction)
2014 winner: Maddaddam - Margaret Atwood (fiction) (HB)
2014 finalists (nonfiction): Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants - Robin Wall Kimmerer (PB)
2014 finalist (nonfiction): Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth? - Alan Weisman
2014 finalist (nonfiction): The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild - Lyanda Lynn Haupt
2014 finalist (fiction): All the Land to Hold Us - Rick Bass
2014 finalist (fiction): Archipelago - Monique Roffey (PB)
2014 finalist (fiction): The Last Animal - Abby Geni
2013 winner: Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth - Craig Childs
2013 finalist: Flight Behavior: A Novel - Barbara Kingsolver (HB)
2013 finalist: Things That Are: Essays - Amy Leach
2013 finalist: The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot - Robert Macfarlane
2013 finalist: The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing Up on the Big Dry - Joe Wilkins
2012 winner: The View from Lazy Point - Carl Safina (HB)
2012 finalist: Fire Season - Phillip Connors
2012 finalist: Oil on Water - Helon Habila
2012 finalist: Swamplandia! - Karen Russell (PB)
2012 finalist: Raising Elijah - Sandra Steingraber
2011 winner: Insectopedia - Hugh Raffles
2011 finalist: Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology - David Abram
2011 finalist: About a Mountain - John D’Agata
2011 finalist: The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival - John Vaillant
2011 finalist: Deep Blue Home: An Intimate Ecology of Our Wild Ocean - Julia Whitty
2010 winner: Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing: Living in the Future -Charles Bowden
2010 finalist: The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World - Wade Davis
2010 finalist: Rewilding the West: Restoration in a Prairie Landscape - Richard Manning
2010 finalist: Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing: Stories - Lydia Peelle
2010 finalist: The Barbaric Heart: Faith, Money, and the Crisis of Nature - Curtis White
2009 winner: Trespass: Living at the Edge of the Promised Land - Amy Irvine
2009 finalist: The Wild Places - Robert Macfarlane
2009 finalist: The Bridge at the Edge of the World - James Gustave Speth (PB)
2009 finalist: Inventing Niagara - Ginger Strand
2009 finalist: Finding Beauty in a Broken World - Terry Tempest Williams (PB)
2008 winner: The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story - Diane Ackerman (PB)
2008 finalist: Strange as This Weather Has Been: A Novel - Ann Pancake
2008 finalist: The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring - Richard Preston
2008 finalist: Sky Time in Gray’s River: Living for Keeps in a Forgotten Place - Robert Michael Pyle
2008 finalist: The World Without Us - Alan Weisman (HB)
2007 winner: Wild: An Elemental Journey - Jay Griffiths
2007 finalist: The Lives of Rocks: Stories - Rick Bass
2007 finalist: Inferno - Charles Bowden and Michael P. Berman
2007 finalist: Returning to Earth - Jim Harrison
2007 finalist: The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals - Michael Pollan

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