What are the best books written by female naturalists?

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    #1Prodigal Summer

    Prodigal Summer

    Prodigal Summer is a contemporary fiction novel written by Barbara Kingsolver which includes three stories of human love in southern Appalachia.


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    Martha Valdez
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This is a highly rated naturalist book written by a female author and comes highly recommended. This is a good read since you kind of get a 3 for 1 deal as there are 3 narratives included in the book. I found it well written and enjoyable. You can really detect the author's interest in Appalachia which makes sense since she lives there. "
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    #2The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

    The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

    The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is a memoir written by Elisabeth Tova Bailey wherein she shares her journey showing on how a part of the natural world illuminates the human existence.  


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    Thomas Schmidt
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "As an environmentalist, I have a strong preference these days for nature-themed works, and The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey is the perfect prescription for my needs. An impactful memoir chronicling a woman's journey, overcoming adversity, and tying it to the world around us makes this one of the best books written by a naturalist I've read, and a female to boot!"
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    #3Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

    Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

    Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is a collection of essays written by Annie Dillard which includes her observations and accurate descriptions of the natural world. This has won a Pulitzer Prize. 


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    Crystal Castro
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "The book is a good one if you're running out of material concerning female naturalists. I personally don't like the tone of it as it is a bit too religious for my liking but I feel that the intentions of it were all in the right place and that it may resonate with people religious and non-religious alike. I would give it a read."
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    #4Silent Spring

    Silent Spring
    Silent Spring is a book by biologist Rachel Carson. First published in 1962, it advocates for environmental conservation by raising awareness about the dangers of chemicals to humans, animals, and the environment.

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    #5The Genius of Birds

    The Genius of Birds

    The Genius of Birds is a non-fiction book written by Jennifer Ackerman which talks about the recently uncovered genius of birds and the latest findings about the bird's brain. 


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    Summer Jiang
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This book teaches us that the word "birdbrain" is a misnomer. Ackerman traveled all over the world and researched many different birds, and seems like she put everything she learned into this informative book. You'll learn about how birds socialize, use tools, woo their mates--do everything, really. The information that's not strictly about birds--the descriptions of places and people--are beautifully written and presented. I knew almost nothing about birds before I read this book, and I didn't even realize how interesting they are."
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    #6In the Shadow of Man

    In the Shadow of Man

    In the Shadow of Man is a biological science book written by Doctor Jane Goodall, where she tells us what she discovered while studying the wild chimpanzees of Gombe by living for months at a close distance from them. 


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    Vishal Pillai
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Jane Goodall is the female Shakespeare. She is able to put her experiences into words so much better than most others. THis is a fantastic read and really opens up your mind to exactly how she was experiencing things."
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    #7H Is for Hawk

    H Is for Hawk

    H is for Hawk is a non-fiction book written by Helen Macdonald wherein she shares her account of bereavement and how she trained a gohawk following her father's death. 


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    Dennis Alvarez
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Very touching and sentimental story of a grieving daughter who fulfills her childhood dream of becoming a falconer by training her very own hawk after her father's passing. A strange journey of taming a wild animal and finding one's spirituality and piece. It's definitely a very different and unexpected piece of literature! "
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    #8Small Wonder

    Small Wonder

    Small Wonder is a collection of essays written by Barbara Kingsolver wherein she tackles everything from raising children to global war expressing her ideas on every topic. 


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    Zachary Austin
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Kind of interesting, and while she has the research to back up her various stances, it still came off as a published "blog" for me. While I agree that everyone is entitled to their opinion, I was a little surprised that people are willing to pay for it."
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    #9The Land of Little Rain

    The Land of Little Rain

    The Land of Little Rain is a non-fiction book written by Mary Austin which includes a collection of meditations on the wonders of the Mojave Desert.


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    Esteban Quezada
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "The Land of Little Rain is a great book full of observations, and thoughts about the desert. It can get very deep. A great way to describe this book would be "desert poetry.""
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    #10I Praise My Destroyer

    I Praise My Destroyer

    I Praise My Destroyer is a collection of assorted poems written by naturalist Diane Ackerman which is about several worlds of nature, science, and society.


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    Joe Hart
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Ackerman's I Praise My Destroyer uses the author's natural enchanting writing style to highlight deep, real issues in day to day life. Some of the poems are truly haunting, signifying the sheer amount of power Ackerman holds at her fingertips. This truly is one of the best books written by a female naturalist."


Best What are the best books written by female naturalists
1Prodigal SummerBooks 28 Paid
2The Sound of a Wild Snail EatingBooks 25 Paid
3Pilgrim at Tinker CreekBooks 24 Paid
4Silent SpringBooks 16 Paid
5The Genius of BirdsBooks 11 Paid
6In the Shadow of ManBooks 6 Paid
7H Is for HawkBooks 5 Paid
8Small WonderBooks 3 Paid
9The Land of Little RainBooks 2 Paid
10I Praise My DestroyerBooks 1 Paid

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