Summer reading: Sparking curiosity and conversations about our planet

Earth reading list
(Courtesy Stanford Earth)

This year’s informal survey of faculty at Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences (Stanford Earth) yielded a bounty of suggestions for summer reading that may spark renewed curiosity about our planet and the ways we live, think and learn.

Whether you’re craving true-life tales of discovery, fiction laced with insights on life in chaotic climates, poetry or a new way to grapple with adaptation, wilderness and the Earth beneath our feet, there’s a title just right for your tent, beach bag or couch.

Here are just a few of the many titles to consider packing or downloading for downtime and adventures, as suggested by Stanford Earth faculty:

DAVID LOBELL, Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline by Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson

JONATHAN PAYNE, A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution by Jennifer Doudna and Samuel Sternberg

JAMES HOLLAND JONES, MaddAddam Trilogy: Oryx and Crake / The Year of the Flood / MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood

SIMONA ONORI, Tesla: Man Out of Time by Margaret Cheney

NOAH DIFFENBAUGH, A Song of Ice and Fire Series: A Game of Thrones / A Clash of Kings / A Storm of Swords / A Feast for Crows / A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin

RICHARD NEVLE, Desert Cabal: A New Season in the Wilderness by Amy Irvine

To view the full reading list check out the Stanford Earth website.