Enjoyable Readings

Chris Migliaccio's Reading List of Books to Feed The Mind

About a month before I graduated from college, I visited the professors that I admired the most and asked them each to recommend a few books that had influenced them or they thought would be good for me to read. A few titles were surprising, but I found some gems that I've reread many times since then.

So, this is my list of personal favorites and recommendations to students interested in the natural world and their place as part of it. The titles are not listed in any particular order.

I didn't quite know what to call this list: Suggested Readings? too parental; Important Readings? for what and to whom?; Inspirational Readings?, yes, but that's a personal sort of thing; Enjoyable Readings? perhaps the most appropriate...

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Chris Migliaccio
August, 2008

Natural Sciences | Metaphysics & Spirit | History & Exploration
Science Fiction | General & Physical Sciences | Florida | Miscellaneous

Natural Sciences

  • Thom Hartman The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight: Waking Up to Personal and Global Transformation
  • Tim Flannery The Future Eaters - An Ecological History of the Australasian Lands and People
  • Peter Mathiessen The Snow Leopard, At Play In The Fields of the Lord, The Tree Where Man Was Born (with Eliot Porter), Nine Hundred Dragon River, The Cloud Forest, African Silences
  • Robert Bakker Dinosaur Heresies
  • John Robbins Diet For A New America
  • Gerald Durrell A Zoo In My Luggage, The Whispering Land, Menagerie Manor, My Family & Other Animals, The Overloaded Ark
  • Rachel Carson The Sea Around Us, Silent Spring
  • Charles Darwin The Voyage of the Beagle
  • John Steinbeck The Log From the Sea of Cortez
  • Stephen Jay Gould The Panda's Thumb, The Flamingo's Smile, Wonderful Life
  • Aldo Leopold A Sand County Almanac
  • Albert Einstein Ideas and Opinions
  • Edward Abbey The Monkey Wrench Gang, Down The River
  • Loren Eisley The Firmament of Time,The Immense Journey, The Star Thrower, The Unexpected Universe
  • Dian Fossey Gorillas in the Mist
  • Barry Lopez Of Wolves and Men, About This Life
  • James Lovelock Gaia: The Science of Planetary Medicine
  • Henry David Thoreau The Natural History Essays
  • David Wallace Life In The Balance
  • E.O.Wilson Biodiversity, The Biophilia Hypothesis, Naturalist
  • David Rains Wallace The Quetzal and the Macaw: The Story of Costa Rica's National Parks
  • David Suzuki The Sacred Balance
  • Micheael Crichton Jurassic Park, Terminal Man, The Andromeda Strain
  • Adrian Forsyth & Ken Miyata Tropical Nature: Life and Death in the Rainforests of Central and South America
  • Walter Alvarez T Rex and the Crater of Doom
  • David Quammen The Song of the Dodo
  • Jonathan Weiner The Beak of the Finch
  • Sir Richard Attenborough The Private Life of Plants; The Life of Birds; The Life of Mammals
  • Wade Davis One River
  • Michael Pollan The Botany of Desire

Metaphysics & Spirit

  • Gurumayi Chidvilasananda Kindle My Heart:Vols. 1 & 2, Remembrance
  • Swami Muktananda Where Are You Going?- A Guide to the Spiritual Journey; Meditate!; I Have Become Alive; Play of Consciousness
  • Alan Watts The Book On the Taboo of Knowing Who We Are
  • Joseph Epes Brown The Sacred Pipe: Black Elk's Account of the Seven Rites of the Oglala Sioux
  • James Chilton Pierce The Crack in the Cosmic Egg
  • Kahlil Gibran The Prophet
  • Hermann Hesse Siddhartha
  • Swami Venkatesenanda The Concise Ramayana of Valmiki

History & Exploration

  • James Burke The Day The Universe Changed
  • Charles Nordhoff & James Hall The Bounty Trilogy
  • Alan Moorehead The Blue Nile, The White Nile, The Fatal Impact
  • Beryl Markham West With The Wind
  • Mary Lovell Straight On Till Morning: The Biography of Beryl Markham
  • Elsbeth Huxley The Flame Trees of Thika; The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Science Fiction

  • Jeremy Rifkin with Nicanor Perlas Algeny
  • Isaac Asimov The Foundation Trilogy
  • Frank Herbert Dune
  • John Brunner The Sheep Look Up, Stand on Zanzibar
  • Robert Heinlein Stranger In A Strange Land, The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress
  • Ursula LeGuin The Dispossessed, The Left Hand of Darkness
  • Kim Stanley Robinson Red Mars, Blue Mars, Green Mars
  • Greg Bear Darwin's Radio

General & Physical Sciences

  • Ian McHarg Design With Nature
  • Brian Swimme The Universe is a Green Dragon, The Dancing Wu Li Masters
  • Fritjof Capra The Tao of Physics, The Turning Point: Science, Society, and the Rising Culture, Green Politics, Uncommon Wisdom
  • James Trefil Reading The Mind of God, Science Mattters


  • Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Cross Creek
  • Marjory Stoneman Douglas The Voice of the River, Everglades: River of Grass


  • William Somerset Maugham East & West: The Collected Short Stories of William Somerset Maugham (fiction)
  • Galen Rowell In Mountain Light; Mountains of the Middle Kingdom (photography)
  • Robert Hunter, Blair Jackson, Dennis McNally, Stephen Peters & Chuck Wills Grateful Dead - The Illustrated Trip
  • John Heider The Tao of Leadership

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