Blue Hills Book Club Schedule
Tuesday, August 18, 4:30 pm (Sign up for the Zoom link below)
Book discussion based on Trespassing: An Inquiry into the Private Ownership of Land by John Hanson Mitchell. Thanks to Megan Stokes from Community Action Works (formerly Toxic Action Center) for leading the discussion.
Save the date: Tuesday, September 29, 4:30 pm
Book discussion based on: The Unlikely Thru-Hiker: An Appalachian Trail Journey by Derick Lugo.

You may be able to borrow the e-books or audiobooks from your public library.  You can also purchase the books at the, Amazon, or Kindle.  

Description of: Trespassing: An Inquiry into the Private Ownership of Land

Trespassing, “a thoughtful, beautifully written addition to environmental and regional literature” (Kirkus Reviews), is a historical survey of the evolution of private ownership of land, concentrating on the various land uses of a 500-acre tract of land over a 350-year period. What began as wildland controlled periodically by various Native American tribes became British crown land after 1654, then private property under US law, and finally common land again in the late twentieth century. Mitchell considers every aspect of the important issue of land ownership and explores how our attitudes toward land have changed over the centuries.

Description of: The Unlikely Thru-Hiker: An Appalachian Trail Journey 

Derick Lugo had never been hiking. He certainly couldn’t imagine going more than a day without manicuring his goatee. But with a job cut short and no immediate plans, this fixture of the New York comedy scene began to think about what he might do with months of free time. He had heard of the Appalachian Trail, but he had never seriously considered attempting to hike all 2,192 miles of it. Suddenly he found himself asking, Could he do it? The Unlikely Thru-Hiker is the story of a young black man setting off from the city with an extremely overweight pack and a willfully can-do attitude. What follows are lessons on preparation, humility, race relations, and nature’s wild unpredictability. Through it all, Lugo refuses to let any challenge squash his inner Pollyanna, persevering with humor, tenacity, and an unshakeable commitment to grooming that sees him from Georgia to Maine.

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Previously Read (and recommended!)

Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938, by R. A. Scotti

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit, by Michael Finkel.  

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer