Summer Reading List

Looking for something fun to do this summer? There’s nothing like relaxing with a good book! This UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences selection of staff-recommended titles covers a wide variety of unique topics. So, whether you’re at the beach, travelling, or just enjoying some down-time, you can enjoy the world from a new, imaginative perspective, or learn unique facts about Florida’s history and ecosystems. No matter what your preference, UF/IFAS has you covered!



Industry & History
Bringing it to the Table: On Farming and Food

By Wendell Berry

Letters to a Young Farmer: On Food, Farming, and Our Future

By The Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

By Michael Pollan

The One Straw Revolution

By Masanobu Fukuoka


By John McPhee

Natural Resources

Conservation & History
American Canopy: Treses, Forests, and the Making of a Nation

By Eric Rutkow

The Travels of William Bartram

By William Bartram

The Eternal Frontier: An Ecological History of North America and Its Peoples

By Tim Flannery

The Everglades: River of Glass

By Marjory Stoneman Douglass

Green Empire: The St. Joe Company and the Remaking of Florida’s Panhandle

By Kathryn Ziewitz and June Wiaz

The Gulf

By Jack Davis

Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S.

By Cynthia Barnett

A Naturalist in Florida: A Celebration of Eden

By Archie Carr

Rain: A Natural and Cultural History

By Cynthia Barnett

Silent Spring

By Rachel Carson

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

By Elizabeth Kolbert

The Swamp

By Michael Grunwald

Scientific Investigation
The Case of the Midwife Toad

By Arthur Koestler

Lawn & Garden

Landscapes & History
The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World

By Michael Pollan

Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation

By Andrea Wulf

Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life: The Plants and Places that Inspired the Classic Children’s Tales

By Marta McDowell

Home Gardening
The Heirloom Life Gardener: The Baker Creek Way of Growing Your Own Food Easily and Naturally

By Jere Gettle, Emilee Gettle and Meghan Sutherland

The Gardener’s Guide to Common-Sense Pest Control

By William Olkowski, Helga Olkowski and Sheila Daar

Work & Life

Careers – History – Life Science
No Stone Unturned: The True Story of the World’s Premier Forensic Investigators

By Steve Jackson

The Worst Hard Time

By Timothy Egan

I Contain Multitudes

By Ed Yong

Educated: A Memoir

By Tara Westover

Lab Girl

By Hope Jahren

Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis

By Cynthia Barnett

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way we Make Things

By William McDonough and Michael Braungart

Sustainability Made Simple: Small Changes for Big Impact

By Rosalyn Byrd and Lauren DeMates

Health & Fitness
Body for Life: 12 Weeks to Mental and Physical Strength

By Bill Phillips

Box Like the Pros

By Joe Frazier and William Dettloff


By Michael Olajide and Phil Berger



Dystopian – Youth & Family
The Bees

By Laline Paull


By Katherine Applegate

Shadows in the Water

By Katheryn Lasky

Angel City

By Patrick Smith

A Land Remembered

By Patrick Smith

The Bath Pond (Series)

By Lowell Teal

Mystery – Sci-Fi
Where the Crawdads Sing

By Delia Owens

The Martian

By Andy Weir


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Posted: June 25, 2019

Category: 4-H & Youth, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: Agriculture, Book Recommendations, Books, Careers, Conservation, Dystopian Fiction, Education, Family, Fiction, Fitness, Health, Historical Fiction, History, Home Gardening, Industry, Landscapes, Life Science, Literature, Memoirs, Mystery, Non-fiction, Reading List, Recommended Reads, Sci-fi, Science Fiction, Scientific Investigation, Sustainability, Youth

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