I am an avid reader with many books to recommend. But here, I have chosen a few that relate in very different ways to Raised in Captivity. You may consider them “further reading.” Most of my reviews are posted on Good Reads. (goodreads.com)

Voyageurs, by Margaret Elphinstone

As a Great Lake history fan, this book set in 1811 Michigan was tailor-made. Elphinstone takes us into a “wilderness” teaming with Indian villages, trails, trading posts and forts.

** spoiler alert ** Her fictional story of lost love and harrowing rescue fell short of the mark for me, however. (The central question: What happened to Rachel? was never fully developed and the male protagonist’s hot romance fizzled.)

Still, I was deeply affected by the sympathetic characters and a time and place more often relegated to an historical footnote.


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Bringing Nature Home: How Native plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens by Doug Tallamy

Just as Americans in the ’40s planted Victory Gardens for the war effort, Doug Tallamy exhorts us to plant native gardens to restore biodiversity and halt the degradation of our planet. Beautifully written and scrupulously researched, Bringing Nature Home is one of those once-in-a-generation books that will change the way you live in the world. If Rachel Carson were alive today, she would have written this book. It is, quite simply, a prayer for our time.


Prodigal Summer, by Barbara Kingsolver

I love many books. But beyond mere love, there is a tiny handful I wish I had written. Prodigal Summer is one of THOSE. I admit it; I love this book covetously.

There’s so much more I could say about this book. It is really three love stories interwoven with lots of fascinating information about nature and biology that just resonates with me. (And it is sexier than I dare to write.)