Science/Nature Book Club with Teri

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

We read nonfiction books about science, nature, and many times both science AND nature combined.

While it's great to have the book read before the meeting, it's not a requirement and you are still welcome to join! Just be prepared for spoilers :)

For more information click here to visit the book club webpage.

 

June Selection

In June we will be discussing Pests: How Humans Create Animal Villains by Bethany Brookshire.

An engrossing and revealing study of why we deem certain animals “pests” and others not—from cats to rats, elephants to pigeons—and what this tells us about our own perceptions, beliefs, and actions, as well as our place in the natural world

A squirrel in the garden. A rat in the wall. A pigeon on the street. Humans have spent so much of our history drawing a hard line between human spaces and wild places. When animals pop up where we don’t expect or want them, we respond with fear, rage, or simple annoyance. It’s no longer an animal. It’s a pest.

At the intersection of science, history, and narrative journalism, Pests is not a simple call to look closer at our urban ecosystem. It’s not a natural history of the animals we hate. Instead, this book is about us. It’s about what calling an animal a pest says about people, how we live, and what we want. It’s a story about human nature, and how we categorize the animals in our midst, including bears and coyotes, sparrows and snakes. Pet or pest? In many cases, it’s entirely a question of perspective.

Bethany Brookshire’s deeply researched and entirely entertaining book will show readers what there is to venerate in vermin, and help them appreciate how these animals have clawed their way to success as we did everything we could to ensure their failure. In the process, we will learn how the pests that annoy us tell us far more about humanity than they do about the animals themselves. 

 


Leader: Teri (she/her)
Contact: teri@auntiesbooks.com
Book Club Webpage: https://www.auntiesbooks.com/science-and-nature-book-club-teri

This group meets at Auntie's the first Tuesday of every month at 6pm unless noted.

Event address: 
Auntie's Bookstore
402 W Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201
Books: 
Pests: How Humans Create Animal Villains By Bethany Brookshire Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063097261
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - December 5th, 2023

An engrossing and revealing study of why we deem certain animals “pests” and others not—from cats to rats, elephants to pigeons—and what this tells us about our own perceptions, beliefs, and actions, as well as our place in the natural world