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Best John Muir Books Everyone Should Read

Until you’ve consumed all of the best John Muir books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. Essential Muir: A Selection of John Muir’s Best Writings (California Legacy Book) (2006)

 Best John Muir Books Everyone Should ReadPreservationist. Inventor. Lobbyist. John Muir was many things at once, and he is California’s best-known icon—so much so that his image was chosen to appear on the new state quarter. But the best way to know the man who founded the Sierra Club and helped create Yosemite National Park is to read his own words. Essential Muir is the second volume in the California Legacy Essentials Collection. Taking the best of John Muir’s writings on nature—in which he waxes ecstatic even as he accurately describes the scientific attributes of a flower—as well as his thoughts on religion and society, this book…
Author(s): John Muir, Fred D. White

2. Meditations of John Muir: Nature’s Temple (2001)

 Best John Muir Books Everyone Should ReadEditor Chris Highland pairs 60 insightful Muir quotes with selections from other celebrated thinkers and spiritual texts. Take this pocket-size guide with you on backpacks, nature hikes, and camping trips….
Author(s): Chris Highland

3. My First Summer in the Sierra: with Illustrations (2013)

 Best John Muir Books Everyone Should ReadIn My First Summer in the Sierra John Muir recounts his early travels in the Sierra while working as a shepherd. In the summer of 1869, Muir set out from California’s Central Valley with a flock of 2,050 sheep and made his way to the headwaters of the Merced and Tuolumne Rivers. As one of America’s great philosopher naturalists, Muir captures the spirit of the Sierra Nevada and brings the reader along as a witness to his great journey. He explores in great detail the mountains, meadows, waterfalls, flora, and fauna of the rich landscape that captured his heart. My First Summer in the Sierra is an…
Author(s): John Muir

4. A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir (2011)

 Best John Muir Books Everyone Should Read“I am hopelessly and forever a mountaineer,” John Muir wrote. “Civilization and fever and all the morbidness that has been hooted at me has not dimmed my glacial eye, and I care to live only to entice people to look at Nature’s loveliness. My own special self is nothing.”In Donald Worster’s magisterial biography, John Muir’s “special self” is fully explored as is his extraordinary ability, then and now, to get others to see the sacred beauty of the natural world. A Passion for Nature is the most complete account of the great conservationist and founder of the Sierra Club ever…
Author(s): Donald Worster

5. Wilderness Essays (2018)

 Best John Muir Books Everyone Should Read2018 Reprint of Ten Essays originally written by Muir and published in various periodicals and newspapers.  This selection reprints ten classic essays by Nature writer and activist John Muir.  Part of John Muir's appeal to modern readers is that he not only explored the American West and wrote about its beauties but also fought for their preservation. Essays included are:The Discovery of Glacier Bay — The Alaska Trip — Twenty Hill Hollow — Snow — A Near View of the High Sierra — Among the Animals of the Yosemite — The Yellowstone…
Author(s): John Muir

6. The Wild Muir: Twenty-Two of John Muir’s Greatest Adventures (2013)

 Best John Muir Books Everyone Should ReadHere is an entertaining collection of John Muir’s most exciting adventures, representing some of his finest writing. From the famous avalanche ride off the rim of Yosemite Valley to his night spent weathering a windstorm at the top of a tree to death-defying falls on Alaskan glaciers, the renowned outdoorsman’s exploits are related in passages that are by turns exhilarating, unnerving, dizzying, and outrageous….
Author(s): Lee Stetson

7. John Muir : Nature Writings: The Story of My Boyhood and Youth; My First Summer in the Sierra; The Mountains of California; Stickeen; Essays (2018)

 Best John Muir Books Everyone Should Read“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” John Muir Four of John Muir’s best pieces: The Story of My Boyhood and Youth, My First Summer in the Sierra, The Mountains of California, Stickeen….
Author(s): John Muir

8. John Muir Trail: The Essential Guide to Hiking America’s Most Famous Trail (2014)

 Best John Muir Books Everyone Should ReadElizabeth Wenk’s authoritative guide describes the 212-mile John Muir Trail, running from Yosemite Valley to the summit of Mt. Whitney. John Muir Trail provides all the necessary planning information, including up-to-date details on wilderness and permit regulations, food resupplies, trailhead amenities, and travel from nearby cities. Useful essentials are updated GPS coordinates and maps for prominent campsites (along with an updated list of sites along the trail), trail junctions, bear boxes, and other points of interest. The trail descriptions also include natural and human history…
Author(s): Elizabeth Wenk

9. A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf (2018)

 Best John Muir Books Everyone Should ReadJohn Muir, one of America’s great environmentalists, has inspired nature lovers for generations with his writings. A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf is the adventure that started it all.Walk with John from Indiana through Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. A story that is sure to inspire your own adventures and love for nature and the off beaten path….
Author(s): John Muir

10. The Yosemite (2017)

 Best John Muir Books Everyone Should Read2017 Reprint of 1962 Edition.   This edition reprints the original text from 1912 along with notes and a new introduction by Frederic Gunsky first published in 1962.  New maps and photos from the 1962 edition are also reprinted.  This is a descriptive guide to the Yosemite, written by Muir.  He provides directions for walks and hikes, sketches of Yosemite as it was in 1912, including description of birds, flowers and trees.  He also describes canyons, falls the number peaks.  The book is the fruit of long experience and loving, earnest, relentless study.   In this book,“…Mr….
Author(s): John Muir, Frederic Gunsky

11. The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada (California Academy of Sciences) (2007)

 Best John Muir Books Everyone Should ReadIn this groundbreaking and meticulously field-tested guide, the rich variety of Sierra life—trees, wildflowers, ferns, fungi, lichens, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals, and insects—comes alive.Easy-to-use features include: Impressively detailed and comprehensive, the guide includes:…
Author(s): John Muir Laws

Best John Muir Books Everyone Should Read

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How to Teach Nature Journaling

Author(s): John Muir Laws, Emilie Lygren
ID: 2521361, Publisher: Heyday, Year: 2020, Size: 259 Mb, Format: epub

Wilderness Essays

Author(s): John Muir
ID: 2583234, Publisher: Gibbs Smith, Year: 2020, Size: 554 Kb, Format: epub

Horror Films of the 1990s

Author(s): Muir, John Kenneth
ID: 2727790, Publisher: McFarland Publishing, Year: 2019;2011, Size: 6 Mb, Format: azw3

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