Conversations with Authors - Amy Tan & John Muir Laws (Virtual Event)

Sunday, July 19, 2020 - 4:00pm

 

Sunday, July 19th • 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT

Amy Tan & John Muir Laws


Conversations with Authors is our free virtual event series! Join us every Saturday and Sunday at 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT for a new chat with a different author.

 

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for joining us.  I hope that those of you who do nature journaling now feel charged to do something new this week.  And if you have never done nature journaling, I hope you’re intrigued and will let go of inhibitions and try.  It’ll give you a much-needed haven of peace.

In the meantime, here are some books I have enjoyed reading recently:

Stay safe,
Amy

 

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for joining me today for my conversation with Amy Tan. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

If you’d like to learn more about nature journaling, please visit my website, johnmuirlaws.com, where you will find:

  • Hundreds of hours of free nature journaling tutorials on my blog
  • My events calendar, which includes weekly live, online classes
  • A list of suggested nature journaling equipment
  • Connections to our worldwide community of nature journalers
  • Free resources for teachers, including a free PDF download of nature journaling curriculum
  • Other free nature journaling resources

My book, The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling, is another good resource to help you begin the powerful practice of nature journaling.

Other books I have been enjoying lately include:

Your friend,
Jack

John Muir Laws

 

Below, please find links to purchase their recommended books as well as their own titles.

 

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The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571313508
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Milkweed Editions - June 13th, 2017

From the fertile soils of love, land, identity, family, and race emerges The Home Place, a big-hearted, unforgettable memoir by ornithologist J. Drew Lanham.


White Feathers: The Nesting Lives of Tree Swallows Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781328604415
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - February 18th, 2020

The surprising, rich life of tree swallows in nesting season—with Heinrich’s beautiful illustrations and photographs—by the acclaimed naturalist.

Heinrich is sparked one early spring day by a question: Why does a pair of swallows in a nest-box close to his Maine cabin show an unvarying preference for white feathers—not easily available nearby—as


Summer World: A Season of Bounty Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060742188
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco - April 6th, 2010

How can cicadas survive—and thrive—at temperatures pushing 115°F? Do hummingbirds know what they're up against before they migrate over the Gulf of Mexico? Why do some trees stop growing taller even when three months of warm weather remain?


Survival of the Friendliest: Understanding Our Origins and Rediscovering Our Common Humanity Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590665
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House - July 14th, 2020

A powerful new theory of human nature suggests that our secret to success as a species is our unique friendliness

“Brilliant, eye-opening, and absolutely inspiring—and a riveting read. Hare and Woods have written the perfect book for our time.”—Cass R. Sunstein, author of How Change Happens and co-author of Nudge


The Human Swarm: How Our Societies Arise, Thrive, and Fall Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780465055685
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Basic Books - April 16th, 2019

The epic story and ultimate big history of how human society evolved from intimate chimp communities into the sprawling civilizations of a world-dominating species


Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780399563249
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Press - October 10th, 2017

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver presents a personal selection of her best work in this definitive collection spanning more than five decades of her esteemed literary career.


Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars.: A Novel Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780062797582
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco - June 9th, 2020

The bonds of family are tested in the wake of a profound tragedy, providing a look at the darker side of our society by one of our most enduringly popular and important writers


The Sketchnote Handbook: The Illustrated Guide to Visual Note Taking Cover Image
$34.99
ISBN: 9780321857897
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Peachpit Press - December 3rd, 2012

This gorgeous, fully illustrated handbook tells the story of sketchnotes--why and how you can use them to capture your thinking visually, remember key information more clearly, and share what you've captured with others.


Mindset: The New Psychology of Success Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780345472328
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ballantine Books - December 26th, 2007

The updated edition of the book that has changed millions of lives with its insights into the growth mindset.


The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe: How to Know What's Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781538760529
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grand Central Publishing - December 3rd, 2019

An all-encompassing guide to skeptical thinking from podcast host and academic neurologist at Yale University School of Medicine Steven Novella and his SGU co-hosts, which Richard Wiseman calls "the perfect primer for anyone who wants to separate fact from fiction."


Thinking, Fast and Slow Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780374533557
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 2nd, 2013

Major New York Times bestseller
Over two million copies sold
Selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the ten best books of 2011
Selected by The Wall Street Journal as one of the best nonfiction books of 2011
2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient


How to Teach Nature Journaling: Curiosity, Wonder, Attention Cover Image
By John Muir Laws, Emilie Lygren, Amy Tan (Foreword by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781597144902
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Heyday Books - April 28th, 2020

Expanding on the philosophy and methods of The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling, John Muir Laws and Emilie Lygren have developed the first-ever comprehensive book devoted to helping educators use nature journaling as an inspiring teaching tool to engage young people with wild places.


The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781597143158
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Heyday Books - March 1st, 2016

The ultimate guide to nature drawing and journaling A potent combination of art, science, and boundless enthusiasm, the latest art instruction book from John Muir Laws (The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds) is a how-to guide for becoming a better artist and a more attentive naturalist.


The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781597141956
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Heyday Books - April 1st, 2015

John Muir Laws's guide to drawing birds is itself winged, soaring between a devotion not only to art but also to the lives, forms, and postures of the birds themselves. Here, artistic technique and the exquisite details of natural history intertwine, and drawing becomes the vehicle for seeing.


Sierra Birds: A Hiker's Guide Cover Image
$13.00
ISBN: 9781597144872
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Heyday Books - May 28th, 2019

Over 35,000 copies sold As a naturalist managing the field studies program at the California Academy of Sciences, John Muir Laws noticed that novice birders often distinguish birds by color and size rather than species. This inspired him to create Sierra Birds: A Hiker's Guide, a unique book that assumes no prior birding knowledge on the part of the reader.


The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada: Written and Illustrated by John Muir Laws (California Academy of Sciences) Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781597140522
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Heyday Books - August 1st, 2007

In 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:


The Joy Luck Club: A Novel Cover Image
By Amy Tan
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143038092
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - September 21st, 2006

The Joy Luck Club is one of my favorite books. From the moment I first started reading it, I knew it was going to be incredible. For me, it was one of those once-in-a-lifetime reading experiences that you cherish forever. It inspired me as a writer and still remains hugely inspirational.” —Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians


The Kitchen God's Wife: A Novel Cover Image
By Amy Tan
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143038108
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - September 21st, 2006

"Remarkable...mesmerizing...compelling.... An entire world unfolds in Tolstoyan tide of event and detail....Give yourself over to the world Ms. Tan creates for you." —The New York Times Book Review


The Hundred Secret Senses: A Novel Cover Image
By Amy Tan
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143119081
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - December 28th, 2010

The "wisest and most captivating novel" (Boston Globe) from the author of the bestselling The Valley of Amazement and the new memoir Where the Past Begins


The Bonesetter's Daughter: A Novel Cover Image
By Amy Tan
$18.00
ISBN: 9780345457370
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ballantine Books - February 4th, 2003

““As compelling as Tan’s first bestseller, The Joy Luck Club. . . No one writes about mothers and daughters with more empathy than Amy Tan.”
–The Philadelphia Inquirer

“[An] absorbing tale of the mother-daughter bond . . . this book sing[s] with emotion and insight.”
–People


The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life Cover Image
By Amy Tan
$18.00
ISBN: 9780142004890
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - September 28th, 2004

Delve into the stories from Amy Tan's life that inspired bestselling novels like The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement and the new memoir, Where the Past Begins


Saving Fish from Drowning: A Novel Cover Image
By Amy Tan
$17.00
ISBN: 9780345464019
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ballantine Books - September 26th, 2006

“A rollicking, adventure-filled story . . . packed [with] the human capacity for love.”
–USA Today

“A superbly executed, good-hearted farce that is part romance and part mystery . . . With Tan’s many talents on display, it’s her idiosyncratic wit and sly observations . . . that make this book pure pleasure.”
–San Francisco Chronicle


Where the Past Begins: Memory and Imagination Cover Image
By Amy Tan
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062319319
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco - October 30th, 2018

From New York Times bestselling author Amy Tan, a memoir about finding meaning in life through acts of creativity and imagination


The Moon Lady Cover Image
By Amy Tan, Gretchen Schields (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780689806162
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - November 1st, 1995

A MAGICAL NIGHT WHEN SECRET WISHES CAN COME TRUE


The Chinese Siamese Cat Cover Image
By Amy Tan, Gretchen Schields (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780027888355
Availability: Special Order
Published: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing - September 1st, 1994

"The Truth is," Ming Miao told her five kittens, "you are not Siamese cats but Chinese cats. As a matter of fact, one of our family's ancestors from a thousand cat lives ago was the famous feline Sagwa of China..."

One day Sagwa was napping in the Foolish Magistrate's study.