the Understory Book Club

This volunteer-led reading group explores memoir, biography, auto-biography, non-fiction, essay, research, and poetry that address identity, politics, science, spirituality, and experience of connecting to the ecosystems we inhabit.

Bark’s the Understory book club is on a mission to maintain a robust and active study group as a strategy to deepen Bark’s engagement with environmental literature beyond the typical canon of white, western, male, and scientific writing. the Understory strives to develop cultural humility and promote radical environmental justice in our organization and community and by focusing on readings that support our collective and individual practices of decolonization, anti-oppression, and cultural transformation. 

Previous titles: 

  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer 
  • Red Earth, White Lies by Vine Deloria Jr. 
  • Blonde Indian by Ernestine Hayes 
  • Indians, Fire, and the Land in the Pacific Northwest by Robert Boyd 
  • Forest Primeval by Chris Maser 
  • The Mushroom at the End of the World by Anna Tsing 
  • The Overstory by Richard Powers 
  • Forest Understory: Creative Inquiry in an Old Growth, Forest Edited by Nathaniel Brodie, Charles Goodrich and Frederick J. Swanson. 
  • As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock by Dina Gilio-Whitaker 
  • Dispossessing the Wilderness: Indian Removal and the Making of National Parks by Mark David Spence