Here’s the additional reading list I left for my students. I’ve read most but not all of these books. There are also a number of fantastic websites at the end. Enjoy!
The Nature of Nebraska: Ecology and Biodiversity, Paul Johnsgard
The Encyclopedia of the Great Plains, David Wishart et al.
The Atlas of The Great Plains, Stephen Lavin et al.
The Atlas of Nebraska, David Wishart et al.
Nebraska Place-Names , Lilian Linder Fitzpatrick
Field guides like Sibley’s Birds, Stokes Birds, Merlin (Cornell ornithology app), Sky Guide (astronomy app), and many more. Jon has some of these for sale in his office.
Most anything by Willa Cather, but especially My Antonia and O! Pioneers.
Old Jules by Mari Sandoz (semi-autobiographical, don’t know how fictionalized it is)
The Crossing, Cormac McCarthy (Texas and Mexico, wolves)
Lord Grizzly, Frederick Manfred
Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurty
Winter in the Blood, James Welch (and the movie!)
Fools Crow, James Welch
Green Grass, Running Water Thomas King
Centennial, James Michener
Giants in the Earth, E.O. Rolvaag
Dalva, Jim Harrison
Poetry (Links to an external site.)
Twyla Hansen, Nebraska State Poet (Links to an external site.)
John Neihardt’s Cycle of the West (with some healthy grains of salt)
Allison Hedge Coke
Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmer (traditional ecological knowledge–a Native scientist)
What The River Carries, Interior Places, The Nature of Home and more, Lisa Knopp (Nature of Home has the Arbor day essay)
Not Just Any Place, John Price (encounters with Great Plains authors, including Dan O’Brien)
PrairieErth, William Least Heat-Moon (deep map of one Kansas County)
Great Plains, Ian Frazier (a somewhat romantic outsiders view of the plains in the 80s/90s)
Black Elk Speaks, John G. Neihardt (but get the annotated version so you know what’s Neihardt and what is Black Elk)
Killing Custer James Welch
The Home Place, Wright Morris
The Wheatgrass Mechanism, Don Gayton
Rising from the Plains, John McPhee
Buffalo Bill’s America, Louis S. Warren
The Worst Hard Time, Timothy Egan
The Blessed Earth, Ted Genoways (just won the Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize)
The Lay of the Land, Annette Kolodny (foundational ecofeminist text)
Settler Colonialism, Patrick Wolfe (the definitive scholar of the field)
Ecocriticism, Greg Garrad (a good intro, and the source of our “tropes” idea)
The Ecocriticism Reader: Landmarks in Literary Ecology, Cheryl Glotfelty (definitive early anthology of ecocritical scholarship)
Nature’s Metropolis, William Cronon (an environmental history of the trans-Mississippi Midwest and Chicago)
Dammed Indians: The Pick-Sloan Plan and the Missouri River Sioux, 1944-1980, Michael Lawson
Platte Basin Timelapse (Links to an external site.)
Loren Eiseley Story Map
Western Literature Association (Links to an external site.)
Crane Trust (Links to an external site.)
Nature Conservancy Niobrara Valley Preserve (Links to an external site.)
Wild Idea Buffalo (Links to an external site.)
Center for Great Plains Studies
Poetry from the Plains (Links to an external site.) (includes my essays on Neihardt and Kloefkorn)