Great Women Exploring Nature by Linda Taylor

Rating: 4 Stars
Genres: Biography
File size: 2004 KB
ISBN: 978-1-4343-4308-6
Pages: 124

Great Women Exploring Nature: How Wild Florida Influenced Their Lives by Linda Taylor shows how nature inspired ten women: Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mina Miller Edison, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Zora Neale Hurston, Myrtle Scharrer Betz, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Anne Morrow Linbergh, Jacqueline Cochran, Rachel Carson, and Marjorie Harris Carr. Though the book spans two centuries,  the theme of nature as a source of inspiration is timeless.

The book is beautifully formatted. Each chapter starts with a quote from the featured woman, written in beautiful calligraphy, and a nature sketch that summarized her influence or interests. In addition to providing captivating histories of these women, Linda Taylor educates the reader with explanations of Florida wildlife terminology in the “Did you know…” section of the chapter, followed by “Ways to explore the land that influenced the women” and references and recommended reading. You cannot read this book without becoming smarter about the lives of these women, the significance of their work,  and Florida wildlife. The book is inspirational, illustrating not only how influential nature can be but also how influential one woman with a purpose can be.

A most read for those who like books about women, nature, or Florida.