Happy “Earth” Day!

On this date in 1970 (I’m happy to say that was before I was born – but only barely), the first Earth Day was celebrated to inspire more people to take care of the planet. Although we still have a ways to go to get people involved with keeping Earth clean, it’s great that we’re still celebrating our “Mother”.

In honor of the day, here are a variety of items that use “earth” in their titles – some more creatively than others! (Annotations are courtesy of NoveList Plus and the TFPL Catalog):


Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth: New Poems by Alice Walker – With profound artistry, Walker searches for, discovers, and declares the fundamental beauty of existence, as she explores what it means to live life fully, to learn from it, and to grow both as an individual and as part of a greater spiritual community.

The Earth Hums in B Flat by Mari Strachan – Twelve-year-old Gwenni Morgan tries to escape her life and the family secrets she must bear through her dreams.

Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler – Feeling like she does not fit in with the other members of her family, who are all thin, brilliant, and good-looking, fifteen-year-old Virginia tries to deal with her self-image, her first physical relationship, and her disillusionment with some of the people closest to her.

The Earth Shall Weep: A History of Native America by James Wilson – A comprehensive, authoritative history of Native America draws on ethnography, archaeology, Indian oral tradition, and other sources to document the evolution of native cultures and examines the collision between indigenous cultures and European settlers over the course of the past four centuries.

Earth: The Biography by Iain Stewart – A companion book to the National Geographic Channel series, with more than 200 color photographs.

The Fourth Part of the World: The Race to the Ends of the Earth, and the Epic Story of the Map that Gave America Its Name by Toby Lester – A chronicle of the early sixteenth-century creation of the Waldseemuller map offers insight into how monks, classicists, merchants, and other contributors from earlier periods shaped the map’s creation.

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck – The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of Wang Lung, a Chinese peasant, who rises from poverty to become a rich landowner with the aid of his patient wife in the 1920s.

Hell and Earth: A Novel of the Promethean Age by Elizabeth Bear – In a fantasy world where Queen Elizabeth’s power is directly connected to the queen of the Faerie world, Kit Marley must protect both queens from those in Elizabeth’s inner circle who wish to usurp her.

The House Between Earth and Sky: Harvesting New American Folktales by Joseph Daniel Sobol – Storyteller, musician, folklorist, and teacher Sobol went to English- as-second-language courses, first in Chicago then elsewhere, both to share with young immigrants some of the English-language oral traditions, and to elicit from them folktales from their own cultures and families.

A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne – The classic tale of three men who discover the secrets of past civilizations during a fantastic expedition beneath the earth’s surface. Check out the movie versions – 1959 & 2008.

Last Evenings on Earth by Roberto  Bolaño – A first English-language collection of fourteen short stories by a 2005 PEN Translation Fund Award-winning writer features protagonists who are struggling with private, often unlucky quests during which they are marginalized to the point of terror.

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle – Explaining that the current state of humanity is erroneously and dangerously ego-centric, an argument for a shift in consciousness reveals how the modern world can become more sane and loving, in a spiritual exploration that offers practical advice on how to promote kindness, freedom, and a realization of humanity’s potential.

Our Dumb World: “The Onion’s” Atlas of the Planet Earth – The world’s most comprehensive fake atlas: a repository of all known information about the planet Earth (except where covered by clouds).

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett – In an unusual presentation of a popular novel, photographs of cathedrals and the art of the stonemason are combined with excerpts from Pillars of the Earth, Follett’s tale of twelfth-century England.

Scorched Earth: How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America by Rocky Barker – This entertaining and timely book challenges the traditional views both of those who arrogantly seek full control of nature and those who naively believe we can leave it unaltered. And it demonstrates how much of our broader environmental history was shaped in the lands of Yellowstone.

Song of the Earth by John R. Dann – A prequel to Song of the Axe finds the original prehistoric tribal family leader, Grae, rescued from a volcano by the powerful daughters of River Woman and leading his people into central and eastern Europe in search of safety and a better life.

A Thousand Sisters: My Journey into the Worst Place on Earth to be a Woman by Lisa Shannon – The story of one woman’s call to ease the atrocious human suffering in the Congo.

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri – Exploring the secrets and complexities lying at the heart of family life and relationships, a collection of eight stories includes the title work, about a young mother in a new city whose father tends her garden while hiding a secret love affair.

Walking the Earth: A History of Human Migration by Tricia Andryszewski – Traces the history of human migration; discusses the influences of agriculture, energy, and industry on population growth; and examines the effects of overpopulation, pollution, and disease on the future of mankind.

What on Earth Have I Done: Stories, Affirmations, and Observations by Robert Fulghum – Presents essays on the inspirational lessons the author has gleaned during his travels as well as in his everyday experiences, from his friendship with a non-English-speaking person to his costumed trick-or-treating venture with his grandchildren.

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