Linda Taylor is the author of Great Women Exploring Nature: How Wild Florida Influenced Their Lives, a women's history book of sorts including icons Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Rachel Carson, as well as lesser-known women like Myrtle Scharrer Betz, who lived on Caladesi Island in the 1800s.
What is on your nightstand?
33 Things Every Girl Should Know About Women's History, edited by Tonya Bolden. And I finished up Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan.
That combination shows your endeavor to link women closer to the earth. What would you recommend for a man's nightstand?
I would suggest A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson for a guy's connection to nature.
Why do you think Bryson appeals to men?
I found men accompanying us on my women-friendly nature trips longed for detail and information and were not quite satisfied with what comes from just taking it all in with our senses. Bryson's writing provides that addition — detail, information, humor and a connection to the natural world.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer, is reachable at firstname.lastname@example.org.