Delia Owens is an American author, zoologist, and conservationist. who writes fiction and nonfiction books about nature.
She is best known for her novel Where the Crawdads Sing, which was published in 2018 and became a New York Times bestseller. Owens was born in 1949 in rural Georgia, and she grew up in Thomasville, Georgia.
In this article, we will be discussing some of the books recommended by Delia Owens.
A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry
In A Long Long Way, Sebastian Barry tells the story of Willie Dunne, a young Irishman who enlists in the British Army during World War I.
Willie is sent to the front lines in France, where he experiences the horror of trench warfare. Despite his fear, he manages to stay alive and even find love in the midst of all the death and destruction.
A Long Long Way is an important book because it gives readers a glimpse into the reality of war. It is also a reminder of the human cost of conflict. Barry does an excellent job of bringing Willie’s story to life, and readers will surely be moved by this powerful tale.
A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold
A Sand County Almanac is a book written by Aldo Leopold. The book is about the natural history of sand county in Wisconsin.
Leopold was a professor at the University of Wisconsin and he wrote the book while he was working on his farm. The book was published in 1949 and it is considered to be one of the most important works in the field of ecology.
An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
In “An Inconvenient Truth”, Al Gore presents a daunting yet ultimately hopeful view of the future of our planet. He argues convincingly that climate change is real, it is caused by human activity, and it is something we can do something about if we act now.
Gore’s book is based on his award-winning documentary film of the same name. In it, he lays out the case for why climate change is a real and urgent threat. He also discusses some of the steps we can take to mitigate its effects.
Overall, “An Inconvenient Truth” is a sobering yet inspiring look at the state of our planet. It is sure to leave readers feeling both motivated and empowered to make a difference.
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
As I Lay Dying is a novel by William Faulkner that was first published in 1930.
As I Lay Dying tells the story of the Bundren family and their journey to bury their matriarch, Addie, in Jefferson, Mississippi. Along the way, the family must deal with death, grief, and poverty.
Faulkner’s novel is considered to be one of the most important works of American literature.
Beloved by Toni Morrison
In her novel Beloved, Toni Morrison tells the story of a mother and daughter haunted by the past. Set in post-Civil War America, the novel explores the themes of love, loss, and redemption. Morrison’s lyrical prose and powerful storytelling make Beloved a timeless classic.
Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays by Stephen Hawking
In Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays, Stephen Hawking explores some of the most intriguing questions about our universe. From the nature of black holes to the origin of the universe itself, Hawking’s essays offer a rare glimpse into the mind of one of the world’s greatest thinkers.
For anyone interested in the cosmos, Black Holes and Baby Universes is a must-read. Through Hawking’s unique lens, we gain a greater understanding of our place in the universe and the mysteries that still lie ahead.
Educated by Tara Westover
In her memoir, “Educated,” Tara Westover tells the story of her unlikely path from a remote Idaho farm to Harvard University.
Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills” bag.
In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife, and healer, and in the winter she salvaged metal in her father’s junkyard.
The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent.
As a result, Tara decided to educate herself.
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid is a book that follows the story of Saeed and Nadia, two young lovers who live in an unnamed city that is slowly being consumed by war.
As the situation in their city deteriorates, Saeed and Nadia decide to escape through one of the mysterious doors that have appeared throughout the world, leading them to an uncertain future in a new place.
Exit West is a beautifully written novel that explores the themes of love, loss, and what it means to be a foreigner in a new land. Hamid’s writing is lyrical and poetic, and his characters are deeply drawn and complex. This is a powerful and moving book that will stay with readers long after they finish it.
Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier is a historical fiction novel that tells the story of Griet, a young Dutch girl who is hired to work as a maid in the home of artist Johannes Vermeer. The novel is set in the 17th century and explores the themes of class, religion, and art.
Chevalier did an impressive amount of research to bring this story to life, and it shows in the level of detail she includes in her descriptions of both Vermeer’s work and life in 17th-century Delft. The characters are well-developed and believable, making Girl with a Pearl Earring an enjoyable read.
Light in August by William Faulkner
Light in August by William Faulkner is a novel about race and identity in the American South. The novel centers on the character of Joe Christmas, a mixed-race man who is caught between the black and white worlds.
Faulkner’s novel explores the themes of race, religion, and morality in the American South. The novel is considered one of Faulkner’s best works, and it has been praised for its complex characters and its exploration of the human condition.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice, a novel by Jane Austen, tells the story of the Bennet family and their journey to find love. The Bennets have five daughters, all of whom are unmarried.
The novel follows the family as they try to find suitable husbands for their daughters. Pride and Prejudice is a classic novel that is beloved by many readers.
Sanctuary by William Faulkner
Sanctuary is a novel by William Faulkner, that was published in 1931.
The novel tells the story of Temple Drake, a young woman who is raped and then taken to a brothel by her attacker. Sanctuary was controversial when it was first published because of its graphic portrayal of violence and sexual assault.
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli
In his book, Carlo Rovelli offers readers a concise introduction to the fundamental principles of physics. Rovelli begins by explaining the nature of physical reality, then delves into the basics of spacetime and gravity, quantum mechanics, and thermodynamics.
He concludes with a brief overview of the history of physics, from Aristotle to Einstein. With clarity and precision, Rovelli provides readers with a crash course in some of the most essential concepts in physics.
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts is one of the most popular books in recent years. The novel tells the story of an Australian man who escapes from prison and flees to India.
The book has been praised for its portrayal of India and its culture. Roberts has also been praised for his writing style, which is both lyrical and descriptive.
Shantaram has sold over three million copies worldwide and has been translated into over forty languages. It was also made into a successful film starring Johnny Depp.
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring is a book that shook the world. It was published in 1962 and it sounded the alarm on the devastating effects of pesticides on the environment.
The book was based on years of research and it was a call to action to protect our planet. Silent Spring helped to launch the modern environmental movement and it is considered one of the most important books of the 20th century.
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins is a book that explores the idea of God and religion from a scientific standpoint.
Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist, and he uses his knowledge of science to argue that there is no evidence for the existence of God. He also discusses how religion can be harmful to society, and how it can interfere with reason and science.
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
Alone is a novel by Kristin Hannah that was published in 2018.
The novel is set in the fictional town of Kodiak, Alaska, and follows the story of a woman named Cora who is struggling to survive after her husband dies in an accident. Alone is a gripping tale of survival and hope that will leave readers feeling inspired.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is a novel about an unlikely friendship between two boys growing up in Afghanistan.
The story is narrated by Amir, the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, who becomes close friends with Hassan, the son of his father’s servant.
Although their friendship is strong, the two boys are constantly reminded of the differences in their social status.
When Amir betrays Hassan, he must grapple with his guilt for many years before finally having a chance to make things right.
The Kite Runner is a moving story of forgiveness and redemption that will stay with readers long after they finish the last page.
The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen
In The Snow Leopard, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Peter Matthiessen chronicles his journey to Nepal in search of the rare and elusive snow leopard.
His account is both a travelogue and a spiritual quest, as he comes to appreciate the beauty of the Himalayan landscape and the wisdom of the Buddhist monks he meets along the way.
The Snow Leopard is an unforgettable work of nature writing that will leave you both awestruck and deeply reflective.
There There by Tommy Orange
Tommy Orange’s novel There There explores the lives of twelve Native Americans as they grapple with their identity and place in society.
The characters in There There are all searching for something. Some are searching for a connection to their culture, some are searching for acceptance, and others are searching for answers to life’s big questions.
Orange’s novel is a moving and powerful exploration of what it means to be Native American in today’s world.
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of the most important works of American literature of the 20th century.
The book tells the story of a young girl, Scout, in the 1930s in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama, and her brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus Finch. The book is set during a time when racial segregation was still legal in the United States.
To Kill a Mockingbird is widely considered to be one of the greatest novels ever written. It has won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, and has been translated into more than 40 languages.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Delia Owens’ novel, Where the Crawdads Sing, tells the story of Kya Clark, a young girl who is abandoned by her family in the marshes of North Carolina.
Kya is forced to fend for herself, and she quickly learns how to survive in the wild. The novel follows Kya as she grows up and becomes involved in a murder investigation.
Owens’ debut novel has been praised for its beautiful prose and its depiction of life in the American South. Where the Crawdads Sing is a heart-wrenching tale of love, loss, and redemption that will stay with readers long after they turn the last page.
White Oleander by Janet Fitch
Janet Fitch’s novel White Oleander tells the story of a mother and daughter struggling to find their way in the world.
Astrid is a young girl who is forced to fend for herself after her mother, Ingrid, is sent to prison for murdering her lover. Astrid is taken in by a series of foster families, each of whom brings their own brand of dysfunction into her life.
Despite the challenges she faces, Astrid manages to find beauty and hope in the world around her. White Oleander is a moving tale of love, loss, and redemption.
A Sudden Country by Karen Fisher
Karen Fisher’s A Sudden Country is a novel about a young woman’s journey west in the early days of the Oregon Trail. Blending history and fiction, Fisher tells the story of a young woman’s courage and determination as she makes.