Rachel Carson’s Summer Reading List
In her bestselling book The Sea Around Us, Rachel Carson—author of Silent Spring and one of the most influential nature writers of the 20th century—included a list of “Outstanding Sea Prose” as suggestions for further reading. “These books are listed because each, in one way or another, captures the sea’s varied and always changing moods,” she wrote. “All are among my own favorite volumes.”
Here is her list - all of them ideal for beach reading.
Henry Beston’s The Outermost House: A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod.
Joseph Conrad’s The Mirror of the Sea.
Richard Hughes’ In Hazard.
Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.
Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall’s Men Against the Sea.
H.M. Tomlinson’s The Sea and the Jungle.