25 Novels That Will Turn You Into an Environmentalist

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The Shell Collector, Anthony Doerr

OK, I’m already cheating with a short story collection, but I just can’t help it. Doerr’s first collection is heart-stoppingly gorgeous in about every way — but for our purposes here, I’ll call attention to his use of nature as a wondrous, intricate, and powerful thing, a force to marvel at and reckon with, the best kind of everyday magic, something we can’t afford to lose.