03/20/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

7 Great Green Novels

Nobody reads anymore. The novel is dead. Everyone just sits around in front of the TV all the time. Sound familiar? While there's some truth to those exaggerations, I refuse to believe that the act of reading a good book has gone quietly into the night. And the millions of books on bookshelves across the country attest to the fact that it hasn't.

And believe it or not, there's a rich American tradition of writing with the environment in mind--from transcendentalists like Thoreau and Emerson to fabulists like Dr. Seuss to environmentalists like Rachel Carson.