Friday, April 20, 2012

EVERYBODY loves LISTS: Earth Day Reads

Happy Earth Day!  Here are a few of my favorite environmentally-conscious reads from my personal library:

title:  The World Without Us
by:  Alan Weisman
About the book:  [from the Strand website]:
In this exacting account of the processes by which things fall apart, Alan Weisman writes about which objects from today would vanish without us: how our pipes, wires, and cables would be pulverized into an unusual (but mere) line of red rock; why some museums and churches might be the last human creations standing; how rats and roaches would struggle without us, and how plastic, cast-iron, and radio waves may be our most lasting gifts to the planet. The book is also about how parts of the world already fare without a human presence: Chernobyl; a Polish old-growth forest; the Korean DMZ. And, it looks at the human legacy on Earth, both fleeting and indelible. 320p.

title: Field Notes from a Catastrophe:  Man, Nature and Climate Change
by:  Elizabeth Kolbert
About the book: [from the Strand website]
Long known for her insightful and thought-provoking political journalism, author Elizabeth Kolbert now tackles the controversial and increasingly urgent subject of global warning. in what begins as a groundbreaking three-part series in the New Yorker, Kolbert cuts through the competing rhetoric, and political agendas to elucidate what is really going on with the global environment and asks what, if anything, can be done to save our planet. Now updated and with a new foreword. 225p.

title: A Primate's Memoir: A Neuroscientist's Unconventional Life Among the Baboons
author: Robert M. Sapolsky
About the book: [from the Strand website]:
The author of 'Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers' sets out to study the relationship between stress and disease. But he soon learns that life in the African bush bears little resemblance to the tranquility of a museum diorama. The book is the culmination of more than two decades of experience and research. 304p.

title: Out of Eden: An Odyssey of Ecological Invasion
author: Alan Burdick
About the book: [from the Strand website]:
Alan Burdick tours the front lines of ecological invasion in the company of world-class scientists in Hawaii, Tasmania, Guam, San Francisco; in lush rain forests, aboard an Alaska-bound oil tanker, inside a spacecraft-assembly facility at NASA. Wry and reflective, animated and provocative, OUT OF EDEN is a search both for scientific answers and for ecological authenticity.340p.

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