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That Wild Country: An Epic Journey through the Past, Present, and...
by Mark Kenyon

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English

Pages

277

Publication Date

December 01, 2019

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<p><b>From prominent outdoorsman and nature writer Mark Kenyon comes an engrossing reflection on the past and future battles over our most revered landscapes鈥擜merica鈥檚 public lands.</b></p><p>Every American is a public-land owner, inheritor to the largest public-land trust in the world. These vast expanses provide a home to wildlife populations, a vital source of clean air and water, and a haven for recreation.</p><p>Since its inception, however, America鈥檚 public land system has been embroiled in controversy鈥攃aught in the push and pull between the desire to develop the valuable resources the land holds or conserve them. Alarmed by rising tensions over the use of these lands, hunter, angler, and outdoor enthusiast Mark Kenyon set out to explore the spaces involved in this heated debate, and learn firsthand how they came to be and what their future might hold.</p><p>Part travelogue and part historical examination, <i>That Wild Country</i> invites readers on an intimate tour of the wondrous wild and public places that are a uniquely profound and endangered part of the American landscape.</p>
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
by Elizabeth Kolbert

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

February 11, 2014

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<p><b>ONE OF THE <i>NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW'S</i> 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR</b></p><p><b>A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes</b> <br />Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us. In <i>The Sixth Extinction</i>, two-time winner of the National Magazine Award and <i>New Yorker</i> writer Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of scores of researchers in half a dozen disciplines, accompanying many of them into the field: geologists who study deep ocean cores, botanists who follow the tree line as it climbs up the Andes, marine biologists who dive off the Great Barrier Reef. She introduces us to a dozen species, some already gone, others facing extinction, including the Panamian golden frog, staghorn coral, the great auk, and the Sumatran rhino. Through these stories, Kolbert provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy; as Kolbert observes, it compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.</p>
Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer's Twent...
by Robert Bilott

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English

Pages

399

Publication Date

October 08, 2019

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<b>鈥?lt;/b><b>For <i>Erin Brockovich</i> fans, a David vs. Goliath tale with a twist.鈥?鈥?lt;i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /> <br /><b>The story that inspired the major motion picture <i>Dark Waters,</i> starring Mark Ruffalo as Robert Bilott.</b><br /><br />In 1998, Rob Bilott began a legal battle against DuPont that would consume the next twenty years of his life, uncovering the worst case of environmental contamination in modern history and a corporate cover-up that put the health of hundreds of thousands of people at risk. Representing a single farmer who was convinced the creek on his property had been poisoned by runoff from a nearby DuPont landfill, Rob ultimately discovers the truth about PFAS鈥攗nregulated, toxic chemicals used in the manufacturing of Teflon and a host of other household goods. DuPont鈥檚 own scientists had issued internal warnings for years about the harmful effects of PFAS on human health, but the company continued to allow these chemicals to leach into public drinking water. Until Rob forced them to face the consequences.<br /> <br /> <i>Exposure</i> is an unforgettable legal drama about malice and manipulation, the failings of environmental regulation, and one lawyer鈥檚 quest to expose the truth about this previously unknown鈥攁nd still unregulated鈥攃hemical that presents one of the greatest human health crises of the 21st century.
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and ...
by Robin Wall Kimmerer

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English

Pages

410

Publication Date

September 16, 2013

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As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In <i>Braiding Sweetgrass</i>, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on 鈥渁 journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise鈥?(Elizabeth Gilbert).<br /><br /> Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings鈥攁sters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass鈥攐ffer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices. In reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return.
Underland: A Deep Time Journey
by Robert Macfarlane

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English

Pages

495

Publication Date

June 04, 2019

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<p><strong>A national bestseller and one of the <em>Guardian</em>'s 100 Best Books of the 21st Century.<br /><br /><br /><br />From the best-selling, award-winning author of <em>Landmarks</em> and <em>The Old Ways</em>, a haunting voyage into the planet鈥檚 past and future.</strong></p><br /><p>Hailed as "the great nature writer of this generation" (<em>Wall Street Journal</em>), Robert Macfarlane is the celebrated author of books about the intersections of the human and the natural realms. In <em>Underland</em>, he delivers his masterpiece: an epic exploration of the Earth鈥檚 underworlds as they exist in myth, literature, memory, and the land itself.</p><br /><p>In this highly anticipated sequel to his international bestseller <em>The Old Ways</em>, Macfarlane takes us on an extraordinary journey into our relationship with darkness, burial, and what lies beneath the surface of both place and mind. Traveling through 鈥渄eep time鈥濃€攖he dizzying expanses of geologic time that stretch away from the present鈥攈e moves from the birth of the universe to a post-human future, from the prehistoric art of Norwegian sea caves to the blue depths of the Greenland ice cap, from Bronze Age funeral chambers to the catacomb labyrinth below Paris, and from the underground fungal networks through which trees communicate to a deep-sunk 鈥渉iding place鈥?where nuclear waste will be stored for 100,000 years to come. Woven through Macfarlane鈥檚 own travels are the unforgettable stories of descents into the underland made across history by explorers, artists, cavers, divers, mourners, dreamers, and murderers, all of whom have been drawn for different reasons to seek what Cormac McCarthy calls 鈥渢he awful darkness within the world.鈥?lt;/p><br /><p>Global in its geography and written with great lyricism and power, <em>Underland</em> speaks powerfully to our present moment. Taking a deep-time view of our planet, Macfarlane here asks a vital and unsettling question: 鈥淎re we being good ancestors to the future Earth?鈥?<em>Underland</em> marks a new turn in Macfarlane鈥檚 long-term mapping of the relations of landscape and the human heart. From its remarkable opening pages to its deeply moving conclusion, it is a journey into wonder, loss, fear, and hope. At once ancient and urgent, this is a book that will change the way you see the world.</p>
The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming
by David Wallace-Wells

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English

Pages

304

Publication Date

February 19, 2019

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<b>#1聽<i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER 鈥?鈥?lt;i>The Uninhabitable Earth</i>聽hits you like a comet, with an overflow of insanely lyrical prose about our pending Armageddon.鈥濃€擜ndrew Solomon, author of聽<i>The Noonday Demon</i></b><br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW </i>AND THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY</b><br /><br />It is worse, much worse, than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible鈥攆ood shortages, refugee emergencies, climate wars and economic devastation.<br /><br /> An 鈥渆poch-defining book鈥?(<i>The</i> <i>Guardian</i>) and 鈥渢his generation鈥檚 <i>Silent Spring</i>鈥?(<i>The Washington Post</i>), <i>The Uninhabitable Earth</i>聽is both a travelogue of the near future and a meditation on how that future will look to those living through it鈥攖he ways that warming promises to transform global politics, the meaning of technology and nature in the modern world, the sustainability of capitalism and the trajectory of human progress.<br /><br /> <i>The Uninhabitable Earth</i> is also an impassioned call to action. For just as the world was brought to the brink of catastrophe within the span of a lifetime, the responsibility to avoid it now belongs to a single generation鈥攖oday鈥檚.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>The Uninhabitable Earth</i></b><br /><br /><i>鈥淭he Uninhabitable Earth</i>聽is the most terrifying book I have ever read. Its subject is climate change, and its method is scientific, but its mode is Old Testament. The book is a meticulously documented, white-knuckled tour through the cascading catastrophes that will soon engulf our warming planet.鈥?lt;b>鈥擣arhad Manjoo,聽<i>The New York Times</i></b><i><b><br /></b></i><br />鈥淩iveting. . . .聽Some readers will find Mr. Wallace-Wells鈥檚 outline of possible futures alarmist. He is indeed alarmed. You should be, too.鈥?lt;b>鈥擳he Economist</b><br /><br />鈥淧otent and evocative. . . . Wallace-Wells has resolved to offer something other than the standard narrative of climate change. . . . He avoids the 鈥榚erily banal language of climatology鈥?in favor of lush, rolling prose.鈥?lt;b>鈥擩ennifer Szalai,聽<i>The New York Times</i></b><br /><br />鈥淭he book has potential to be this generation鈥檚聽<i>Silent Spring</i>.鈥?lt;i><b>鈥擳he Washington Post</b></i><br /><br />鈥?lt;i>The Uninhabitable Earth,</i>聽which has become a best seller, taps into the underlying emotion of the day: fear. . . . I encourage people to read this book.鈥?lt;b>鈥擜lan Weisman,聽<i>The New York Review of Books</i></b>
Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale
by Adam Minter

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

November 12, 2019

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<b>From the author of <i>Junkyard Planet</i>, a journey into the surprising afterlives of our former possessions.</b><br /><br />Downsizing. Decluttering. A parent's death. Sooner or later, all of us are faced with things we no longer need or want. But when we drop our old clothes and other items off at a local donation center, where do they go? Sometimes across the country-or even halfway across the world-to people and places who find value in what we leave behind.<br /><br />In <i>Secondhand</i>, journalist Adam Minter takes us on an unexpected adventure into the often-hidden, multibillion-dollar industry of reuse: thrift stores in the American Southwest to vintage shops in Tokyo, flea markets in Southeast Asia to used-goods enterprises in Ghana, and more. Along the way, Minter meets the fascinating people who handle-and profit from-our rising tide of discarded stuff, and asks a pressing question: In a world that craves shiny and new, is there room for it all?<br /><i><br /></i><i>Secondhand</i> offers hopeful answers and hard truths. A history of the stuff we've used and a contemplation of why we keep buying more, it also reveals the marketing practices, design failures, and racial prejudices that push used items into landfills instead of new homes. <i>Secondhand</i> shows us that it doesn't have to be this way, and what really needs to change to build a sustainable future free of excess stuff.<br /><b></b>
How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy
by Jenny Odell

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English

Pages

241

Publication Date

April 23, 2019

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<b>"A complex, smart and ambitious book that at first reads like a self-help manual, then blossoms into a wide-ranging political manifesto."鈥擩onah Engel Bromwich, <i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><br />Nothing is harder to do these days than nothing. But in a world where our value is determined by our 24/7 data productivity . . . doing nothing may be our most important form of resistance. <br /><br />So argues artist and critic Jenny Odell in this field guide to doing nothing (at least as capitalism defines it). Odell sees our attention as the most precious鈥攁nd overdrawn鈥攔esource we have. Once we can start paying a new kind of attention, she writes, we can undertake bolder forms of political action, reimagine humankind鈥檚 role in the environment, and arrive at more meaningful understandings of happiness and progress. <br /><br />Far from the simple anti-technology screed, or the back-to-nature meditation we read so often, <i>How to do Nothing</i> is an action plan for thinking outside of capitalist narratives of efficiency and techno-determinism. Provocative, timely, and utterly persuasive, this book is a four-course meal in the age of Soylent.
Almost Anywhere: Road Trip Ruminations on Love, Nature, National ...
by Krista Schlyer

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English

Pages

296

Publication Date

October 06, 2015

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<b>What do you do when your world ends? </b><br />At twenty-eight years old, Krista Schlyer sold almost everything she owned and packed the rest of it in a station wagon bound for the American wild. Her two best friends joined her鈥攐ne a grumpy, grieving introvert, the other a feisty dog鈥攁nd together they sought out every national park, historic site, forest, and wilderness they could get to before their money ran out or their minds gave in.<br /><br />The journey began as a desperate escape from urban isolation, heartbreak, and despair, but became an adventure beyond imagining. Chronicling their colorful escapade, <i>Almost Anywhere</i> explores the courage, cowardice, and heroics that live in all of us, as well as the life of nature and the nature of life.<br /><br />This eloquent and accessible memoir is at once an immersion in the pain of losing someone particularly close and especially young and a healing journey of a broken life given over to the whimsy and humor of living on the road.
1491 (Second Edition): New Revelations of the Americas Before Col...
by Charles C. Mann

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English

Pages

560

Publication Date

October 10, 2006

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<p>In this groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, Charles C. Mann radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492.<br />聽<br />Contrary to what so many Americans learn in school, the pre-Columbian Indians were not sparsely settled in a pristine wilderness; rather, there were huge numbers of Indians who actively molded and influenced the land around them. The astonishing Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan had running water and immaculately clean streets, and was larger than any contemporary European city. Mexican cultures created corn in a specialized breeding process that it has been called man鈥檚 first feat of genetic engineering. Indeed, Indians were not living lightly on the land but were landscaping and manipulating their world in ways that we are only now beginning to understand. Challenging and surprising, this a transformative new look at a rich and fascinating world we only thought we knew.</p>

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