Tag: environment

Susan Cooper’s Boggart is Back!

Susan Cooper’s Boggart is Back!

Lynn: The Boggart is back—and Nessie, too! That news brought a lot of happiness to our 8-year-old focus group member who, with his dad, had recently inhaled the previous two books. I was pretty geeked myself to see Susan Cooper gift readers with The Boggart Fights Back (2018). It’s taken me a while to get this […]

Further Reading: Day Zero

Further Reading: Day Zero

  Cape Town, South Africa, will run completely out of water in April. Officials have given this event the apocalyptic name of “Day Zero.” While this marks the first time a major city will run out of water, fiction and nonfiction writers have long reckoned with the notion of catastrophic drought. To follow, a half-dozen […]

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Save the Trees! Fairies, Fracking, and Environmental Fights

Save the Trees! Fairies, Fracking, and Environmental Fights

Lynn: The bare bones of Emma Carroll’s In Darkling Wood (2017) seem simple enough. Alice’s little brother Theo desperately needs a heart transplant, and the call from the hospital has finally come. Alice goes to stay with Nell, the spiky, strong-willed grandmother Alice doesn’t remember, in a cottage surrounded by ancient forest. Nell hates the […]

SEA OTTER HEROES to the Rescue

SEA OTTER HEROES to the Rescue

Lynn: In schools these days, we talk about science in terms of the scientific method, theories, observation, and conclusions. Pedagogically, this is excellent, but it is important not to lose sight of something that both drives and excites kids: asking questions. Young biologist Brent Hughes did just that. His question? Why was the fertilizer-polluted Elkhorn Slough […]

Tree People: Annie Proulx’s Barkskins

Tree People: Annie Proulx’s Barkskins

Proulx’s commanding epic about the annihilation of our forests is nothing less than a sylvan Moby-Dick. Barkskins are tree people, which includes not only loggers and foresters but truly all of humankind, given our reliance on these pillars of life. In her copious historical woodland saga, Pulitzer Prize–and National Book Award–winner Proulx tells the stories […]

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Protected Places: Terry Tempest Williams’ The Hour of Land

Protected Places: Terry Tempest Williams’ The Hour of Land

The longtime advocate for the environment celebrates the centennial of the National Park Service with a meditative report on her tour of a dozen parks across the country. Williams (When Women Were Birds, 2012), an ardent, often rhapsodic, always scrupulous witness to the living world and advocate for the protection of public lands, celebrates the […]

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Love Your Mother: 10 Earth Day Reads

Love Your Mother: 10 Earth Day Reads

Every day is earth day for humans, and reading about the state of our planet should be part of everyone’s book choices. Environmentally oriented books include scientific inquiries into climate change, energy sources, extinction, and all the thorny social and political implications of environmental troubles. But reading “green” can also include clever and surprising ecofiction, […]

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Reviews of the Week: Jeffery Self, Jennifer Haigh, Terry Tempest Williams, and More

Reviews of the Week: Jeffery Self, Jennifer Haigh, Terry Tempest Williams, and More

Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from March 28–April 1 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday March 28 Drag Teen, by Jeffery […]

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2015 National Outdoor Book Award Winners
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2015 National Outdoor Book Award Winners

As the air gets crisp and snow is already falling in some parts of the U.S., it’s the perfect time to be thinking about the great outdoors—or getting out to experience it. That’s exactly what author Kim Heacox is doing. He’s enjoying the remote wilderness of Admiralty Island and has no contact with the outside world. And, […]

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From Empty Mansions to the Berkeley Pit: The Environmental Legacy of a Great American Fortune
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From Empty Mansions to the Berkeley Pit: The Environmental Legacy of a Great American Fortune

My vacation in Montana was great, and so was my reading: a unpublished novel by my friend James Kennedy (The Order of Odd-Fish, 2008), an unnamed middle-grade novel for an award I’m judging, and Pete Dexter’s wonderfully earthy western, Deadwood (1986). Every time I looked up from the page, however, my wife, Marya, was engrossed in […]