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Michael Christie has crafted a wonderful thriller that investigates the influence of heritage, the environment, and indutrial/economic power. Spanning 130 years--Christie's novel is as much a mystery as it is an environmental manifesto for our troubling times. A must read!!!
If you like shade, birds, tree houses, tire swings, camp fires, or old school wooden pencils (or paper!!), read this book. Haskill explains the deep and profound networks that attach humanty itself to trees around the world and throughout civilization(s). Well researched & well written. Perfect for the die hard tree hugger or the Sunday shade sitter.
This isn't an addition to the growing genre of hand-wringing climate change books. Rich offers a history of the denial, back room deals & political impotence that has brought us to the brink. A profound & poignant book. Take a look at Rich's fiction too! (King Zeno & Odds Against Tomorrow)
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One of the best jazz pianists to ever play; Monk will change your life. This graphic narrative moves and breathes with the electricity & excitement of bebop. Buy it. Read it. Put on a record of Monk's & remember--"A piano ain't got no wrong notes." --Thelonious Monk
"Never forget who you are"
From Stonelore, Tablet One, Verse 10
This statement reverberates throughout the Fifth Season. The book follows a race of humans enslaved for their supernatural powers of controlling tectonics--the orogenes are the sole reason their world exists at all--until they demand their freedom!!!
3 Part Series. Read them all!
A wonderful collection of sci-fi short stoires. Chiang investigates the human-technological interfaces of the near future. These are ethical explorations just as much as they are creative & interesting examinations of the sci-fi tropes we know & love: time-travel, free-will, techno-bio evolution, and all that & more!!
The first in an ongoing series following Dave Robicheaux, a rough & ready (& troubled) man of the law in southern Louisiana. Wicked men, beautiful prose, and scenes that pull you in. Any of the series is a must read. Start here and enjoy the ride!!
Hold on to your hat, the ride's gonna get a bit rough! David Wallace-Wells writes a direct and needed vision of our perilous future. It isn't all doom and gloom though--you'll find that Wallace-Wells has hope for tomorrow and thinks you should too!!
Lauren Oya Olamina narrates this beautiful story about survival in a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles. Octavia Butler combines the horrors of a world gone mad with Olamina's courage, optimism, and a belief system of her own making called Earthseed (think zen and brass-tacks survival of species). I stayed up until dawn to finish--absolutely wonderful!
In this excellent book, Krakauer pays close attention to the personal lives and American-made religion devastated by fundamentalist and violent beliefs. Part religious history, part true crime, this book is thrilling, heart-wrenching, and a wonderful read!
An absolutely amazing book! Powers creates a richly textured world in which trees share intimate relationships with humans. If this sounds "Hippy Dippy" to you--fear not!! This is a world that is equal parts magical-realism & sci-fi, character study and biological treatise. This is an emotional roller coaster! I could not put it down!!!
Let's be honest--you're a smart person. You study all the time; you've got ideas. But academic writing is still a struggle. BUT it's ok because this book can help! Hayot's book is easy to understand and is super simple to bring with you to your typewriting machine (right?)--this is a must have!!