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1Planet Read for July/August

Rising - Dispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush.





Hailed as “deeply felt” (New York Times), “a revelation” (Pacific Standard), and “the book on climate change and sea levels that was missing” (Chicago Tribune), Rising is both a highly original work of lyric reportage and a haunting meditation on how to let go of the places we love.

With every passing day, and every record-breaking hurricane, it grows clearer that climate change is neither imagined nor distant—and that rising seas are transforming the coastline of the United States in irrevocable ways. In Rising, Elizabeth Rush guides readers through some of the places where this change has been most dramatic, from the Gulf Coast to Miami, and from New York City to the Bay Area. For many of the plants, animals, and humans in these places, the options are stark: retreat or perish in place.

Weaving firsthand testimonials from those facing this choice—a Staten Islander who lost her father during Sandy, the remaining holdouts of a Native American community on a drowning Isle de Jean Charles, a neighborhood in Pensacola settled by escaped slaves hundreds of years ago—with profiles of wildlife biologists, activists, and other members of these vulnerable communities, Rising privileges the voices of those too often kept at the margins. - Milkweed.org


1planet read for May/June

In Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, our May/June 1Planet Read, author Barbara Kingsolver describes her family’s adventure as they abandoned the industrial-food pipeline to live a rural life—vowing that, for one year, they'd only buy food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it. Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is an enthralling narrative that will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat.

“Cogent and illuminating...Without sentimentality, this book captures the pulse of the farm and the deep gratification it provides, as well as the intrinsic humor of the situation.”

—Janet Maslin, New York Times

“Our highest shopping goal was to get our food from so close to home, we’d know the person who grew it. Often that turned out to be ourselves as we learned to produce what we needed, starting with dirt, seeds, and enough knowledge to muddle through. Or starting with baby animals, and enough sense to refrain from naming them.”

—Barbara Kingsolver


1planet read for march/april

“With her sobering and at times darkly humorous writing, Walker brings a refreshingly original perspective to sustainability. She is at once pessimistic and optimistic, somewhat fearful and cautiously hopeful. . . . Her book is a challenge to others to think about the unique role they can play in sustaining the planet.” —Foreword Reviews

In Sustainability: A Love Story, our March/April 1Planet Read, essayist Nicole Walker tackles what it means to live sustainably with realism, and optimism.

Armed with research and a bright irony, playfully addressing the devastation of the world around us, Walker delves deep into scarcity and abundance, but not just in nature, reflecting on matters that range from her uneasy relationship with bats to the fragility of human life, from adolescent lies to what recycling can reveal about our not so moderate drinking habits. With laugh out loud sad-funny moments, and a stark humor, Walker appeals to our innate sense of personal commitment to sustaining our world, and our commitment to sustaining our marriages, our families, our lives, ourselves.


1planet read for january/february

As Deborah Blum, of NPR’s Science Friday, says, “One of the most powerful ways to tell the story of global climate change is to tell it local.” 

Chesapeake Requiem, our January/February 1Planet Read, tells the story of Tangier Island, a 200-year-old community in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay.

Although not “local” for all of us, the story of Tangier Island, Virginia, could be the story of Fire Island, New Orleans, Miami, and countless other coastal communities in the U.S., as well as numerous island nations around the world. 

Tangier Island is probably the first community in America that will be entirely wiped away by climate change. The very water that has long sustained it is erasing the island day by day, wave by wave. It has lost two-thirds of its land since 1850, and still its shoreline retreats by fifteen feet a year. 

Acclaimed journalist Earl Swift spent almost two years living among Tangier’s people, crabbing and oystering with its watermen, and observing its long traditions and odd ways. In Chesapeake Requiem, Swift provides an intimate look at the island’s past, present, and tenuous future. What emerges is the poignant tale of a world that has, quite nearly, gone by — and a leading-edge report on the coming fate of countless coastal communities.

2018 1planet read selections

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