⭐️ "...Narrated by Charlotte, Jane, and Alexander, this novel uses Jane Eyre as a loose framework. It humorously blends fact with fiction and offers a gentler, more hopeful outcome for Charlotte, her siblings, and her heroine. VERDICT A must-read for fans of My Lady Jane or Jane Eyre and a fun alternative for fans of paranormal romances.–Emma Carbone, Brooklyn Public Library, School Library Journal
"... At moments inspiring and at others infuriating, Kahrl's work clearly demonstrates how seemingly benign policies of land use and home rule in the North were just as effective as Jim Crow laws in the South in maintaining segregation. VERDICT An important addition to the literature on 20th-century racism in the North. Scholars and activists alike will find much to anger and impassion them in Kahrl's work.--Bart Everts, Paul Robeson Lib., Rutgers Univ.-Camden, Library Journal
"More accessible than Ruud Gullit’s How to Watch Soccer (2017), less poetic than Eduardo Galeano’s Soccer in Sun and Shadow (1995)—though it draws heavily on these and many other works—this is an enjoyable and thought-provoking read with some delightful nuggets of info. Did you know Nabokov and Camus were goalkeepers?" — Keir Graff, Booklist
Best Natural Disaster Reporting: ‘Quakeland’ by Kathryn Miles
Miles takes what sounds like a distressing “road trip” to learn more about the seismic future of America—meeting scientists working in deep mines to study fault lines and visiting nuclear power plants located directly on faults, among other stops. The result is hopeful and practical (How worried should we be? Who’s working to keep us safe when the big one strikes?) but with just enough terrifying imagery of potential super-quakes—because we know that’s what you really came for.
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Noteworthy books of 2017: natural history
The Seattle Times , Originally published December 17, 2017 at 6:00 am
By Irene Wanner
"... Another book about trees is Michael Kodas’ “Megafire: The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Megafires consume more than 100,000 acres; before 2005, they averaged one a year. Since then, the annual number has increased to almost 10.
Why? Kodas studies many causes — drought, pollution, insect infestations, climate change and more — and explains how a decades-old U.S. Forest Service policy of putting out all fires as soon as possible backfired. When low-intensity burns that had prevented fuel buildup ceased, undergrowth and small trees thrived, becoming disasters in waiting...."
BOOK REVIEW | NONFICTION
Are the American West’s Wildfires Inevitable?
By BRENDAN I. KOERNER DEC. 12, 2017, New York Times
" .... Though “Megafire” and “Firestorm” cover much of the same alarming ground, Kodas’s book is far better at capturing the Sisyphean struggles of the men and women who battle blazes for a living. The author of a previous book about the tourist trade on Mount Everest, Kodas has a knack for fluid prose and an eye for ghoulish detail. In recounting one Colorado firefighter’s brush with fiery death, for example, he notes that her severely burned fingers “felt like balloons about to pop”; later, he evokes the desolation of a burned-out wilderness by describing how “thousands of incinerated ponderosas looked like brushstrokes of black ink against the gray ash. ...”
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AAAS and Subaru are proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prizes for Excellence in Science Books. The Prizes celebrate outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults and are meant to encourage the writing and publishing of high-quality science books for all ages.
Young Adult Science Book Finalists
Caesar’s Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us, by Sam Kean. Little Brown & Co. 2017. 9780316381642
This is a fun, delightful, and informative way to learn about the chemistry of the atmospheric gasses and related materials.
Darwin’s Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory, by James T. Costa. W.W. Norton & Co. 2017. 9780393239898
This book is for all those who wish to more fully understand the scientist and the origin of his ideas.
How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog): Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump-Started Evolution, by Lee Alan Dugatkin and Lyudmila Trut. University of Chicago Press. 2017. 9780226444185
This is the extraordinary, untold story of a remarkable undertaking to recreate the evolution of wolves into dogs in real time.
Quakeland: On the Road to America’s Next Devastating Earthquake, by Kathryn Miles. Penguin Random House. 2017. 9780525955184
Quakeland is an interesting and informative look at the serious aspects of earthquakes and the potentially disastrous results of earthquakes in the United States.
Winner. Kingbird Highway: The Biggest Year in the Life of an Extreme Birder. By Kenn Kaufman. Houghton Mifflin, Boston. ISBN 9780618709403
In January of 1972, a month shy of his 18th birthday, Kenn Kaufman left his home in Kansas and hitched a ride to Texas. He was a high school dropout with little money and few prospects for the future. Nevertheless, driven and single-minded, Kaufman was embarking on a quest, a quest far removed from that of a typical 18-year old. He was out to establish the record for the most birds identified in the US in one year. This is the story of that year-long quest: of living on pennies a day, of hitch hiking from one end of the country to the other, and of sleeping under bridges—and yet slowly, he filled his lists with birds. And what of his uncertain future? He didn’t do too badly. Have you heard of the Kaufman guides, that popular series of bird, mammal and insect guides which have sold in the thousands? Oh yes, that’s the same Kaufman.
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What Would Miss Rumphius Do?
Barbara Cooney’s beloved stories and illustrations carry lessons for young Americans about moral courage.
"... But Cooney’s greatest gifts, manifest in her work from the start, are more profound. Her singular vision of young Americans and her unique ideas about how to write for them make her books more relevant to Americans today—and perhaps more necessary—than ever before. ..."
Yanis Varoufakis, former finance minister of Greece and author of "Adults in the Room: My Battle with the European and American Deep Establishment," explains that Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister may be a likely scenario and that this would be beneficial for the UK economy.
Nomiki Konst interviews author, of ADULTS IN THE ROOM, former Greek Finance Minister and Greek Member of Parliament Yanis Varoufakis.
Yanis Varoufakis, former finance minister of Greece and author of "Adults in the Room: My Battle with the European and American Deep Establishment,"explains that the rise of Donald Trump and the alt-right is a symptom of the failure of the establishment and liberal capitalism.
New Yorker, Books
Briefly Noted, November 6, 2017
"The Hue and Cry at Our House, by Benjamin Taylor (Penguin). A brush with history looms over this memoir: in November, 1963, the author, then a sixth grader in Fort Worth, shook hands with President Kennedy mere hours before his assassination. Confining his narrative to the year that followed, Taylor evokes both the era and the awkwardness of his younger self—asthmatic, gay, and displaying early signs of Asperger’s. He comes across as comically harried by fate; his self-pity leads to vengeful fantasies and outbursts, as when he hurls a chair at a doctor who suggests surgery to rectify his penchant for walking on tiptoe. He finds comfort in imaginative rituals, such as holding a funeral for a bookmark, and his hero is Huck Finn, for his embrace of an “adulterated nature.”"
Talking to My Daughter About the Economy by Yanis Varoufakis – review
Economics is political, and should be discussed in terms everyone can understand, argues this brief history of capitalism
Anna Minton, Thursday 26 October 2017 02.30 EDT
"Not many authors write a book in nine days, and fewer still are likely to announce it in the prologue. Yanis Varoufakis has no qualms about doing so in this brief history of capitalism, structured around the device of talking to his daughter, Xenia, not long a teenager. It was first published a few years ago, when she was even younger, and has been updated for British readers following a further week’s writing. By being open about the writing process, the scholar and politician manages his readers’ expectations; but he also builds them, by promising to explain economics in a language that everyone can understand, in place of the jargon- infested pseudo-scientific language of mainstream economics. ...."
Wildfires at Your Doorstep
By MICHAEL KODAS, OCT. 26, 2017
"Boulder, Colo. — This year has seen an explosion of wildfires that have set records for death and destruction from California to Kansas. As the smoke continues to clear from the deadly flames that swept across parts of California’s wine country, history and the reality on the ground suggest the threat will grow only worse, not only for California, the most fire-prone state, but throughout the West. ..."
"‘What passes for ‘normal’ sleep today is, by any historical standard, quite strange,’ says Benjamin Reiss, US academic and author of new book Wild Nights: How Taming Sleep Created Our Restless World. Although sleep is a hot topic today, from dream interpretation, communal siestas in the 60s to the trendy Paleo ethos of returning to caveman-style human hibernation, we aren’t the first generation to micro-manage our kip, it turns out. Here, Reiss provides a potted history of sleep."
More Destructive, Expensive, Dangerous: What's Ramping Up Wildfires?
"The author of Megafire: The Race To Extinguish A Deadly Epidemic Of Flame, says a wet spring counterintuitively is feeding Western wildfires this year — and dangerous dry winds haven't peaked yet."