Massive tanks in Oklahoma brim with unrefined oil, but they weren’t designed to handle the rash of seismic activity caused by fracking-related activity.
By KATHRYN MILES, September 14, 2017
When death, as public as a President or as private as a lover, overwhelms us, it speaks itself in elegy’s necropoetics. ...
Annie Berger at Sourcebooks Fire has acquired, in a two-book deal, rights to Helene Dunbar’s YA novel PRELUDE FOR LOST SOULSa story of two boys - one longing to leave, and one yearning to stay - in the spiritualist town of St. Hilaire, where most make their living by talking to the dead. When a grief-stricken young pianist unexpectedly arrives on a mysterious quest, it sets a chain of events in motion that no one could have anticipated. Publication is scheduled for Fall 2019, with the unnamed sequel to follow in 2020. Lauren MacLeod of The Strothman Agency negotiated the deal for world English rights.
Wired Man and Other Freaks of Nature. By Sashi Kaufman. 2016. Carolrhoda/Lab, $17.99 (9781467785631). Gr. 9–12.
Despite being a stud athlete, soccer goalie Ben Wireman’s hearing aids make him feel like an outsider. In a character-driven story of sportsmanship and friendship, this nuanced look at misfits scores big.
"The story of how Charles Darwin’s trip around the world on the HMS Beagle inspired his ideas about evolution is well-known. Less familiar, however, may be the decades of detailed research that he conducted after that 1830s voyage. As biologist James Costa chronicles in Darwin’s Backyard, many of those studies took place at Down House, Darwin’s country home southeast of London. ..."
"Before 1995, forest fires exceeding 100,000 acres — now called megafires — occurred roughly once a year in the United States. But as Colorado resident, author of “High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed” and sometime firefighter Michael Kodas notes, that number grew to average 9.8 between 2005 and 2014."
"Miles offers another corrective to the California-centric narrative of earthquake risk, except her version focuses mostly away from the West Coast."
"In the U.S., the focus is on California’s San Andreas fault, which geologists suggest has a nearly one-in-five chance of causing a major earthquake in the next three decades. But it’s not just the faults we know about that should concern us, says Kathryn Miles, author of Quakeland: On the Road to America's Next Devastating Earthquake. As she explained when National Geographic caught up with her at her home in Portland, Maine, there’s a much larger number of faults we don’t know about—and fracking is only adding to the risks."
"In “Quakeland,” Kathryn Miles, a writer-in-residence at Green Mountain College in Vermont, argues that the odds are worse than we might think. Much of the ground beneath our feet is riddled with cracks and fractures to a depth of 10 miles or more, she reports, and there isn’t a state in the Union that hasn’t experienced a tremor at some point in its history. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, 75 million Americans, in 39 states, live in areas of “significant seismic risk.”"
" ... Evolutionary biologist (and trustee of the Charles Darwin Trust) James Costa has saved me the trouble. His book, Darwin's Backyard, is a passionate but balanced celebration of the Victorian scientist's lifelong obsession with enquiry and how the fields and meadows around his home were a microcosm of the wider world. ..."
""You can be forgiven," writes Kathryn Miles in Quakeland (Aug. 29), "for thinking that the ground beneath your feet is solid." Yet it isn't, and by the end of her reporting readers will feel a bit unsteady. ..."
Verdict Fourteen years after her well-received first novel, Bloody Mary, multi-award winner Solwitz (Blood and Milk: Stories) returns with a tour de force examining the bonds of friendship and the adolescent state of mind. Expect to be taken to the brink more than once. Highly recommended.—Annalisa Pešek, Library Journal
AUGUST 18, 2017 —Kathryn Miles, author of the fascinating and frightening new book Quakeland: On the Road to America's Next Devastating Earthquake, hopes to shake up our perceptions about earthquakes with a startling reality check: There's a lot more shaky ground than we realize. ...
"... Darwin comes across as a charmingly enthusiastic and curious character in this illustrated biography, which includes a college friend's early cartoon of him going beetle hunting, perched astride a giant beetle and waving a butterfly net. His work could make him antisocial, too, leading him to commandeer rooms and furniture for his often smelly and dirty collections, and to "dispatch" his daughter's cat when it ate his fancy pigeons. ..." -- Shelf Awareness
Bigger, hotter, faster: The wildfires of tomorrow will be like nothing we’ve ever seen. In this excerpt from Megafire: The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame, author Michael Kodas explains why we need to start preparing today for the fires we'll face in the years to come.
"Miles establishes quick rapport with engineers, first-responders, and people living beneath toppled chimneys, and finagles her way into mines, dams, and nuclear power plants built atop tectonic plates. ... But her vivid retellings of earthquakes in the near and distant past serve a purpose—to relay “how fragile—and volatile—the ground beneath our feet really is. ...Thanks largely to Miles’s conversational, somehow cheery writing style, I was riveted throughout and heartily recommend this book to people living everywhere. For policymakers, Quakeland should be required reading. "--Sierra Magazine
"So much more than a biography, this engaging account of Charles Darwin and his lifelong “experimentising” combines well-documented research, replicable science experiments, and charming anecdotes to illustrate how, despite ongoing personal illness and family drama, Darwin continuously observed, documented, and shared his groundbreaking scientific investigations. ...Witty and occasionally irreverent chapters consider his work with orchids, barnacles, vines, bees, the sex life of plants, frogs, and his beloved earthworms, and they document his simultaneous, copious correspondence; publications; defenses; and endless revisions. ...This is accessible and fun stuff from a popular author, so expect high demand." -- Booklist (starred review)
"A surprising page-turner. Always respectful of the lives lost fighting fire, the author never loses sight of the bigger picture: the fires aren’t going away, and current approaches to addressing that fact are based on antiquated ideas. This is a must-read for all as forest fires spread across the country." —Booklist
“Quakeland is everything a popular science book should be: well-researched, anecdotal, sometimes humorous, and easily understood.” —Shelf Awareness