"‘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."
Midwestern Gothic staffer Meghan Chou talked with author Sharon Solwitz about her book Once, In Lourdes, the process of growing up, influential coming-of-age stories, and more.
Kathryn Miles explains how the U.S. is due for a major earthquake and weighs in on the government's preparedness for natural disasters in her book "Quakeland."
MEADOWS, Jodi. Before She Ignites. 496p. (A Fallen Isles Novel).HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Bks. Sept. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062469403.
"Interspersed with flashback chapters, the novel is fairly fast-paced with surprising twists and turns. This richly written fantasy—the first in a trilogy—will keep readers asking whom to trust and wondering what’s true. For fans of Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas, and Graceling by Kristin Cashore. VERDICT A must-have for YA collections, especially where the author and fantasy is popular." –Rebecca Greer, Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative, FL"
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. ...