Category Archives: Environmental Issues

Sci-Fi/Future Dystopias: “Oryx and Crake”

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood   Snowman (as in Abominable), who was once known as Jimmy, appears to be the last human being on earth. His existence doesn’t seem much worth living–the environment is in ruins and he cannot … Continue reading

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Adult Books for Teens: “The Harder They Come”

The Harder They Come by T. C. Boyle    A cruise to Central America and a stop in Costa Rica sound like a vacation dream for a middle class retired couple. After all, Costa Rica is supposed to be a … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: “The Hot Zone”

    The Hot Zone by Richard Preston This nonfiction thriller opens with the story of “Charles Monet,” a Frenchman in Western Kenya who contracts Marburg’s Disease after a visit to Mt. Elgan (between Uganda and Kenya)—a “biological island of rain … Continue reading

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Summer Classic Reread: “Walden”

Summer Classic Reread: Walden by Henry David Thoreau  Why I wanted to reread it: Walden is one of the great American classics because it speaks about nature, individualism, and creating a life philosophy. I think a lot about nature (actually, … Continue reading

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Have a Listen: “Feed”

Feed by M. T. Anderson    “Everyone is supersmart now. You can look things up automatic, like science and history, like if you want to know which battles of the Civil War George Washington fought in and shit.” I know … Continue reading

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Sci-Fi: “Ship Breaker”

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi  In the aftermath of environmental apocalypse, in the world of ship breaking on the Gulf Coast, Nailer survives by pulling copper wire from grounded oil tankers. He, like everyone else he knows, is looking for … Continue reading

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Adult Books for Teens: Common Core: “Creation”

    Creation: How Science is Reinventing Life Itself by Adam Rutherford Here’s a book title that I was surprised to find is not hyperbole. Science really is creating new life forms. Rutherford doesn’t mean cloning life forms we know. He … Continue reading

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Common Core and Nonfiction: Adult Books for Teens: “Stiff”

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach   “The way I see it, being dead is not terribly far off from being on a cruise ship. Most of your time is spent lying on your back.”—The opening sentence … Continue reading

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Adult Books for Teens: Memoir: “Wild”

Wild by Cheryl Strayed   In her prologue, Strayed describes losing her hiking boots—yes, really losing them , knocked over the side of a mountain—in the middle of her quest to hike 1,100 of the 2,663 miles of the Pacific … Continue reading

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“Girls Don’t Fly”

Girls Don’t Fly by Kristen Chandler  Family matters, but Myra’s—an older, pregnant sister, four younger rambunctious brothers, and a pair of overworked parents—is so needy that she appears to be on track for martyr of the year. The problem with … Continue reading

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