Member Bookshelf

The News at the Ends of the Earth: The Print Culture of Polar Exploration

By Hester Blum. Duke University Press, 2019.

From Sir John Franklin’s doomed 1845 search for the Northwest Passage to early twentieth-century sprints to the South Pole, polar expeditions produced an extravagant archive of documents that are as varied as they are engaging. As the polar ice sheets melt, fragments of this archive are newly emergent. In The News at the Ends of the Earth Hester Blum examines the rich, offbeat collection of printed ephemera created by polar explorers. Ranging from ship newspapers and messages ...

Belly-Up Rosehip: a Tongue Blue with Mud Songs

By Tyler Detloff. Swimming with Elephants Publications, 2019.

Belly-Up Rosehip: a Tongue Blue with Mud Songs, the debut book of poems by Tyler Dettloff, engages with northern wilderness spaces and themes of medicines, blues, and Anishinaabemowin language. Swimming with Elephants Publications selected Belly-up Rosehip as a contest winner in the publishers 2018 open reading session.

Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass, says that Belly-up Rosehip is an “evocative collection [that] invites a gathering of the lost and the found beneath a sheltering shingwak ...

Gender and Environment in Science Fiction

Edited by Christy Tidwell and Bridgitte Barclay. Lexington Books, 2019.

This collection, edited by co-leaders of ASLE’s Ecomedia SIG, features chapters by several ASLE members. Gender and Environment in Science Fiction focuses on the variety of ways that gender and “nature” interact in science fiction films and fictions, exploring questions of different realities and posing new ones. Science fiction asks questions to propose other ways of living; it asks what if, and that question is the basis for alternative narratives of ourselves and the ...

Affective Materialities: Reorienting the Body in Modernist Literature

Edited by Kara Watts, Robin Hackett, and Molly Volanth Hall. University Press of Florida, 2019

Affective Materialities reexamines modernist theorizations of the body and opens up the artistic, political, and ethical possibilities at the intersection of affect theory and ecocriticism, two recent directions in literary studies not typically brought into conversation.

Modernist creativity, the volume proposes, may return to us notions of the feeling, material body that contemporary scholarship has lost touch with, bodies that suggest alternative relations to others and to the world. Contributors ...

Great American Desert

By Terese Svoboda. Mad Creek Books, March 12, 2019.

Water, its use and abuse, trickles through Great American Desert, spanning the misadventures of the prehistoric Clovis people to the wanderings of a forlorn couple around a pink pyramid in a sci-fi prairie. In “Dutch Joe,” the eponymous hero sees the future from the bottom of a well in the Sandhills, while a woman tries to drag her sister back from insanity in “Dirty Thirties.” In “Bomb Jockey,” a local Romeo disposes of leaky bombs ...

Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California

Edited by Lucille Lang Day and Ruth Nolan. Scarlet Tanager Books, 2018.

Scarlet Tanager Books is pleased to offer complimentary copies of Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California (2018, 462 pp.) to ASLE members interested in reviewing it or considering it for course adoption. Contact: Lucille Lang Day,

A finalist for the 2019 Eric Hoffer Book Award in Poetry, Fire and Rain contains more than 250 poems by 149 contributors, including Ellen Bass, Christopher Buckley, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Camille T. Dungy, Ann Fisher-Wirth, Rebecca Foust, Dana Gioia, Rafael Jesús ...


By Maya Khosla. Sixteen Rivers Press, 2019.

Poet Laureate of Sonoma County (2018-2020) Maya Khosla has written a new collection, All the Fires of Wind and Light, inviting readers to find themselves in the wild – even in the most challenging times. Drawing from personal history, ancestry, and from explorations ranging from the Bay of Bengal to the Sierra Nevada, Cascades Mountains and beyond, these poems take readers into worlds that are all but hidden, among “the best-kept secrets of our forests,” and sometimes ...

Stamford ’76: A True Story of Murder, Corruption, Race, and Feminism in the 1970s

Stamford ’76: A True Story of Murder, Corruption, Race, and Feminism in the 1970s By JoeAnn Hart. University of Iowa Press. April 2019.

ASLE member JoeAnn Hart is author of the novel Float, a dark comedy about plastics in the ocean, and Addled, a social satire.

“There is a deep, elusive connection between a memoir and a crime scene, and in Stamford ’76, JoeAnn Hart tracks it doggedly, bringing together scenes from her rich and troubled past and the mystery of a decades-old crime. She ...

On Active Grounds: Agency and Time in the Environmental Humanities

By Robert Boschman and Mario Trono. Wilfrid Laurier University Press. April 2019

On Active Grounds considers the themes of agency and time through the burgeoning, interdisciplinary field of the environmental humanities. Fourteen essays and a photo album cover topics such as environmental practices and history, temporal literacy, graphic novels, ecocinema, ecomusicology, animal studies, Indigeneity, wolf reintroduction, environmental history, green conservatism, and social-ecological systems change. The book also speaks to the growing concern regarding environmental issues in the aftermath of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference ...

Where Oceans Hide Their Dead

By John Yunker. Ashland Creek Press. February 2019.

Where Oceans Hide Their Dead is the long-awaited sequel to The Tourist Trail.

Robert Porter has quit the FBI in search of his long-lost (and presumed dead) love, Noa, only to find himself on the wind-raked shores of Southern Africa working for a seal-rescue organization. When a confrontation with local sealers ends in murder, Robert must abandon the seals and his search to join a private intelligence firm seeking to locate an activist who stole files ...

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