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My Last Continent

My Last Continent (A Novel)

By Midge Raymond. Scribner: New York, NY, 2016.

An unforgettable debut with an irresistible love story, My Last Continent is a big-hearted, propulsive novel set against the dramatic Antarctic landscape.

It is only at the end of the world—among the glacial mountains, cleaving icebergs, and frigid waters of Antarctica—where Deb Gardner and Keller Sullivan feel at home. For the few blissful weeks they spend each year studying the habits of emperor and Adélie penguins, Deb and Keller can escape the frustrations ...

An Ecology of Elsewhere

An Ecology of Elsewhere (Poems)

By Sandra Meek. Persea Books: New York, NY, 2016.

Following her mother’s death, nearly twenty years after her time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana, Sandra Meek, a writer of “dazzling, intimate poems” (Library Journal) began traveling frequently through southern Africa. During this same period, she and her sister traveled the American Southwest with their declining father, confronting and healing from a difficult family history before his death. Whether describing a Namibian baby seal hunt, 1500-year-old Welwitschia plants living ...

Getting to Grey Owl: Journeys on Four Continents

Getting to Grey Owl: Journeys on Four Continents (Essays)

By Kurt Caswell. Trinity University Press: San Antonio, TX, 2015.

Writer, teacher, and adventurer Kurt Caswell has spent his adult life canoeing, hiking, and pedaling his way toward a deeper understanding of our vast and varied world. Getting to Grey Owl chronicles over twenty years of Caswell’s travels as he buys a rug in Morocco, rides a riverboat in China, attends a bullfight in Spain, climbs four mountains in the United Kingdom, and backpacks a challenging route through ...

The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide

The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide

Edited by Christopher Cokinos and Eric Magrane; Illus. by Paul Mirocha. The University of Arizona Press: Tuscon, AZ, 2016.

A land of austerity and bounty, the Sonoran Desert is a place that captures imaginations and hearts. It is a place where barbs snag, thorns prick, and claws scratch. A place where lizards scramble and pause, hawks hunt like wolves, and bobcats skulk in creosote.

Both literary anthology and hands-on field guide, The Sonoran Desert is a groundbreaking book that ...

Ocean’s Laughter

Ocean’s Laughter (Poems)

By Tricia Knoll. Aldrich Press: Hemet, California, 2016.

Ocean’s Laughter combines lyric and eco-poetry to look at change over time in a small town on the northern Oregon coast. The poems pay homage to the raw beauty of the Pacific Ocean — and also record Knoll’s 25-year history of witnessing to dwindling shorebird populations and loss of habitat, increasing “non-wilderness” uses of the six-mile beachfront in Manzanita including driving on the beach and burning driftwood that stabilizes dunes for bonfires. Each Fourth ...

Peak Oil: Apocalyptic Environmentalism and Libertarian Political Culture

Peak Oil: Apocalyptic Environmentalism and Libertarian Political Culture

By Matthew Schneider-Mayerson. University of Chicago Press: Chicago, IL, 2015.

In the last decade, the concept of “peak oil”—the moment when global oil production peaks and a train of economic, social, and political catastrophes accompany its subsequent decline—has captured the imagination of a surprisingly large number of Americans, ordinary citizens as well as scholars, and created a quiet, yet intense underground movement. In Peak Oil, Matthew Schneider-Mayerson takes readers deep inside the world of “peakists,” showing how their ...

Howl: of Woman and Wolf

Howl: of Woman and Wolf

By Susan Imhoff Bird. Torrey House Press: Salt Lake City, UT, 2015.

Commemorating twenty years since the wolf’s return to the American West, Howl explores passions and controversies surrounding nature’s most fascinating predator. At a crossroads in her own life, Bird travels the West uncovering both a common love for the land and conflicting beliefs about wildlife among people who work with, for, or near wolves. Unleashed herself, she learns to howl.

Susan Imhoff Bird finds inspiration in Utah’s stunning canyons, ...

Romantic Ecocriticism: Origins and Legacies

Romantic Ecocriticism: Origins and Legacies

Edited by Dewey W. Hall – Foreword by James C. McKusick. Lexington Books: Lanham, MD, 2016.

Romantic Ecocriticism: Origins and Legacies is a collection of essays which develop transnational and transhistorical approaches to the proto-ecological early environmental aspects in British and American Romanticism. The edition’s transnational approach is demonstrated through transatlantic connections and comparisons among writers such as: William Wordsworth, William Howitt, and Henry D. Thoreau; John Clare and Aldo Leopold; Charles Darwin and Ralph W. Emerson; William Wordsworth and ...

The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh

The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood

By Kathryn Aalto. Timber Press: Portland, OR, 2015.

The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh explores the magical landscapes where Pooh, Christopher Robin, and their friends live and play. The Hundred Acre Wood—the setting for Winnie-the-Pooh’s adventures—was inspired by Ashdown Forest, a wildlife haven that spans more than 6,000 acres in southeast England. It functions as nature writing, well-informed biography, travelogue and a field guide to a literary landscape rolled into ...

Cold Blood Hot Sea

Cold Blood Hot Sea

By Charlene D’Avanzo. Torrey House Press: Salt Lake City, UT, May, 2016.

A thrilling contribution to the new wave of cli-fi novels, Cold Blood Hot Sea pits climate change scientists against big energy conspirators. When a colleague is killed aboard the research vessel Intrepid, oceanographer Mara Tusconi believes it’s no accident. As she investigates, Mara becomes entangled in a scheme involving powerful energy executives with much to lose if her department colleagues continue their climate change research. Mara’s career—and life—is on ...