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David MitchellDavid Mitchell's newest mind-bending, time-skipping novel may be his most accomplished work yet. Written in six sections, one per decade, The Bone... Continue »
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Agrarianism and the Good Society: Land, Culture, Conflict, and Hope (Culture of the Land) by Eric T. Freyfogle
Agrarianism and the Good Society: Land, Culture, Conflict, and Hope (Culture of the Land)

Tom Turner, June 21, 2007

My only fear is that the title of this terrific book will kill its chances of reaching a wide audience, for a wide audience is exactly what it deserves. Freyfogle?s thesis is that you can tell what you need to know about a culture by the way it treats its land, and the way America treats its land is manifestly a disaster. He challenges assumptions right and left, makes all sorts of surprising and intriguing observations and suggestions, even writes a job description for the environmental leader we so badly need. This is a little jewel.
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Condors in Canyon Country: The Return of the California Condor to the Grand Canyon Region
Condors in Canyon Country: The Return of the California Condor to the Grand Canyon Region

Tom Turner, May 30, 2007

University of Arizona Press, 2007, $29.95 cloth, 18.95 paper, 150 pages
About 25 years ago, the last wild California condor was captured and taken to a captive-breeding facility in southern California. It was a desperate attempt to rescue the species from extinction, and one that was not without controversy. Friends of the Earth, where I worked at the time, fought hard against the project, reasoning that it was loss of habitat that had led to this dire situation and that only habitat protection and restoration could save the condor.
It appears that we were wrong. This gorgeous book, full of stunning photographs, shows just how successful the rescue effort seems to have been. Most of the condors now in the wild were born in captivity and later released, it is true, so whether a truly wild future is in store for the birds remains to be seen. But so far, this is a book and a success to celebrate?even though I confess sympathy for these awesome birds having to fly around with big numbers on their wings.
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Unnatural Landscapes: Tracking Invasive Species by Ceiridwen Terrill
Unnatural Landscapes: Tracking Invasive Species

Tom Turner, May 30, 2007

We tend to think that habitat destruction is the main threat to rare species, but alien species of plants and animals are just as serious a threat in certain places. Ceiridwen Terrill tracks four groups of scientists as they try to figure out ways to reduce the impact of?if not eradicate entirely?various species of plants and animals that have been introduced usually by accident. Terrill focuses on three sets of islands?one in Pyramid Lake in Nevada, the Midriff Islands in the Gulf of California, the Channel Islands off Southern California, and a reverse island, a desert pupfish pool in the Nevada desert. The writing is informal and engaging, the topic fascinating. Congratulations to the University of Arizona Press, by the way, which has been putting out some pretty fine titles lately, including this slim volume.
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A Road Runs Through It: Reviving Wild Places by Thomas Reed Petersen
A Road Runs Through It: Reviving Wild Places

Tom Turner, May 30, 2007

This is a delightful and useful anthology of essays put together by Wildlands CPR out of Missoula, Montana, a group devoted to restoring wildness to public lands (?rewilding,? they call it), curbing off-road vehicle abuse, and removing unused and decaying roads. Contributors include Barry Lopez, David Quammen, William Kittredge, Peter Matthiessen, Ed Abbey, and two dozen others. More thoughtful than polemical. Recommended.
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