2. Worst Hard Times
3. Philosopher and the Wolf.
Nancy K. Applegate
Sent: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 4:40 PM
Subject: [flyleafbooklovers] Vote for September
We had a great turnout and lively conversation at our first
meetup and I am looking forward to all the engaging discussions to come! Thanks
so much to those of you who came for contributing your thoughtful
Many of you had terrific and intriguing suggestions for next
month's discussion and it was difficult to narrow it down to just 3 for the
vote. We can always go back to some of the other titles offered up but I picked
these to vote among because of the degree of interest expressed by others in the
group, potential for good discussion, and length (at 600 or 700 pages, a couple
of the options were a little long for the month time frame in which to read the
next title). We may come back to some of the titles I had mentioned in my
previous email, once they are available on paperback. Remember that Flyleaf
Books offers a discount to us on titles we purchase for our book
Please rank your picks in order of preference and post them or
email me within the next couple of days.
1.Cold: Adventures in the
World's Frozen Places
by Bill Streever
striding tour through a disappearing world. Mr. Streever?s prose does what E. L.
Doctorow said good writing is supposed to do, which is to evoke sensation in the
reader ? 'not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained
upon.' This book is chilling in too many ways to count." NYTimes
avalanches to glaciers, from seals to snowflakes, and from Shackleton's
expedition to The Year Without Summer, Bill Streever journeys through history,
myth, geography, and ecology in a year-long search for cold ? real, icy,
In July he finds it while taking a dip in a 35-degree Arctic
swimming hole; in September while excavating our planet's ancient and not so
ancient ice ages; and in October while exploring hibernation habits in animals,
from humans to wood frogs to bears.
A scientist whose passion for cold
runs red hot, Streever is a wondrous guide: he conjures woolly mammoth carcasses
and the ice-age Clovis tribe from melting glaciers, and he evokes blizzards so
wild readers may freeze ? limb by vicarious limb.
2. The Worst
Hard Time: The Untold Story of those Who Survived the Great American Dust
by Timothy Egan
National Book Award
"...Timothy Egan has written a popular history that masterfully
captures the story of our nation's greatest environmental disaster....It is
fascinating and emotionally wrenching, and you just can't stop reading..."
The dust storms that terrorized the High Plains in the
darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since.
Timothy Egan's critically acclaimed account rescues this iconic chapter of
American history from the shadows in a tour de force of historical reportage.
Following a dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of
the region, Egan tells of their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding
black dust blizzards, crop failure, and the death of loved ones. Brilliantly
capturing the terrifying drama of catastrophe, Egan does equal justice to the
human characters who become his heroes, "the stoic, long-suffering men and women
whose lives he opens up with urgency and respect" (New York Times).
In an era
that promises ever-greater natural disasters, The Worst Hard Time is "arguably
the best nonfiction book yet" (Austin Statesman Journal) on the greatest
environmental disaster ever to be visited upon our land and a powerful
cautionary tale about the dangers of trifling with nature.
Philosopher and the Wolf: Lessons from the Wild on Love, Death, and
by Mark Rowlands
"Rowlands's gruff humor,
erudition, honest assessments of himself and the world around him, and his
all-out affection for his 'pack' result in a book that is surprisingly
thoughtful and frequently poignant." Publishers Weekly
fascinating book charts the relationship between Mark Rowlands, a rootless
philosopher, and Brenin, his well-traveled wolf. After acquiring Brenin as a
cub, it quickly became apparent that Breinin was never to be left alone, as the
consequences to Mark's house and its contents were dire. As a result, Brenin and
Mark went everywhere together-from classroom lecture to Ireland, England, and
France. More than just an exotic pet, Brenin exerted an immense influence on
Rowlands as both a person, and, strangely enough, as a philosopher, leading him
to re-evaluate his attitude to love, happiness, nature and death. By turns funny
(what do you do when your wolf eats your air-conditioning unit?) and poignant,
this life-affirming book will make you reappraise what it means to be
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