| Todd Miller I agreed today to offer three books as our next book club selection. There are SO MANY good sounding books out there! Here are three I came up with as possibilities. Caroline, maybe you can create a poll for these three titles to help us narrow down to just one. Clade is fiction, the other two non-fiction.
Clade by James Bradley
Clade travels into an apocalyptic future, tracking the destruction of the planet through the eyes of one family over the course of three generations — beginning with one couple, and a scientist overwhelmed by his frustration over the fact that no one seems to understand the changing climate as the threat that it is.
"This is a very human telling of how people and families try to cope in the face of existential threat through love, art, science, and wonder. It is also ultimately a very optimistic tale in a context of horror and the nature of human existence in a timeless universe. Highly recommended." —Christopher Wright
Get it from Amazon for $13.91, Barnes & Noble for , or find it at Indiebound or your local library.
The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan
Dan Egan examines the ongoing threats against the Great Lakes — which hold 20% of the world's supply of fresh water — and the catastrophic effects of their destruction.
"If you care about the environment and sustainability, you must read this book. Even if you live thousands of miles away from these North American freshwater marvels, this book makes the case why we should all care about the impacts of invasive species, eutrophication, and the larger issues of climate change and access to fresh water. An unparalleled work of reportage and science writing." —Lauren
Get it from Amazon for $12.19+, Barnes & Noble for +, or find it at Indiebound or your local library.
The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable by Amitav Ghosh
Prominent novelist Amitav Ghosh interrogates our seeming inability to fully grasp or reckon with the scope of climate change, looking specifically at the dearth of examinations of its repercussions in literary fiction.
"If I had to suggest to anyone a single book about climate change, it would be The Great Derangement. I have never read someone so succinctly, eloquently, and urgently explain the roots — capitalism and imperialism — of the climate crisis, and how those roots grow up into the forest of our culture/popular imagination. [...] Ghosh confirms my worst fears — i.e. that the politics of the spectacle have no power to end the systems that perpetuate climate crisis — with a clear, moral force. Then, once I was enwrapped in his brilliant and devastating blanket of prose, Ghosh also managed to insert a tiny, tiny bit of hope." —Easton Smith
Get it from Amazon for $14.04+, Barnes & Noble for $15+, or find it at Indiebound or your local library.