Earth Stories 2009

book-cover-hope-for-a-heated-planetHope for a Heated Planet

by Robert K. Musil
2009 Commencement Speaker

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Publisher’s Summary
Rejecting cries of gloom and doom, Hope for a Heated Planet shows how the fight against global warming can be won by the grassroots efforts of individuals. Robert K. Musil, who led the Nobel Peace Prize–winning organization Physicians for Social Responsibility, explains that a growing new climate movement can produce unprecedented change—in the economy, public health, and home—while saving the planet. Read more…

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Refuge: an Unnatural History of Family and Place

by Terry Tempest Williams

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In the spring of 1983 Terry Tempest Williams learned that her mother was dying of cancer. That same season, The Great Salt Lake began to rise to record heights, threatening the herons, owls, and snowy egrets that Williams, a poet and naturalist, had come to gauge her life by. One event was nature at its most random, the other a by-product of rogue technology: Terry’s mother, and Terry herself, had been exposed to the fallout of atomic bomb tests in the 1950s. As it interweaves these narratives of dying and accommodation, Refuge transforms tragedy into a document of renewal and spiritual grace, resulting in a work that has become a classic.

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Cosmic Canticle

by Ernesto Cardenal; translated by Jonathan Lyons

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Written over a thirty year period, Cosmic Canticle is the crowning achievement of Ernesto Cardenal, one of the towering international figures in 20th century poetry. To try to define Cosmic Canticle – narrative poem, mythic song, epic – is to diminish its originality. Cardenal does no less than explore Latin American history by relating the evolution of the universe to the development of human understanding. Throughout, Cardenal blends the visible and invisible, science and poetry, the individual and society, religion and nature, in forty-three autonomous yet integrated cantos.

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Desert Solitaire

by Edward Abbey

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