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The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change
In an ambitious, far-reaching investigative argument, Gore lays out what he sees as the six key drivers of global change shaping the future: a fully-g...more
Jul 18, 2013
Jul 23, 2013
The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World
Paul Roberts takes a long, deep look at how our energy economy works -- where it came from, where we're at now (running out of "easy oil" and looking...more
Jan 2004
Jun 01, 2009
The Revenge of Gaia
Lovelock brings Gaia theory up to date by explaining the positive feedback mechanisms that have led us into a runaway greenhouse effect. Best if you h...more
Feb 2009
Jun 01, 2009
In the House Un-American
I'm still getting my head around this one. The poet Hollander steps toward prose -- the back jacket calls this one "FICTION".

In In The House Un-Ameri...more
Jul 21, 2013
Jul 23, 2013
The World Without Us
I feel like I've been waiting to read this book my entire life.

Alan Weisman's by now well-known trick is to posit the overnight disappearance of homo...more
Feb 15, 2009
Feb 22, 2009
This is one of the most important books ever written -- no joke. Callenbach, writing in the early-mid 1970s, imagines that Washington, Oregon, and Nor...more
Feb 2009
Mar 09, 2009
The Art of Time in Fiction: As Long as It Takes
I may be missing something, but this book wasn't what I had expected. I had anticipated a book of tricks, how to create particular effects regarding t...more
Apr 2014
Apr 01, 2014
The Rise of Darth Vader (Star Wars: The Dark Lord Trilogy, #3)
This novel takes place in what is probably the most interesting time period in the saga -- at the beginning of the interwar period, as Palpatine begin...more
Mar 18, 2013
Mar 19, 2013
Vonnegut tells a complexly-structured (and thus difficult to discuss without spoiling) story of the end of humanity, and its transformation into somet...more
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Mar 12, 2012
Darth Plagueis (Star Wars)
(MILD SPOILERS) Darth Plagueis is a character briefly mentioned in "Revenge of the Sith", as Palpatine is trying to tempt Anakin Skywalker into joinin...more
Nov 2012
Nov 20, 2012
Doctor Zhivago
Doctor Zhivago is for the chaos of Russia's long transition to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics what War and Peace was to the Napoleonic Wars:...more
Aug 11, 2013
Sep 06, 2013
This novel is like crack -- difficult to put down. The thousand pages can go by pretty quick. And it is an enjoyable read, a long-winding yarn that fo...more
Dec 28, 2011
Jan 04, 2012
The Iliad
Reading this solid verse translation over several months in the context of 2014 was illuminating.

Agamemnon and Menelaos are extremely wealthy men -- f...more
Aug 30, 2014
Oct 07, 2014
Riddley Walker
Our protagonist, Riddley Walker, is an awakening young man -- a boy, really, of twelve, who has just become a man -- in an England obliterated by nucl...more
Apr 13, 2013
Apr 08, 2013
1Q84 (1Q84, #1-3)
I really enjoyed reading 1Q84, my first outing with Murakami, late at night when the world was still, over the course of two winter months. I am curio...more
not set
Mar 12, 2012
Telegraph Avenue
Here Chabon is spinning a tale of his own turf, and he nails the Bay Area hills (the descriptions of jasmine and trumpet vine sprouting around carport...more
Jan 10, 2013
Dec 28, 2012
Joseph Anton: A Memoir
Excellent. When Rushdie went into hiding following Ayatollah Khomenei's 1989 fatwa against him -- a religious edict calling for his death for the sacr...more
Dec 28, 2012
Nov 23, 2012
Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America
Friedman presents the argument that America must engage in green revolution to rescue the world from a key set of problems posed by global warming, gl...more
not set
Nov 12, 2008
Los detectives salvajes
This novel has the feel of Dharma Bums or On The Road -- a Roman a Clef about young writers in Latin America in the 1970s-80s, only thinly veiled as f...more
Aug 14, 2009
Jun 01, 2009
Robinson projects the Big Future 300 years out, to find humans inhabiting much of the habitable solar system. The rocky planets and moons of the gaseo...more
Nov 2013
Sep 06, 2013
The Circle
Eggers' tech dis/utopia projects the global wired mind into the very near future. The Circle is a hybrid of facebook, twitter, and google -- the ur ap...more
not set
Dec 07, 2013
Just Kids
Good stuff. Smith somehow makes her and Mapplethorpe's (and their generation's) reverence for the art life seem both grandly romantic and somewhat sil...more
Apr 30, 2013
Apr 23, 2013
Tenth of December
In this story collection, Saunders nails the feeling of life in this time for those of us trying to squeeze it out on the wrong side of the wealth ine...more
Feb 12, 2013
Jan 23, 2013
What is the What
Heartbreaking work of genius, indeed. Eggers channels Sudanese refugee valentino Achak Deng, and tells Deng's story in first person. My only truck is...more
Jun 2008
Nov 12, 2008
The Mirage
Disappointing. The conceit is brilliant and compelling, but once you turn the pages, it's just sand and heat waves.

It's like a standard commercial cop...more
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Mar 20, 2012
Teaching Big History
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Oct 10, 2014