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Noah rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Forest Unseen by David George Haskell
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I really loved this book. Haskell spends a year revisiting the same patch of old growth forest in Tennessee, observing it and analyzing it with the mindfulness of a Buddhist monk. He peels back the layers, showing how one little piece of ground ties ...more
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City of Quartz by Mike Davis
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This book ties together threads about land developers, early 20th century boosterism, the Catholic church, racial tension, police misbehavior, and then some to paint a picture of the forces that shaped LA from a sleepy desert output into maybe the qu ...more
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The Emerald Mile by Kevin Fedarko
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This book is at least nominally about a rafting speed run made through the Grand Canyon in 1983, but it's really about hydroelectric dams as a case study in the tense relationship between man and nature and between conservation and industry. Fedarko' ...more
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Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel
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My favorite book of the year, a powerhouse work of reporting on an important and undercovered issue. Go read it.
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Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King
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A really outstanding book. Where The Warmth of Other Suns is essential reading for the experience of the black migrant in the 20th century, this is essential reading on the experience of the ones who stayed. King does a great job of balancing the mic ...more
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A History of Future Cities by Daniel Brook
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A really wonderful book, one of those rare works of history that constantly raises relevant unanswered questions about today. If you're interested in how cities are born or the role of trade and immigration in shaping growth, this is a must-read.
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Rats by Robert Sullivan
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This is a classic example of a book that really should have been a long magazine article instead. There's just not enough to support 300 pages here, and the filler shows.
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Wild Ones by Jon Mooallem
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This book is a fresh look at a frustrating subject: what should humans be doing or not doing in the name of species conservation in a changing world? What is the "natural" way of things? What is the "right" thing to do? What is the possible thing? Mo ...more
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Slow Getting Up by Nate Jackson
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Pretty good for the genre, but nothing to recommend unless you're a big football fan.
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The Everything Store by Brad Stone
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As business histories go, this is a pretty good read, and it has the requisite handful of "I bet you didn't know..." nuggets, but I didn't get that much out of it in the end.
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