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Cynthia Barnett is the author of "Rain: A Natural and Cultural History," longlisted for the 2015 National Book Award. Her previous books are "Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S." named by The Tampa Bay Times as one of the top 10 books that every Floridian should read, and "Blue Revolution: Unmaking America's Water Crisis" a Boston Globe top 10 science book of 2011.

The Globe describes Ms. Barnett's author persona as "part journalist, part mom, part historian, and part optimist." The Los Angeles Times writes that she "takes us back to the origins of our water in much the same way, with much the same vividness and compassion as Michael Pollan led us from our kitchens to potato fields and feed lots of modern agribusiness
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Cynthia Barnett Hi, Michelle, thank you so much for catching this cruelty! I think I cut the Joaquin Miller note when admonished that my notes were waaaaayyyyy too…moreHi, Michelle, thank you so much for catching this cruelty! I think I cut the Joaquin Miller note when admonished that my notes were waaaaayyyyy too long. The novel is Miller's The Building of the City Beautiful, 1893. The quote should be "supreme selfishness" rather than "extreme selfishness," which is why you couldn't find it. I've just fixed for paperback edition -- you caught the second error in the book, for which you should receive some sort of prize. If you're in a part of the country needing rain, I hope it comes your way. Thanks again, Cynthia.(less)
Cynthia Barnett Hi, Digitalenvironmentalist. Hope you are enjoying Rain. Yes, I'm working to reach a broader audience rather than only the environmental choir.…moreHi, Digitalenvironmentalist. Hope you are enjoying Rain. Yes, I'm working to reach a broader audience rather than only the environmental choir. RiverSymposium was quite an inspiration and I hope to write some of the amazing river stories I learned about there. Keep up the great work. Cynthia.
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I'm honored that Rain: A Natural and Cultural History has made it to the semifinal round of this year's readers' choice awards in the Best Science & Technology Books category. If you haven't voted yet, please consider it. With many showers of thanks, Cynthia. Read more of this blog post »
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“Rain brings us together in one of the last untamed encounters with nature that we experience routinely, able to turn the suburbs and even the city wild. Huddled with our fellow humans under construction scaffolding to escape a deluge, we are bound in the memory and mystery of exhilarating, confounding, life-giving rain.”
Cynthia Barnett, Rain: A Natural and Cultural History

“Ovid recounts Jupiter’s disgust with the evil deeds of humans—their contempt for the gods, their violence, their lust for slaughter. He decides to wipe them out, which disappoints his fellow gods because…who will bring incense to their altars? No worries, Jupiter says, he’ll create another race of beings far superior to the first.”
Cynthia Barnett, Rain: A Natural and Cultural History

“What’s exceptional about our blue marble is not that we had water. It’s that we held on to it, and that we still do. While the ancient oceans of Venus and Mars vaporized into space, Earth kept its life-giving water. Luckily for us, the forecast called for rain.”
Cynthia Barnett, Rain: A Natural and Cultural History

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