The Empire of the Eagle; An Illustrated Natural History by Mike Unwin & David Tipling. Yale University Press. A celebration of the world’s 68 recognized eagle species and their considerable allure.
Ganges; The Many Pasts of an Indian River by Sudipta Sen. Yale University Press. India’s most important and sacred river. Here is an account of the communities that have arisen on its banks.
The Twice Born; Life and Death on the Ganges by Aatish Taseer. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. A visit to Benares to converse with Brahmins and gain some impression of their priestly business.
Spying on Whales; The Past, Present, and Future of Earth’s Most Awesome Creatures by Nick Pyenson. Viking. A deep-dive into natural history.
Dust Bowls of Empire: Imperialism, Environmental Politics and the Injustice of “Green” Capitalism by Hannah Holleman. Yale University Press. This economic and ecological disaster that ravaged the US southern plains. The “Dust Bowl” has become an referent when discussing climate change.
Third Thoughts by Steven Weinberg. Harvard University Press. Essayist and author of the classic The First Three Minutes. Winner of a Nobel Prize.
The Way of Coyote; Shared Journeys in the Urban Wilds by Gavin Van Horn. University of Chicago Press. Majestic mountains! Churning oceans! Van Horn finds his nature, to roam our open spaces, landing on our window sills.
Cabbage; A Global History by Meg Muckenhoupt. Reaktown Books. Food lovers and historians who think of cabbage for their daily dose of leafy greens. Maybe not every day!
Eating NAFTA; Trade, Food Policies, and the Destruction of Mexico by Alyshia Gálvez. University of California Press. Paper. Mexican cuisine has emerged as globalization. The taco has claimed ground around the world. But Mexicans are eating fewer tortillas and more processed food.
The Fishmeal Revolution; The Industrialization of the Humboldt Current Ecosystem by Kristin Wintersteen. University of California Press. Paper. Off the coast of Chile and Peru, this cool current mingles with nutrients from the depths of the Pacific Ocean, fostering a productive ecosystem that supports a huge population of fish. That provides a major source of animal feed for chickens, hogs, and fish farming; that, in turn feeds us.
End of the Megafauna; The Fate of the World’s Hugest, Fiercest, and Strangest Animals by Ross MacPhee & Peter Schouten, illus. W.W. Norton. What caused the disappearance of these prehistoric behemoths? The author explores the various extinction theories, weighs the evidenc, and presents his own conclusion.