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Book recommendations from our newsletters

 

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The World’s Littlest Book on Climate: 10 Facts in 10 Minutes about CO2 by Mike Nelson, Pieter Tans & Michael Banks

This book is a quick read on climate facts.  The authors have given clear information about such things as why we know that the type of CO2 in the atmosphere is caused by burning fossil fuels, why there are more extinctions, wild weather, and why 2-3 F degrees impacts the earth so much. - Pam Klich
Click here for a free download e-version.
Available at local libraries and at local and online bookstores.  Click here for Amazon. 
There are also in-person discussion sessions, May-August, in Plano called the Friendly Science Climate Science Workshop.  Click here to sign up. - Pam Klich

 

The End of Bias: A Beginning by Jessica Nordell

This book examines unconscious bias, which is unintentional prejudiced behavior that clashes with our consciously held beliefs.  The book is somewhat surprising in its revelations.  It made me think and re-think some things.  For example, in diversity training, if you try to be color-blind, it makes bias worse; if you stress differences, it helps reduce bias.  This seemed counter-intuitive to me, but the author explains why this is so.  She uses real life examples to illustrate points throughout the book.
            The author is very open about her journey in researching and writing the book, and how surprised she was with what she found during her research and also in what she found out about herself.
            It should be beneficial to all of us in our everyday lives.  The book is a quick read.  Check it out. - Kirk Miller
Available at local libraries and at local and online bookstores

 

The City and the Coming Climate by Brian Stone, Jr. 

This book taught me that there are many aspects of climate change that I wasn't aware of -- and that many of the world's climate change powers also are not aware of.  Consequently, we are not addressing some of the most urgent climate change problems.

            Most large U.S. cities not only are warming faster than the planet as a whole, they are warming at double the rate of global climate change, with major implications for human health.  The implications for city dwellers are suggested by the 2003 European heat wave, in which 70,000 people died as a result of heat-induced illness.  Managing urban heat (the heat island effect) is essential for mitigating climate change.  After explaining the problems, the author gives concrete solutions to the problems. - Kirk Miller

Available at the Dallas library and at local and online bookstores

 

Forget The Alamo by Bryan Burrough, Chris Tomlinson, and Jason Stanford

This book was researched very well and reveals that some things taught in school are whitewashed history.  It is an easy, interesting read.  The book contains tidbits such as:

  • Irony: In the 1800s, Mexico passed a law prohibiting Americans from crossing the border to Mexico (but they didn't threaten to build a wall to keep Americans out).
  • The Texas constitution remains the only one in world history to guarantee slavery and actually outlaw any and all emancipation.
  • Phil Collins' obsession with the Alamo artifacts
  • The Texas School Board and politicians censoring history books

Available at local libraries and at local and online bookstores

 

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About The World -- And Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling

When asked simple questions about global trends - why the world's population is increasing; how many young women go to school; how many of us live in poverty - we systematically get the answers wrong.  So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers.

            The world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better state than we might think.  But when we worry about everything all the time instead of embracing a worldview based on facts, we can lose our ability to focus on the things that threaten us most.  This book offers a new explanation of why this happens, and reveals the ten instincts that distort our perspective.

            This book might change the way you see the world. - Kirk Miller

Available at local libraries and at local and online bookstores

 

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohleben

This fascinating book explains the science behind the secret and previously unknown life of trees and their communication abilities.  Trees communicate through underground fungal networks; they share nutrients, send distress signals, and nurture each other.  As a result of such interactions, trees in a family or community are protected and can live to be very old.  In contrast, solitary trees, like street kids, have a tough time of it and in most cases die much earlier than those in a group. - Kirk Miller

Available at local libraries and at local and online bookstores

 

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed To Reverse Global Warming by Paul Hawken

This book lists one hundred things that could draw down carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. These are practical, economical things (many are technologies) that are cost-effective and can be done now. Hawken writes a paragraph or two about each item -- in non-technical language -- giving the methodology and science behind each. Very interesting. - Kirk Miller
Available at local libraries and at local and online bookstores

 

Paved A Way: Infrastructure, Policy and Racism in an American City by Collin Yarbrough

This book tells the stories of five neighborhoods in Dallas and how they were shaped by racism and economic oppression.  The communities look nothing like what they did during their prime.  Their declines were intentional; their foundations were chipped away over time.  The book is an eye-opening look at the various factors that led, and continue to lead, to dissolution of neighborhoods.  And it offers solutions to reverse these age-old practices. - Kirk Miller

Available at the Dallas library and at local and online bookstores.

 

Texas Nature and Environmental Centers Guide by Dan Moulton
This book serves as an environmental education reference, and also as a nature center travel guide. It's a virtual short course on environmental science for non-scientists. Teachers and group leaders (including parents) can use this book to help plan field trips and locate educational resources. The appended Environmental Primer will familiarize you with major environmental issues facing us, and direct you to websites where you can learn more about specific environmental problems and potential solutions.
Available at local and online bookstores

 

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Bryson recounts his travails on trails as he and a friend walk part of the Appalachian Trail.  The comical yet heartfelt memoir is made all the more surreal by the fact that Bryson had no actual experience in hiking.  This classic is for hikers and non-hikers alike. - Kirk Miller
Available at most libraries, and at local and online bookstores

 

Strangers In Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild

This is a thought-provoking book that gives insight into why some conservatives think the way that they do.  I have wondered why some people seem (to me) to vote against their own interests, and this book showed me why. - Kirk Miller

Available at the Dallas, Richardson, and Plano libraries, and at local and online bookstores


Best Tent Camping: Texas: Your Car-Camping Guide to Scenic Beauty, the Sounds of Nature, and an Escape from Civilization by Wendel Withrow

The Lone Star State provides a spectacular backdrop for some of the most scenic campgrounds in the country, from the High Plains of the Panhandle to the beautiful beaches of the Gulf Coast.  But do you know which campgrounds offer the most privacy?  Which are the best for first-time campers?  Wendel Withrow has traversed the entire state and compiled the most up-to-date research to steer you to the perfect spot!  Whether you seek a quiet campground near a fish-filled stream or a family campground with all the amenities, grab Best Tent Camping: Texas. It's not only a guidebook; it's an escape manual for all who wish to navigate the back roads of Texas to find those special locales that recharge the head, heart, and soul. This guide is a keeper.

Available locally at REI and at Barnes & Noble, and online at Amazon.com.  To get a signed copy of Wendel's book, contact him by email - Wendel@DallasSierraClub.org

 

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Dallas-Fort Worth by Joanie Sánchez

This detailed guide presents the best day-hikes in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  Each hike description features key information on length, hiking time, difficulty, configuration, scenery, traffic, trail surface, and accessibility, as well as information on the history and natural history of the area.

Available locally at REI and at Barnes & Noble, and online at Amazon.com.

 

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