We were recently asked to review the new Library of America book, American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau. Edited by Bill McKibben, this anthology covers environmental writing from Walden Pond to global warming.
It sounds like a great read, and we’re honored to review it. But that might not be very soon since we’re on the road again. We’ll have the book forwarded as soon as we have a steady address for a while, or we’ll pick it up at Thanksgiving.
Until then, check out this overview from the publisher and see what major publications have to say about American Earth …
Definitive anthology of American environmental writing called â€œthe best resource between two coversâ€ about environmentalismâ€™s literary and intellectual roots
New York, NY â€“ The Library of Americaâ€™s definitive anthology of American environmental writing, American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau, is being called a must-read for college students this fall, whether they are enrolled in environmental or literature programs or merely seeking to deepen their understanding of the historical and intellectual roots of the modern environmental movement.
Edited by renowned environmental author Bill McKibben, and featuring a forward by Al Gore, American Earth has been adopted in the curricula of several universities across the country, from Missouri to North Carolina, Michigan to California. The anthology is also gaining a wider audience among readers who share a concern about environmental preservation and global climate issues.
â€œWe have been very pleased with the response to American Earth,â€ said Max Rudin with The Library of America, a New York-based nonprofit publisher dedicated to preserving Americaâ€™s most significant writing. â€œIt is essential that the voices of these great writersâ€”Thoreau and John Muir, Rachel Carson and Aldo Leopold, among many othersâ€”continue to be heard loudly and clearly.â€
U.S. News & World Report says that McKibbenâ€™s book, released on Earth Day 2008, has â€œtraced the powerful bond between literature and natural protection through the nationâ€™s history.â€
â€œThe idea that we mightâ€¦leave some of [nature] aside, and there might be a dark edge to modernity â€“ it took John Muir and Rachel Carson to sit down, clear their throats, and say at some length what was what,â€ McKibben told U.S. News in May. â€œEven the global warming movement broke out from Al Gore giving a slide show.â€
According to Publisherâ€™s Weekly, American Earth â€œshould be read for the sheer beauty of the writing.â€ Booklist says â€œif you choose one environmental book this season, make it American Earth.â€ The Boston Globe wrote: â€œfor anyone seeking to understand the historical and intellectual roots of today’s environmental movement, American Earth is the best resource between two covers.â€
For more information about American Earth or to order a copy, please visit the American Earth book website.
About Bill McKibben
Bill McKibben is the author of books including The End of Nature (1989), the first account of global warming for a general audience; and most recently Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future (2007). Since 2006, he has organized the largest demonstrations against the causes of global climate change in American history. He is a scholar-in-residence at Middlebury College.
About The Library of America
Beginning its second quarter-century in 2008, The Library of America is an award-winning nonprofit publisher dedicated to preserving Americaâ€™s best and most significant writing in enduring volumes that feature authoritative texts. Hailed by Newsweek as the most important book-publishing project in the nationâ€™s history, The Library of Americaâ€™s acclaimed publications now feature more than 180 volumes.