Books by Sharman Apt Russell

KNOCKING ON HEAVEN'S DOOR by Sharman Apt Russell
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"By turns bawdy and bold, Russell shifts between precise, accurate scientific description and sheer absurdity, which renders this ambitious tale of human hubris quite uneven and eventually implausible."
Struck by catastrophes like a fatal supervirus, 23rd-century Earth has become a world of peaceful, nomadic hunter-gatherer tribes living harmoniously in nature alongside telepathic animal clones resuscitated from the Pleistocene era, until an invention created by an unlikely alliance alters the future. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2008

"A deep reverence for nature shines throughout Russell's rich, enjoyable text."
The author weaves together an account of a single year in rural New Mexico with a history of the pantheistic tradition from ancient Greece to the present day. Read full book review >
HUNGER by Sharman Apt Russell
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"<\b>Against Hunger for reducing hunger in the world. While the subject is often somber, the presentation is one of verve and style-and the end-of-book notes provide a useful guide for readers whose interest has been piqued."
An engrossing account of the myriad aspects of hunger, from its psychological and physical effects on the body to the spiritual, therapeutic and political motivations for fasting. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2003

"Highly enjoyable: a modest lepidopterous encyclopedia that piques and prods the reader into wanting to know much more. (Illustrations)"
Consider the butterfly, says Russell (Anatomy of a Rose, 2001, etc.), and it will expand your appreciation of the natural world just as it has, for centuries, expanded our souls. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2001

"A modestly satisfying read for flower fanatics."
Twelve poetic essays in which a nature writer draws on botanical research, theories of evolution, and her own emotional experiences to explore the roles flowers play in our lives. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1996

"Agile, cerebral, ruminative, entirely satisfying."
A leisurely, recondite crawl through various conundrums besetting today's archaeologists, elegantly handled by one of their own. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1994

"And neither May, who never expresses any yearning for her lost family, or Evan, homesick but unbelievably lacking in initiative for one so smart, develops into the kind of dynamic protagonist such a fantasy requires. (Fiction. 9-12)"
On a class field trip outside Phoenix, Arizona, May and Evan are swept into the area's mythological past when May touches a petroglyph of a flute-playing man. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1993

"The West needs a new image, and she's given us many to choose from."
Take the cowboy, please, and send him packing, along with all his mythological baggage—or so argues Russell (Writing/Western New Mexico University) in this provocative and iconoclastic study. Read full book review >