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CLIMATE RESILIENCE

HOW WE KEEP EACH OTHER SAFE, CARE FOR OUR COMMUNITIES, AND FIGHT BACK AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE

An essential, inspired chorus of voices echoing the urgency of action in the fight against climate change.

Diverse contributors explore the many dynamics of climate change.

Climate activist Flanagan launched her environmental justice project during the summer of 2020 amid the “intertwined crises” of surging Covid-19 infections, racial unrest, and California’s epic wildfires. The book features the author “in conversation with 39 women, nonbinary, and gender-expansive climate leaders,” and their impassioned discussions sound the alarm for practical solutions from their areas of expertise within the grassroots climate movement. The text includes important perspectives from Black, Indigenous, people of color, feminist, queer, and other marginalized communities, countering the narrative that Flanagan characterizes as “rooted in more masculine ideals such as efficiency, competition, ego, scale, and domination.” Ruth Miller, of Dena’ina Athabaskan descent, reflects on the effects of climate change in her native Alaska, which experiences the degradation at a drastically faster rate. Olivia Juarez, “a lifelong resident of the Goshute and Eastern Shoshone lands of the Greater Salt Lake region,” advocates for aggressive wilderness preservation, while Emmy Award–winning actor Casey Camp-Horinek promotes the Rights of Nature Movement, which realigns natural law with human law. Native Los Angeles holistic ecologist Heather Rosenberg works to solve some of her region’s issues with a multipronged approach using the LA River as a model. Nonbinary educator Ceci Pineda discusses how queer communities intersect with climate futures and demonstrates the power of a community composting initiative as a method of methane emission reduction. Other contributors introduce initiatives such as seedkeeping, eco-friendly prescribed burns, and fossil fuel resistance. Most importantly, the book offers “resilience tool spotlight” segments as resources for readers to directly connect and participate in these movements. Each impassioned essay is highly educational as well as encouraging, and the cross-cultural, inclusive perspectives show the power of proactive, real-world climate solutions. The book includes a helpful glossary.

An essential, inspired chorus of voices echoing the urgency of action in the fight against climate change.

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 2023

ISBN: 9781623179021

Page Count: 256

Publisher: North Atlantic

Review Posted Online: May 18, 2023

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2023

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WHAT THIS COMEDIAN SAID WILL SHOCK YOU

Maher calls out idiocy wherever he sees it, with a comedic delivery that veers between a stiletto and a sledgehammer.

The comedian argues that the arts of moderation and common sense must be reinvigorated.

Some people are born snarky, some become snarky, and some have snarkiness thrust upon them. Judging from this book, Maher—host of HBO’s Real Time program and author of The New New Rules and When You Ride Alone, You Ride With bin Laden—is all three. As a comedian, he has a great deal of leeway to make fun of people in politics, and he often delivers hilarious swipes with a deadpan face. The author describes himself as a traditional liberal, with a disdain for Republicans (especially the MAGA variety) and a belief in free speech and personal freedom. He claims that he has stayed much the same for more than 20 years, while the left, he argues, has marched toward intolerance. He sees an addiction to extremism on both sides of the aisle, which fosters the belief that anyone who disagrees with you must be an enemy to be destroyed. However, Maher has always displayed his own streaks of extremism, and his scorched-earth takedowns eventually become problematic. The author has something nasty to say about everyone, it seems, and the sarcastic tone starts after more than 300 pages. As has been the case throughout his career, Maher is best taken in small doses. The book is worth reading for the author’s often spot-on skewering of inept politicians and celebrities, but it might be advisable to occasionally dip into it rather than read the whole thing in one sitting. Some parts of the text are hilarious, but others are merely insulting. Maher is undeniably talented, but some restraint would have produced a better book.

Maher calls out idiocy wherever he sees it, with a comedic delivery that veers between a stiletto and a sledgehammer.

Pub Date: May 21, 2024

ISBN: 9781668051351

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: March 5, 2024

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2024

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BEYOND THE GENDER BINARY

From the Pocket Change Collective series

A fierce, penetrating, and empowering call for change.

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Artist and activist Vaid-Menon demonstrates how the normativity of the gender binary represses creativity and inflicts physical and emotional violence.

The author, whose parents emigrated from India, writes about how enforcement of the gender binary begins before birth and affects people in all stages of life, with people of color being especially vulnerable due to Western conceptions of gender as binary. Gender assignments create a narrative for how a person should behave, what they are allowed to like or wear, and how they express themself. Punishment of nonconformity leads to an inseparable link between gender and shame. Vaid-Menon challenges familiar arguments against gender nonconformity, breaking them down into four categories—dismissal, inconvenience, biology, and the slippery slope (fear of the consequences of acceptance). Headers in bold font create an accessible navigation experience from one analysis to the next. The prose maintains a conversational tone that feels as intimate and vulnerable as talking with a best friend. At the same time, the author's turns of phrase in moments of deep insight ring with precision and poetry. In one reflection, they write, “the most lethal part of the human body is not the fist; it is the eye. What people see and how people see it has everything to do with power.” While this short essay speaks honestly of pain and injustice, it concludes with encouragement and an invitation into a future that celebrates transformation.

A fierce, penetrating, and empowering call for change. (writing prompt) (Nonfiction. 14-adult)

Pub Date: June 2, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-593-09465-5

Page Count: 64

Publisher: Penguin Workshop

Review Posted Online: March 14, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2020

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