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The Reviews Don't Lie

June 4, 2012

Another strong review for David Montgomery's book The Rocks Don't Lie (Norton, August 2012) Kirkus Reviews. To read the full review on their website you will need a subscription, but here's a slice:

Examining a wide variety of flood and creation stories across centuries, Montgomery provides an enthusiastic and valuable recounting of the history of geology and how the advances in science have consistently faced opposition from the guardians of so-called religious authority, based on a literal reading of the Bible. The immense chronological spans and what is now known about the origins of the Earth and universe provoke the bitter opposition of the creationists. Montgomery insists that faith and science “can peacefully coexist,” and his extensive documentation shows that the revival of creationism, as it exists today, has nothing to do with either science or faith.

A forceful rallying cry for people of goodwill to join together to develop an alternative to the dangerous irrationalism that afflicts so many Americans.

Posted by Waleslit on June 4, 2012  |  Permalink

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Whaleboats Under Sail

December 3, 2010

Joyce Farmer's Special Exits: My Parents, a memoir, a graphic novel, is out with Fantagraphics to fantastic reviews, including a starred PW review:

Underground feminist comic artist Farmer's account of how she looked after her aging parents is a quiet wonder... The story is stunning for its antisentimental realism, as well as for the glimpses of fantasy (Lars's hallucination of Hades' ferryman, Charon, rowing by in the hallway) that flicker by like ghosts. (view the full review here)

And here's a discussion about Joyce Farmer and the glowing advance praise she received from R. Crumb, in the LA Times' Hero Complex.

Nancy Lord's Early Warming: Crisis and Response in the Climate-Changed North will be published by Counterpoint in January 2011. Here's some warm words about it from Kirkus Reviews:

Although she deftly weaves pertinent scientific and political information throughout, her account's power stems from her on-site observations, lyrical descriptions of the land and sea and sensitive interviews of local officials and natives whose insight and experience humanize an otherwise vast and arcana subject. Lord reports from her home base, Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, where the wetlands are shrinking and large-scale modifications in both fresh water and marine conditions threaten the salmon-dependent economy; from Canada's Mackenzie River Valley and Fort Yukon, Alaska, where industrial development endangers the boreal forest, unlocking a massive carbon storehouse... an eloquent and important dispatch.

Posted by Waleslit on December 3, 2010  |  Permalink

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