Books: New and Noteworthy





REAL FOOD: What to Eat and Why BY NINA PLANCK
(BLOOMSBURY, $23.95)
Planck, founder of the nonprofit Local Foods, believes butter, bacon, and full-fat cheese—in moderation—can be good for you. She cites scientific studies that back up her claims and also weaves in personal tales of her childhood on a farm, including a humorous firsthand account of her illfated attempt at a vegan diet.

THE POSSIBILITY OF AN ISLAND: A Novel BY MICHEL HOUELLEBECQ

(KNOPF, $24.95)
Newly translated from the French, this novel is a series of vignettes told from the perspective of a man living in a future in which a cult of health freaks is working to eliminate the need for emotions and to replace reproduction with cloning.

WILDFIRE AND AMERICANS: How to Save Lives, Property, and Your Tax Dollars
BY ROGER G. KENNEDY (HILL & WANG, $26)
Kennedy, former director of the National Park Service, explains how our increased dependence on natural resources has caused more frequent and intense wildfires over the last 50 years. Calling wildfire a “people problem,” Kennedy offers practical, hopeful policy solutions.

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