New and Noteworthy

By Susan Cosier

A Crack in the Earth: A Journey up Israel’s Rift Valley
By Haim Watzman
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $23.00

The Rift Valley, an ever-widening gorge running through Israel and Jordan, is as intertwined with human history as it is with natural history. Watzman takes readers with him on a two-week journey through the area, and the geologists, zoologists, and archaeologists he encounters along the way enrich our understanding of this unique region’s rich past.

The Clean Tech Revolution: The Next Big Growth and Investment Opportunity
By Ron Pernick and Clint Wilder
Harper Collins, $26.95

Solar panels, wind turbines, and water filtration devices are more than just green—they’re lucrative, too. Entrepreneur Ron Pernick and award-winning journalist Clint Wilder explain how companies are using state-of-the-art alternative energy technology to turn a profit.

The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook
By Amelia Saltsman
Blenheim Press, $22.95

Three days a week, hungry Angelenos flock to the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market—an activity they’ve enjoyed since 1981. This cookbook is the result of years of discussion among shoppers and farmers who exchange recipes for soups, entrées, and sweets that call for the region’s seasonal ingredients.

The World Without Us
By Alan Weisman
St. Martin’s Press, $24.95

If humans suddenly vanished from the planet, what would happen? Some things, like pesticides, would remain, while others, like houses, would succumb to the forces of nature. Weisman explores the question of what would become of an earth without people, and invites readers to consider their own impact on the planet.

Issue 25

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