Thinking: New and Noteworthy

By Susan Cosier

Ignition: What You Can Do to Fight Global Warming and Spark a Movement
Edited by Jonathan Isham and Sissel Waage Island Press, $18.95
Touted by its editors as an “ongoing workshop,” this book about global warming activism is full of useful tips for concerned citizens. Professors, authors, and nonprofit directors offer insight into a broad range of tactics, from mobilizing activists to supporting the role of the states in pushing for stricter regulations.

Nuclear Nebraska: The Remarkable Story of the Little County that Couldn’t Be Bought
By Susan Cragin Amacom, $24.95
In 1989, a group of farmers in Boyd County, Nebraska found out that government-supported private companies wanted to put a nuclear waste dump on their land. They took action. This account describes the decade-long fight of some 400 hardworking citizens who defeated corporate interests and protected their land from hazardous waste.

American Chestnut: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of a Perfect Tree
By Susan Freinkel University of California Press, $27.50
From southern Georgia to northern Maine, the towering American chestnut used to be almost as common as the house sparrow. But after a plague wiped out nearly four billion of the trees, they came close to extinction. This hopeful book tells the story of the dramatic history of a beloved tree—and the people who are fighting to save it.

The Atlas of American Artisan Cheese
By Jeffrey P. Roberts Chelsea Green Publishing, $35
Throughout the country, cheesemakers are milking their herds, ladling curds, and aging wheels. In his
descriptions of close to 350 artisan cheesemakers—most of whom make their chèvres, ricottas, and cheddars by hand—Roberts introduces readers to the people behind some of our tastiest and most distinctive cheeses.
—Susan Cosier

Issue 25

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