Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein
@SPL: 363.73874 Kle
If you’re the sort of person who cares about the environment but feels too overwhelmed to know where to start, This Changes Everything is the perfect book for you. However, initially? It won’t seem like it. Stick with it. It’s worth it.
Klein being Klein, her overarching argument is economic (or anti-economic, depending on where your sensibilities fall). Her core thesis? Our entire economy, made global by a series of trade agreements since the late 1980s, is founded on a principle of endless growth that can’t help but kill the planet. It’s a pretty bleak diagnosis, but Klein sees hope.
Klein’s signature plain, impassioned writing style makes her arguments more accessible than anyone else writing about society today. She ruthlessly, methodically kills any hope that free market solutions like carbon sequestering will do any good. Similarly, large-scale state initiatives like carbon taxes are a fool’s errand - easily exploited, and logically flawed.
Klein instead sees hope in burgeoning localized, small-scale economies, sustainable power initiatives likes wind and solar, and the resistance to big oil being led around the world by the localized (often indigenous) populations most affected.
It could be argued that Klein hasn’t considered all the angles in the local resistance case studies she showcases. In Pungesti, Romania, for example, it is strongly suspected that local resistance against Chevron’s fracking attempts was fueled by Russian oil interests as much as by worried local farmers. Still, whether or not Russian oil triggered the fight, the people of Pungesti are the ones who won it.
So, such flaws do not take down Klein’s larger argument. This Changes Everything remains a strong, hopeful work that belongs in a class with Carson’s Silent Spring and and Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac. It’s highly recommended to anyone with an interest in economics, sociology, ecology… or, um, just breathing clean air.
This review appears in the Stratford Gazette. Written by Shauna Costache, Librarian.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
@SPL: JP Macki
This review appears in the Stratford Gazette. Written by Sally Hengeveld, Librarian.
Friday, February 6, 2015
@SPL: FIC Bradl
Flavia de Luce… is in Toronto.
This review appears in the Stratford Gazette. Written byRobyn Godfrey, Outreach and Collections Librarian.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
@SPL: J FIC Funke
Cornelia Funke is also the author of such popular children’s titles as The Thief Lord and Inkheart.
@SPL: J FIC Haske
Combining adventure, suspense, magic, myth and humour, this thoughtful and enjoyable fairy tale features another smart, courageous heroine.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
@SPL: J FIC Mull
At the conclusion of Sky Raiders, readers will definitely want to continue with the second book in the Five Kingdoms series to see what happens to Cole and his friends. (Please see the next review.)
@SPL: J FIC Mull
They must first rescue Mira’s sister, who is trapped in the kingdom of Elloweer. En route, they are stopped by two mysterious riders with whom they must fight a fierce battle to save themselves. After that, the friends face danger at every turn – but none as treacherous as that posed by the mysterious Rogue Knight. What is the Knight’s true identity? Who created him … and what does he really want? Again, Cole and his friends must fight for their lives – as well as the safety of the kingdoms.
Incorporating various elements of Brandon Mull’s popular Fablehaven series and his Beyonders trilogy, the Five Kingdoms fantasy adventures are thoroughly suspenseful and imaginative, and they are sure to solidify the author’s following among his fans. Just as Cole and his friends were pulled into the portal to the Outskirts, readers will be pulled into the action and fantasy of the Five Kingdoms world and its wondrous creatures. Mull, who has been described as “a wizard with words”, plans to write a total of six books in this series.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
@SPL FIC Ditch