50 Places to Bike Before You Die - Chris Santella

A treat for devoted cyclists and daily commuters alike, Chris Santella’s 50 Places to Bike Before You Die (Stewart, Tabori, and Chang, $24.95) is a useful guide that helps correct what can be a frustrating process for holidaying cyclists: do you decide where to go and then figure out how to bike at your destination? Or vice versa? Santella includes route recommendations from a roster of professional and amateur cyclists; there’s a lot of diversity here, with itineraries ranging from Ragbrai (an epic seven-day bike journey across the plains and rivers of Iowa where bikers are met with homemade pies and cycle past the Field of Dreams) to the rice paddies and unexpected urbanism of Angor Wat. And though it offers nuts-and-bolts tips on grades, trails, climates, and more, this book is never overly technical—the arresting photographs will keep even a neophyte cyclist dreaming of a getaway on two wheels.
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ISBN: 9781584799894
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Published: Stewart, Tabori & Chang - October 1st, 2012

On a Farther Shore - William Souder

For the 50th anniversary of Silent Spring, William Souder looks back to the world that made Rachel Carson’s book so urgent and necessary. In 1962, the Cold War was being conducted via nuclear tests, while throughout the United States a new chemical war was under way against fire ants, gypsy moths, and other pests. These amounted to two massive, unregulated experiments with deadly materials, and that they seem so shocking today is partly due to Carson. On a Farther Shore (Crown, $30) describes the marine biologist’s rising alarm over radiation and DDT, and Souder discusses how Carson’s work marked the transition from the age of conservation—preserving wildlife—to a new era of environmentalism, which recognized that human activity poses dangers to people as well as to nature. And just who was Rachel Carson? A workaholic who supported her mother and adopted her orphaned great-nephew, Carson had always wanted to be a writer. She worked as an editor for the Department of Fish and Wildlife (and lived in Silver Spring). Her first book, The Sea Around Us, won a national book award in 1951 and has never gone out of print; if some of its science is dated, its prose still enchants, and its prescient warnings about climate change are dead on.

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ISBN: 9780307462213
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Published: Crown - September 3rd, 2013

Breasts - Florence Williams

Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History (W.W. Norton, $25.95) is a fine and serious book, even though the title may lead some readers to wonder what it could possibly be about. Far from an x-rated treatment of the subject, it is a highly readable and fascinating documentation of how an essential part of the human anatomy has been altered and harmed by environmental degradation. Florence Williams, a respected environmental reporter, discovered while breast-feeding her child that she had a high percentage of a toxin called perchlorate in her breast milk. This prompted her to do more research (it turns out most women have perchlorate and a lot of other bad stuff in their mammary glands) that explores the history and evolution of breasts, including the early popularity of silicon implants to a frightening rise in breast cancer cases among U.S. servicemen.

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ISBN: 9780393345070
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 6th, 2013