The Best in Books 34.2

Published: March 2008

Get out of the way Al Gore. Move over George Monbiot. Take a time out Tim Flannery. The new crop of environmental books on bookstore shelves is enough to keep you entertained all summer long and more. So this issue of Alternatives is dedicated to helping you decide what to read and what to leave on the shelf. It overflows with book reviews, excerpts and more.

Let David Suzuki, Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and more help you decide which books should line your shelves and then share your choices with Alternatives and be entered to win our On Line Most Influential Titles’ Contest.

 Read selected articles and web extras from this issue

Here's what else you get when you buy the issue:

Books of the Green and Famous - David Suzuki, Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Laure Waridel, David Crombie, Robert Page, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Bill McKibben reveal the books that most influenced them.

Dreaming a New Myth - Dan Yashinsky
Listening may be the most profound and heroic activism of our time.

Between Heaven and Earth - Richard Preston
Tree climbers found astounding life and form high up in the redwood canopy.

Do It With Someone Else - Iain Richmond, Steven Waring
Iain Richmond and Steven Waring have perfected the art of paired book reading.

Turning to Hope - Chris Turner
Chris Turner describes the despair that preceded his search for a landscape of optimism.

Word on the Street - Nicola Ross
Across Canada environmental book sales are on the rise.

Walden Lives - Susan Scott
The legacy left by Thoreau continues to inspire.

Brain Mulch: In Aornis - Don McKay

Review: Ecoholic & The Virtuous Consumer - Cecile Ross

Review: La Via Campesina: Globalization and the Power of Peasants - Susan Spronk

Review: Guerilla Gardening: A Manualfesto & Interwoven Wild: A Ecologist Loose in the Garden - Lorraine Johnson

Publication of this issue was made possible by The Gosling Foundation; The Salamander Foundation; and the support from our many subscribers. We acknowledge the financial support of Canada’s International Development Research Centre (; EJLB Foundation; Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation; The McLean Foundation; Ontario Media Development Corporation; Ontario Trillium Foundation; Ontario Work Study Plan. We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF) of the Department of Canadian Heritage toward our project costs. The support of the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo and the Waterloo Environmental Studies Endowment Foundation is appreciated.'

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The Best in Books 34.2