Book Review: American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau (Bill McKibben, ed.)

Via Todd Mayville
on Dec 7, 2008
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This rather hefty tome is a collection of some of the most important writings about the environment since Henry David Thoreau sat down and penned Walden American Earth clocks in at over 1,000 pages, and includes work from Henry David Thoreau (of course), Walt Whitman, John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt to R. Buckminster Fuller, Alice Walker, Paul Hawken and Al Gore.  In addition to poetry, essays, and even some excerpts from fiction, the book includes a wide range of illustrations, which serve to enhance this text. Ironically, the book isn’t printed on recycled paper, which is somewhat disappointing, especially considering its length, but it is still one of the most important environmental books to come out this year.  From The Library of America and available at your local, independent bookstore.  (Tell them you saw it on Elephant!)


About Todd Mayville

Todd is a single dad of four diverse and lively kids, and is an English teacher and climbing team coach at a local public high school. A rock climber, cyclist and avid reader, Todd also practices yoga and meditation as often as he possibly can, which helps him stay at least a little centered and sane.


7 Responses to “Book Review: American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau (Bill McKibben, ed.)”

  1. admin says:

    This book looks great! Can I borrow it for a day or two sometime?

  2. Todd says:

    Oh, I think something can be arranged. 😀

  3. Brian says:

    Actually, according to the publisher, American Earth is printed on acid-free paper which contains 50% post-consumer waste and the portfolio of illustrations is printed on New Leaf Sakura, the first acid-free coated paper available in the U.S. that contains 100% post-consumer waste and is processed chlorine free. Even the ink used by the printer was soy- or vegetable- based and 90% of the paper came from sources certified by either the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) or the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

  4. Todd says:

    @Brian: Oh, awesome… I totally missed that when I was looking. Thanks for the info!!! 🙂

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