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This beguiling story of a flood, a plague, a mysterious beast, and a pilgrimage could be a video game, a half-repressed memory, or a version of Revelation. Davis keeps all possibilities open as we follow a group of siblings trekking across the Savage Domain, each, as in Chaucer, telling his or her tale. The plot has the spare richness of a fable charting the fall from innocence through a dark time when “spite and harshness blazed up everywhere.” But it’s Davis’s uncanny and beautiful language that gives the real shivers, making you look twice with statements such as “like most humans she had a single heart” and ”when you arrive at the edge of the world you stop remembering things like how you got there.”

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ISBN: 9781555978297
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 5th, 2019

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To jolt people out of their complacency about climate change, Wallace-Wells gathered the data on twelve key elements of today’s ever-more unstable world. Delivered in one concentrated punch, the statistics on the global rise in heat, ferocity and frequency of storms, droughts, famines, ocean acidification, and political unrest are truly shocking. Add to these the cascade effect of their unpredictable interactions—more carbon in the soil fosters larger plants with fewer nutrients, which sharpens competition for dwindling protein sources, leading to more social unrest, climate refugees, and so on—and Wallace-Wells presents a truly horrifying picture of a world that is hurtling toward apocalypse.  Yet despite his title, Wallace-Wells believes that even by the end of the century—about as far as we can bear to look at this point—only one third of Earth will actually be uninhabitable. We still have time to change. But will we?  Human behavior is the greatest of the many unknowns that lie ahead, and, without laying out particular policies, Wallace-Wells offers a profound reflection on what it will mean for us to live—for the first time ever—outside “the narrow window of environmental conditions that allowed the human to evolve” and, most crucially, that enabled us to create a civilization based on fossil-fuels.

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ISBN: 9780525576709
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Published: Tim Duggan Books - February 19th, 2019

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In this extraordinary memoir, Yip-Williams chronicles the years following her diagnosis with stage IV cancer. She confronted the disease with everything she had: rage—especially on behalf of her young daughters and husband—fear, guilt, grief, and, occasionally, hope. A realist, Yip-Williams had a complicated relationship with hope, that source of “joy, terror, and despair.” Seeing it taunt with mirages of cures and miracles, she didn’t trust it. Yet if she failed to grab for every additional day of life, however iffy the treatment—would she be giving up? Is that how she wanted her children to remember her? By speaking so honestly about the physical, emotional, and spiritual toll of living with cancer, Yip-Williams put the disease on her terms—the very opposite of giving up.

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ISBN: 9780525511359
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Published: Random House - February 5th, 2019

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