To many Americans, the country’s and the world’s problems seem “immutable and insurmountable,” Baer says. But how do we re-assert American values and ideas and turn today’s “poly-crisis” into “poly-progress?” Baer offers a clear and optimistic roadmap based on four tests: scale, investment, fairness, and identity. Drawing on his experience in foreign and domestic policy, and years as a human rights champion, he shows how, using these four tests, America can generate holistic, values-based solutions to the challenges of immigration, global governance, economic and national security, and social injustice. Note: this book is not wonky. Baer’s intellectual acuity and superb writing make his ideas compelling to anyone interested in, and worried about, salvaging America’s future.
A science writer, Ackerman here explores the myths, mysteries, and magnificence of owls. Throughout human history, she writes, owls have been present in the human experience—in our art, language, stories, myths, omens, and emblems. Today, advances in technology and science--from DNA analysis to cutting-edge imaging technology, from nest cams to drones to satellite transmitters--are enabling researchers to discern more about the planet’s 260 species of owls than ever before. This book is a primer on how owls see, hear, fly, hunt, nest, court, mate, play, think and, yes, feel. It is up to humans, Ackerman says, to do more to protect the environment and creatures like owls who are so essential to our ecosystems.
I love Australian writer and ex-journalist Jane Harper’s mysteries and was excited that Exiles, the final installment of her Falk trilogy, would once again feature Detective Aaron Falk. As with Harper's other books, this one unfolds in a uniquely Australian setting: the country's well-known wine country, and the plot centers on a shocking event—in this case the disappearance of a young mother who has left her baby in a pram at a carnival. To solve the mystery, Falk must unearth secrets kept by old friends and admit some of his own. As usual, Harper keeps the reader guessing through unexpected twists and turns that culminate in a believable and satisfying ending. My only regret is that finishing the book meant having to say farewell to the beloved Aaron Falk.