Worldly Reads

Celebrate Earth Day April 22 with thought-provoking books.

The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us
by Diane Ackerman
With her trademark lyricism and innate sense of wonder, Ackerman takes readers on a journey through the Anthropocene, or Human Age, challenging us to be both amazed and chastened by the impact humans have had on the natural world.
—Recommended by Heather Meyer
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
by Elizabeth Kolbert
Part origins of paleontology and part in-depth news report on the state of life on the planet today, Kolbert’s book lays out the rather distressing case for mankind being the catalyst for what will ultimately be the sixth devastating extinction in Earth’s history. (Pulitzer Prize winner) —Recommended by Julia Sjöberg

The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks
by Terry Tempest Williams
One of our finest environmental writers, Tempest Williams reintroduces readers to 13 national parks, some familiar and some less so, in what the publisher describes as “a mediation and manifesto on why wild lands matter to the soul of America.”
—Recommended by Heather Meyer

Recommendations from librarians at the Hennepin County Library–Eden Prairie.