Review: Earth Works: Recommended Fiction and Nonfiction about Nature and the Environment for Adults and Young Adults

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Review: Earth Works: Recommended Fiction and Nonfiction about Nature and the Environment for Adults and Young Adults By Jim Dwyer Reviewed by Maria Anna Jankowska University of Idaho Library, USA Dwyer, Jim. Earth Works: Recommended Fiction and Nonfiction about Nature and the Environment for Adults and Young Adults. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 1996. 507 pp. ISBN 1-55570-194-9 (paperback). US$49.95

"Individuals can make a difference." This is what Jim Dwyer wrote in the introduction to this book, explaining one of his reasons for writing Earth Works. By compiling this annotated bibliography of recommended fiction and nonfiction about nature and the environment for adults and young adults, Jim Dwyer has proven that one person can make a difference.

Jim devoted three years to working on Earth Works. It presents 2,601 fiction and nonfiction, new and classic titles on the environment and nature for adults and adolescents. The nonfiction part, which covers 1,600 books, is divided logically into the seven following chapters: General Works, Natural History, Specific Environments, Activities and Issues, Cultural Factors, Literary Natural Writing, and Environmental Action. Each chapter is further divided into thematic sections presenting books for two audiences: adults and young adults. For example, in chapter seven on Environmental Action, the author presents 10 sections. The first section, "Conservation," describes 60 books for adults and 12 for young adults on the subjects of preservation, restoration, and land use. Each chapter and section has a short introduction and explanation of basic terms, which makes you feel that you are not merely reading through the list of titles. Each citation consists of entry number, author, title, place of publication, publisher, date, pagination and illustrations, ISBN, notes; annotation and recommendation (HR for highly recommended), with a reading level (older teens, mature teens, or adults and older adults) when applicable. For example:

1281. Brower, David. For Earth's sake : the life and times of David Brower. Salt Lake City: Peregrine Smith, 1990. 55 p. 0879050136. Sequel: Work in progress.

The first autobiographical volume by a founder of Friends of the Earth, the League of Conservation Voters, and Earth Institute, and long-time president of the Sierra Club, focuses on the origins of the modern conservation movement. …