Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: The New Earth Reader: The Best of Terra Nova

Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: The New Earth Reader: The Best of Terra Nova

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Review: The New Earth Reader: The Best of Terra Nova By D. Rothenberg and M. Ulvaeus (Eds.) Reviewed by Xavier E. Gros European Commission Joint Research Centre, The Netherlands Rothenberg, David., & Marta. Ulvaeus (Eds.). The New Earth Reader: The Best of Terra Nova. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1999. 208 pp. ISBN 0-262- 18195-9 (hardcover). US$24.95

This is one of these books that you can take up on any page and find something well worth reading. The New Earth Reader achieves what its editors claim; i.e. " ... a larger, more encompassing view of nature, the environment, and nature writing itself." The New Earth Reader is the first volume of the Best of Terra Nova's book series dedicated to a specific theme, namely the earth. Forthcoming titles are expected to deal with water, air, and fire. This publication, that collects sixteen essays and interviews from the first ten issues of the journal Terra Nova, succeeds in reconciling "the human and natural worlds."

The New Earth Reader contains the right balance of essays and interviews, harmonized with high quality photographs. This makes it suitable for a large audience, and not just for scholars. Next, the writings are clear and refreshing, with topics range from skyjacking to surviving a crocodile fight. Finally, it offers readers the diversity of the earth within a heterogeneous environmental literary structure. Readers will share authors' personal experiences in the wilderness, learn about bioregionalism, explore human and animal behaviours in their living environment, and partake of dreams, hopes and expectations of making our world a better place.

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