by Annie Proulx

Fen, Bog and Swamp A Short History of Peatland Destruction and Its Role in the Climate Crisis by Annie Proulx

This short book is more of a personal essay than a classic nonfiction, as Proulx weaves many threads into the main narrative — her childhood memories, literary digressions, descriptions of old discoveries and terrifying latest statistics. In the end, we get a moving tribute — or maybe a homage? — to the eponymous subject: fens, bogs, swamps, and other wetlands.

I think both fans of the writer’s style and those more interested in the subject itself will appreciate this slim volume.

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by Andy Bruno

I remember hearing stories about the Tunguska meteorite as a young child. It was probably the first scientific mystery that I have encountered. And finally my curiosity was satisfied, thanks to this thorough and very well researched book.

The author delivers answers to every possible question on that topic — he describes not only the catastrophe itself, quoting the amazing reports of native eyewitnesses, but also how the scientific community tried for decades to discover the true history of what happened and how the public relished this quest. It is written in a plain style that can sometimes be a bit too dry but the story is nevertheless fascinating and full of extraordinary characters.

Thanks to the publisher, Cambridge University Press, and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4984082765

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