Readers Respond: Books on Climate Change

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We asked our readers, “What work of fiction, poetry, theater, or nonfiction has had the most profound impact on your understanding of climate change?” Here's what you said:

“We need a new vocabulary to speak accurately about our dire situation and to imagine a better way forward. Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing in the Anthropocene, edited by Linda Russo and Marthe Reed (2018), a collective glossary of terms, both invented and redefined, offers that, as well as a model for literary cooperative action.”

— Denise Newman

 

 

“I absolutely love Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being (2015), which is about so many types of connections, including global, in the time of climate change.”

— Monica Seger

 

 

 

 

“Marcia Bjornerud’s book Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World (2018) sees Deep Time thinking as an essential concept in the Anthropocene. We must think multigenerationally to reverse human damage to Earth.”

– Susan N. Maher

 

 

 

“While it may underestimate literary responses to the climate crisis, Amitav Ghosh’s The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable at least holds us accountable for our distractions.”

– Laird Christensen

 

 

 

“I just started reading Field Notes from a Catastrophe, by Elizabeth Kolbert, which is creative nonfiction/reportage. I love how the reporter, Kolbert, is in the trenches and describes her own experiences talking to climate scientists. Engage.”

– Kenny Yim

 

 

 

“Though not overtly a book on climate change, the late C. D. Wright’s Casting Deep Shade invokes the magnificence of beech trees as emblematic of all we stand to lose in our hell-bent lurch toward destruction. Her quirky, memorable poems harmonize with Denny Moers’s magical photos of beeches and beg us . . . Listen.”

– Frank Paino

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